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Secure company, reasonably well paid, opportunities for advancement. Position I held (Process Co-Ordinator) was stressful but could also be enjoyable with teamwork. Denis Coombe
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Work crews stick together and get along with each when there isn’t a back stabber on the crew. Excellent work life balance and great life style. Sometimes the upper levels of management have unrealistic expectations and they push the crew supervisors a little too much.
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Excellent work life balance
Cons
Unrealistic expectations from management
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Great place to work, excellent work/life balance. Team members were great to work with also very helpful. and the Supervisor and Manager were also quite good to work under
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Would go back if opportunity arrise great company great friendly people always helpful. Pay was fantastic. Canteen food was cheap and good veracity. Management always helpful.
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Best job ive ever had. Thoroughly enjoyed my time there, unfortunately I was only a temp. I've tried several times over the years to get my old position back!
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Was working at pinjarra for years on shift work then, They changed our shift roster to monday to fridays and we took had a large pay drop. So I quit the company
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It was a good job, hard work in approx 50degree heat everyday.. But the team was great and unfortunately the closure is the only reason I'm still not there
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The environment is fantastic and as an apprentice you're given every opportunity to see as much as possible across the site and work with tradespeople who have a wealth of knowledge
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Time spent at Wagerup proved to be knowledge expanding and challenging resulting in an increase in skills and character strengthening. I got to sling spanners as well as operating the franna and humma cranes which kept me switched on and busy. I worked at Mt Isa mines as a trainee pump fitter 20yrs ago servicing and maintaining the same type of pumps (warman) so it was great to refresh and build more skills in this area.
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I would work there again. The union looked after everyone and got us great benefits. The roster was awesome and allowed a perfect work life balance!!!
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The company exists in the dark ages and is led by the worst management I have ever experienced. It is a dangerous environment, made worse by an autocratic management culture which allows and supports bullying of workers and contractors alike.
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There are none
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Management and workplace culture
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Alcoa is a professional Company who prides themselves on presenting their corporate image in a high moral and ethical manner.
Their committment to the environment and the community is unwaivering. Alcoa take care of their people and provide numerous support programmes for all.
Pros
Job Security
Cons
Approval process long winded.
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Spectacular location if you want a Monday to Friday job.
Even though the company has trimmed due to the drop in Alumina prices world wide, they are still keen to embrace new technology and provide opportunities for people to excel in there chosen career.
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Fantastic location
Cons
Expectations for extra hours
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Managed team of Lube Technicians to perform lubrication task across the refinery.
Learned about the opportunities and the need to improve all lubrication schedules across all of the refinery OC's.

Management of OC's aware of challenges and need for change for lubrication needs within their own OC's.

Work place culture/attitude at the time was low due to union negotiations.

Making contact with Management, to many meetings for them to attend.

The positive willingness to adapt / change lubrication programs and seeing the benefits.
Pros
Challenging production work environment
Cons
Travel by car from bunbury on daily basis
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Great team environment. Everyone involved in working out solutions to get the job done. Focus on continuous improvement and employees provided with empowerment and autonomy to get the job done. Additional super an option too and company's rewards with performance bonus. Regular Onsite physio - a genuine and authentic focus on safety. Constant training and development opportunities
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I enjoyed my time at Alcoa it was a great job I learnt a lot and the guys were great to work with, The most enjoyable pert was building and commissioning the Alinta power Station
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Retired after 33 years of service. great company to work for would recommend to anyone to try and get a career here. Always innovative and employee welfare orientated
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The work ranged from 8 hour 9 day fortnight in my first three years to 12 hour day/night shift 2/2/6 roster as fourth year. I was given a chance to visit other sites to learn other skills outside the norm for my site, eg, 6 months in Pinjarra to work in repair workshop exclusively, including time on lathes, borers, and mills when required. Great pay, good mates, high safety culture, and wide range of skills learned, from hand tools and machining to in situ repair and laser alignment.
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As a process controller my duties included interacting with management, organising the work crews duties, and organising repairs to equipment in the case of breakdowns. I learned a lot about how to get the best out of people, mainly through being respectful and giving praise when it was due. Dealing with management on a daily basis I learnt a lot about meeting company requirements and targets. The hardest part of the job was coping with the extreme heat.
Pros
Great pay
Cons
working in extreme heat
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Alcoa is a safe reliable workplace that has some interesting work and processes. I enjoy the challenges that my work presents and constant problem solving involved.
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I started as a single trade instrument tech. When the electrical and instrument trades combined the company gave the opportunity to train in a apprenticeship in the electrical trade. This opened an opportunity to be trained and train electricians in instrumentation.
Pros
Training opportunities
Cons
Work life balance not good
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