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Pros and Cons of Howmet

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Exeter, England (UK)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exeter, England (UK)

I have been working at Alcoa

Pros

You can work 8 to 4 with 2 coffee breaks and a lanch break. There is a lot of independence in how you do your job and no one checks what are you doing.

Cons

People skills of senior management are close to none. The company does not care about recruting right people, therefore level of overall performance is very poor. There is no training scheme for employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Improve people skills and start engaging people. Redesign recruitment practices to get only the best people. Create a training scheme and let your employees develop.

Doesn't Recommend

Other Reviews for Alcoa

  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company but very slow & losing opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Professional, Recruits competent people, Provides Exposure to high technology, Excellent operational management , Industry Leader, Talks about work life balance

    Cons

    Very poor in commercial talent pool, Working with 50's mindset, slow to react to changes, bosses believe in cornering credit actually due to team members, extreme poor in recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement 360 degree feedback,
    Make your HR much more effective (heavily lacking especially in developing economies)
    Performance Culture
    Focus on Cost & Deliverables

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Experience 1950's management attitudes at ALCOA!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Alcoa provides a competitive wage (not leading) but does demonstrate a level of job security that is not common in the industry.

    Cons

    Alcoa is a "good'ol boy" business. Women are not found to advance in the Operations and Engineering fields -- only men. Women are pigeon-holed to the financial, quality and training environments.
    A great place to have someone above you to take credit for your work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and see what the global competition is doing. You your best resources and think about the people that have been leading the way without getting recognition. There is great wealth in the people that continuously goes unrecognized and tapped.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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