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A continuous pride-swallowing Seige

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

I worked at Alcoa

Pros

Alcoa offered me a ridiculous amount of money out of college to work at their Corporate Headquarters which was a beautiful location, very clean with lots of training opportunities.

Cons

Many of the managers are promoted and/or hired in with no competency whatsoever. Men rule the roost while women back-stab each other for the scraps. I saw many talented people get disheartened and leave while many incompetent managers have stayed and prospered. There is no system in place to get rid of the "dummies".

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Go back to what made you great - valuing your people. This was once a great company but you have lost your way and lost a great deal of talented & dedicated people. Act now.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Only at Alcoa

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    Current Employee - Electrician in Alcoa, TN
    Current Employee - Electrician in Alcoa, TN

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Great people to work with, a lot of the areas are old North plant was built in 1942 South plant was built in 1909, over the years the plant has upgraded a lot of the facilities.

    Cons

    The union allows a lot of people with no skills getting jobs are not qualified for, also the union make special deals with other people and ruins the quality of life at the plant. The company allow unqualified people to get certain jobs when their education and skill level is not where it should be. A lot of these people do not have but high school educations and because of seniority they slow the company down to get qualified people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not allow people who are not qualified to stay in their jobs, more accountability to the workforce, the apprenticeship programs should not allow people who come in to keep their seniority they should come in on day one seniority. This will eliminate a lot of people just coming in the jobs to hold them and hold others back.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Very political and equivalent to the sixth grade in terms of cliques

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evansville, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evansville, IN

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Huge company with lots of locations and business units, excellent name recognition, opportunities to learn if you want to take it upon yourself to do so.

    Cons

    Extremely political and if you are not one of the group or if someone in the group is threatened by you, your skills and abilities or education level, then look out. You will not have the opportunities to advance as you should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You go to great lengths to recruit very talented and educated women and then you devalue them and their contributions to the organization...as evidenced by the large numbers of senior level women leaving the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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