Rio Tinto Alcan

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Rio Tinto Alcan Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
27 Reviews
3.0
27 Reviews
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Rio Tinto Alcan CEO Jacynthe Côté
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  1.  

    Great staff and team work work with. Professional, results-focused, upward mobility

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    Current Employee - Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt  in  Sebree, KY
    Current Employee - Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in Sebree, KY

    I have been working at Rio Tinto Alcan full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * No micro-management.
    * Excellent benefits and compensation.
    * Upward mobility.
    * Meaningful work

    Cons

    * Can be bureaucratic at times with policies.
    * Corporate is too far removed from regional locations sometimes for good support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people. innovate, innovate, innovate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Stay away

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Jordan, UT

    I have been working at Rio Tinto Alcan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and a great location.

    Cons

    Everyone is in panic mode and jocking for position. They will stab you in the back to get ahead of you. Everyone is afraid of the future the global team is going to make.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is ironic you say to have the right people doing the right jobs. You have the wrong people that can't do they right job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Not great, not bad.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Rio Tinto Alcan full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work life balance was good. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Once Rio Tinto bought Alcan it became a different company; not the company it once was. The moves made by management became very questionable and seemed to lack direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rio Tinto Alcan full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Large size company with decent pay.

    Cons

    They are so big that they can't take care of each small part of the company. They outsource whatever they can. They even outsourced management of their benefits and when they laid employees off they miscalculated their packages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees need pay and benefits to stay at their jobs! If you outsource everything - you need tighter controls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent world class company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rio Tinto Alcan full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very professional atmosphere. Team spirit of cooperation. Excellent upper management. Multicultural. Opportunity for growth and advancement. Rewarding work. Excellent salary and benefits

    Cons

    Middle level management tends to turn over too often creating periods of indecision which can add stress to the team's productivity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Rio Tinto Alcan full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent salary and great benefits
    Great group of people to work with - most have been with the company for years.
    Doing a great job of keeping up employee morale and taking care of employees during difficult transition.

    Cons

    The Chicago office is closing by year end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always take care of your employees - they are the ones who make your company what it is.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Will it be around Next Year?

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    Former Employee - Continious Improvement Department  in  Ravenswood, WV
    Former Employee - Continious Improvement Department in Ravenswood, WV

    I worked at Rio Tinto Alcan

    Pros

    Strong Support in project work
    Everyone seems to leave at 3pm on Fridays
    Pay is excellent and Insurance Benefits are fantastic
    Management is trying to change culture but progress is slow
    Co-workers are very friendly

    Cons

    Union is in control of the plant not management
    Up for sale and sold 4 times in 10 years makes for a lack of continunity
    No communication on strategy or plans to finally make money
    Everyone is edgy about whether they will have a job in a year. Seems lots are looking and leaving
    In very rural West Virginia, hard to recruit top talent to this outpost.
    Divisional HQ in Paris tries to run the place 5000 miles away and very ineffectively

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the Bureaucracies and flatten the management structure. Stop trying to direct activities from 5000 miles away. Increase communication significantly on all aspects. Address lack of employment stabilty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Engineering Perspective

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Robards, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Robards, KY

    I worked at Rio Tinto Alcan

    Pros

    The only reason to work at this plant is if you HAVE to live in the area and don't want a commute of more than 20 minutes.

    Cons

    No support at all from management at the department level. This plant is an environmental nightmare. You would think that a multibillion dollar company would have more environmental safeguards in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like people and build some trust in your management

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Leader in the cosmetic packaging industry

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    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Rio Tinto Alcan

    Pros

    Offers flexibilty in balancing the work and the personal. Great learning opportunity to learn about all aspects of the cosmetic industry from sales to product development to production. New York office is centrally located in the heart of midtown.

    Cons

    Inefficiency permeates every department. Lack of internal communication. Resistance to positive change. Old infrastructure; accounting still uses AS 400. Reluctance to invest in time and money saving systems. They cut costs in counterproductive ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Solicit feedback from those other than management before implementing radical changes.
    - Be open minded.
    - Emulate what works for other companies in the industry.
    - Be transparent and formerly communicate via office wide emails or memos and major changes.
    - Standardize procedures.
    - Conduct formal orientation and training for new hires.
    - Streamline procedures to reduce excessive paperwork.
    - Look in to the SAP system.
    - Hire full time IT employee instead of outsourcing

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not a technology-forward company

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Rio Tinto Alcan

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule; good company earnings lead to great bonus

    Cons

    global compensation plan too rigid; no career growth for IT; too many macro buracracies at the global level that are not effective at the local level;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't treat full-time employees like consultants; don't appreciate the "do your job, here is your check; see you next week" mentality

    Approves of CEO

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