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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alcoa is killing people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    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

  3.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Collaborative, Supportive, Rewarding Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing & Communications in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing & Communications in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    - Great collaboration between teammates
    - Ample opportunity for growth
    - Rewarding environment based on performance
    - Terrific benefit package
    - Very diverse organization
    - Active volunteers in the community

    Cons

    - The company has changed a lot over the past 20 years so long term employees tend to have a more negative attitude

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Continue building culture, diversity, and growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging job, but stretching abilities to make better employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7.  

    Way too many hours - way too few people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time

    Pros

    Fair pay, good benefits, good fellow workers.

    Cons

    No work/life balance, no idea of what it takes to advance (everything is secretive).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire young help that the experienced boomers can train before it's too late in 2-3 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Beneficial Internship Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa

    Pros

    Knowledgeable co-workers who were willing to help and answer questions. Numerous resources for project work. Bosses were dedicated to making summer experience worthwhile

    Cons

    More structured projects would have been helpful. For example, having set goals throughout summer internship for project lifetime would have encouraged more feedback and more developed results

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Where is the credible advancement opportunity?

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

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Very safety oriented and committed to quality.

    Cons

    Promotion within is difficult because of the "buddy" system. Many that are hired and/or promoted have no secondary education or experience. I know of a few workers with associates and bachelor's degrees that have tried to get positions, only to be passed over for a buddy of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a closer look at the credible resources that are within. Let's eliminate the promotions based on unqualified buddy system. Education reimbursement/education assistance seems to be based on things other than drive and merit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Interesting, great people, but inconsistent

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    • 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)

    Pros

    The work is generally interesting, and there are some nice projects to be involved in. The co-workers are the best part of the job - there are some really great people working at Alcoa. There are some opportunities for additional training through the learning management system, if you can find the time for it. Alcoa is pretty flexible regarding things like taking kids to the doctor, and work well around those types of items.

    Cons

    There are a lot of policies. And policies about policies. The red tape is ever-growing to the point that it gets frustrating to try to do things directly within your job responsibilities, and the only benefit seems to be to those in middle-management who are required to create reports. Layoffs are always a concern, and you can expect to be asked to do more with less - and then asked the same again later. Senior management talks a good talk, but regularly policies don't reconcile with the values they claim to promote.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure is good, but taking it too far values structure over the employees. Learn limits of your employees and try to avoid burn-out.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It has been a Great company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    The Benefits were good and close to home

    Cons

    Job did not last as long as i would have liked. Its a shame Rockdale had to go.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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