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Alcoa Reviews

Updated June 14, 2017
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  1. "Drill operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Drill Operator in City of Industry, CA
    Current Employee - Drill Operator in City of Industry, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to learn multiple things and advance in company.

    Cons

    Starting pay at lower level is ok and annual increase is small.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Political land mine"

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    • Senior Management
    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".

  3. "Engineering Co-op at Alcoa"

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    Former Employee - Design and Manufacturing Co-op in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Design and Manufacturing Co-op in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company is very supportive of their Co-ops and their individual development. I was given relevant and challenging projects on a timely basis to help with my development. I was given the freedom to work on the projects without constant supervision, which gave me the opportunity to be creative.

    Cons

    The company is extremely large and as a Co-op trying to get in touch with other departments that a project involved was difficult. I also sat behind a desk most of my time, which for me personally was not something I enjoyed.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the development of Co-ops. In the beginning of their session, show them how, if or when necessary, to find the resources they may need to move along with their projects.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good old boys club"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Lafayette, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Profit Sharing
    -Tuition assistance
    -Shift premium

    There's not too much positive that I can say about my experience with Alcoa as a supervisors at this specific facility.

    Cons

    -Horrendous work/life balance for supervisors
    -Massive turnover of supervisors over the past few years
    -No advancement opportunities for supervisors as they can't find anyone to take the positions
    -Managers without the needed education requirements
    -Base pay is lower than almost all competitors in the area for new supervisors
    -Management folds like a paper house when dealing with the Union
    -Every person in the plant will delegate their specific responsibilities on to you
    - Good 'ol boys club


  5. "Trucker/ Material Handler"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lafayette, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Steady work with fair pay and benefits. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime didn't leave much room for a life outside of work.

    Advice to Management

    Hide more people to cover weekend and overtime shifts.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Acquired by Alcoa in 2015"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay seemed pretty comparable to other companies in the same industry, benefits were as expected, pretty standard place of employment.

    Cons

    Everyone began to feel that this company was extremely focused on numbers and the employee culture began to decline, which was a sad thing to see.


  7. "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

  8. "Recommended"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid company, good benefits, great organizational environment.

    Cons

    The company can be too bureaucratic and old fashion.

    Advice to Management

    Worry more about clearly communicate and share ideas with you staff.


  9. "Great place for manufacturing"

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    Current Employee - NPI Engineer in Hampton, VA
    Current Employee - NPI Engineer in Hampton, VA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time

    Pros

    They have great benefits, and it really keeps you on your toes.

    Cons

    Fast paced requiring a very quick learn level.


  10. "Who Knows"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newburgh, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newburgh, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time

    Pros

    Good group of employees, excellent pay and benefits work is not all that hard and plant management is excellent to work for and dedicated to making everyone successful.

    Cons

    Top level supervision is either detached from what is going on at the local level or does not care. Work life balance is difficult due to twelve hour rotating shift.


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