Alcoa

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

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Former Employee - Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
Former Employee - Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

I worked at Alcoa

Pros

If 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.

Cons

One 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 ManagementAdvice

Communication 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.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ding Dong.....Belda is Gone

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    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Alcoa

    Pros

    Alcoa used to be a great place to work....good benefits, competitive salary. Now we seem to want to be just an average company on these items.....and management wonders why we have problems retaining new hires.

    Cons

    CEO for the last 8 years, Alain Belda, has done a terrible job. Hoping new CEO will do better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regain the trust of Wall Street. Tell the truth. Quit wasting money on projects that are doomed for failure (e.g., inert anode). Close the New York office, move back to Pittsburgh, save the money we spend on Park Ave. rent. Sell the company jets, fly commercial like Paul O'Neill used to do. Walk the cost cutting talk.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alcoa, Leading the way in the workplace

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Department Compliance in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Department Compliance in 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 are clean and green. Alcoa also actively participates in the surrounding communities whether it is giving out trees for earth day or having a marathon for a local charity.

    Cons

    I haven't run into any downsides, while i know that no company is perfect, Alcoa genuinely cares about its employees and that is a rare find.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work hard to lead and develop those working under you to make Alcoa an even better company.

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