Alcoa Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Overall positive experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Great place for those with interest in manufacturing.

    Cons

    Political organization but with pockets of very good people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Aim for more unilateral orginazation. Less politics.

  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Good company that could use some upgrades

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Alcoa as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Intern program very good with lots of visibility to management. Some new skills will be learned, you get to interact with everyone.

    Cons

    HR is so slow, expect months to get hired. Structure is very flat, you will not be promoted except from junior to normal to senior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advice from anyone, there are areas where more money can be made.

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

    Friendship based success

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    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources

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

    Pros

    Very safety conscious. Stable company.

    Cons

    Alcoa does not provide a stable training environment for its employees. You have to learn on the fly. Success is not often based on how well your performance is..This will only guarantee you, your current position but success is measured on who you know and how well you are liked. Also pay is not equal to your workload.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the hardworking employees and promote based on performance. Set realistic expectations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Former Employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Good company, good compensation and benfits.

    Cons

    Worst, worst, did I say THE WORST Management, local and corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review your management on a local and plant level in Cleveland and please remove non-producers. Those who ride the coattails of their subordinates without reward or recognition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Alcoa is killing people

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    Current Employee - Common Factory Worker in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Common Factory Worker in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    good paid fair benefits all about safety

    Cons

    overworked, not enough hours in the day, got to wear 10 different hats, worried about p&l

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think about the people on front line who are doing the hard labor to makr this company a sucess

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Working in company finance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Newburgh, IN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Newburgh, IN

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

    Pros

    Very supportive, willing to help with learning curves.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management at the corporate level. Creating multiple reports asking for the same information only in there personal report.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Combine some the reports sent down to the location.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Stay away!! very toxic, very demanding, intimidating, hostile, stressful, want to learn bad habits this is the place.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Fullerton, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Fullerton, CA

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

    Pros

    Lot of good programs with good intentions but terrible execution. The company likes to shoot themselves in the head due to capricious and illogical requirements.

    Cons

    Management lives in a bubble, reactive, no planning, no support, it is like working with hands tied to your back and wearing blindfolds. No support for line managers and if you say right management will say left and blame you. You survive by finding scapegoats and shifting blame on others. You are always in a constant state of fear so nobody is willing to co-operate or share information.

    Management style is to threaten employees by finding fault, not by looking for solutions or working co-operatively. Constantly understaffed to control costs and expected to meet unrealistic goals with the consequence of being blamed if goals not met and quick to write employees for lack of performance. No regard for talent, abilities or work knowledge. No growth opportunity. It is amazing how a Fortune 500 company with so much talent can operate a plant like this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and stop lying to yourselves. You are killing talented employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

    Good assignments, mentors were helpful and he's meaningful projects. Interaction with management was frequent. Provided very very very good safety training that kept us safe during the day

    Cons

    None I don't have any cons with the company because I was not there for very very very long so

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  10. i am very happy to work for Alcoa. it has been a tremendous learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cast House Associate in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Cast House Associate in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    the people are great and very supportive. safety is always a focus on any job and every employee has the ability to stop if they feel the work is unsafe. recently there has been an overall improvement in equipment maintenance. this allows for more efficient productivity.

    Cons

    the only significant downside in the past has been a focus of production without maintenance. there has been times where upper management will choose to work equipment to failure instead of regular maintenance cycles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Challenging job, but stretching abilities to make better employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Point Comfort, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Point Comfort, TX

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

    Pros

    It is a good paying company with great benefits, fill like my department is growing and advancing but treated like family.

    Cons

    Dealing with union is difficult, because union members feel like the company owes them everything. Management says the right things but still have people in leadership that are of old school thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold employees accountable for their actions, if they screw up they should be held responsible. This should be for management as well as hourly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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