Alcoa Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    aluminum

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits,lots of overtime,good supervision

    Cons

    procurement and parts system bad

    Advice to Management

    procurement overhaul


  2. Helpful (3)

    IT Manager

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

    I worked at Alcoa full-time

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

    Pros

    If you happen to be friends with the CEO's admin staff or HR leads, you're guaranteed a job even if all you know is how to pole dance or pull draft beer handles.

    Cons

    The New York office of Alcoa is best characterized as stale and unchanging, filled with protected mediocre talent who couldn't compete elsewhere. HR is too busy coddling incompetent staff at all levels who have no business working in business while at the same time hire young, enthusiastic agents of change who quickly learn of their mistake of accepting the offer letter.
    The culture in the NY office simply provides little to no growth - technically or professionally. Facilities are poor for a headquarters office and are overseen by an inexperienced and incompetent team. Cronyism is deeply rooted here - half the admin assitants were either waitresses in bars or worse - but because of "friends" within HR or inside the CEO's office, they now enjoy protected status. Management sits back, excuses and accepts this culture as "this is the best we can get"...that all the best talent is vacuumed up by the nearby investment banks and law firms. Very few are interested in change...you can even see this at leadership conferences where the CEO challenges his top staff and HR to hire better, more engaged and competent people and he is met by dead, disengaged stares.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and remove the cronyism that exists that is helping poor employees to stay on longer than they should.


  3. Probably the best company I have ever worked for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Tech in Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Production Tech in Carson, CA

    I worked at Alcoa full-time

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

    Pros

    They treat you with respect and actually listen to your feedback and input.

    Cons

    Very loose supervision, people tend to take advantage.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Very good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great Company dependent on location.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. 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


  8. Helpful (3)

    I am a supervisor

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Great experience in a dirty environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Excellent place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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