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Novelis Reviews in Atlanta, GA

Updated June 6, 2014
Updated June 6, 2014
84 Reviews

2.4
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Novelis President & CEO Phil Martens
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Still a decent hourly wage, good people to work with on the shop floor (in 7 reviews)

  • Additionally, we have really great people (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is systematically destroying the company (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management struggles to come to grip with how to manage people (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Novelis review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Novelis is a dynamic company in an industry that is about to change radically with the lightweighting of vehicles (see Ford F-150 as an example) occuring now on a global scale. In addition, the company has done a great job positioning itself as the unsurpassed global leader in recycling; something that makes all of our employees very proud. Additionally, we have really great people. In my professional career, I've never met and worked with so many people in our HQ, Region Offices and Plants that I am proud to call my friends.

    I think the future at Novelis is very promising and dynamic. We are about to enter a significan growth phase and it's going to be exciting to be a part of it.

    Cons

    So many things have changed during my tenure at Novelis. In order to successful, you need to embrace change or you will struggle here. There may have been times in the last few years when we could've acted a little more prudently and slowed down a bit on a few initiatives. However, the core strategy is solid and we are taking corrective actions to fix some of our missteps. I think this is a sign of a pretty healthy company with a good sense of self-awareness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue engaging and seeking input from the people on the front lines who are executing on our strategy. I'd like to see more of our strategic initiatives have plant-based employees on the steering committees. This will help us gain more insights into the real challenges they face plus help us build buy in for the change initiatives underway.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great potential, terrible mgmt, ineffective HR

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - supply chain mgr  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - supply chain mgr in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Opportunities abound with the growing focus on automotive
    Market outlook is positive if they knew hot to treat customers

    Cons

    Poor communication
    No accountability for the mills
    Low morale
    Poor management of customer expectation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to middle management as your top execs are clueless

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Management in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Global opportunities and the chance to work with people from several different regions of the world. The total package for salary and benefits is very competitive with top companies in the great place to work category

    Cons

    The lack of maturity from management can be noticed by some initiatives where the good intent is shadow by poor execution. It is a challenge to deal with cinism from the old Novelis a nostalgia for a time that will not come back, but it is a clear fear of change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider better Chang management, there is a lot of good talent the just need the right guidance to engage

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

    Corporate HQ Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    I've worked at the North American HQ for a year in a senior procurement role. I've enjoyed my time here so far and don't have many complaints. Although a well established global company there are exciting things going on currently. Growth is looking up as are profits. I'm compensated well (both salary and bonus). Benefits are better than most other large cap companies in Atlanta (wife works for a larger, well known company and is on my insurance).

    Cons

    None so far. I'm really like working here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    A case study in Corporate Greed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Creating an environment rich in opportunity to conduct a Harvard case study in how to destroy employee trust, loyalty and eventually productivity.
    Financial results illustrate how to drive results through eliminating retiree benefits, with the impact serving as a direct reward to Senior Leadership in the form of amended Long Term incentive bonuses.

    Cons

    Centralized management structure destroying cultural value.
    Leadership team unable and unwilling to bring balance to dictatorial management process driven by Mr. Martens.
    Lack of integrity characterized by misleading and incorrect statements made regarding the elimination of retiree health care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to and take meaningful action in response to the message driven home by the Oswego employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Proceed with extreme caution....

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    Former Employee - Accounting and Finance Employee In HQ  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Accounting and Finance Employee In HQ in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Good Salary and Benefits
    Great Offices
    Great Holiday Parties
    Challenging Work
    Smart Co-Workers

    Cons

    Management team that is solely focused on themselves and not on the development of the team under them.

    Unfair performance reviews - would wait until the annual review to tell you much you suck and give you a crappy performance rating.

    Overlooked for positions in favor of management hiring their friends from their previous companies

    Career Advancement seemed to only happen for Directors and above, or the personal friends of a certain crowd.

    High Turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I left Novelis a while back but I would say to focus on developing the current team. Stop assuming that someone else can do a better job, chances are they can't!!! Not only will the employee you screwed over leave, the person you hired will see what's going on and leave as well.

    Unfortunately, I hear not much has changed over there since I've left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Novelis Corporate Office

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    Current Employee - Tech Representative  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Tech Representative in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Decent pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    Novelis intentionality gives bad titles in order to keep the turn over rate in sales/commercial low. Inside Sales Reps were demoted to Customer Service Reps in order to keep sales from leaving the company and getting better jobs. Novelis has time and time again hired people from outside the company for management jobs while over looking great candidates. Bonuses were cut, but still given to upper management. Company raises are generally between 2-4%. Only upper management has offices while everyone else sits in desks that allow everyone walking by to see your computer. They call it Novelis "1". Meaning, we're all the same, but it's to spy on you and see if you're surfing the web or working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Once a great company, now a joke

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Pays well and benefits are above average.

    Cons

    Matrix structure is a mess. Global IT is making decisions with blinders on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink Matrix organization, and take the reviews on this site seriously. If you knew how many people were sick of how things are and how many were looking for new jobs you would be shocked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized, lack of upper management leadership

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement within company

    Cons

    consultants have too much power & decision making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of consultants and hire capable employees who care about their work & company progress.. Outsourcing is not the best solution to everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 9 people found this helpful  

    Not a good employer

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Some good workers who are dedicated and work hard

    Cons

    Not employee oriented. Cancelled bonuses for many employees while Executives got millions in stock options. Now they discontinuing medical for retires. Made a terrible decision about implementing SAP too early which cost the company 100+ million. Employees were working 12 hours a day to handle the mess. HR represents the management but not the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA...... They don't care anyway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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