Kaiser Aluminum

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Kaiser Aluminum Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
10 Reviews
3.4
10 Reviews
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Kaiser Aluminum Chairman, President, and CEO Jack A. Hockema
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    Production Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Spokane, WA

    I have been working at Kaiser Aluminum full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work in Spokane

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decades behind in operations. If you make over 100k, expect to work 60-80 hrs per week.

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    Former Employee - Rather Not Say  in  Foothill Rnch, CA
    Former Employee - Rather Not Say in Foothill Rnch, CA

    I worked at Kaiser Aluminum full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay is decent, until you divide your salary by your hours. 100k/70hrs per week figuring working 50 weeks a year= $28.57 per hour

    Cons

    Most high level executives are nearing retirement. It costs lots of $$ to update systems. Updating software etc. = less $ for executive bonus'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire enough employees to do the work. Stop hiring bullies and paying them hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to bully everyone below them into working ridiculous hours to meet their demands. Ever wonder why people keep leaving? What goes around, comes around. -Greed-

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Coordinator  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Kaiser Aluminum full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There was plenty of overtime, you could write you own paycheck.

    Cons

    You can get burnt out with so much overtime availability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    great job to have especially if you want to make alot of money.

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator/Furnace Attendant  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator/Furnace Attendant in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Kaiser Aluminum full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    excellent benefits. medical insurance is free. can work as much overtime as you want. great wages. union job. great vacation and holiday pay. very interesting job .

    Cons

    lots of standing. extreme temperatures. 12 hour shifts. lots of layoffs if you are new. lot of favortism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get contracts with companies that need alot of product. too many layoffs for good people who really want to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, but rewarding employer.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at Kaiser Aluminum full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, interesting employer with good benefits package, particularly health coverge. Company allows opportunity to make employment what you want of it, and fosters good atmosphere for co-worker interaction.

    Cons

    Company is too lean structurally, and personnel wise, because demands are high and resources somewhat limited. Although salaries are good, lean staffing requires excessive work hours to complete demands. Turnover is relatively high in some areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staffing levels need to be improved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Years of poor management and decisions are finally catching up with the current employees.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Spokane, WA

    I have been working at Kaiser Aluminum

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good for the job. However bad Kaiser is in terms of cost and productivity...the competition is even worse; so for the next 5-8 years the job security is just about 100%.

    Cons

    Very little challenge and most people have a poor opinion of the company. It is almost depressing showing up everyday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know if there is much the current management can actually do; the decisions made in the 1980s and 1990s are probably too much to overcome. The amount of capital needed, could never be raised...so things are probably just going to continue on a downward spiral until a World Class Heat Treated Plate / Aerospace Plate plant comes along.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic job for the short term with limited potential for advancement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  City of Spokane Valley, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Spokane Valley, WA

    I have been working at Kaiser Aluminum

    Pros

    Great benifits
    Solid 401k choices
    Stable hours
    Great stores and work order systems that help ensure access to needed supplies and materials

    Cons

    No performance reviews
    Very little communication regarding future plans
    Little to no professional training
    Discipline attitudes focus on catching people screwing up vs. preventing people from making mistakes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reinstate slaried employee performance reviews

    Focus less on adding administrative controls when problems are discovered and focus more on root causes

    Provide opportunities to pursue professional education

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome work experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kaiser Aluminum full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Manufacturing plants provde good benefits and bonus program. My location utilizes a team-oriented approach. Great hiring process. Extremely skilled and stable workforce

    Cons

    Senior staff is slow to make decisions. Corporate office is reluctant to embrace new technologies and change. Decision making at the plants is too restricted by the corporate office.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just OK.... Very conservative company in a conservative industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kaiser Aluminum

    Pros

    generally supportive of professional development and training of salaried employees. Fairly stable business. rational decision making, less office politics than many other places, not many unecessary meetings

    Cons

    old school management style, lack of any common culture, lack investment in modern IT tools (intranet), minimal community involvement / social responsibility, frequent layoffs / job eliminations, no initiatives to make work more fun / build teamwork, issues with work/life balance in certain departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make some effort to improve the internal communications within the company. very little communication from senior management to the people in the field

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable, conservative company not looking to trade risk for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kaiser Aluminum

    Pros

    Kaiser is very well-positioned in their space, and has an excellent reputation in the industry. Folks are generally pretty nice, and management does a fairly good job of allowing employees to balance work and life.

    Cons

    The management team, while loaded with several top notch individuals, also has some dead wood that needs to be cleaned out. One could infer that the company does not want to rock the boat, and that the board is clearly okay with that strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Carefully evaluate the people that are at a mid-level manager position and above, as there are some clear opportunities to upgrade talent without taking on any undue risk.

    Approves of CEO

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