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Alcoa Reviews

Updated December 10, 2017
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  1. "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chef in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Chef in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers to work with, great hours, great management

    Cons

    I don't feel like I have any downsides about this job

    Advice to Management

    All looks great and feel great, very organize


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Alcoa review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, always room to move up in the company, if you run your quota you get what's call an instant recognition certificate and get various items with it or turn it in for an extra $20 on your check, company picnics, if your shift runs over your quota then they have food catered during one of your breaks.

    Cons

    You'll get overtime but don't know how long it's gonna last. And the extra money you get on your check from the instant recognition certificateso take a few weeks to be put on your check

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Bad News"

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    • Career Opportunities
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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.


  4. "Intern Program"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great intern program. Interesting work and lots of projects for interns

    Cons

    Hard to convert from intern to full time. Few entry level full time opportunities compared to number of interns


  5. "Sr. Financial Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay compared to area cost of living.

    Cons

    Not enough emphasis placed on Career Progression and Talent Management. The formal online process is time consuming and does not yield results.

    Advice to Management

    There should be succession plans in place and they should be communicated to the employees to keep them from leaving the company.


  6. "Alcoa Davenport Works"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Davenport, IA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you wanted to work the hours you could make really good money.

    Cons

    Almost all levels of management was ran on diversity first and all other things second including making money.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity doesn't mean color, race or sex.......the sooner you learn that the sooner you can get back to making money and increasing your stock price....zero increase in 16 years.....very sad.


  7. "Glad to be gone"

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

    Pros

    Interesting manufacturing process at the plant

    Cons

    More about the company than the employees

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Alcoa"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Alcoa has a very comfortable work environment. Friendly people and flexible hours with good compensation. Growing industry and profit.

    Cons

    Alcoa can get stuck in the old way of doing things and old organization ways. Many people did not get their yearly bonus because of work even though the profit exceeded last years.

    Advice to Management

    Reward and value your employees and encourage better teamwork. Hire more people if it is necessary to ease the stress on employees that are behind schedule.


  9. "Good pay for area"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay, knowledgable staff, understanding managers, good benefits

    Cons

    Huge experience gap causes over working of employees

    Advice to Management

    Hire more supervisors


  10. "Financial Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Long Island City, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Long Island City, NY

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience, good people

    Cons

    Not too many career opportunity to grow


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