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Alcoa Overview

Pittsburgh, PA
10000+ employees
Company - Public (AA)
Metal & Mineral Manufacturing
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Alcoa is a global industry leader in bauxite, alumina, and aluminum products, built on a foundation of strong values and operating excellence dating back nearly 130 years to the world-changing discovery that made aluminum an affordable and vital part of modern ... Read more

Mission: Having created the aluminum industry, Alcoa is growing in the areas the world needs most, delivering sustainable solutions that meet ever-increasing demands for lightweighting in automotive, commercial transportation and aerospace and for energy-efficient buildings.

Company Updates

  • Hope to see you there !!!!

  • WE ARE HIRING !!! Our Warrick Operations in Evansville, IN is hosting two onsite interviewing events for a hiring surge in 2020.

    One will take place in Evansville, onsite at the Warrick operations facilities on January 27. Please follow this link to our event announcement on Indeed for more details and to RSVP for a time slot.

    Keep your eyes open later this week we'll announce the second event details taking place in South Bend, IN on January 30.

    Alcoa Corporation Hiring Event! Offers on the Spot! Snacks and refreshments provided! Company swag provided!

    Production is the core of Alcoa. Our production force takes great pride in the aluminum we produce. Our production team spans family generations, creating a rich history of Alcoa and ensuring future generations strive for production excellence. Roles: Power Electricians, General Mechanics, Electricians, Operators, Molten Operators, Roll Grinders, Slitter Operators and several others.

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Alcoa – Why Work With Us?

Pioneer. Innovator. Leader.

Since the dawn of the aluminum industry, the name Alcoa has been synonymous with operational excellence and leadership in the production of Bauxite, Alumina and Aluminum products. We invented the aluminum industry in 1888 and we continue to innovate with new technologies and processes.

  • One of the largest bauxite mining portfolios worldwide
  • An attractive global alumina refining system
  • Optimized aluminum smelting network
  • Innovative cast products network
  • Flexible energy portfolio
  • Maximizing synergies between can sheet and other Alcoa markets

In today's aluminum market, where lean operation is critical, our comprehensive portfolio of assets and our operating experience make Alcoa uniquely built to lead. We are known worldwide as a values-based company that holds to the highest standards of excellence–operational, environmental, and ethical—as essential for our business. We never stop looking for ways to be more productive, efficient, innovative and sustainable in order to deliver the best products and outcomes to our customers and shareholders.

We might just be made for each other.

Us: Best in our industry at operating, executing and innovating. You: seeking an opportunity to achieve, a home for your career, and a work environment that values creativity, diversity, and initiative. If this sounds like a fit, consider applying with us.

Alcoa thrives by developing best practices that improve our business of bauxite, alumina and aluminum. But that’s not all. Just as important, we develop best practices for meeting environmental goals and supporting our communities, and we implement these ideas with consistency and precision across a global, multicultural organization.

This kind of operating excellence takes a special kind of team, made up of special people. One of them could be you.

Join our team

We seek highly motivated people who can help us succeed. While each position requires specific skills, in general we look for candidates who:

  • Demonstrate strong leadership
  • Approach problem solving creatively
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Apply strong analytical skills
  • Collaborate in a team environment
  • Focus on the customer

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What it's like to work here

Around the world, we share common goals:

  • We empower our people to make continuous improvements.
  • We create an environment in which all employees develop and contribute to their full potential.
  • We embrace diversity at all levels, believing that superior company performance requires a variety of employee experiences, backgrounds, and characteristics.
  • We reward and recognize outstanding results.
  • From day one, we expect every employee to contribute and make a difference.

Act with Integrity. Operate with Excellence. Care for People.

At Alcoa, Values have always been a foundation of our Company, governing the way we act, operate and how we interact with our customers, communities and each other.

Purposefully brief and memorable in their simplicity, our Values are a simple reflection of who we are: thousands of committed individuals around the world who share the same vision … to win by being the best at what we do and by doing it the right way. This means that we:

Act with Integrity.

We are open, honest, and accountable. We do what we say we’ll do.

Operate with Excellence.

We relentlessly pursue outstanding and sustainable results. And we creatively transform ideas into value.

Care for People.

We treat all people with dignity and provide a diverse, inclusive work culture. We work safely, promote wellness, and protect the environment.

Making sure we do what we say.

The Alcoa Value of Integrity guides our business above all. Our company-wide Ethics and Compliance Program is the tool we use to make sure we keep that promise every day, in every decision we make.

Every Alcoan, worldwide, is required to understand what it means to act with integrity, to adhere to our policies and procedures, and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

To make this part of every Alcoan's daily work discipline, our Ethics and Compliance Program uses the following elements:

Code of Conduct

  • How we conduct business worldwide, consistent with our Values and applicable law

Alcoa Supplier Standards

  • Training on Code of Conduct, either online or shop floor, required for all employees and new hires

Community Investment

Alcoa actively participates in every community in which we operate around the world. We hold ourselves to the highest operational and sustainability standards to ensure that we are a good neighbor. We want the communities in which our employees work and live to thrive, and we view our tenure in these places as an opportunity to help develop economic activity, environmental practices and social programs that will stay in place after our role ends. We have a deep commitment to investing, volunteering and building long-term relationships in our communities. Close community ties are fundamental to ensuring our social license to operate.

To learn more visit the Alcoa foundation, please visit

Alcoa Reviews

  • Featured Review

    "Great company in a lot of turmoil"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than a year)


    - Competitive pay, reasonable benefits
    - Lots of opportunity for internal movement
    - Good culture, which has resulted in the attainment of a lot of great employees (and the surprisingly swift removal of toxic ones)
    - Corporate office has a great location and is a very pleasant environment
    - Recent changes are difficult but truly address many of the issues from the past
    - Performance is evaluated qualitatively, not quantitatively
    - Transparent leadership


    Alcoa is a company in transition, still, and though the organization is moving itself in the right direction, it can really be a challenge to constantly work in a state of change and uncertainty.

    Frequent shifting in the past few years has lead to the ouster of many tenured employees, leaving some people in positions for which they are not experts. This results in a reduction of much-needed efficiencies.

    One downside of the lack of traditional KPI-style performance management is that, at least up to this point, it has been hard for managers to make the case to get rid of poor performers based exclusively on performance.

    Diversity is a problem for the organization as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    Technology is the future. Support the teams in your organization who drive this the most, across all facets of the business. If you invest in something, be ready to go to bat for your employees who are trying their best to support your initiatives and get the rest of the organization on board. If you don't, you are setting everyone up for failure. Commit!

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Alcoa Photos

Alcoa photo of: Cooling Station
Alcoa photo of: Once again, Alcoa named one of Canada's Best Employers by Forbes Magazine!
Alcoa photo of: At Warrick Operations (U.S.A), forty students took part in Alcoa's 9th annual Minority Youth Day!
Alcoa photo of: Alcoa President, Harvey said: "We've been smelting aluminum in the U.S. and around the globe for 130 years. We appreciate the support of the administration to try and make a level playing field."
Alcoa photo of: Alcoa restarted its Warrick, IN aluminum smelter, an action that will further improve the competitiveness of its on-site rolling mill.
Alcoa photo of: Headquarters - Pittsburgh, PA
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Alcoa Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




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    Strategy Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Pittsburgh, PA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Alcoa (Pittsburgh, PA) in February 2018.


    Process took two weeks. Started with 30 minute phone interview followed by a 5 hour interview process two weeks later. 5 hour interview included multiple different people and a group activity.

    Interview Questions

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Alcoa Awards & Accolades

  • World's Most Admired Companies: Metals(#1), Fortune, 2014
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2014
  • 100 Best Corporate Citizens, Corporate Responsibility Magazine, 2014
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2012
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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