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Davenport, IA Area

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  1. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Davenport, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fortunate to work with some of the smartest people I know.

    Cons

    Old school culture and mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Hoping to excel in the future


  2. "Alcoa Davenport Works"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you wanted to work the hours you could make really good money.

    Cons

    Almost all levels of management was ran on diversity first and all other things second including making money.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity doesn't mean color, race or sex.......the sooner you learn that the sooner you can get back to making money and increasing your stock price....zero increase in 16 years.....very sad.


  3. "Manufacturing Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fortune 500 company. Exposure to every part of manufacturing. Employee wellness program gives perks like gym and exercise equipment reimbursement.

    Cons

    Vague and ambiguous policies around vacation, job bands, promotions. Be prepared to make opportunities happen for yourself as you will not receive support from management. Management lacks leadership skills necessary to run a business.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to college and take some business/business management courses. Learn how to run a business and utilize talented people.


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  5. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Davenport, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and a lot of opportunities to move up

    Cons

    not very organized at training salary employees

    Advice to Management

    Have a better plan to train staff


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Process Improvement Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Process Improvement Engineer in Bettendorf, IA
    Current Employee - Process Improvement Engineer in Bettendorf, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay in the area, quarterly bonus

    Cons

    Long hours, difficult to change processes due to size of company and union environment


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place to work as far as benefits and pay for production workers."

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    Current Employee - Thermal Equipment Operator in Clinton, IA
    Current Employee - Thermal Equipment Operator in Clinton, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    With no degree, the pay and benefits are great. Most departments are on a 3-2-2 schedule which allows time off during the week.

    Cons

    As a whole the management are great, there are a few that are a little difficult to work with for no apparent reason.

    Advice to Management

    As an adult, it's a bit degrading to be treated like a child and not listened to by a Group Leader that has 0 experience on the equipment and even less time in the plant.

    * these situations have since gotten better but not 100%


  8. "Tough business with inane leaders"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I had a number of opportunities and a lively career path. Many interesting things to try and discover for those willing to work hard.

    Cons

    Myopic directives by leaders who have lost the core values that made the business what it was back in the day.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people. Those who want to help you lead, need to have a shot at doing so credibly.


  9. "Union Worker"

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    Current Employee - Coil Inspector in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Coil Inspector in Davenport, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great Benefits as well.

    Cons

    The people need supervisors. The 12 hours are ok sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more educated as well.


  10. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Bettendorf, IA
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Bettendorf, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Room for advancement. Great products. knowledgeable people and supervision. there is always something to learn and the pace is fast and exciting

    Cons

    The main issue I have is with compensation and salary grades. It takes awhile to build momentum and to get a lager salary compared to other companies of this caliber

    Advice to Management

    I have no real advice to management. It is a huge company and they obviously know what direction they are headed in. I would say it makes sense to continue to hire bright people and train them well


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Work seven days a week with only one weekend off a month"

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    Current Employee - Operator in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Operator in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros: Alcoa is a long standing leader in it's field with potentially global positions for salaried workers. Hourly is stuck at location.

    Alcoa is good at training new people for different positions and job tasks.

    The pay is good, not great or exceptional, but good.

    Cons

    Cons: Work schedule is horrible. Be prepared to surrender your life and soul. Work seven days straight and then they'll give you Tuesday and Wednesday off as your "weekend". Then wor another seven days straight. You can and will be forced to work 16 hour days. You will only get twelve real weekends off each year.

    They treat their lower management like slaves. They are encouraged to work twelve hour days and weekends, fired when they don't for "not having enough Alcoa spirit". Or just fired for nothing. I saw one guy fired for caring too much about an injured worker. Upper management dog-beats the frontline supervisors and that permeating despair rubs off on the hourly workers. You can't trust a company that eats it's own.

    Alcoa does not keep to it's promises. Company profits were up 30%, performance pay bonuses for the workers who broke production records dropped from 8% to 0.16%. Not encouraging at all.

    The tuition reimbursement they sell young people on? It's only available to ONLY the currently enlisted (no new people can be added to the program) and the budget is always "unknown". You will never get tuition money from Alcoa, they use it as a recruitment tactic, a bait, but it doesn't actually exist.

    Everyone is tired. I haven't seen my family in a long time. Vacation time is tiny. You'll be here for at least three years before you get two weeks off.

    Advice to Management

    Can I have my weekends back? As a human decency thing that would be nice. You're causing massive burn out and killing the morale.


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