Alcoa

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Alcoa, Leading the way in the workplace

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Inside Sales Department Compliance in Pittsburgh, PA
Current Employee - Inside Sales Department Compliance in Pittsburgh, PA

I have been working at Alcoa

Pros

Alcoa offers a very relaxed yet professional work environment. They have an excellent benefits package and are quick to recognize hard working individuals. Alcoa Locations are clean and green. Alcoa also actively participates in the surrounding communities whether it is giving out trees for earth day or having a marathon for a local charity.

Cons

I haven't run into any downsides, while i know that no company is perfect, Alcoa genuinely cares about its employees and that is a rare find.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue to work hard to lead and develop those working under you to make Alcoa an even better company.

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    Good learning experience

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very competitive compensation package at above market rates (resources industry), all the more so because commutable from Perth. Western Australian refineries are a great learning experience for younger engineers. Great lifestyle - one of the few corporates that truly value work-life balance.

    Cons

    Alcoa's pros are also it's biggest con - with such an attractive combination of compensation and lifestyle, no-one leaves. This in turn means a lack of promotion opportunities for younger staff and a very slow promotion rate. Holistically, the aluminium market is going through some tough times and represent a challenging environment to the company globally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many of your bright talent coming through the graduate ranks are leaving - more needs to be done in terms of talent management and retention.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not what it used to be...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Middle Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay was pretty good. Decent opportunities for development until the credit crunch started. Many good and committed co-workers.

    Cons

    Very "shareholder driven". Has completely lost lean management focus. Engaging people in maximizing customer value and minimizing waste is simply a thing of the past. Completely focused on squeezing maximum "profits" each month, seemingly without any concern for the future, equipment reliability or people. Safety and community values now seem to be pure window-dressing. People who nobody likes and have not achieved any significant results (outside of bogus excel sheets) get promoted way too frequently. Non performance at management levels is almost never dealt with, and when it is, it is usually by moving the non-performer to a different role, frequently promoting the person. Messengers are frequently shot and the ethics and compliance process is a cruel joke. The 4Es and a P performance management process is at best an absolute waste of time, at worst highly damaging, as people frequently put their own performance goals ahead of the interests of the organization and their co-workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take ABS (Lean) SERIOUSLY as the organization's operating system. It is the best known method of achieving excellence AND engaging people at the same time. Take the company values seriously or scrap them. Breaking the values is hugely damaging to morale. Scrap the 4Es and P system and study what kind of performance management actually works (see Aubrey Daniels, Lean Coaching and TWI). Stop promoting people nobody likes. If a manager is leaving scorched ground behind them, why the hell are you promoting them?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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