Alcoa Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Very good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Alcoa, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Alcoa, TN

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

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

    Pros

    For a huge company, I worked with a great set of people

    Cons

    Every now and then, as is normal for a big company, bureaucracy would interfere with good decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Identify the entrepreneurs in your midst, and let them succeed.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Good Place to work...unless you are a contractor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Point Comfort, TX
    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Point Comfort, TX

    I worked at Alcoa as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back job
    Management is helpful and nice

    Cons

    NO benefits
    NO pay raises
    NO holidays

    Advice to Management

    Make admins Alcoa employees

  3. I am currently a Co-op Intern.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Wichita Falls, TX
    Current Intern - Intern in Wichita Falls, TX

    I have been working at Alcoa as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Experience, great at working with school schedules, a lot of different engineering fields in one. Good at working with a persons strengths as well as weaknesses.

    Cons

    A lot of grunt work. some work has nothing to do with engineering. seems like alcoa sees people as more of a number than actually people.

    Advice to Management

    a lot of negative attitudes. higher pay for interns.

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  5. Solid work environment but not completely satisfying

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Great people on the teams - smart and engaging

    Cons

    Limited career opportunities, not alot of career movement

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Company dependent on location.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time

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

    Pros

    Its fantastic that safety is always top priority. As a salaried employee work-life balance is highly encouraged and supported. There are always opportunities to advance or gain knowledge that isn't specifically related to your current job function

    Cons

    It depends greatly on locations a lot of plants are in rural area, which tend to treat women and people of color poorly. While no one is particularly aggressive in plant, its clear that if you're not Caucasian male you have to work significantly harder for opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Consider more sensitivity training.

  7. Helpful (3)

    I am a supervisor

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay with ok benefits... Bonus every three months is great... Shift premium for working 22 hr shifts..

    Cons

    Union facility which in this case is a con.. Can't get any work out of them.. I respect the Union for wages but not for lazy workers

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Moon Township, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Moon Township, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The Working Environment
    The People
    The Salary

    Cons

    Nothing at all to report

    Advice to Management

    Nothing

  9. Great experience in a dirty environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Goose Creek, SC
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Goose Creek, SC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good communication on all levels of management. Good time-off. Good leadership and training

    Cons

    A lack in project availability

  10. Helpful (1)

    Excellent place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in New Kensington, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in New Kensington, PA

    I worked at Alcoa

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, reasonable working hours, friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Little vacation time, few growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Alcoa management does not like to receive advice. I'll skip this one.

  11. High turn over rate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Laborer in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - General Laborer in Cleveland, OH

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It is a union shop, at least the union employees on the floor can and will help you when your upper management who has little or no experience can't.

    Cons

    Extreme turn-over rate in HR, and management. We have seen a minimum of at lease 10-20 new HR reps / specialist. A huge turn over rate of every 2-3 years managers are hired and fired. Very very poor management!

    Advice to Management

    You should not lie to your prospective new managers. Tell them up front it's every weekend and 12 hours are mandatory! Tell them they might last 2 - 3 years if that. management has turned over so many times, I've personally seen at least 5 new plant managers within a 10 year period.

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