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Alcoa Cleveland Reviews

Updated February 10, 2017
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  1. "Master Scheduler"

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    Former Employee - Master Scheduler in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Master Scheduler in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good stability. Commitment to excellence in products and processes.

    Cons

    Extreme amount of bureaucracy. Seperate BU's existed in extreme isolation. Mediocre work / life balance. As corporate as corporate gets.

    Advice to Management

    Knock down some of that red tape! Because without it, there are a lot of great aspects of Alcoa that would become visible.


  2. "Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Cleveland, OH
    Former Intern - Intern in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends

    I worked at Alcoa as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was great
    Housing Options for out of state interns
    Monthly lunch and learns
    Interns had volunteer opportunities within the company

    Cons

    Some events that were promised to the interns never occured,
    Communication with the interns could be improved


  3. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great money and overtime no home life

    Cons

    Poor management. They don't listen and steam roll employees

    Advice to Management

    Realize your not the smartest people in the room. Listen to the people who do the work and let them help.


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  5. "Falling apart"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employees bond together over the unacceptable lack of support and resources from management. Everyone is in the same boat. Medical benefits are great. Brand recognition.

    Cons

    Employees are extensively overextended with large scope projects without proper resources. Setup to fail from the beginning. Dinosaur age infrastructure. No IT support. Configuration control is almost non-existent. Management is clueless - no vision or direction, and no technical expertise either. High turnover rate. Hostile work environment. Problems with noncompliance! You're basically on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Learn your own internal technical requirements. Provide resources and support to the in-house talent. Stop wasting money on outsourcing work scope due to poorly established processes. Listen to your employees and treat them with respect and professionalism as they deserve. Establish better processes and systems. Eliminate waste and nonconformance. Communication and hierarchy of the chain line must be improved.


  6. "Engineering Co-op at Alcoa"

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    Former Employee - Design and Manufacturing Co-op in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Design and Manufacturing Co-op in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company is very supportive of their Co-ops and their individual development. I was given relevant and challenging projects on a timely basis to help with my development. I was given the freedom to work on the projects without constant supervision, which gave me the opportunity to be creative.

    Cons

    The company is extremely large and as a Co-op trying to get in touch with other departments that a project involved was difficult. I also sat behind a desk most of my time, which for me personally was not something I enjoyed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the development of Co-ops. In the beginning of their session, show them how, if or when necessary, to find the resources they may need to move along with their projects.


  7. "Senior Safety Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, bonus, and benefits

    Cons

    Long Hours, spent time doing not productive things.


  8. "Great Launch"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary overtime, Perks, Great benefit package, able to climb fairly quickly

    Cons

    Extremely hot in summer, rotating schedule, production planning inconsistent, outdated software.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible place to work. Work their employees to death. If you work in Finance look somewhere else for a job."

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Benefits are good. Can't think of any other positive things to say. Bonus is nice to reward your employees...

    Cons

    Absolutely no work life balance if you work in the Finance department. You are over worked and if you are a great performer your reward is to get buried with more "busy" work and stupid meetings that accomplish nothing. On top of that they don't get rid of people who can't do their jobs so you have to do that as well. They don't treat you like a person. Upper management just screams at you if you make a mistake. Even if it's not your mistake they scream at you and make you do it .. Nobody has any personal responsibility. You work 12 hours come home and eat and then guess what?? It's time to open up the laptop and work some more. Working here has made me depressed and anxiety ridden. I don't get to eat dinner with my family. It's so hard on my family that I'm always at work. So not worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people. Talk to them if they make a mistake. Fire people who can't do their job. Stop overworking people!!! Hire some more employees. Groom your employees to move up. Don't just stall their career because you don't feel like having to find a replacement to fill their old job. When you know an employee has talent reward them with a promotion or less busy work to do so they can use their talent to benefit the company.


  10. "operation"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Operations in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits package. High tech leaders on Aluminum aerospace

    Cons

    life balance. Atmosfere current Top Management does not care for employees.


  11. "Administration"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Global company with lots of resources and opportunities to advance in your career. The benefits are top of the line.

    Cons

    Too many hours required & often short staffed in key support ateas.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees who work hard and reward them for their contributions.


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