Kaiser Aluminum

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Kaiser Aluminum Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
12 Reviews
3.4
12 Reviews
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Kaiser Aluminum Chairman, President, and CEO Jack A. Hockema
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  1.  

    Good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kaiser Aluminum full-time

    Pros

    This was a good place to work. The company provide excellent benefits. They have a safe work environment and the management was very reasonable to work with.

    Cons

    I do not many bad things to say. Like all plants, they could improve cleanliness. Overall not much to complain about.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Not to exciting, but the pay was awesome

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Charge Maker in Spokane Valley, WA
    Former Employee - Charge Maker in Spokane Valley, WA

    I worked at Kaiser Aluminum

    Pros

    Good pay.
    People you work with

    Cons

    Hours, but that is what you get from a factory that runs 24/7
    Management is frowned upon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hear out what everyone needs to say

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Production Supervisor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Spokane, WA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work in Spokane

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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  5. 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 (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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a good company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Kaiser Aluminum full-time (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

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, but rewarding employer.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic job for the short term with limited potential for advancement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome work experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kaiser Aluminum full-time (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.

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