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Kaiser Aluminum Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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Kaiser Aluminum Chairman, President, and CEO Jack A. Hockema
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  1. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Furnace Operator in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Furnace Operator in Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Kaiser treat their people well free medical great wage plus Dollar 14 an hour colaanother dollar an hour for shift differential and 10 paid holidays plus lots of overtime

    Cons

    Unmotivated workforce casting gets very hot in the summer very hard to get intoafter your initial interview can take up to a year before you walk in the door


  2. "Great benefits and multitude of opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Crane Operator in Spokane Valley, Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Crane Operator in Spokane Valley, Spokane, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    excellent pay and best benefits I've seen including full health, pension, and 401k. Bargaining unit employees have little opportunity to advance, however, there are over 30 different job classes you can switch to so you never get bored.

    Cons

    The schedule isn't the best and to lower management you basically are a number though you can stand out to some extent if you work hard and/or have your years in. Older equipment is also questionable.

    Advice to Management

    Take more of an active role in listening to production and clerical employees as far as safety, efficiency, and continuous improvement. You would get way more respect and production, quality, and safety would improve drastically.


  3. "Terrible Plant and Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kaiser Aluminum full-time

    Pros

    The pay is good for the job.

    Cons

    Terrible management and benefits. No career growth or advancement. No training. Not a safe environment to work in.

    Advice to Management

    Really look at the structure at the plant level. Find the talented people who are striving to make the plant better.


  4. "Maintenance Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Heath, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Heath, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Good People to work with
    Good Benefits

    Cons

    Old Equipment
    Lack of updated drawings


  5. "Solid company"

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    Former Employee - Director in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work hard - play hard. Generous benefits and good pay. Pride in the company. Very smart direction - #1 or #2 in all served markets. Executive management cares about employees

    Cons

    Some plant managers only look out for numbers that drive bonus and not for employee welfare and stock holder long term equity

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of the assets


  6. "Nice place to work."

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    Current Employee - Extrusion Tech in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Extrusion Tech in Kalamazoo, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, Good benefits, good people for the most part, and is part of the United Steele Workers Union.

    Cons

    Aluminum industry is very volatile and seems to have some drastic ups and downs.

    Advice to Management

    FIND THE REAL ROOT CAUSE!! Don't just take one person's side. Find the facts.


  7. "Entry Level"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Assistant in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Assistant in Kalamazoo, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Had task that let me build my resume so I could leave.

    Cons

    There was promise of promotion within but went out and hired outside. Underpaid compared to other inside sales jobs. It is also more of data entry then inside sales.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with what is told to employees.


  8. "Vice President of Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Extremely ethical company. Great flexibility.

    Cons

    A lot of travel, for me.


  9. "This company is a joke"

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    Current Employee - Utility Operator in Heath, OH
    Current Employee - Utility Operator in Heath, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is good. The benefits are good. Union. The work is enjoyable outside of your supervisor constantly harassing you or trying to get you written up or fired.

    Cons

    The supervisors are the worst. unethical. no life outside of work because of constant forced overtime. clueless H.R Department. Feels like you're back in high school with all the drama that goes around.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with all of the harassment, ask for more training, look for another job because the turnover rate here is ridiculous.


  10. "Good pay/benefits, lots of hours"

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    Current Employee - Utility in Heath, OH
    Current Employee - Utility in Heath, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of good people to work with, solid union job, pay and benefits are outstanding for the area, properly train employees before they let them loose to do a job

    Cons

    you will never see your family with this job. Lots of guys have marital problems because of the time they spend in the plant, they tend to do a lot of lay offs-so you are either working around the clock or at home drawing unemployment

    Advice to Management

    it would be nice if the workload could be balanced throughout the year instead of having a ton of orders for three months and then next to nothing for a couple. Close the gap between the unionized employees and company


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