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Novelis Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Low morale for anyone but upper management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Novelis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good for industry

    Cons

    Phony culture, low morale, lots and lots of bureaucracy. Must be a suck up to advance. HR just keeps coming up with more nonsense just to justify their existence.

    Advice to Management

    Too much expectations other than just letting people do the job they were hired for.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Toxic work environment & poor culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the benefits are within reason though on the very low side. So, it is a paycheck if you do not have one

    Cons

    - Toxic work environment
    - Culture of putting people down. No promotions or development is expected (do not listen to the flowery language that promises so)
    - The company has no strategy or direction that is clear (seems to be all over the map with major losses in some ares)
    - still a culture of fear. the (say anything) is a popularity aspect rather than reality.
    In Novelis it is all about appearance. Looks shiny on the outside and very rotten within the organization. You have no chance here, run from such a toxic work place

    Advice to Management

    try to implement culture values for real. Treat people with respect and invest in their development

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Toxic Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Salaried Employee in Fairmont, WV
    Former Employee - Salaried Employee in Fairmont, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novelis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and decent salary

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. Turn over is through the roof. It is expected that you work long hours with limited personnel. "Do more with less" followed with zero appreciation. Anxiety is high because management is constantly tearing people down. Locals don't apply because it is rumored through the small community about the poor atmosphere and working conditions.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "A company made for the mediocre employee"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Oswego, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Oswego, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novelis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Industry segment with lot of potential.
    - Above average benefits.
    - Good work/life balance.
    - If you are a person with lack of ambition, you will do great.

    Cons

    - Very few people know what they are doing (or supposed to do)
    - Most of the highly technical and smart people have left the company or were shockingly let go.
    - Objectives set in the performance reviews are absurd and ridiculous.
    - Corporate and Regional Offices in Atlanta believe they are superior than plant people.
    - Retaliation is expected.
    - HR talent acquisition team is a disgrace.

    Advice to Management

    Need to restructure your HR to attract and RETAIN talented employees.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Inconsistent business strategy by Indian leading American company"

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    Current Employee - Operation in Korea, KY
    Current Employee - Operation in Korea, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Promising business future, good people work together. Growth opportunity in engineering and operation area. Automotive area will be future growth engine in this company.

    Cons

    Poor management leadership, worst HR system.
    Can not retain good employee. People are nit asset but just number in Novelis.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Operator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oswego, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oswego, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Novelis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent wages and good people.
    The board has decided to replace Phil.
    Communication slowly improving.

    Cons

    It's a shame that Phil was allowed to do what he did to this company. While I commend his efforts in expanding our business opportunities the fact that he destroyed the trust and ruined the work environment that had stood for over 50 years in our plant is horrendous. He will go down in history as the CEO that was still able, in this day and age, to drive a plant to unionize. Pretty sad honestly.

    Advice to Management

    Stop recruiting and start promoting, and no I don't mean the few people you have hired over the last few years with all intentions of promoting anyway. You have a lot of very knowledgeable and capable people on your shop floor already that can help lead this company in the future. As more and more new employee's are hired you would be foolish to not look to these people to guide you, even if it means swallowing your pride to do so.

    Keep up with the communication and if possible make it feel a little more authentic. A lot of us get the feeling that the new department HR reps feel more inconvenienced than enthused to be out and actually communicating with us. Still a step in the right direction though.

    Novelis Response

    May 18, 2015

    Thank you for sharing this feedback with us. Providing a positive work environment for our employees is critically important to us and our HR team, and we will continue to focus on ways to enhance... More


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Novelis is a sinking ship"

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    Current Employee - Operator in Oswego, NY
    Current Employee - Operator in Oswego, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Novelis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    nothing good to say about the place anymore, it used to be great

    Cons

    Lies lies lies, management cares nothing for the people that actually make this place work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying. Poor management. HR is ajoke

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Don't do it!"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Novelis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay. Free soda and snacks in the break rooms.

    Cons

    Novelis is worried about their turnover rate so they give you a high salary with a bad title to essentially "trap" you and keep you locked in place from ever leaving the company and getting a better job elsewhere. If you didn't go to a tier 1 university forget about ever getting promoted unless you're good friends with middle and upper management. Also, get use to 2-3% raises every year. You will also spend half your day in meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Stop having so many pointless meetings.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Not impressed"

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Oswego, NY
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Oswego, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people for the most part.

    Cons

    Major disconnect between management. Unethical raise system.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to the people. To much high and mighty attitude.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "No central communication"

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    Former Employee - Communications in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Communications in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    snacks on tuesdays and thursdays

    Cons

    leadership is all over the place

    Advice to Management

    centralize and bring your workers together


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