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Went OK, than QA issue hit our plant and "blew" all up...

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Former Employee - Sales Operations Manager in Bethlehem, PA (US)
Former Employee - Sales Operations Manager in Bethlehem, PA (US)

I worked at Alcoa full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Overall big but decent co. I was at a small site of Alcoa's. Good Company, wanted to work at Corp in Pittsburgh, but never got chance. Was downsized after QA Disclosure that lead to mass customer exodus from our small mfg site. Alcoa ended up selling of that small plant later.

Cons

As with most Dow Jones Ind Avg listed Blue Chip Corps: Alcoa is very large bureaucratic org. In 2006 Alcoa wanted suppliers to accept Net 100 day terms, But customers needed to pay net 30. Safety, Safety and more EHS

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    Giant corporate machine

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Paterson, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Paterson, NJ (US)

    I worked at Alcoa full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits were exceptional, and the compensation was fair. Depending on which specific plant or division you worked in your experience with that plants management could vary wildly.

    Cons

    Individual success was not cultivated or well recognized. Annual bonus's (very meager for most, mine was UP TO %5 salary), were usually applied on a group basis and did not even feel merit based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every plant is different. Mine had bad managers that needed to improve their processes to include accountability and reward success. Others I visited/worked at I couldn't comment on.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Alcoa Inc. is Best-in-Class

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alcoa full-time

    Pros

    - States publicly its values and lives them.
    - Has an environmental sustainability position and actively pursues it.
    - Best in Class research organization.
    - Worldwide presence.
    - Has navigated the economic climate better than others.

    Cons

    - Large company that sometimes moves like one (bureaucracy).
    - Expects to hire the best, but aims at the 50 percentile on salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current CEO is also Best in Class. Keep him!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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