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"You will never be bored here."

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Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Dover, NJ
Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Dover, NJ
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

The benefits are awesome. Perhaps a bit on the overgenerous side. You also get to work with a diverse group of operators and engineers, not just diversity in terms of ethnicity, but also in personalities. When business is going well, there is also a lot of Alcoa's capital from a corporate level that the company can tap to make big improvements. Howmet is a relatively recent purchase for Alcoa, so there has been lots of investment in the company. That investment slows down a bit in tough times, but the big projects generally still get approved, more likely if that project is also important at a corporate level.

Cons

Management communication of the important things is pretty weak. Depending on which area you work, you may not get an idea of how the company has been doing month to month. No advance notice when they need to make a workforce reduction. The management heirarchy has been flattened to the point where a promotion often means going from relatively bottom-rung straight to senior management. Difficult to see a path upward through the company if that is your goal. Progression in responsibility is always there, and will likely come whether you were looking for it or not. As a result, it seems like a lot of the people get pushed beyond their limits. Corporate parents means corporation-wide initiatives, so there is the occasional trouble associated with trying to fit a diverse bunch of businesses into the same initiative mold.

Advice to Management

The folks on the floor and in the lower offices are the ones that have the answers, or at least the ability to come up with them, so ask them what the obstacles are if they aren't telling you, and if they are telling you, listen to them. Helping your direct reports by eliminating roadblocks works better than threatening them when things aren't getting done on-time. Communication of how the business is doing needs to be more frequent and thorough, and you shouldn't be so loathe to deliver bad news.

Other Employee Reviews for Alcoa

  1. "Alcoa is good to learn but not for moving up based on performance and skills."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Pittsburgh, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learn about the commodities industry. This company is in the aluminum industry but you will learn how in general commodities work including oil, metals, foods and other commodities. You can also learn about the 'old school' way a company is ran. They try to do a good job, but still ran in an old fashion way.

    Cons

    Very heirarchial company, hard to move up based on skill rather on time put in. If you expect to move up the ladder based on your skills, don't expect it. You need to put your time in and they make it very hard to get hired externally as it is a highly desireable company.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize talented people based on performance not on seniority.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A decent place to work, with some major drawbacks"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Cleveland, OH
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A profitable venture, if you are willing to give up a good portion of what used to be your personal time. Due to the 24/7 nature of operations, many hours are required of the average employee. The company provides an above average benefit package, at a somewhat reasonable cost. Until one gets into upper management there is the opportunity for paid overtime, which can substantially boost earnings potential. The average employee still cares somewhat about the future of the company, and newer upper management is trying to bring about a change in attitude. There are, however, a large number of older employees counting the days until they can retire. This should allow for many future openings.

    Cons

    Apathy of employees brought about by treatment from upper management. Many employees are disgusted by being treated as children. Granted there are some who abuse thir jobs, but most are conscientious employees who, given some proper leadership, will work to improve the company. Alcoa has abandoned some of their older supervisors by changing the calculation of the pensions. Therefore, many are retiring as their pensions will start dropping if they stay longer. There are many in middle management who have limited knowlege of their job function, have minimal education, and have very little idea of how to manage or treat people.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees fairly and according to their abilities. Remember, they are adults.

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