Alcoa
3.1 of 5 173 reviews
www.alcoa.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Alcoa Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.1 173 reviews

                             

57% Approve of the CEO

Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld

Klaus Kleinfeld

(94 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work life balance programs, working from home 1 day a week is common"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Good benefits, although they were better at one time (changed to be more "competitive")"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "No work/life balance, no idea of what it takes to advance (everything is secretive)"
    in 9 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 person found this helpful  

    Worst place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood salary is a plus

    Consmicro management and not adaptive to the changing business world

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    Worst Company to work for

    Worst IT Job (Former Employee)
    New Kensington, PA

    ProsIt used to be Fortune 100 company with 125 years history.
    Cant call it Pros

    ConsI have experienced harassment and discrimination in this company.
    The company does not give respect to experience or recognition to hard work.
    Even the management who have worked there for decades do a dont know game, and are busy doing the 90% politics and 10% work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop being a top heavy organization. Bring, groom and respect people who work and build careers not slaves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lumbering Giant

    Manufacturing Manager (Current Employee)
    Torrance, CA

    ProsStrong market position, deep pocket, and good lean manufacturing systems.

    ConsPoor customer focus, misguided factory leadership, and inexperienced leader at the top. Under values on knowledge and experience. Has a proven track record for repeating bad business practices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse your experience work force to help improve your processes. Stop catering to your weak factory leadership and get back to being a manufacturing facility.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    So happy I left

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSalary and benefits, some great hourly employees that really care.

    ConsMany management employees do absolutely nothing and still keep their jobs. Long term employees are like dinosaurs, they refuse to give up their ways and accept change.
    There is no teamwork or compromise, even though they preach it every day.
    When you try to discuss it with your supervisor you get the run around and are told to "be patient it will get better." I doesn't and it never will.

    One of the biggest problems is managements failure to recognize and reward hourly employees that go above and beyond. They are experts at taking exceptional employees and turning them into disgruntled mediocre workers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPractice what you preach.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    So Happy I Left!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsIf you are open to itt -- and part of the favored "in-crowd", there are numerous opportunities throughout the US and abroad. Some groups have

    ConsLong hours, emotionally abusive environment, the harder you work the more work is piled on top of you -- particularly frustrating when other co-workers get to slide by without pulling their weight. I was completely miserable working there, but did not realize how bad it was until I left and joined a normal company with supportive & encouraging management. So much work is done to satisfy ridiculous and overly-convoluted internal procedures & policies - maddening and insane, especially when wise co-workers flee the sinking ship and the remaining suckers are left with even more work to do, because open positions are never filled (as it might detract from the lucrative incentive compensation paid to upper level managers and executives!) Disappointing favoritism, crazy politics....it's just not a nice place to be. So happy I left!

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet new management. Everything needs to be fixed. Rude, unethical conceited management hired people exactly like themselves and now the entire company is infested...Alcoa was a much better place to be just a short 5 years ago. Sad I was there to see the demise.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A man's world w/ poor senior and HR management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    La Porte, IN

    ProsGreat hourly employees that want to make a difference.

    ConsBad management and no support from HR which is unusual because HR is normally the group to go to for help, coaching, and support to help people succeed. Dictator style upper management that feels this is the way to treat people. Salary employees have been there so long they feel this is ok. Some know its not right but are afraid to say or do anything for fear of losing their job. They're just hoping the next senior manager will be better and so on after that. Not so in today's professional world. Also not a good place for a woman to work and advance or be treated as a professional. No support at all. It's really sad because the plant has some many opportunities for improvement, they just don't follow up or allow you to do them. They say they do but in reality they don't. Not a good environment to work in. You feel like you can do such much to help make a difference and you can't. So many employees that have left there for the reasons above are so much happier and are doing so much better. It truly is a man's world here which is very sad.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKlause Kleinfeld and others from Corporate and also Corporate ABS, please look into this plant and fix things; The employees deserve this, they deserve better. Very unprofessional and unethical things happen here that need to be changed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disappointing experience with a poor company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAlcoa is a huge company that isn't going anywhere. If you're looking to be invisible and just do your work, you can succeed, as long as you don't want to move up.

    ConsAlcoa doesn't trust or listen to their employees. The management is out for themselves instead of creating a collaborative environment to help everyone succeed. If you don't bend over backward to make your boss look good, he won't like you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Working as maintenance employee

    Maintenance Technician (Current Employee)
    Lancaster, PA

    ProsThe company has great benefits, which include lots of discounts with AT&T, Verizon, Staples, GM, Ford, Apple and many others. Their dental is excellent along with their vision plan. Their medical, is closely monitor and would ask you a tabacco free statment, but most of the time they all completed and they do not follow it. Even though is rough enviroment to work, very similar to working with construction workers, you will find common ground with some of the employees. Of all the employees, they are family oriented and willing to help out other employees. They policies are very strict and you must follow. The work shift are 12 hours, so most of the time you will work 3 to 4 days, but later they give 7 days off. So it's a vacation every month for 6 to 7 days and it's paid. Now if you work over the 40 hours you will get paid time and half, then after that is double.

    ConsDue to the great number of employees and heavy equipment in the facility, there is high risk for an accident, so they tend to enforce their safety rules to the point that they treat the employees as little children. Specially the corporate employees and supervisors who feel they are better than the floor production employees. The sad part is that their equipment is very old, dating back to WW2 and they do not have training manuals. The training is very poor, but they do give some basic electrical class room knowledge. They have a mentoringship that supposely rely on for the senior Techs to teach the new Tech, but most of the time they do not know how to teach. Only very few who are friendly enough and will teach you. They also make you filled out a Pre task form that supposely will make you aware of what you are about to do and the risks, such as possible electrical accident, fall accident, or other types of accidents. Most ot the time, they used this ticket form to incriminate and make you feel as if you do not know nothing and you are not doing the company way. They think the company is far better than the military and their expectations are higher. They also expect you to be there 30 minutes before clock in and if you are not there, they count you as late. Also you do not get paid for those 30 minutes. Would not recommend working for the Mill Plate facility, to much anomosity if you are a new employees and they would rather have older people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecommend management to stop inciminating people, is just like if they are waiting for someone to do something bad so they can write you up and stop treating people as if they do not have any common sense. Most of the employees are older than 40 years of age and they have families.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Would not recommend

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    LaPorte, IN

    ProsThere is nothing positive to share about the LaPorte IN facility

    ConsWorked at the La Porte location for quite a few years. It used to be a good place to work, not any longer. I watched it go from good to very bad. I can only feel sorry for the employees still there. Jobs are hard to find these days so they don't have much of a choice. Terrible upper management. HR does not care about or help anyone "don't let the door..." Managers only care about numbers and nothing else. They are cruel to the employees, supervisors and engineers; in other words they treat them awful, intimidation, retaliation, belittling, chauvinism etc., It's sad to have worked at and watched such a great company with such happy employees turn into such an awful place. Another company that brings in new management that tears the heart and soul out of the employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    If you like wasting your time, then work here

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    ProsSalary, most co-workers are friendly, Health benefits are great

    ConsIf you like wasting your time, then work here. It takes forever to get anything done as there is a massive papertrail. You cannot buy anything without 10 different people approving first. And if you have a breakdown, you need approval before you can get a part of out the warehouse. Then you get questioned on why it took so long to fix the problem. They keep reducing people (contractors, hourly, salary) in order to cut costs. No one is backfilling the old duties and everyone is getting over worked. They have unrealistic expectations that each person is going to have the next greatest idea to save millions of dollars. And demand that each person implements and tracks 2 of their ideas in a computer system. All they look at is costs, would rather not spend to save than to spend and save in the long run.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are putting too much pressure on every employee. Major reorganization needs to happen. Instead of adding layers of upper management that do nothing, restructure at the lower levels. I have never worked somewhere so disfunctional.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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