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You will never be bored here.

Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee) Dover, NJ

ProsThe benefits are awesome. Perhaps a bit on the overgenerous side. You also get to work with a diverse group of operators and engineers, not just diversity in terms of ethnicity, but also in personalities. When business is going well, there is also a lot of Alcoa's capital from a corporate level that the company can tap to make big improvements. Howmet is a relatively recent purchase for Alcoa, so there has been lots of investment in the company. That investment slows down a bit in tough times, but the big projects generally still get approved, more likely if that project is also important at a corporate level.

ConsManagement communication of the important things is pretty weak. Depending on which area you work, you may not get an idea of how the company has been doing month to month. No advance notice when they need to make a workforce reduction. The management heirarchy has been flattened to the point where a promotion often means going from relatively bottom-rung straight to senior management. Difficult to see a path upward through the company if that is your goal. Progression in responsibility is always there, and will likely come whether you were looking for it or not. As a result, it seems like a lot of the people get pushed beyond their limits. Corporate parents means corporation-wide initiatives, so there is the occasional trouble associated with trying to fit a diverse bunch of businesses into the same initiative mold.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe folks on the floor and in the lower offices are the ones that have the answers, or at least the ability to come up with them, so ask them what the obstacles are if they aren't telling you, and if they are telling you, listen to them. Helping your direct reports by eliminating roadblocks works better than threatening them when things aren't getting done on-time. Communication of how the business is doing needs to be more frequent and thorough, and you shouldn't be so loathe to deliver bad news.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Team Lead (Current Employee) 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… 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… Advice to Senior Management: Recognize talented people based on performance not on seniority. More
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    A decent place to work, with some major drawbacks

    Supervisor (Former Employee) 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… 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… Advice to Senior Management: Treat employees fairly and according to their abilities. Remember, they… More
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