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Alcoa Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  1. "Employment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Nice Wage Potential, Strong Safety Program and lots of employee involvement.

    Cons

    Some locations don't walk the talk. Employees opinions are often not given as much credibility as that of upper management.

    Advice to Management

    More Respect to your workers and their service, dedication, and efforts they provide to the company.


  2. "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.


  3. "Good for entry level"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Pay, Great for Learning the about equipment, Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Long Hours, Could use better management and mentoring, Old equipment


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  5. "Great Place to Start At"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New Kensington, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New Kensington, PA

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere is amazing to work in. Everyone is doing everything they can to make the projects move forward. You are always busy and there is never a dull moment.

    Cons

    Depending on your job, you'll put a lot of work in. Management expects you to give your life but doesn't always value it. Since there is no longer a pension, the pros to benefits compared to other companies lacks.


  6. "A good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Proposal Coordinator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Proposal Coordinator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice team environment.

    Cons

    Alcoa purchased the company I worked for and I was laid off when my job went away.


  7. "Upstream facilities are definitely not world class."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not top money, considering the working conditions. But it is decent pay.

    Cons

    Always wants to cry poor mouth. ALL of the perks dried up after a few years. Not a lot of capital spread around to upstream facilities.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees should be valued more. They are humans, not simply tools you can put away when no longer using them.


  8. "Alcoa Corp. Review"

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    Current Employee - Staff Electrical Engineer in Newburgh, IN
    Current Employee - Staff Electrical Engineer in Newburgh, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility (as a salaried person), and benefits. Job is good and plenty to do. I get along well with most everyone I work with (peers). The new Alcoa Corp. feels like it could be a great thing for our plant. Simpler is better! Glad to see Roy Harvey come on as the new CEO.

    Cons

    Management let's Union call the shots way too often. Many people get paid really well to do nearly nothing. Some union employees expect to get sleep at work so they can work elsewhere, and make more money than most of the salaried people. And the ones that do want to work get penalized by their Union "brothers" so much that they either give up and give in, or leave. Retention is a problem, unless your in the Union and are only here for the benefits, the union will make sure you never get fired, for (almost) anything.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the new plan to simplify processes to get things done. Need to create stability and trust. Make people work and hold people accountable! You can preach accountability all day, but I never see it, at any level.


  9. "Turning Operator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barberton, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barberton, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good CNC experience if you know that is what "turning" is there, which they don't tell you.

    Cons

    Ultra-politically correct environment. Some minorities definitely capitalize on this and leverage it for all that its worth. Employee turn-over rate is astronomical. Passionate preaching on safety, however it is actually a VERY dangerous position, since a wheel could fly out of the machine at any time and take someone's head off and they DO fly out. Front office management is scandalous and the HR team is actually antipersonnel and very bigoted against people who have integrity and work ethic. HR defends individuals who threaten other employees. Supervisors are not very bright, but basically good people.

    Advice to Management

    Do everyone a favor and fire yourselves, because you are not worth the company you are working for.


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    "Rudder-less"

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    Former Employee - Electrician in Massena, NY
    Former Employee - Electrician in Massena, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, benefits, opportunity for advancement exists in the hourly ranks. They try to promote safe work practices. The workers and lower management have a good working relationship in most cases, and this is good because the upper management is pretty clueless regarding the operational aspects of the plant, and have no respect for the job experience, expertise, and indispensable value that people lacking college credentials bring to the operation. Conversely, many with college degrees, are totally worthless from a practical application standpoint.

    Cons

    Speaking for Massena Operations where I was employed, the seemingly endless revolving door series of transient plant managers kept the plant in constant transition mode for most of the last 20 years I was there, never seeming to settle on a consistent long term plan or vision, and trying to look as good as possible for their short tenure, and as a result, taking no interest in the long term viability of the operation which led to the extreme deterioration of the infrastructure of the plant buildings ie.... roofs, water/steam systems, electrical systems, roads etc... In addition, many health hazards exist. Dust is pervasive in most areas. This includes asbestos, carbon dust, silica, ore dust. Also hazardous is solvents, chlorine. diesel exhaust from the many vehicles running 24/7 indoors. In most cases management must be forced to take action.
            On another front, they like to force people to work overtime against their will, sometimes in excess of 60 hours weekly. Really not conducive to family life.

    Advice to Management

    Just the basic, "Treat people the way you would like to be treated," not rocket science. Just a little consideration and respect.


  11. "Salaried Employee Review"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Villa Rica, GA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Villa Rica, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Alcoa has great advancement opportunities for those that are willing to work for it.

    Cons

    Work life balance is talked about. If you are an hourly employee, there is a maximum 64 hour rule. This s not a consideration for salaried individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Improve on work life balance. Improve on autonomy and the ability to get resources sooner.



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