Alcoa Reviews

Updated July 1, 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. Reviewing the company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Induction Furnace Operator in Reyðarfjörður (Iceland)
    Former Employee - Induction Furnace Operator in Reyðarfjörður (Iceland)

    I worked at Alcoa (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I helped build and worked for Alcoa Iceland. In the beginning it was exciting, fun, and promises were made for employees of inputting ideas to help your section be more productive. Hours in my old section switched form 12 hour shifts to 8 hour shifts. Great for those with families.

    Cons

    Management only cares for themselves. If you complain about how your treated, supervisors take it personal. The leadership in all departments are not worth anything. People in the offices think they are above us blue collar workers. Your ideas are never discussed, and if they are, supervisors will say no, then present YOUR idea as if they came up with it themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employers with respect, and the turnover rate may actually drop. Leadership is need of communication classes in a big way. Employee's need to be able to rotate and learn new skills to help their are be more productive.


  2. Worth It

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Data Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Beautiful building right on the North Shore with excellent views of the city. Pay is good for the Pittsburgh area.

    Cons

    Big corporate mindset can feel like a small cog sometimes.


  3. BCS NA will suck the life out of you

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eastman, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eastman, GA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, benefits, etc. Some really good people at our location. Coworkers that pour their lives into their work.

    Cons

    Top management doesn't realize how hard we really work to attempt to meet outrageous goals. EHS now has delegated out all of his asats to random people that have no idea what they're doing.

    Advice to Management

    Theus Rowell needs to understand that his management style is not sustainable.


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  5. Union Worker

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coil Inspector in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Coil Inspector in Davenport, IA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great Benefits as well.

    Cons

    The people need supervisors. The 12 hours are ok sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more educated as well.


  6. Quality

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Corporate style.
    Organized process.
    Clean facility.

    Cons

    Upper manager only care about numbers HQ request to meet customer satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Customer satisfaction should be as important as everything else.


  7. inspector lll

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inspector Lll in City of Industry, CA
    Current Employee - Inspector Lll in City of Industry, CA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good company ,good benefits nice environment

    Cons

    Poor planing lately which has cause holidays taken away which is family time to stay and work

    Advice to Management

    More communication with their employees to make sure the parts go out to the customers on time with the quality they're expecting.


  8. Marketing Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Alcoa

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

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, good work, life balance, fair compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Long commute, no work from home opportunities, no profit sharing

    Advice to Management

    Try to implement a flex-time schedule to accommodate employee needs


  9. Summer 2015

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people. Business is set up to be positioned very good for the foreseeable future. Tremendous upside in looking forward at ALCOAs acquisitions and business development in the Aerospace suppliers market, and the Automotive industry .

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for career advancement. Poor work life balance. A feeling of only being a number is present.


  10. Clerical

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dover, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dover, NJ

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    One time the company care about you.

    Cons

    Not trust worthy with employees

    Advice to Management

    Be honest


  11. demoralized

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alcoa Center, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alcoa Center, PA

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some decent people willing to work well with others.

    Cons

    *Favoritism, cronyism, and politics trump anything else.
    *Individuals that drop the ball, who are not collaborative with coworkers, and stroke the ego of insecure managers are the ones that are rewarded.
    * Unethical witch hunts.

    Advice to Management

    Get your facts straight. People with a higher degree of emotional intelligence should be placed in management positions. Listen to what your employees are saying and stop putting words in individuals mouths. Stop hearing and seeing only what you want to hear and see. Mean what you say and say what you mean. It is sad that these people in power with poor management skills have individual's livelihoods in the palm of their hands.



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