Westinghouse Reviews

Updated August 11, 2015
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Pros
  • Work/life balance, though variable, was generally pretty good (in 12 reviews)

  • Good pay for the area, variety of benefits available (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • This makes work-life balance challenging - although the alternative work schedules help (in 10 reviews)

  • The nuclear industry is stagnant and the nuclear renaissance is on hold indefinitely (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Negative Culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    The only positive to working at Westinghouse in Newington, NH was the pay rate and the fact that you were accountable for very little.

    Cons

    Very negative culture due to the Unionized hourly work force, the arrogance of the Engineering staff and the ineptitude of the Management staff.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Below average

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    For young engineers just graduating college, westinghouse is a good place to start. There are a lof of smart people to learn from.

    Cons

    Chaotic place. Small raises (0-2%), no bonuses (unless you are a manager), poor overtime policy (first 8 hrs/ week are not paid), limited promotions based on who you know. Very limited opportunities for growth. Technical expertise is not valued.

    Advice to Management

    Managers / directors constantly changing.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Unsure...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    A lot of smart, hardworking enigineers.

    Cons

    No leadership development. Weak processes.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Lots of stress

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice cafeteria. Not much else good.

    Cons

    Terrible management, poor engineering practices, ship now fix later. Small cubicles, no raises, no office supplies.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on requirements and completing the design before building the plant.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Too many managers, too few engineers.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Windsor, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Windsor, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    401K matches up to 6% and pension (for those who were vetted into it 5 years ago). Opportunities for temporary overseas assignments are very nicely rewarded with bonus pay. Telecommute and 9/80 options are available for long term employees. Newer employees are paid better than existing employees. Great for newcomers.

    Cons

    New employees do not get pension. Newer employees are paid better than existing employees. Awful for employees who have been with the company for a while. Salary adjustments are almost nonexistent. Low morale, cost cutting by CEO, promotions are capped to a limit. Promotions are given to those who have connections to upper management, instead of giving them to knowledgeable employees. Projects are politically driven, not technically driven. Poor performers are still rewarded, based upon their connections. Innovation is preached but constantly resisted. Outdated technology. Very Cranberry-centric. Petty gossip amongst employees. Many employees try to jump off one project to another to avoid the repercussions of their mistakes, leaving other employees to deal with the cost of their poor quality. Raises and promotions have been recently set at a ridiculous standard (unless you have your connections).

    Advice to Management

    Reward your knowledgeable employees. The engineers that do the grunt work. Upper management needs to stop promoting and giving raises to folks who they're amicably aligned with and look at the employees that provide the innovation and knowledge to sustain the company. Politics only provide the shortcuts to a final product, to make up for losses that were poorly managed from the beginning. For example, the company treats the customer like a questionable carpenter to their client. The carpenter quotes $10k for the initial project. Later on, the carpenter realizes they've completely underestimated the project. An opportunity arises and the client decides to change relatively small items. Such as changing the hinge styles, cabinet knobs, and drawer pulls. The carpenter tries to negotiate $20k on top of the initial $10k. Who ends up disgruntled and never wants to do business with the carpenter again? Upper management needs to focus on poor performers within their own ranks.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Used to be a good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Director in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Location, good people still work there

    Cons

    Employees treated like a commodity, expectation of unlimited OT without pay, Senior Leadership disrespectful to employees, one reorganization after another without a plan


  8. Helpful (3)

    Poor Outlook

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    The pay is nice, but it has been stagnate for a couple of years. The rank and file are great.

    Cons

    Benefits and perks taken away monthly. Reducing headcount by making life hell to encourage people to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the back-biting and running the company based on internal metrics. Look outside and pay attention to what the market is doing.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Dont join up

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Chaos creates random opportunities Great cafeteria Females like to show off (good on the eyes, but shows company's priorities)

    Cons

    Ethics (lack of) Benefits (lack of) Executive leadership (irrelevant) No raises for third year, for many. Lots of lazy folks - organizations are carried by few, and most just ride the waves with as minimal hours as possible Overtime policy -significant "casual time" is required, even while on mandatory overtime... lawsuits coming for sure

    Advice to Management

    Clean up shop - start with your own ranks. Pay attention to morale Respect your engineers Consider being in any way relevant Inspire a culture of ethics


  10. Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great cafeteria, convenient gym location. Good pay.

    Cons

    If you are looking to better your technicals skills, this is not the place for you. Most if not all of the technical work has been shipped to outside companies. Everybody wants to be in power and tell others what to do, the result? You have 3-4 leads to tell 5-8 people what to do. Also, very difficult to move vertically within the company, unless you the right people like you. I wish promotions were more merit based. New policy concerning overtime came out: you won't get pay for the first 8 hours over 40. So you are working a full 8hr day for free. If you don't mind keeping your head down and receiving order from 3-5 people that do not know what's going on, then this is the place for you.


  11. Helpful (6)

    What happened...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Windsor, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Windsor, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I used to enjoy working here...

    Cons

    Job security non-existent at branch sites Pay freezes Overtime pay replaced with CTO Pension benefits cut nearly in half Expected to put in casual OT Removed cafeteria Laid off half of facilities staff Little opportunity for advancement Employee morale at all time low AP1000 policies & procedures are a joke Unprofessional, unqualified and disconnected upper management Buzzwords and worthless paperwork seem to be more important than actually delivering a quality product/service

    Advice to Management

    Taking a good look at all the other reviews on this site would be a great place to start. There will be a very large number of people retiring in the next 5 or so years. If you don't work on transferring their knowledge to the younger generation or start giving the younger generation a reason to stay, this company will implode. Get out of the Pittsburgh bubble and start cherishing employees at branch sites a little more often.



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