Alcoa Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
184 Reviews
3.1
184 Reviews
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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
Klaus Kleinfeld
98 Ratings

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 12 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance, no idea of what it takes to advance (everything is secretive) (in 11 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Rewarding but politics can be overwhelming

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Davenport, IA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great value driven company with great people. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Very politicized management ranks and pockets of poor leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve talent management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Work/Life Balance

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    they 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 ManagementAdvice

    Strategic 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Short term strategy wins versus long range planning

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Incredible 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stable company, higher waged employment

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    Current Employee - Team Lead  in  Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Davenport, IA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Stable 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.

    Cons

    Upper 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 ManagementAdvice

    get 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Alcoa is a good company to work for.

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

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Alcoa 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great learning experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the intern program. It was a great experience

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Semi-Annual Layoffs

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    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Alcoa full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look further into the future, not just into the next quarter

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable work environment, but very stressful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Leader  in  Newburgh, IN
    Current Employee - Crew Leader in Newburgh, IN

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Alcoa has a strong history in the community. A lot of good people working here, working extra hard all the time.

    Cons

    Use to be a top payer, but now pay is less competitive. All levels of workers are over worked, over stressed, low people appreciation. Alcoa Business Systems requirements, safety requirements, Production requirements...one person doing the work of many is common. No work life balance. Union runs the place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help all levels of management to develop people focus. Support Crew leaders who hold their workers accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    People were great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement  in  Dover, NJ
    Former Employee - Procurement in Dover, NJ

    I worked at Alcoa full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    helpful work atmosphere. coworkers generally tried to help each other

    Cons

    management sometimes not trained. train your people before you promote them up the ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    train your managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Lean Manufacturing from a different perspective

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, IN

    I worked at Alcoa full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Generous salaries, quarterly profit sharing, tuition assistance and about as much overtime as one can handle. Alcoa invested in Lafayette operations and built a $100 million facility at this specific site. Overall their benefits are competitive with many other manufacturing facilities in the area and job security is high as we are growing. I personally enjoy the local culture of Alcoa, but I am a legacy and am biased. I was hired out of the military and was granted a work schedule that was flexible enough to finish a 4 year degree.

    Cons

    Aging equipment, workforce and middle management satisfied with the status quo. Alcoa's Lafayette facility has a strong Union and this causes an adverse work environment between hourly and salary employees in certain departments. As a newcomer it can be extremely overwhelming and many of your comrades are hesitant to share their "tribal" knowledge because they don't want to see someone succeed above their expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid of trying new or controversial ideas that don't meet the mold that you know. Hold people accountable for their actions and quit letting the local Union dictate to you what you can or can't do. The warden doesn't let the prisoners dictate the prison conditions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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