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Alcoa Reviews

Updated April 13, 2017
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  1. "Group Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Fruitland, IA
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Fruitland, IA

    Pros

    A good company. There are lots of opportunities to move up. Also plenty of lateral moves and education. Management is supportive

    Cons

    Lots of hours. You do not get the time you put in back. You are expected to be on call 24/7

    Advice to Management

    Balance work/home life


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Some Good, Some Bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Technician in Alcoa Center, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Technician in Alcoa Center, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of machines and instrumentation to work with.
    Will sometimes have ice cream truck and food trucks come on site.
    Safety first work place.
    401k matching.

    Cons

    Most co-workers operate in a "me first" or "cover your own behind" mind set.
    Management has a tendency to play favorites.
    Little structure to how work comes in or how it is distributed.
    Company is trying to spit into two, by eliminating positions.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your workers. Evaluate talent yourself, don't relay on what you hear. Don't play favorites.


  3. "Quality"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality in Coon Rapids, MN
    Current Employee - Quality in Coon Rapids, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time

    Pros

    Day shift close to home air condition environment secretary doors smoke and drug free vending machines and the rest room was ok there's a small locker room also

    Cons

    Dirty oily old 1985 equipment. General work force is locked in a time machine in 1985. Machines and equipment hasn't beep updated or invested in over 30 years.

    Advice to Management

    Management has there hands locked behind there backs. Lots of grumpy people who love to spend the day talking behind others backs.


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  5. "Great Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Solutions Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Solutions Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers and strong, working management

    Cons

    Environment is very challenging and can be stressful

    Advice to Management

    Better communication


  6. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Law Clerk in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Summer Law Clerk in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Alcoa (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Highly motivated, intelligent individuals. Everyone collegial

    Cons

    long parking waiting list, no corporate gym


  7. "Machine Operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barberton, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barberton, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Steady hours
    High starting pay
    Good health Benifits
    Dental and Vision

    Cons

    Dirty work environment. Some people are hard to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up your good leadership


  8. "Network Service Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Infrastructure Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Network Infrastructure Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere, Good Team, Challenging work,

    Cons

    I had a good time working at Alcoa. So no Cons !


  9. "Its OK"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alcoa, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alcoa, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not a bad place to work.

    Cons

    You work hard from time to time

    Advice to Management

    do not overwork your team. solve issues before they become problems


  10. "Sr Reliability/PDM Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior ELECTRICAL Reliability Technician in Port Lavaca, TX
    Current Employee - Senior ELECTRICAL Reliability Technician in Port Lavaca, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company really tries to make sure the employees are trained and provides excellent benefits. Really enjoyed my experience with Alcoa except the plant I am working at is shutting down.

    Cons

    Upper Management has made some very critical decisions and the plant I am working at has been affected drastically. The split of Alcoa has shown European Corporate decision making at its finest. Upper Management is heartless when it comes to "grass roots" of a corporation. Our plant has shown it can be profitable and upper management has been harsh and irrational.


  11. "Manufacturing Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Alcoa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fortune 500 company. Exposure to every part of manufacturing. Employee wellness program gives perks like gym and exercise equipment reimbursement.

    Cons

    Vague and ambiguous policies around vacation, job bands, promotions. Be prepared to make opportunities happen for yourself as you will not receive support from management. Management lacks leadership skills necessary to run a business.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to college and take some business/business management courses. Learn how to run a business and utilize talented people.


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