Alcoa Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    analysis method developer and implementer for oil blend additives

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa full-time

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

    Pros

    fortune 100 company with large purse strings

    Cons

    management is out of touch with the employees; company focused too much on short term profits

    Advice to Management

    know your employees and what role they play in the company's success do not supervise from your office


  2. Helpful (2)

    You get out what you put in

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inspector in Kingston, NY
    Former Employee - Inspector in Kingston, NY

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Looks good on the resume. Opportunities to learn A LOT. Pay was great (unionized)

    Cons

    Unionized-Some people don't care what happens, as long as they get their pay and do their 8 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Put your foot down. Make decisions across the board and don't back down. Some supervisors allow things that others don't. Be more clear. Go out to the floor and actually interact with workers. Actually learn the shift times.


  3. Not so bad.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in City of Industry, CA
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in City of Industry, CA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of overtime Simple set ups Easy to read blue prints Good parking and lunch area. A few treated meals every now and then. Yearly bonus and raise.

    Cons

    Mandatory saturdays, No recognition, small raises. Hard to advance. Only way to get a good wage is by leaving and returning around a year later.

    Advice to Management

    Better recognition. Value raises appropiately. Give advancement opportunities. Keep employees satisfied and receive satisfying results.


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  5. Inside Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

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

    Pros

    decent pay and benefits. Co-workers are loyal

    Cons

    growth opportunities are limited. Need to know people to get ahead


  6. Senior Project Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Alcoa Center, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Alcoa Center, PA

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, laid back Many high-level intelligent people

    Cons

    360 feedback with accompanying politics and backstabbing Too much management-1 in 5 Layoffs Few processes or procedures

    Advice to Management

    Flatten out management pyramid Combine director positions Incorporate processes and procedures


  7. Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Torrance, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great products and strong aerospace fastener history

    Cons

    Leadership integrity. Site managers lack of operational knowledge and experience.

    Advice to Management

    Believe in your values and your managers accountable for their actions and behavior.


  8. Mechanical Reliability Engineer

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

    I have been working at Alcoa (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunities are endless at Alcoa!

    Cons

    Work life balance is not the greatest.


  9. Great company to work for with very friendly people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa

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

    Pros

    Very self driven while working on projects but plenty of discussion at the same time.

    Cons

    Have to be their bright and early every day. Not a big deal in all honesty.


  10. Good place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people committed to excellence and safety. No matter where I travel in the company, I'm always impressed by the capabilities and commitment of the employees from the shop floor to the middle managers. Lots of opportunities to make an impact.

    Cons

    Like most big organizations, too many cumbersome administrative systems, lots of approvals needed to do anything so not very nimble.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need to live in the shoes of those they manage. Managers are much too insulated to understand the pain that their employees live every day.


  11. Great

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for, focused on career advancement, and developing it's younger professionals. Great company to jump in to straight out of college.

    Cons

    You keep pretty busy, Alcoa is not wanting to hire very many people in the staff level so your responsibilities will continue to rise.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency and a well traveled bridge of communication go a long way. I believe management overall does a good job.



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