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

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Current Employee - Team Lead in Pittsburgh, PA
Current Employee - Team Lead in Pittsburgh, PA

I have been working at Alcoa

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 ManagementAdvice

Recognize talented people based on performance not on seniority.

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    A decent place to work, with some major drawbacks

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Alcoa

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  2. Alcoa - great place to start your career

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    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Alcoa is a great place to start your career. The entry level positions offer variety and the chance to learn much about the company. There are a lot of great people who work there, and opportunities for flexibility in your work schedule.

    Cons

    Departments are very different within the company, but for the most part it seems like communication is poor and there is not a lot of trust in management. Also, it seems to depend a lot on who your manager is. Some managers are much better than others and offer their employees more opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on retaining talent, especially young talent. People tend to stay only a few years out of school and it makes it hard to recruit other young people when so few are currently employed.

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