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Overall, a decent place to work

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Former Employee - Software Analyst
Former Employee - Software Analyst

I worked at Alcoa

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.

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People make the company, not numbers.

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    Older company with lots of potential

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Alcoa

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Alcoa

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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