Alcoa Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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  1. 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


  2. 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


  3. 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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  5. High turn over rate

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


  6. Okay overall with good starting salary and management visibility

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Safety Engineer in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Safety Engineer in Cleveland, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Starting salary and types of people hired. Good people.

    Cons

    Tough work environment with many union plants. Not the best work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    The current CEO is a little sketchy but seams to have the stock rising.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Unrealistic Expectations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Engineering in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Alcoa

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

    Pros

    Excellent Health Care Provide resources and tools necessary to do your job Good compensation T-shirts and awards

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations on those that do the majority of the work. Upper management kept building more layers and pushing more work onto those below. Impossible to complete tasks in a timely manner. Every day was a new impossible task of the day to just be forgotten about the next day when something else was more important. Expectation of salary work force to come in on Saturdays for inventory counts. Expectation for salary work force to come in off shift to do safety walk through and have it not count as part of your 8 hour day. Expectation to complete a 15 page document for safety on every task.


  8. Great work environment!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Eastman, GA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Eastman, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome people, good management, good pay and benefits. I've enjoyed working at Alcoa and plan to stay for a very long time.

    Cons

    Offer more advancement and learning opportunities.


  9. Alcoa

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Great vibe exposure to upper level management

    Cons

    Old school manufacturing company not very high salaries


  10. First 10 years great, past two not so great. upper management comes in, stays for a while and then moves on

    • 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits and mostly great people to work with. work life is a hard balance because of the demands and lack of time to get everything done

    Cons

    large company, more for less, what can we consolidate so that we can cut GASE and increase ATOI. Great but not good enough, never good enough

    Advice to Management

    cannot save yourself to success. not everything is black and white, there is a lot of grey in life and in buisness


  11. Hard worker, ready to work daily

    • 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

    Pros

    Good place to work and people you work with are friendly

    Cons

    not enough overtime, the wages are low comparable to other similar companies



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