Kaiser Aluminum

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Updated Feb 5, 2014

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3.1 9 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

Kaiser Aluminum Chairman, President, and CEO Jack A. Hockema

Jack A. Hockema

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    1 person found this helpful  

    It was a good company to work for.

    Coordinator (Former Employee) Richmond, VA

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

    ConsYou can get burnt out with so much overtime availability.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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    2 people found this helpful  

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

    Rather Not Say (Former Employee) Foothill Rnch, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire 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-

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Machine Operator/Furnace Attendant (Former Employee) Richmond, VA

    Prosexcellent 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 .

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging, but rewarding employer.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Kalamazoo, MI

    ProsFlexible, 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.

    ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementStaffing levels need to be improved.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Engineer (Current Employee) Spokane, WA

    ProsPay 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%.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementI 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic job for the short term with limited potential for advancement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) City of Spokane Valley, WA

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

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementReinstate 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

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    Awesome work experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    (Former Employee)

    Prosgenerally 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

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

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    Stable, conservative company not looking to trade risk for growth

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsKaiser 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementCarefully 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.

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