Novelis

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Novelis Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
93 Reviews
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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 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 is systematically destroying the company (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Stuck between a rock & a hard place.... in my career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Novelis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall friendly-outgoing, great, smart co-workers
    Good benefits
    Gives back to the community
    Global-International Company

    Cons

    Must be a 'chosen-one' for opportunites, once your in the door
    See co-workers get opportunities with less experience & tenure, just because of who you know
    See executives receive huge cash incentives, Novelis says they are a '1 Novelis' culture
    Rules are not the same for all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to really look at whose actually doing the work and give credit where it's due
    Be honest

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    HR policy advice to CEO is reprehensible, or the CEO just doesn't care.

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novelis (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Alcan/Novelis was an excellent Company with motivated employees aligned to Company goals and targets.

    Cons

    Employees who make the product are kept out of the loop; treatment of active and retirees is disgraceful; benefits changed for retiree life with out any notification. Spouses find significantly reduced life insurance upon death of the retiree....disgraceful...legal???

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whom ever is leading HR policy should be dismissed.
    Reintegrate shop floor employees into the process.
    Stop making significant reductions to employee and retiree benefits.
    With a reinstated approach to employee involvement, you will see better quality, production. and alignment to Company goals; and fewer labor issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Novelis is a sinking ship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator in Oswego, NY
    Current Employee - Operator in Oswego, NY

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

    Pros

    nothing good to say about the place anymore, it used to be great

    Cons

    Lies lies lies, management cares nothing for the people that actually make this place work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying. Poor management. HR is ajoke

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Sad to see what Novelis has become

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novelis (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Still have good manufacturing assets and some good people.

    Cons

    The culture of this company has become toxic. Many talented people are leaving and they seem oblivious to the fact that they have a problem. Many senior managers are incompetent and treat people terribly. HR is a joke. Cutting retiree benefits so many people that have put in 30-40 years now have to deal with health premiums 3-4 times higher than what they had. After many years of dedicated service I was treated terribly. Absolutely 0 loyalty anymore. Customers see this change for the worse and wonder what is going on. But it only gets worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of bringing in everyone from the outside that have "the proper background"' but know absolutely nothing about the business, start utilizing the people already there who are being stifled in their attempts to get promoted. HR have no regard for the employees, they just tow the company line. Root out some of the upper managers that think they are the smartest people in any room, but alienate and demotivated their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    One of the least rewarding experiences

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novelis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a reasonable job and due to immense work load, you get to learn a lot of aspects
    Global exposure for some position in the organization
    Reasonable medical benefits and average compensation package

    Cons

    There is no career growth in the organization in general and especially on the technical side. Unlike what is promoted in the organization on "technical career track", that is simply not true. People are not given opportunities and there is no investment in career track. Even when communicated to management or trying to take things in own hand, no further actions are taken. there is a lot of "promotion" without tangible measurable actions on being invested in careers of others.
    The pay is reasonable but on average a lot of people are overworked and under paid compared to other organizations
    Be very careful of what you step into. Lots of promises were made to new hires which ended up being completely broken and job descriptions changed.
    The general feel in the plants is that the move is to the wrong direction and the changes for improvement are minimal across various locations. There are plenty of people who left due to current environment only to replaced by new inexperienced hires.
    I would be extremely careful of joining such a place given the "consumable people" culture where people are easily replaceable and not well respected. Please be careful of other reviews here which is clearly written by corporate communication, which can be spotted easily based on style and language used which aim to improve image here. Have a thorough read through the reviews over the past two years and build your own judgement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend investment in people further both in the commercial and technical organization to avoid high current turn over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Novelis Response

    Oct 20, 2014

    We always appreciate hearing feedback on better ways we can assist our employees. Career development is important to us at Novelis, and many of our employees have established lifelong careers with ... More

  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Don't do it!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Novelis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay. Free soda and snacks in the break rooms.

    Cons

    Novelis is worried about their turnover rate so they give you a high salary with a bad title to essentially "trap" you and keep you locked in place from ever leaving the company and getting a better job elsewhere. If you didn't go to a tier 1 university forget about ever getting promoted unless you're good friends with middle and upper management. Also, get use to 2-3% raises every year. You will also spend half your day in meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop having so many pointless meetings.

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

    Not impressed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Oswego, NY
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Oswego, NY

    I have been working at Novelis full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people for the most part.

    Cons

    Major disconnect between management. Unethical raise system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to the people. To much high and mighty attitude.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    No central communication

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Communications in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Novelis full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    snacks on tuesdays and thursdays

    Cons

    leadership is all over the place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    centralize and bring your workers together

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Heading in wrong direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - DC Operator in Oswego, NY
    Current Employee - DC Operator in Oswego, NY

    I have been working at Novelis full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, good co-workers,

    Cons

    No strategy for temps being converted to fulltime employees; can not trust management, poor communication, plant fighting between itself: Union vs Non Union has reduced teamwork and trust in the plant. Two people killed in less than three years and no discussions about it; like it never happened.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need new local leadership in Oswego

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Novelis Response

    Aug 21, 2014

    We appreciate you sharing this feedback. All temporary employees at Novelis have the opportunity to apply for regular full-time positions, many of whom have applied and successfully been hired ... More

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    The individual manufacturing plants are the core business, let them share their knowledge

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novelis

    Pros

    Good pay, good work/life balance & telecommute when needed

    Cons

    Upper management refuses to listen to the individuals that know the business. The "C" level management team manages towards a timeline without considering the financial, production and most importantly morale impacts.
    The attrition rate is consistently above 50% which means large projects continue to falter creating a slippery slope for the above mentioned issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The P&L, production volume and attrition rate speak for themselves.
    New facilities will not solve your issues; only attempt to mask the real source of the problems.

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