Alcoa Brazil One of the Best Companies to Start a Career

May 16, 2012

NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) in Brazil was selected as one of the 30 best companies to start a career, according to Você S/A magazine, Brazil's leading human resources publication. As a top company, Alcoa is included as a "Business Champion" in Você's annual career guide. The guide is geared to young professionals just starting their careers to identify which are the best companies to join.

Selection to the list involves completing a detailed survey on career development, work-life balance and other aspects of human resources. This step was followed by interviews with randomly selected employees to assess their satisfaction with the company. Alcoa received high marks in several categories including professional growth, career and recognition, quality of life, working significance and identify with corporate values and objectives.

"This award is significant because it recognizes our efforts to attract, develop and retain talented employees," said Michael Barriere, Alcoa Vice President Human Resources. "We encourage our employees to develop and contribute to their full potential. Alcoa exists today because of the talent of 22-year-old Charles Martin Hall, who developed the aluminum making process, which is still used today."

This is the first year Alcoa participated in the survey.

About Alcoa Brazil

Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. Alcoa has been in Latin America and the Caribbean since the late 1950s and has some 7,000 employees in the region, with operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Surinam. In Brazil the company in an integrated producer of aluminum with operations ranging from bauxite mining to production of finished 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 2011 Alcoa recorded revenues of US$2 billion in Brazil. In the same year the Company was considered a benchmark in social responsibility and was one of the 21 model companies in the Guia Exame de Sustentabilidade [Exame magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. Further information can be found at

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for ten consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at

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