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Overall, a decent place to work

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Software Analyst
Former Employee - Software Analyst
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Reviews on an annual basis, yearly objectives clearly stated, fine group of people to work with on immediate team, advantages as a big company are that everyone's heard about Alcoa.

Cons

Having worked for the company before it was bought by Alcoa, I could see life before and after. Alcoa seemed to make things more bureaucratic. Seems that the company got more impersonal after the acqusition.

Advice to Management

People make the company, not numbers.

Other Employee Reviews for Alcoa

  1. Older company with lots of potential

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are looking for a old-fashioned, conservative work environment in a large company that runs like a well oiled machine Alcoa is a good place to start. There's lots of opportunity for lateral movement and physical movement around the globe. The benefits package is excellent.

    Cons

    The company is heavily made up of baby boomers. There's barely anyone under the age of 30. Thus, the work environment is a product of the baby boomer era. It's a rather conservative place that doesn't change quickly or easily. I wouldn't recommend it to college graduates unless they love heavy manufacturing.

    Advice to Management

    The overall company is sound, but a lot of work environment changes are needed to address the hiring crisis. More clear job responsibilities and descriptions with immediate impact on the company are needed to lure grads. A more casual work environment would make the young feel more comfortable.


  2. Helpful (1)

    You will never be bored here.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Dover, NJ
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Dover, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Management 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 Management

    The 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.


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