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Alcoa Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.1 176 reviews

58% Approve of the CEO

Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld

Klaus Kleinfeld

(95 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance programs, working from home 1 day a week is common (in 10 reviews)

  • Great pay, great benefits, World class Fortune 500 Company, but many complaints (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance, no idea of what it takes to advance (everything is secretive) (in 10 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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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLarge company, strong history, international footprint, growing downstream markets. Corporate functions provide exposure to senior management and potential growth opportunities. Good company with a good future.

    ConsLack of investment in business unit personnel. Overhead and corporate functions are too big and provide little value to the business units. All directives come from the CEO and most business unit leaders IC seems to drive value destructive behavior.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake more data/fact driven decisions. Listen to business unit/subject matter experts and not corporate leaders who have little context to the realities of the market.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It has been a Great company to work for

    Shift Supervisor (Current Employee) Rockdale, TX

    ProsThe Benefits were good and close to home

    ConsJob did not last as long as i would have liked. Its a shame Rockdale had to go.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood experience for a young engineer

    Conslong days but expected with type of work

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    Stable company, higher waged employment

    Team Lead (Current Employee) Davenport, IA

    ProsStable company that makes aluminum in forms of plate, sheets or coils used for numerous products. Biggest customers use our product for airplane, auto, boats, trains. So demand will always be there. Company isnt going anywhere. Higher waged employer with solid benefits.

    ConsUpper management doesnt free funds for fixing stuff, middle management is yes men to upper management, lower management has high turn over which leads to incompetency. With a push from production to do more.....management doesnt do more. Tension is building.

    Advice to Senior Managementget a clue..... Build teams....support the teams....build better managers... spend dollars on the equipment we are forced to work with every day. Imagine the moral boost you would have if you followed through with fixing things. Build up Lead operators with training. Build lower management with training and job security.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Rewarding but politics can be overwhelming

    Operations Manager (Current Employee) Davenport, IA

    ProsGreat value driven company with great people. Great benefits.

    ConsVery politicized management ranks and pockets of poor leadership

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove talent management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Short term strategy wins versus long range planning

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros-Great salary, especially for new employees.
    -There are a handful of standardized and programmatic development programs to develop yourself.

    ConsIncredible stress at higher level leadership positions often required long days every day. Unbelievably high turnover at the facility at which I was working continued to add to stress. Lack of resources in groups already stretched thin led to stressful days.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep promises previously made to employees, and don't continue to keep making short term decisions that adversely affect the long term vision.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    No Work/Life Balance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company has competitive pay, good benefits package and a friendly atmosphere

    Consthey preach a work/life balance at the same time asking you to work 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, they have a tendency to try to integrate themselves into your life (stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, join a gym), it is great that the company endorses good health, but shoving it down an employees throat is not condusvice to a good working relationship. When people leave the company, they are generally not replaced, the work load is spread over the people who are left.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStrategic hiring in key areas to help reduce the workload on people already overburdened with work, enforce a comp. day program for those that work more than 50 hours a week.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Alcoa is a good company to work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAlcoa is a company that really cares about their employees. It is clearly shown when you ask someone their tenure at Alcoa and the average is over 15 years.

    They are a socially responsible company as well taking the time to ensure that employees have multiple opportunities to engage with the community.

    ConsI think having the HQ in New yOrk is not the ideal situation. It would be my recommendation to move the HQ to Pittsburgh.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great learning experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementKeep up the intern program. It was a great experience

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    Semi-Annual Layoffs

    Human Resources (Former Employee) Cleveland, OH

    ProsThere were a lot of advancement opportunities (not sure if there still is), the people are good and seem to care about one another

    ConsPolitical, very slow to change, layoffs every 6 months, tend to keep the non-performers because someone likes them, knee jerk reactions

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook further into the future, not just into the next quarter

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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