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"Alcoa is a good place to begin your career, but not to advance it."

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Former Employee - Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
Former Employee - Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

If the reason that you're working is to make a lot of money and don't care about your home/social life than Alcoa is a great place to work. There are always opportunities to work overtime (which is paid) over the weekends. It is also a smaller company so there is more of a family atmosphere. The company also instills a strong work ethic and trains their employees well, so if in the end you feel the company is not a good fit for you personally you will definitely have valuable experience to assist you in the next step of your career.

Cons

One of the most troubling things about working for Alcoa is the layoffs. You never know when they're going to happen and you never know who is going to be affected. It is also difficult to get anyone out of the past. Product is designed the old fashioned way - with grunt work (hence the overtime), and there is little consideration as to where the product is going to go in the future. Then the products that are attempted for the future of the company are out of scope and far beyond the capability and core competencies of the company.

Advice to Management

Communication should exist more often than when layoffs are going to occur. The health and well being of the company is and should be important to the employees and this needs to be communicated on a regular basis. Also a plan for future product development needs to be designed, executed, and followed through with deviations only when proved that the current plan was the wrong decision.

Other Employee Reviews for Alcoa

  1. "Area Manager"

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    Former Employee - Area Manager in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary above market median for role
    Good people that work together well to get the job done
    Interesting work
    New CEO has a good vision

    Cons

    Difficult work life balance due to long hours and many after hour calls
    Lean manufacturing system that has been implemented incorrectly - it's just lean - not really a system that delivers

    Advice to Management

    Need to ensure that new CEO vision filters through the many layers of management
    Need to start thinking like a small company and remove bureaucracy


  2. "IT Professional"

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    Former Employee - IT Professional in Itapissuma (Brazil)
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Itapissuma (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture and values, salary, benefits, friendly environment

    Cons

    work / life balance, distance from City.

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