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Westinghouse Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
260 Reviews
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Westinghouse President and CEO Danny Roderick
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Pros
  • Work/life balance, though variable, was generally pretty good (in 12 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours, good pay, on-site athletic facilities, good training instructors (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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company direction and quality has been flawed by Japanese ownership.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Richland, WA

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

    Pros

    Relating to the WEC - Richland Service Center, it was a great place to work for years because of the people and culture. When the company (Pacific Nuclear) was purchased by Westinghouse in 1995, the RSC was a subsidiary (PN Services) and maintained virtually the same culture and local leadership. The subsidiary was later incorporated into WEC as a remote department. Up until recently was a great place to work with a positive, growth future.

    Cons

    For whatever reasons, especially following the Fukushima incident in March 2011, the Toshiba influence on WEC has mandated extensive layoffs of some of the best, most experienced people. These resources are being replaced with lower cost, less experienced contract labor. Most of those that remain have been soured by the WEC actions and focus has gone from company loyalty to an employment survival culture. The Richland group has recently gone from about 40 employees down to 15.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you take care of the employees, the employees will take care of Westinghouse. Although this has been the Westinghouse culture for years, things changed about the time of the most recent CEO change. Candris had this covered. Roderick is different and everything negative (from an employee point of view) came since the period of his appointment. In fairness however, it is believed that he is being pushed by Toshiba. Nevertheless, Westinghouse is not the same company it used to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Lots of hype but no substance

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New Stanton, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New Stanton, PA

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

    Pros

    The people in my department are very dedicated and are some of the best I've worked with. Each one of them brings a unique set of skills that allows the group to complete difficult and technically challenging projects.

    Cons

    Morale has been a major issue due no raises for this fiscal year and layoffs in the previous year. Overtime is offered for exempt employees but you have to work 8 hours of casual (free) overtime per week and accrue 300hours of CTO (credited time off) that requires director approval - in essence there is no overtime pay for exempt employees. CTO can only be used with director approval, basically making it unusable. Mandatory overtime has been implemented for some employees due to a specific project needing to make a deadline. Other employees are under constant threat of mandatory uncompensated overtime although they've meet their project commitments.

    There are no leaders throughout management. They are unwilling to backup their employees and fold when push by higher levels of management so not to be seen as trouble maker. Each has an agenda that does not align with the message put out by our CEO and conflicting instructions are often given causing chaos within the ranks.

    Promotions are non-existent unless you are in management.

    Performance ratings are not based on work performed but who you know and how willing you are to back their decision no matter how bad.

    The use of the term "Safety Culture" is used as an excuse by management to make the working conditions hostel at times by enforcing rules that make no sense. Someone is always around to point out what you done wrong but not what was done right.

    Claim to be a highly technical company. Technical Excellence is being replaced with COTS (commercial off the shelf) and seriously reducing the expertise and knowledge base of the engineers and technical staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Just because you have a title does not instantly make you a leader. Leadership is earned, not given. Earn it!

    Consider your employees when making a decision. If you have happy employees you will instill a sense of worth and loyalty in them making them go the extra mile to ensure success for Westinghouse, you, and them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Started out very good, but has become too stressful and compensation has not scaled accordingly

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cranberry, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cranberry, PA

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

    Pros

    Good pay for the area, variety of benefits available. If you're willing to stay abroad for a year or two, you can advance to management very quickly.

    Cons

    Frustrating amount of paperwork/bureaucracy involved in virtually every task. Roles are poorly defined and workload can often feel arbitrary. You will likely be asked to work weekends, even if you have little to work on. A "normal" week is 50 hours of work for 40 hours of pay, so adjust accordingly. The past couple years, raises have not kept up with cost of living adjustments (and no raises in 2014).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider firing, rather than shuffling around, middle managers with poor records of meeting deliverables. It discourages the base level employees to see them stay in charge of important tasks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Just sell it off in pieces already. New plant construction is bankrupting us. The Services segment is suffering.

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    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Madison, PA
    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Madison, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexible (forced to be) work schedule when not traveling. 20 word minimum makes this difficult. The people who actually work are generally top notch.

    Cons

    No raises, no diversity. Pension program is gone. Field Services personnel are treated as second class citizens, even by our own management.
    Lack of consistency in development of newer personnel. Very much an old boys network.
    There is a large age gap. Westinghouse missed the mark when it was time to hire new employees. We will see much of our services workforce retire or quit in the next 2-3 years. No incentives for younger technicians or engineers to stay with this festering sinkhole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the ego. If you have no direct reports, ask yourself what your purpose is.
    Listen to your people. Pay attention for once. Get your heads out of the sand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bureaucracy at its worst!!!!! If procedure driven jobs is what you like then this is the place to be....

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    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer

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

    Pros

    Decent Benefits. Good outlook if the company gets past the initial hurdles of getting first AP1000 plants online in China.

    Cons

    too many trainings that do not relate to your immediate job description

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please focus on developing the young pool of engineers. The gap between young and old engineers is too wide and once the old pool retires you are going to have problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging technical work, but schedules are crippling, morale is low, and management doesn't know what to do.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA

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

    Pros

    Best technology in the nuclear industry, many solid, rewarding technical relationships & colleagues. Nominal pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is horrible. Mandatory overtime, no merit raises this year, and some pay bands are not eligible for paid overtime, even though they are still required to work overtime. All to meet totally fictitious schedules for completing work. Morale is low and getting worse. All the pressure to meet schedule will be for nothing if the people with skills & experience needed to meet those schedules are gone.

    Policies and procedures are needlessly complicated, and crippling to efficiently getting work done. Desperately need to streamline and update procedures to reduce the burden.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, please establish real, honest project schedules and then challenge the employees to meet them. The current "real" schedules are a fiction, and only serve the purpose of playing chicken with the customer's lawyers for liquidated damages. The employees are getting crushed in the process. It will kill the company in the long term - loyalty, trust, care for the future of the company will be lost.

    Fix the company procedures - they are a huge drag on productivity across the board.

    Fix the innovation program for real - the current fix is a cruel joke. We need the ability to pursue ideas even if they don't yet have a proven business case. There are talented, creative people who are simply turned off by the current process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Anniston, AL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Anniston, AL

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good technology, great coworkers, benefits

    Cons

    High turnover, inconsistent messages from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in eployees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Terrible morale , terrible management

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    Current Employee - Repair Tech in Madison, PA
    Current Employee - Repair Tech in Madison, PA

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

    Pros

    Close to home .

    Cons

    Bad morale and management has only themselves to thank . No raises , long work hours , overtime forced down your throat ! Management mistakes handed down to techs to rectify . Mistakes by management lead to holidays and the standard 12 hour days . Layoffs are constant . Most employees have a I'm here for the pay check attitude and who can blame them . Putting the wrong people in charge is a given . Human resources is a joke , they make up the rules and change them as they go along . HR favorite line is " manager disgression , that way they can play dumb and go along with your manager no matter how unethical it is ...bad management is everywhere in this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You dont have to look far to see what the problem is , start at middle management there are way to many chiefs and not enough braves here . I know it hurts to dump some of your buddies but come on . The " good ole boy " mentality is killing this company . And the buddy system has got to go

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much of the office politics and HR involvement will bog you down. Needs an overhaul in it's practices and management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA

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

    Pros

    Pay is excellent. Perks are great - great gym, good cafeteria, a pretty work space. Family is encouraged and the day care is great (but is very expensive). Interesting history and a good place for interns as it looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Management is antiquated and does not follow up on promises. Way too many trainings will bog you down and not leave enough time to do real work. All employees complain of this - from top engineers to low level personnel in the shipping department. And, training in some areas is left hanging out in the air - and if you don't figure things out yourself, you will be lost and very frustrated and no one will help you. There are a lot of employees at this location but you will feel essentially alone, especially if you have a problem or an issue. HR is way too involved in every tiny issue, it gets annoying and maddening that you can't carry on a casual conversation with your boss. Too much pompous and invasive behavior by HR, it honestly feels as if you are "spied" on and you probably are. Way too many company emails about nothing that you are expected to read. All of this adds up over time and doesn't give you time enough to get your actual job done. A lot of long timers there who do nothing and get paid a fortune for it. A lot of "scuttle" and back-biting and office politics. It can be intense at times, and painful to deal with. Not the best work environment, even for the nice paycheck. Nuclear Industry took a direct hit when the tsunami hit Japan, causing that nuclear accident. So this place and others like it, are not exactly in public favor. The sudden freeze in hiring and mass terminations show it too...possibly not a good future in this industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize and train mid-level management more....let them do the job of managing and teaching the employees they manage. Please train them to effectively train new employees!! Cut out all the HR involvement in each and every minuscule issue, it's hurting the company, not helping. Your employees feel "watched" and not trusted and this leads to good people leaving. While I was there, I can think of at least 4 very bright and great employees who went over to your competition or other engineering firms. A hostile work environment is never something anyone can endure for long, no matter what you pay. Develop a plan to remove office politics from interfering with the work environment and physically (not internet-base) train your managers to teach employees, not just sit in their offices, doing their own tasks. Perhaps choose better teachers as bosses, a lot of employees are very young and as I could see, in much need of guidance. Which is normal considering you hire a lot of recent grads.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Saving money and being 'in' with the right manager are keys to success at Westinghouse

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westinghouse as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The frequent changes in direction created new problems to be solved, and I like solving problems. Frequent changes in personnel gave opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Senior managers are too busy wishing for the way they want things to be and asking questions in different ways to get the outcome they desire, rather than making the tough decisions and smartly executing them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people who are trying to help you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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