Noranda Aluminum Holding

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Noranda Aluminum Holding Reviews

Updated November 30, 2014
Updated November 30, 2014
9 Reviews
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9 Reviews
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Noranda Aluminum Holding President, CEO, and Director Kip Smith
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    Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in Gramercy, LA
    Current Employee - Intern in Gramercy, LA

    I have been working at Noranda Aluminum Holding as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay. Very friendly people. An all around great working environment with a lot of freedom to succeed.

    Cons

    Not really much to complain about.

  2.  

    Low pay headquarters

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Maintenance Engineer in Gramercy, LA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Maintenance Engineer in Gramercy, LA

    I worked at Noranda Aluminum Holding full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great training for young engineers, they fail more equipment in 6 months than most companies fail in 5 years

    Cons

    Really low pay, low respect of employees. I was offered a match to keep me from leaving and they never made good on it. Greater than 90% of the sites engineers left in 2 year time span. Current managers were promoted because no one else qualified was left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying to employees, cull managment at gramercy facility... especialy HR

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Exciting long term employment.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Inside Sales in Gramercy, LA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Inside Sales in Gramercy, LA

    I worked at Noranda Aluminum Holding full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Relationship with chemical customer base

    Cons

    Extemely poor selections with some Local Management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lean to give back what you expect from employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work...

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    Former Employee - Various Director/Management Titles Within 20+ Year Period in New Madrid, MO
    Former Employee - Various Director/Management Titles Within 20+ Year Period in New Madrid, MO

    I worked at Noranda Aluminum Holding

    Pros

    Actually, they held enough confidence in me to allow me to hold different titles within management, gain much experience for the 20+ years there. They trained me and let me learn for myself how to manage people, be productive, finish projects underbudget and on time, am overqualified for most jobs I had applied for in most areas of the US...this was a good thing, although it took longer for someone with my experiences and knowledge to gain comperable employment. Almost 2 years...

    Cons

    Apollo investment firm owns it and it is now a management mess, with inexperienced youth trying to keep their heads above water, unknowing how to do the jobs they stepped into after a huge layoff without using the WARN ACT> of all the knowledgable employees who were older and there for decades...Noranda... It lost all the family feeling, and people are very insecure about their jobs at this date and time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Right now, the there is only one,, the new President that is greatly qualified for his job. He is a fine and fair man, and will go to bat for Noranda , he will also do anything he can to save the company from Apollo who have no idea about the aluminum business, you cant just cut the workforce in half....The new President will more than likely voice his opinions, even though unpopular to Apollo, he will make sure he is heard

    ,Tthey are now bringing salaried and experienced employees that were bridged over to retirement back as temps, for 75,000 a person. A great incentive for a former employee who was blindsided with a layoff /termination an no WARN NOTICE...it would be the only way most who left would go back. I would have to say good call....This was just about the only option they had.....
    I would say to the young managers , its alot to learn out there, Good Luck, you are all going to have to be quick study's...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Used to be a great place, team moral is hitting bottom due to upper managment raises

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    Current Employee - I Cannot Say in Franklin, TN
    Current Employee - I Cannot Say in Franklin, TN

    I have been working at Noranda Aluminum Holding

    Pros

    The People and the flexibility afforded for family, while this does depend on direct manager, most departments seem to be flexible

    Cons

    No promotion from within, no matter how hard you have worked. No career path guidance or leadership for best interest of employee and company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No bonuses or raises for Upper management when there are none for the rank and file.
    Small spending adds up and can total millions.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place for personal development

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    Former Employee - Production Manager
    Former Employee - Production Manager

    I worked at Noranda Aluminum Holding

    Pros

    Flexibility in work schedules is a plus. Managers are given alot of control over failures and success of production areas.

    Cons

    Lack of support personnel. Managers need to be experts in a wide range of fields to be successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize effort as much as accomplishment. Focus on the path to results and good things will come from employees efforts.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    So far so good, only time will tell

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Noranda Aluminum Holding

    Pros

    Just started, don't know what to expect yet

    Cons

    I have none so far

  9.  

    Not what I expected....

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Noranda Aluminum Holding full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is well above average
    Flexible work schedule
    The people are very helpful and eager to assist you

    Cons

    Job security is a concern
    Health benefits are sub par
    management is resistant to change.
    The organization is pretty flat so there is little if any room for advancement
    The company is very reactive!!! There is no clear direction at the plant level
    The data and other systems are lacking and sometimes non existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set a clear direction for the organization and follow it. Be open to change

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work, until was sold to investment firm

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    Current Employee - Director of Engineering
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering

    I have been working at Noranda Aluminum Holding

    Pros

    benefits
    pay is better than most areas in this rural area
    union really does have power and control as it should

    Cons

    an investment firm owns it now
    no job security for anyone, whether union, or salaried or top management and salaries
    the investment firm now tries to run the company
    all six figure incomes were terminated due to economy, no warn act or seniority or merit taken into consideration...which left the older ones who had worked up the ranks go, at least with union they had to abide by their seniority...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    as a director, you all already know, nobody is safe, i would advise anybody taking on a job there, that there had been a complete overhaul of the entire plant, management too, as well as union workers, and the investment firm with no knowlege is now trying to run the plant, cutting down way too many workers, and are putting inexperienced young 30 something ,non managers in top jobs to save money...if you take a job there, always keep your eyes open for another one just in case...

    Doesn't Recommend

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