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Alcoa is a good place to begin your career, but not to advance it.

Engineer (Former Employee)
Farmington Hills, MI

ProsIf the reason that you're working is to make a lot of money and don't care about your home/social life than Alcoa is a great place to work. There are always opportunities to work overtime (which is paid) over the weekends. It is also a smaller company so there is more of a family atmosphere. The company also instills a strong work ethic and trains their employees well, so if in the end you feel the company is not a good fit for you personally you will definitely have valuable experience to assist you in the next step of your career.

ConsOne of the most troubling things about working for Alcoa is the layoffs. You never know when they're going to happen and you never know who is going to be affected. It is also difficult to get anyone out of the past. Product is designed the old fashioned way - with grunt work (hence the overtime), and there is little consideration as to where the product is going to go in the future. Then the products that are attempted for the future of the company are out of scope and far beyond the capability and core competencies of the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication should exist more often than when layoffs are going to occur. The health and well being of the company is and should be important to the employees and this needs to be communicated on a regular basis. Also a plan for future product development needs to be designed, executed, and followed through with deviations only when proved that the current plan was the wrong decision.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Alcoa, Leading the way in the workplace

    Inside Sales Department Compliance (Current Employee)
    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… Cons: I haven't run into any downsides, while i know that no company is… Advice to Senior Management: Continue to work hard to lead and develop those working… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Once a great company, now so focussed on 'share-price' profile, they forgot that ' our people are our greatest asset',

    Building Technician (Former Employee)
    Pinjarra (Australia)

    I worked at Alcoa full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros: Very talented and skillful shop-floor people keep the place running properly, and a top-of-the-range support staff of engineers, group leaders… Cons: Poor top-level management focussed too much on increasing the company's profile by getting involved in poor performing operations just to 'boost production' - only to… Advice to Senior Management: Firstly, forget about trying to be the big-boy in town and just get back to what you do best which is make alumina and secondary… – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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