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Alcoa Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.1 176 reviews

58% Approve of the CEO

Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld

Klaus Kleinfeld

(95 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Benefits

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits and compensation programs.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees with more respect.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    High Demands and High Rewards

    Plant Manager (Former Employee) Cleveland, OH

    ProsPlenty of opportunity for expanded roles and advancement.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep going with Operational Accountability, but remember that sustainability should be kept in mind.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the same Alcoa

    Analyst (Current Employee) Alcoa Center, PA

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

    ConsPersonality 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 Senior ManagementThink 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..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Will not be around in 10 years

    EHS Engineer (Former Employee) Newburgh, IN

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

    ConsIf you are not male, pack your bags.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet Real. It is the 2012 open your eyes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    From Good to Bad.....

    Finance (Current Employee)

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

    ConsTerrible 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 Senior ManagementNeed 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".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Working as maintenance employee

    Maintenance Technician (Current Employee) Lancaster, PA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsDue 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 Senior ManagementRecommend 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Sales Operations Manager (Former Employee) Bethlehem, PA

    ProsOverall 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.

    ConsAs 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Would not recommend

    Engineer (Former Employee) LaPorte, IN

    ProsThere is nothing positive to share about the LaPorte IN facility

    ConsWorked at the La Porte location for quite a few years. It used to be a good place to work, not any longer. I watched it go from good to very bad. I can only feel sorry for the employees still there. Jobs are hard to find these days so they don't have much of a choice. Terrible upper management. HR does not care about or help anyone "don't let the door..." Managers only care about numbers and nothing else. They are cruel to the employees, supervisors and engineers; in other words they treat them awful, intimidation, retaliation, belittling, chauvinism etc., It's sad to have worked at and watched such a great company with such happy employees turn into such an awful place. Another company that brings in new management that tears the heart and soul out of the employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Strong focus on safety, quality, technology, and operational excellence

    Metallurgical Engineer (Former Employee) Lafayette, IN

    ProsLarge company with strong focus on safety, quality, technology, and operational excellence. Ideal opportunities for metallurgical and materials engineers in process, manufacturing, quality, and commercial roles.

    ConsIndividuals may be overwelmed by company and local management politics. Public company focused heavily on quarterly and annual financial goals that drives some short term decisions.

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    Giant corporate machine

    Engineer (Former Employee) Paterson, NJ

    ProsThe benefits were exceptional, and the compensation was fair. Depending on which specific plant or division you worked in your experience with that plants management could vary wildly.

    ConsIndividual success was not cultivated or well recognized. Annual bonus's (very meager for most, mine was UP TO %5 salary), were usually applied on a group basis and did not even feel merit based.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEvery plant is different. Mine had bad managers that needed to improve their processes to include accountability and reward success. Others I visited/worked at I couldn't comment on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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