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Rio Tinto Alcan Reviews

Updated May 29, 2017
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Rio Tinto Alcan CEO Alfredo Barrios
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Pros
  • Good salary and benefits, good work life balance, location of the headoffice is perfect ( downtown Montreal) (in 6 reviews)

  • Large company with decent salary and benefits (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No support from direct supervision (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Not great, not bad."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto Alcan full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance was good. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Once Rio Tinto bought Alcan it became a different company; not the company it once was. The moves made by management became very questionable and seemed to lack direction.


  2. "Inside Sales Representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lyndhurst, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lyndhurst, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rio Tinto Alcan (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Above average salary; generous vacation

    Cons

    No job security; Layoffs every 2-3 years

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Stay away"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Jordan, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Jordan, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Rio Tinto Alcan full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and a great location.

    Cons

    Everyone is in panic mode and jocking for position. They will stab you in the back to get ahead of you. Everyone is afraid of the future the global team is going to make.

    Advice to Management

    It is ironic you say to have the right people doing the right jobs. You have the wrong people that can't do they right job.


  4. "Great staff and team work work with. Professional, results-focused, upward mobility"

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    Current Employee - Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in Sebree, KY
    Current Employee - Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in Sebree, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto Alcan full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    * No micro-management.
    * Excellent benefits and compensation.
    * Upward mobility.
    * Meaningful work

    Cons

    * Can be bureaucratic at times with policies.
    * Corporate is too far removed from regional locations sometimes for good support.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people. innovate, innovate, innovate


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rio Tinto Alcan full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent salary and great benefits
    Great group of people to work with - most have been with the company for years.
    Doing a great job of keeping up employee morale and taking care of employees during difficult transition.

    Cons

    The Chicago office is closing by year end.

    Advice to Management

    Always take care of your employees - they are the ones who make your company what it is.


  6. "Will it be around Next Year?"

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    Former Employee - Continious Improvement Department in Ravenswood, WV
    Former Employee - Continious Improvement Department in Ravenswood, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong Support in project work
    Everyone seems to leave at 3pm on Fridays
    Pay is excellent and Insurance Benefits are fantastic
    Management is trying to change culture but progress is slow
    Co-workers are very friendly

    Cons

    Union is in control of the plant not management
    Up for sale and sold 4 times in 10 years makes for a lack of continunity
    No communication on strategy or plans to finally make money
    Everyone is edgy about whether they will have a job in a year. Seems lots are looking and leaving
    In very rural West Virginia, hard to recruit top talent to this outpost.
    Divisional HQ in Paris tries to run the place 5000 miles away and very ineffectively

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the Bureaucracies and flatten the management structure. Stop trying to direct activities from 5000 miles away. Increase communication significantly on all aspects. Address lack of employment stabilty.


  7. "Engineering Perspective"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Robards, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Robards, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The only reason to work at this plant is if you HAVE to live in the area and don't want a commute of more than 20 minutes.

    Cons

    No support at all from management at the department level. This plant is an environmental nightmare. You would think that a multibillion dollar company would have more environmental safeguards in place.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people and build some trust in your management

  8. "Leader in the cosmetic packaging industry"

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    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Offers flexibilty in balancing the work and the personal. Great learning opportunity to learn about all aspects of the cosmetic industry from sales to product development to production. New York office is centrally located in the heart of midtown.

    Cons

    Inefficiency permeates every department. Lack of internal communication. Resistance to positive change. Old infrastructure; accounting still uses AS 400. Reluctance to invest in time and money saving systems. They cut costs in counterproductive ways.

    Advice to Management

    - Solicit feedback from those other than management before implementing radical changes.
    - Be open minded.
    - Emulate what works for other companies in the industry.
    - Be transparent and formerly communicate via office wide emails or memos and major changes.
    - Standardize procedures.
    - Conduct formal orientation and training for new hires.
    - Streamline procedures to reduce excessive paperwork.
    - Look in to the SAP system.
    - Hire full time IT employee instead of outsourcing


  9. "Inside Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rio Tinto Alcan full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked with very professional and motivated employees who always tried to do what was right for the company and the customer as well.

    Cons

    As a woman, opportunities for advancement were very limited unless you had a technical or engineering degree. Women were almost never considered for outside sales jobs in our department even though the inside sales jobs were 100% filled by women.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to develop the talent that you have instead of always looking for outside talent to fill open positions.


  10. "Contracts team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Rio Tinto Alcan full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, company stays up to date with technology.

    Cons

    you spend a lot of time hearing how they will be downsizing or off shoring positions. It feels like you are always in a hamster wheel wondering when you will lose your job.


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