Novelis Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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Novelis Interim President & CEO Steve Fisher
Steve Fisher
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Pros
  • Still a decent hourly wage, good people to work with on the shop floor (in 9 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Upper management refuses to listen to the individuals that know the business (in 6 reviews)

  • Senior management in the Global HQs is completely disconnected from the Regions (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Good company, growing/shrinking? pains

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novelis (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Has a lot of great employees, great location in Atlanta, very nice office.

    Cons

    Lot of recent shake ups recently, large layoff's and lot of people leaving due to uncertainty of future. New CEO appointed recently; awaiting changes and vision he brings forward.

    Advice to Management

    Being located in Atlanta, it's a pretty competitive market both employees and companies - don't take away good benefits or risk losing good people.


  2. OK place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Novelis full-time

    Pros

    Free soda, nice clean work environment, safety conscious

    Cons

    Mediocre management who don't know what is going on, people who contribute don't get as far as those who schmooze, uninspiring job titles. Anonymous comments by co-workers are admissible in performance reviews. Certain employees are intentionally being held in job grades far below their peers by scientists/managers that have no business interacting with people. Verbal insults from some managers to workers have gone unpunished.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what is going on and who is actually doing the good work around the place, not just who is talking about doing work. Morale is low among the worker bees--look to middle management to determine why. The Poornata system is a waste of good people's time.


  3. great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people and benefits. Treat you well. Easy going with taking sick days

    Cons

    It is hard to move up in the company. You have to know the right people.


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  5. Long term

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company fir long term career if you are patient and committed

    Cons

    Be flexible to change as it happens often

    Advice to Management

    Focus on our core business model


  6. decent company to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great co-workers

    Cons

    bad management


  7. Automation Engineer

    Current Employee - Automation/Electrical Engineer in Central Square, NY
    Current Employee - Automation/Electrical Engineer in Central Square, NY

    I have been working at Novelis (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They want to do good

    Cons

    leadership is lacking one two three to make five words


  8. Helpful (1)

    Used to be good

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novelis (More than a year)

    Pros

    great people, great growth opportunity, hard working talented group of workers

    Cons

    culture has taken a hit with recent downturn and layoffs

    Advice to Management

    come up with a strategy and leverage the knowledge of your best people to execute against it. Stop letting great talent leave


  9. Helpful (6)

    Meh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oswego, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oswego, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Novelis full-time

    Pros

    -For upstate New York, overall compensation package for full time salaried employees is probably the best you're going to get. -Interesting manufacturing environment -If you're looking for a spot to land a job, take a small merit raise year over year and just "coast" for the next 20 years, this is the place for you. -Expanding plant. Job outlook looks secure.

    Cons

    -Don't expect to get a whole lot if you work hard. Little difference in compensation increases between the hardest workers who actually get stuff done and those who are just filling a chair. -Little effort to retain good employees. Most of the good ones who aren't tied to the area leave for greener pastures in other cities within a couple years. The good employees who are local to the area will typically try to shop for other jobs locally but quickly find out the overall compensation package is too good to leave behind. As a result, they stay and burnout.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your best employees to retain them and prevent them from burning out and leaving. Push those who don't perform to work harder or push them out the door.


  10. Scary

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Warren, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Warren, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novelis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    History of good benefits from the Alcan days. Big investments have been made in the future with automotive investments. Narcissist CEO and HR lead both fired over last few months.

    Cons

    Not always good leadership or technical decisions handicaps some of the equipment and processes, similarly bad decisions have handicapped the can business that makes the cash to pay for the automotive future. HR has seemed to believe if they just spin it right any negative can appear as a positive to the masses. HR system says you can apply for anything across the company but don't try it if you have not got your bosses approval first. And yes that will make you appear disloyal and may well be held against you.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people in the plants, that should be the strength of a "matrix" organization.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Sad to see it changing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Novelis full-time

    Pros

    iWas (being the key word here) a great company to work for. Was great work/life balance, culture of nice people and had a truly unique brand promise of sustainability - something you could be proud of.

    Cons

    This is all changing. Would no longer recommend it as a place to work. Willing to cut the little people and get rid of what makes the company unique in order to appease fiscally conservative holding company. Have no clue how this will all play out but do not feel optimistic...



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