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Alcoa Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fair, but declining"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Analyst in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Process Analyst in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The most competitive quality of the company is the benefit package which includes an annual bonus, 6% 401K match, and good health benefits.

    Cons

    They will not give internal job candidates the pay they deserve for promotions to new positions. External candidates get a better deal.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair. If someone inherits or gains more responsibilities, pay them for the new job they're doing.


  2. "Old time company old time values"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is better than most for high performers

    Cons

    Raw focus on metrics ignores work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Old time company old time values, key to success is to produce results. Aggressive targets set and expectation is that the targets will be met. Focus on doing the right thing even if it disappoints those above

  3. "Good for experience but not worth making into a long term career."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Safety culture
    Well developed JSAs,work instructions
    Well maintained equipment
    Disciplined work force
    Up to date technology
    Clean facility
    Profit sharing

    Cons

    Low wages
    Extremely dangerous
    Temperature in facility is well over 100 degrees in some areas
    Favoritism
    Hard labor
    Under staffed


  4. "Production Supervisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good money and insurance

    Cons

    Performance don't matter favoritism does

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. Helpful (2)

    "SMH"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cast Operator in Texarkana, TX
    Current Employee - Cast Operator in Texarkana, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Poor Communication. Lead in place that should have never been.

    Cons

    Really bad leads. Some are good, some are bad.


  6. "Salaried Employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits and sometimes work hours

    Cons

    Forget human even being a part of the department title, shared serivices is where we are supposed to direct you and don't think HR really cares or listens cause if you are someone who speaks up, is a whistle blower or anyone with real ethics you will be black listed and they will work you right out. And your "voice" only matters are far as the survey goes, fluff to make you happy around survey time but real change that really matters won't happen. And the scum that doesn't work or isn't worth a darn will still be there as long as they kiss backside to the plant manager.

    Advice to Management

    Production only happens when you have happy hourly workers- that's your real bread and butter, you should treat them better.


  7. "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.

  8. "Master Scheduler"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Start At"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. "Good for entry level"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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