August 20, 2013

Alcoa among the Best Companies to Work For


The company won 1st place in the category “Best Place for Women to Work” and 18th place in the “Large Company” category

For the 12th time Alcoa has been placed among the “Best Companies to Work For - Brazil”, in the Large and Multinational Companies category in the 17th edition of the survey, carried out by the Great Place to Work® Institute in a partnership with Época magazine (Editora Globo). The award ceremony was held yesterday in São Paulo (SP).

The company came 18th in the “Large Companies” category and 1st in the “Best Place for Women to Work”. It also distinguished itself in the sub-rankings “Best in the Industry Sector” and “Those companies that promoted most”.

“This recognition is further testimony to all the efforts we make and motivates us to continue developing an inclusive and engaging work environment”, Vânia Akabane, Human Resources Director for Alcoa Latin America & the Caribbean stressed.

The survey evaluates the trust index of employees in terms of their work environment and the best people management practices of the companies in nine areas: Hiring and Welcoming; Inspiring; Talking to; Listening to; Thanking; Developing; Caring for; Celebrating; and Sharing. Employees replied to a questionnaire that has five dimensions: Credibility, Respect, Fairness, Pride and Camaraderie.

“This recognition is reason for more than 6,000 Alcoan men and women in Brazil to be truly proud, because it reflects their satisfaction with regard to our work environment. We hope that this award will not only help with retention, but also that it will end up attracting even more talented people to the company”, said Franklin L. Feder, CEO of Alcoa Latin America & the Caribbean.

About Great Place to Work® 


The Great Place to Work® Institute is the only global research, consultancy and training company that encourages organizations to identify, create and maintain excellent working environments through the development of high trust cultures in the workplace, with an emphasis on a special and extensive model found in the employees’ evidence and perceptions of the organizations where they work. With its unique role in the market and its deep knowledge of excellence in work environments, Great Place to Work® is able to conduct exclusive and tailored surveys that help organizations improve more and more and have innovative products and great working relations. 

Founded in the United States by Robert Levering and Amy Lyman, the Institution carries out its “Best Companies to Work For” surveys in 49 countries (North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Oceania and Asia). Its objective is to build a better society, by helping companies to transform their work environment. In 2012, 6,000 companies worldwide took part in Best Companies to Work For – GPTW surveys, and 11 million employees were represented, which makes it a benchmark in quality in the workplace.

Using its own methodology, for more than 20 years Great Place to Work® has been studying and identifying the “Best Companies to Work For” by means of an annual survey based on an assessment of the level of trust of the employees in five dimensions: Credibility, Respect, Fairness, Pride and Camaraderie and Nine Cultural Practices of the people management of companies. In Brazil, the company was founded by José Tolovi Jr., today the Chairman of the Board of Great Place to Work® Inc., The current CEO of Great Place to Work Brasil is Ruy Shiozawa. In 2013 it is celebrating 17 years of operations in the country.

About Alcoa


Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the eleventh consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa is present in Latin America and the Caribbean where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees.  This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.


In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil. In the same year it was considered a benchmark in sustainability, being one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide], besides being recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work for the eleventh consecutive year and Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at and follow Alcoa on Facebook at