Alcoa Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
Klaus Kleinfeld
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Pros
  • Great lifestyle - one of the few corporates that truly value work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Steady Pay, Good Benefits, Good Co-Workers (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • So work life balance is little tough (in 12 reviews)

  • Senior management talks a good talk, but regularly policies don't reconcile with the values they claim to promote (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Alcoa, Leading the way in the workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Department Compliance in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Department Compliance in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Alcoa offers a very relaxed yet professional work environment. They have an excellent benefits package and are quick to recognize hard working individuals. Alcoa Locations are clean and green. Alcoa also actively participates in the surrounding communities whether it is giving out trees for earth day or having a marathon for a local charity.

    Cons

    I haven't run into any downsides, while i know that no company is perfect, Alcoa genuinely cares about its employees and that is a rare find.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work hard to lead and develop those working under you to make Alcoa an even better company.


  2. Strong focus on safety, quality, technology, and operational excellence

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Metallurgical Engineer in Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Metallurgical Engineer in Lafayette, IN

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large company with strong focus on safety, quality, technology, and operational excellence. Ideal opportunities for metallurgical and materials engineers in process, manufacturing, quality, and commercial roles.

    Cons

    Individuals may be overwelmed by company and local management politics. Public company focused heavily on quarterly and annual financial goals that drives some short term decisions.


  3. Career Builder

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I was able to build a position from a entry level position to an enterperneuer level.I enjoyed working with upper management as well as with the employees that I had day to day contact with.

    Cons

    I had no disappointing times at Alcoa Fastening Systems.

    Advice to Management

    The management team at Alcoa Fastening System was very knowledgeable, understanding and each day was not the same.


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  5. My experience was a excellent and exciting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Foundry in Dover, NJ
    Current Employee - Foundry in Dover, NJ

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There are great opportunities to grow

    Cons

    never know when the job going to downsize


  6. Good job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Good, nice, great, fantastic, super

    Cons

    A lot, much, boring, weird


  7. Great people, good values...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at Alcoa truly care about one another. The company has a good value statement and the culture lives up to it. Work life balance programs, working from home 1 day a week is common. Opportunities to move around globally exists within the company. Great 401K program, $ for $ matching up to 6% plus a 3% kicker for non-pensioned employees.

    Cons

    Salaries are on the lower end of competitive and the vacation policy is outdated (ie. 15 years to get 4 weeks).


  8. Great learning experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

    Engineering projects were prepared ahead of time and spanned multiple departments for a full Alcoa experience.

    Cons

    There weren't very many cons with this experience. The only issue is that i was not there long enough to see all the projects through.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the intern program. It was a great experience


  9. good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

    good experience for a young engineer

    Cons

    long days but expected with type of work


  10. Where is the credible advancement opportunity?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very safety oriented and committed to quality.

    Cons

    Promotion within is difficult because of the "buddy" system. Many that are hired and/or promoted have no secondary education or experience. I know of a few workers with associates and bachelor's degrees that have tried to get positions, only to be passed over for a buddy of management.

    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look at the credible resources that are within. Let's eliminate the promotions based on unqualified buddy system. Education reimbursement/education assistance seems to be based on things other than drive and merit.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Collaborative, Supportive, Rewarding Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing & Communications in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing & Communications in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great collaboration between teammates - Ample opportunity for growth - Rewarding environment based on performance - Terrific benefit package - Very diverse organization - Active volunteers in the community

    Cons

    - The company has changed a lot over the past 20 years so long term employees tend to have a more negative attitude

    Advice to Management

    - Continue building culture, diversity, and growth opportunities.



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