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Alcoa Reviews

Updated November 28, 2016
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  1. "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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Bad News"

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

    Pros

    Attractive job title, benefits, future-oriented manufacturing.

    Cons

    Pathologically disorganized, extremely poorly managed at the group level, dysfunctional team dynamics, no work/life balance. My job function, along with all of the aforementioned problems, went with the value-add company, Arconic after the separation from Alcoa.

    Advice to Management

    "Lean" management/organization only works when efficient and dependable processes are in place to take the part of superfluous personnel. There's no "talent bench" here to speak of - hiring the minimum number of employees and working them to the breaking point repels good employees and leaves a company stuck with sick/bad ones. If you want to attract good talent, you've got to give them reasons to want to work there - anyone who can choose to leave, will do so. Also - being honest about job descriptions and job realities with your applicants would not be a bad idea: reputable companies already do that kind of thing, and this company ought to know better.


  3. "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.


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  5. "Visual inspection"

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    Current Employee - Visual Inspection in Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - Visual Inspection in Hampton, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The pay is fair but haven't gotta any raise

    Cons

    The overtime is overwhelming

    Advice to Management

    Better communication


  6. "Very different organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Flex time for certain individuals

    Cons

    Micro Managed
    Management does care/doesn't listen
    Favoritism throughout the organization


  7. "Management has no idea what they are doing."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fontana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary
    Can't think of anything else
    Benefits are not competitive

    Cons

    Management is poor
    No room for growth
    Negative culture
    Afraid to make changes

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of individuals who do not add value and consistently make things harder for your good workers.


  8. "Alcoa has no hope"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked there for 2 years, and the pay is very good

    Cons

    This company has no vision and no hope.


  9. "Worse company I've worked for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Recognizable company name. Benefits not bad.

    Cons

    All based on who likes who or who's related to who. Does not live values they preach. Short term thinking and decision making.


  10. "Morristown"

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    Current Employee - Press Operator in Morristown, TN
    Current Employee - Press Operator in Morristown, TN
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits and holiday pay decent

    Cons

    Horrible work atmosphere. Dog eat dog. Very disrespectful to the employees. Not as safe as they want you to think.

    Advice to Management

    Try to promote teamwork. Each shift does not like the other shift Its sad.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Political land mine"

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    Former Employee - Business in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Business in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Alcoa pays above average and almost all employees get bonuses. The company makes products that are used across industries and affect all of us in everyday life.

    Cons

    Ethical standards at this company are lax. It's every man for himself. "Leaders" give merely lip service to collaboration and buy in. Speaking your mind is not rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up for what is right and don't bury your head in the sand. This company could use a dose of what we teach our children, be kind and fair, share, be authentic and stand by your "true north".



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