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"You can't leap frog in your career"

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Project Manager
Current Employee - Project Manager

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

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

Pros

Product offering is vast and so are the type of jobs. You can almost always find a job that will meet your interests. Additionally, they always give internal candidates a fair shot at a position.

Cons

Don't fall to the impression that you can enter the company, continue your education and then make leaps and bounds in your career and expect salary to follow suit. Development is stifled although encouraged. Advancement is slow if you stay in one location. Expect to move, change business units if necessary, and to make small incremental changes in responsibility and pay to move yourself forward in your career.

Advice to Management

Pay people what they are worth even if their credentials are built after being hired. You are forcing young talent to leave when you don't provide tuition assistance (despite the company being profitable as a whole even if the business unit they are attached to is not) and then refuse to compensate them or evaluate them when applying for positions as if they were external candidates. When your competition is willing to pay for the talent that you so easily cast aside and question their level of responsibility you leave your employees no other choice but to seek employment elsewhere where they will be compensated for their level of education and years of experience.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    So Happy I Left!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are open to itt -- and part of the favored "in-crowd", there are numerous opportunities throughout the US and abroad. Some groups have

    Cons

    Long hours, emotionally abusive environment, the harder you work the more work is piled on top of you -- particularly frustrating when other co-workers get to slide by without pulling their weight. I was completely miserable working there, but did not realize how bad it was until I left and joined a normal company with supportive & encouraging management. So much work is done to satisfy ridiculous and overly-convoluted internal procedures & policies - maddening and insane, especially when wise co-workers flee the sinking ship and the remaining suckers are left with even more work to do, because open positions are never filled (as it might detract from the lucrative incentive compensation paid to upper level managers and executives!) Disappointing favoritism, crazy politics....it's just not a nice place to be. So happy I left!

    Advice to Management

    Get new management. Everything needs to be fixed. Rude, unethical conceited management hired people exactly like themselves and now the entire company is infested...Alcoa was a much better place to be just a short 5 years ago. Sad I was there to see the demise.


  2. Helpful (1)

    A man's world w/ poor senior and HR management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Porte, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Porte, IN

    I worked at Alcoa full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great hourly employees that want to make a difference.

    Cons

    Bad management and no support from HR which is unusual because HR is normally the group to go to for help, coaching, and support to help people succeed. Dictator style upper management that feels this is the way to treat people. Salary employees have been there so long they feel this is ok. Some know its not right but are afraid to say or do anything for fear of losing their job. They're just hoping the next senior manager will be better and so on after that. Not so in today's professional world. Also not a good place for a woman to work and advance or be treated as a professional. No support at all. It's really sad because the plant has some many opportunities for improvement, they just don't follow up or allow you to do them. They say they do but in reality they don't. Not a good environment to work in. You feel like you can do such much to help make a difference and you can't. So many employees that have left there for the reasons above are so much happier and are doing so much better. It truly is a man's world here which is very sad.

    Advice to Management

    Klause Kleinfeld and others from Corporate and also Corporate ABS, please look into this plant and fix things; The employees deserve this, they deserve better. Very unprofessional and unethical things happen here that need to be changed.


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