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Alcoa gives stable job opportunities, but not much of a challenge.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Good work/life balance and opportunity for growth and career advancement Alcoa encourages employees to rotate jobs every few years to continue to build a variety of different skill sets and understand all aspects of the business. Most people find a permanent job at Alcoa with good benefits and never leave, which is good if you are after job security and want a comfortable living. The corporate culture is fairly laid back, with consideration given for outside of work activities. But, there are deadlines that people are expected to meet depending on the department. As long as you focus on getting work done, there is no need for face time.

Cons

Alcoa is a large corporation. Therefore, there is a lot of bureaucratic yellow tape to get through in getting things done. It is also easy to get lost in the shuffle, and outstanding work can sometimes get overlooked. Career advancement within Alcoa will most likely occur through "paying dues" either by working in a remote location or at a variety of different jobs to gain a broad business background. I know many current employees that have had to take jobs in far flung manufacturing facilities to gt the background before returning for their ideal corporate position. The company has some evidence of meritocracy, however, there is a definite sense of seniority throughout the organization.

Advice to Management

Encourage employees through a merit based bonus and incentive program. Alcoa is very mechanical in the way things are done, give extra incentive to employees for thinking outside the box.

Other Employee Reviews for Alcoa

  1. Alcoa is good to learn but not for moving up based on performance and skills.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Pittsburgh, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learn about the commodities industry. This company is in the aluminum industry but you will learn how in general commodities work including oil, metals, foods and other commodities. You can also learn about the 'old school' way a company is ran. They try to do a good job, but still ran in an old fashion way.

    Cons

    Very heirarchial company, hard to move up based on skill rather on time put in. If you expect to move up the ladder based on your skills, don't expect it. You need to put your time in and they make it very hard to get hired externally as it is a highly desireable company.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize talented people based on performance not on seniority.


  2. Helpful (1)

    A decent place to work, with some major drawbacks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Cleveland, OH
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A profitable venture, if you are willing to give up a good portion of what used to be your personal time. Due to the 24/7 nature of operations, many hours are required of the average employee. The company provides an above average benefit package, at a somewhat reasonable cost. Until one gets into upper management there is the opportunity for paid overtime, which can substantially boost earnings potential. The average employee still cares somewhat about the future of the company, and newer upper management is trying to bring about a change in attitude. There are, however, a large number of older employees counting the days until they can retire. This should allow for many future openings.

    Cons

    Apathy of employees brought about by treatment from upper management. Many employees are disgusted by being treated as children. Granted there are some who abuse thir jobs, but most are conscientious employees who, given some proper leadership, will work to improve the company. Alcoa has abandoned some of their older supervisors by changing the calculation of the pensions. Therefore, many are retiring as their pensions will start dropping if they stay longer. There are many in middle management who have limited knowlege of their job function, have minimal education, and have very little idea of how to manage or treat people.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees fairly and according to their abilities. Remember, they are adults.


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