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

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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.

Other Employee Reviews for Alcoa

  1. "Alcoa - great place to start your career"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Alcoa is a great place to start your career. The entry level positions offer variety and the chance to learn much about the company. There are a lot of great people who work there, and opportunities for flexibility in your work schedule.

    Cons

    Departments are very different within the company, but for the most part it seems like communication is poor and there is not a lot of trust in management. Also, it seems to depend a lot on who your manager is. Some managers are much better than others and offer their employees more opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining talent, especially young talent. People tend to stay only a few years out of school and it makes it hard to recruit other young people when so few are currently employed.


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    "Ding Dong.....Belda is Gone"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Alcoa used to be a great place to work....good benefits, competitive salary. Now we seem to want to be just an average company on these items.....and management wonders why we have problems retaining new hires.

    Cons

    CEO for the last 8 years, Alain Belda, has done a terrible job. Hoping new CEO will do better.

    Advice to Management

    Regain the trust of Wall Street. Tell the truth. Quit wasting money on projects that are doomed for failure (e.g., inert anode). Close the New York office, move back to Pittsburgh, save the money we spend on Park Ave. rent. Sell the company jets, fly commercial like Paul O'Neill used to do. Walk the cost cutting talk.

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