Alcoa Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Alcoa GSM

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Sourcing Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Global Sourcing Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities, decent pay, low cost of living in Pittsburgh

    Cons

    Confused leadership, too many of bean counters

  2. Contractor of Alcoa

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Senior Technician in New Kensington, PA
    Current Contractor - Senior Technician in New Kensington, PA

    I have been working at Alcoa as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Free Gatorade and sometimes free food

    Cons

    If u do not match up to your team leader exsperience you are going to be good enough and 12 hr shifts suck , favoritism

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be far to employees and contractors

  3. Helpful (1)

    All about profits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - NDT in Wichita Falls, TX
    Former Employee - NDT in Wichita Falls, TX

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, decent health benefits.

    Cons

    Really poor work/life balance, pressure to put profits over quality, poor safety on the shop floor, managers don't listen to the people performing the actual jobs, bullying by management, loss of holiday/vacation time, not enough sick time to compensate for being overworked (and therefore, getting sick more often), management lies a lot.

    Advice to Management

    You don't have to bully to get people to do their jobs correctly.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    Less than enjoyable start to a career

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

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

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

    Pros

    Large international company - many locations and business units, strong history and brand, some exposure to executives in corporate roles, opportunities are available (if willing to take only opportunities that benefit the company), opportunities to learn if you choose to take it upon yourself, many contacts available across company

    Cons

    Very political, extremely bureaucratic and close door-ed, will block employee movement within company if BU or plant desires to keep employee in current role, zero talent development, little regard for growth opportunity desires of employees, managers regularly put employees down if bad performance occurs, awful work life balance, extreme expectations on performance causing a stressful work environment, very little recognition of good performance, regularly ask employees to shoulder more responsibilities without compensation if company restructures office or decides not to back-fill a vacant position, management always adds more to plate of employees without taking anything away

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better. Work-life balance is a must for engaged employees. There is only so much time in a day. A few hour turn-around is not reasonable on some requests. Do not expect employees to work late evenings and weekends just because you feel like asking them to get so much done. Talk to employees about what works and what doesn't. Listen when concerns are brought up. Acknowledge the successes of your teams and the Spend WAY WAY WAY more time developing talent. Allow locations to submit realistic forecast expectations and do not topside and punish employees when can't make unreasonable forecast.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Great Place to support your Family

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Steady Pay, Good Benefits, Good Co-Workers

    Cons

    Management is "Top Down" , too many Bosses, not enough workers

  7. Helpful (2)

    Very traditional company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits, good values and commitments to the community. Good place to gain technical skills.

    Cons

    LImited advancement opportunities, very political, very average business models. Most products sold are commoditized which means they have a poor margin. Very challenging business to run.

    Advice to Management

    Old, traditional managers often create a stagnant, traditional work environment that cascades through the organization.

  8. It's fine

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

    Alcoa is a fine place to work.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Asministrative Assistant in LaPorte, IN
    Former Employee - Asministrative Assistant in LaPorte, IN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very decent health and 401k package. Company allows 'flex' schedule to allow for doctor appointments, etc.
    The dress code was a nice pair of jeans and a nice tee-shirt (could dress up if you wanted to)

    Cons

    Biggest challenge of working at Alcoa Howmet Logistics was the inept management. The management in place is nothing more than figureheads. They will nod and smile and always refer you to someone else. They also do not take responsibility or back up employees as needed.
    Management does not recognize good employees and they do not recognize bad employees. They cross their T's and dot their i's and uniformly ignore every single situation that arises.
    The other big con of working there is the drama. People are not supervised and are allowed to get away with anything that they want which makes it a very gossipy, uncomfortable working environment. 'Troublemakers' and safety issues are ignored by management and so problems are allowed to grow and grow and keep growing.

    Advice to Management

    Get management that actually has management skills and not just a degree. Listen to employees and Observe situations and interactions between employees. Happy and fairly treated employees will be a giant asset to your organization, so make employees happy and treat them fairly.
    Also, either be a part of casting plant or be your own entity. Sharing responsibilities and resources (like HR, Finance, etc.) with the casting plant are not working and just confuse issues more. Also, the casting plant cannot fairly judge employees that they see and speak with less than once a year.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Could have been a great place to work but it wasn't.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Branford, CT
    Former Employee - Engineer in Branford, CT

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits at Alcoa were great. I had 401k and great medical insurance. I also received a sign on bonus.

    Cons

    Management was a terror to deal with. They were all very long time employees and not interested in any employee satisfaction. Training was almost mom existent. Human resources was a disaster. It was so confidential that I was pulled into a meeting the next day.

    Advice to Management

    Management was in it all for themselves. Zero regard for employee concern.

  11. Helpful (2)

    A great team environment - wonderful colleagues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Leader in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Leader in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I learned so much and progressed in my career with help from engaged managers. The standards and processes are based on the Alcoa Business System (ABS) - a quality system derived from Toyota's model. The company is an old one, but remains on the leading edge of processes and technology. There are a lot of projects going on and the business units are very engaged in the projects. There are a lot of opportunities within the organization.

    Cons

    You can get stuck if you don't manage your career, especially if your manager isn't helping you. Be sure to reach out to colleagues and mentors to keep your career moving.

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