Rio Tinto Alcan

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Rio Tinto Alcan Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014

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3.2 26 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

Rio Tinto Alcan CEO Jacynthe Côté

Jacynthe Côté

(10 ratings)

58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great staff and team work work with. Professional, results-focused, upward mobility

    Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (Current Employee) Sebree, KY

    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 Senior ManagementListen to your people. innovate, innovate, innovate

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stay away

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) South Jordan, UT

    ProsGreat benefits and a great location.

    ConsEveryone 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 Senior ManagementIt 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not great, not bad.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

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

    ConsOnce 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLarge size company with decent pay.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent world class company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsExcellent 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.

    ConsThe Chicago office is closing by year end.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlways take care of your employees - they are the ones who make your company what it is.

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    Will it be around Next Year?

    Continious Improvement Department (Former Employee) Ravenswood, WV

    ProsStrong 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

    ConsUnion 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 Senior ManagementReduce 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Robards, KY

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementTreat your employees like people and build some trust in your management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Leader in the cosmetic packaging industry

    Sales Coordinator (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsOffers 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.

    ConsInefficiency 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 Senior Management- 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a technology-forward company

    Senior Programmer (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsFlexible work schedule; good company earnings lead to great bonus

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

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