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Alcoa Reviews

Updated Nov 24, 2019

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3.8
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Alcoa CEO Roy Harvey
Roy Harvey
34 Ratings
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  1. Featured Review

    "Great company in a lot of turmoil"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - 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

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    Cons

    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.

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    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!

    Alcoa2019-11-24
  2. "Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time

    Pros

    Nice people very easy to get along

    Cons

    Very very long hours but good pay

    Alcoa2018-03-05
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  4. "Alcoa"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good place to work - very focused on safety.

    Cons

    Our division was not in aluminum, so if felt like management didn't always know what to do with us.

    Alcoa2019-10-27
  5. "Exciting Work Atomosphere"

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    Current Employee - Talent Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Always lots going on to get involved with in and outside of your function

    Cons

    Business is subject to many external market conditions

    Alcoa2019-10-02
  6. "Stable position to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service in Davenport, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is adequate for work Managers help in workload Never felt singled out

    Cons

    Use of flexible start time would be beneficial

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

    Alcoa2019-09-20
  7. "Way better After Arconic Left"

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    Current Employee - Technologist in Alcoa Center, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent Coworkers, good cafeteria, good halloween party

    Cons

    Horrible Management that effectively mismanaged and destroyed the company. Difficult to "move up." Too many managers.

    Alcoa2019-10-02
  8. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Accountant 

    I worked at Alcoa full-time

    Pros

    Its a great place to work

    Cons

    There is a good amount of overtime

    Alcoa2019-07-30
  9. "Alcoa Review now Arconic"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Controller in Lafayette, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    insurance benefits starts immediately and was low price and coverage was good

    Cons

    they own your sole there, work 12 hour days or more

    Advice to Management

    better work life balance

    Alcoa2019-07-17
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Distinguished, but weathered"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager, Global Human Resources Technology in Pittsburgh, PA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good work/life balance, generally good people, principled leadership (CEO, specifically)

    Cons

    Not enough turnover, tolerance for mediocrity / unwillingness to confront performance issues, too many excuses

    Advice to Management

    Fully commit to modernizing the business and hold people accountable

    Alcoa2019-07-11
  11. "IET technician"

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    Former Employee - IET Instrumentation and Electrical Technician in Alcoa Center, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    awesome company to work for

    Cons

    I miss working for Alcoa

    Alcoa2019-06-03
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