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Alcoa Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
181 Reviews

3.1
181 Reviews
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Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
Klaus Kleinfeld
96 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance programs, working from home 1 day a week is common (in 10 reviews)

  • Great pay, great benefits, World class Fortune 500 Company, but many complaints (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance, no idea of what it takes to advance (everything is secretive) (in 10 reviews)

  • Senior management talks a good talk, but regularly policies don't reconcile with the values they claim to promote (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Have to be in the In Crowd

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Manager  in  Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Hampton, VA

    Pros

    Company is excellent with safety, community service

    Cons

    Poor leadership, no employee engagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a real mentoring program

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Corporation

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

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits and a lot of opportunity-as long as you're willing to transfer.

    Cons

    Overall compensation. Merit increases and performance pay for non-manager/professionals is not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more skip level meetings with the plant employees. Remember not all of your plants are union. Provide more mid-managers with corporate training-don't leave that up to the BU. Tactical experience doesn't fill the gap for the lack of leadership training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Alcoa - Honest review of how company is failing

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

    Pros

    Great team members.
    Very interesting work.

    Cons

    Company is a strong supporter of doing more and more with less and less. Stripped down engineering staff to a level where everyone is over-worked and nothing can get done because managment keeps adding more and more projects but continues to take away the needed resources to get them done. Company has a lot of procedures that need to be followed that take a large amount of time and effort to get anything done, and they continue to add more.
    At this point in time, the best decision as an engineer would be to leave the company or never apply.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to actually recognize that the level of support is not present to allow engineering staff to be successful. The company will continue to fail until this is realized as there are a lot of highly technical programs being developed at ALCOA, but not enough educated personel to actually make it happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation programs.

    Cons

    Excessive work hours and employees are oveworked and treated like they are not competent to perform tasks .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with more respect.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not the same Alcoa

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Alcoa Center, PA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Alcoa Center, PA

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits. Good work life balance in some departments.

    Cons

    Personality of the company has changed for the worse. Forced ranking introduced last year, which is a big demotivator, even for those who aren't forced to the bottom. The future of the company is unstable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of the masses who have spent their lives trying to build up this company and provide quality products. Think less about yourself and what Alcoa can do for your pocketbook..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    High Demands and High Rewards

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Plant Manager  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Cleveland, OH

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity for expanded roles and advancement.

    Cons

    Culture is shifting to more of a short term financial focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going with Operational Accountability, but remember that sustainability should be kept in mind.

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

    Will not be around in 10 years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - EHS Engineer  in  Newburgh, IN
    Former Employee - EHS Engineer in Newburgh, IN

    Pros

    Learned a lot. Great beginning job if you are a go doer. Will never get bored. Lots to do and learn.

    Cons

    If you are not male, pack your bags.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get Real. It is the 2012 open your eyes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    From Good to Bad.....

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

    Pros

    Solid tools and processes
    Deep manufacturing / operations talent
    Pockets of effective leadership

    Cons

    Terrible work-life balance
    Excessive focus on short term results...1 y payback on Capital Investment
    Di is out of control....stop using a project mgt tool to tie to financial results

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to wake up and really "talk" to the workforce. Too much airtime w/ CNBC and 60 minutes. Lets engage our workforce with first genuine appreciation and then real changes that give them back their lives....this should only be a "job".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Went OK, than QA issue hit our plant and "blew" all up...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Operations Manager  in  Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Operations Manager in Bethlehem, PA

    Pros

    Overall big but decent co. I was at a small site of Alcoa's. Good Company, wanted to work at Corp in Pittsburgh, but never got chance. Was downsized after QA Disclosure that lead to mass customer exodus from our small mfg site. Alcoa ended up selling of that small plant later.

    Cons

    As with most Dow Jones Ind Avg listed Blue Chip Corps: Alcoa is very large bureaucratic org. In 2006 Alcoa wanted suppliers to accept Net 100 day terms, But customers needed to pay net 30. Safety, Safety and more EHS

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Working as maintenance employee

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician  in  Lancaster, PA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Lancaster, PA

    Pros

    The company has great benefits, which include lots of discounts with AT&T, Verizon, Staples, GM, Ford, Apple and many others. Their dental is excellent along with their vision plan. Their medical, is closely monitor and would ask you a tabacco free statment, but most of the time they all completed and they do not follow it. Even though is rough enviroment to work, very similar to working with construction workers, you will find common ground with some of the employees. Of all the employees, they are family oriented and willing to help out other employees. They policies are very strict and you must follow. The work shift are 12 hours, so most of the time you will work 3 to 4 days, but later they give 7 days off. So it's a vacation every month for 6 to 7 days and it's paid. Now if you work over the 40 hours you will get paid time and half, then after that is double.

    Cons

    Due to the great number of employees and heavy equipment in the facility, there is high risk for an accident, so they tend to enforce their safety rules to the point that they treat the employees as little children. Specially the corporate employees and supervisors who feel they are better than the floor production employees. The sad part is that their equipment is very old, dating back to WW2 and they do not have training manuals. The training is very poor, but they do give some basic electrical class room knowledge. They have a mentoringship that supposely rely on for the senior Techs to teach the new Tech, but most of the time they do not know how to teach. Only very few who are friendly enough and will teach you. They also make you filled out a Pre task form that supposely will make you aware of what you are about to do and the risks, such as possible electrical accident, fall accident, or other types of accidents. Most ot the time, they used this ticket form to incriminate and make you feel as if you do not know nothing and you are not doing the company way. They think the company is far better than the military and their expectations are higher. They also expect you to be there 30 minutes before clock in and if you are not there, they count you as late. Also you do not get paid for those 30 minutes. Would not recommend working for the Mill Plate facility, to much anomosity if you are a new employees and they would rather have older people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recommend management to stop inciminating people, is just like if they are waiting for someone to do something bad so they can write you up and stop treating people as if they do not have any common sense. Most of the employees are older than 40 years of age and they have families.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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