Westinghouse Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
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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)

  • 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 (9)

    Leadership Reset Needed

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in Cranberry, PA
    Former Employee - Management in Cranberry, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting challenges and opportunities Large international company - you can see and do a lot Great people at the working level - especially those who have been there and experienced the previous generations of nuclear development

    Cons

    Short sighted leadership has created a highly toxic environment. People are miserable and afraid of the future rather than engaged and empowered to help the company succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Hit the reset button at all levels of leadership.


  2. Helpful (6)

    Contributing to US Pay Inequality

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    Lots if you are an executive or incentivized manager - definitely worth it if you are getting paid more than $130k/year ---the higher your salary, the higher your potential bonus on top of it! And there is also the executive Health and Benefits package which is held closely by HR and not published for the general population. no wonder!

    Cons

    In addition to all the reviews below The maximum merit increase (annual raise) in June for the majority of employees was 3.25%. HR isn't fooling anyone by not including where we fall in their "Market Pay Indicators" during the annual review this year. I guess they figure that everyone should be happy because this year's raise is better than the 0% last June. With inflation over the last 2 years being relatively low, I may actually be breaking even. On top of this, Incentivized managers have a 10% bonus target, Directors' bonus is either 23% or 33% depending on your tenure and position, while VPs have a 46% bonus target... not too shabby. I'm glad they can afford their luxury items this year.... You are welcome from everyone actually performing revenue generating work. Unfortunately, the thanks we get is further cost reductions so you can meet your financial targets for the upcoming year and get next year's bonus. This seems more like management's "Right to Grow" their bank accounts.


  3. Helpful (5)

    General Operator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator
    Current Employee - Operator
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay for fairly simple work. Work pace isn't overwhelming like other manufacturing jobs. Most of the people in the plant are very friendly and polite.

    Cons

    Hours are awful if you want to have any kind of life outside of work. False promises of having weekends off and then being called in most weekends. Management are terrible and use intimidation tactics to keep people from making them look bad. Unless you're best friends with someone higher up you are easily expendable. People who deserve to be fired are kept while others who should be hired or stay are fired or held back. Get on any of the managements' bad side and you'll have to live with them holding grudges. Certain managers swear and yell at Operators and are very unprofessional. Only guaranteed one day off every 21 days straight that you work. Everything is ranked by seniority so an intelligent individual is treated like they are as dumb as a rock if they haven't worked there as long as someone else.

    Advice to Management

    Give operators a safe and anonymous place to report problems without having to worry about negative repercussions. Allow more realistic work schedules. 1 day off every 21 consecutive days worked should be illegal because it is definitely unethical.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Great Place for Engineers Only

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is great. If you want to work ridiculous amounts of hours this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Cutting staff left and right. Benefits were cut. Pension was cut. Basically became puppets to their overseas owners

    Advice to Management

    None - they won't listen or care. The company has become puppets of the overseas owners.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Technical Writer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Technical Writer in Cranberry, PA
    Current Contractor - Technical Writer in Cranberry, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Westinghouse as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flextime. Can work 2 days a week from home. Fairly good pay to start. Just don't expect raises.

    Cons

    Middle Management. Most are non-working managers. Really don't know how to manage departments. Very political atmosphere. As a contractor don't expect to receive any challenging work. No raises.

    Advice to Management

    This isn't middle school, grow up.Stop the politics. Take some management/business classes and add value to the company.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Principal Electrical Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Electrical Engineer in Verona, PA
    Former Employee - Principal Electrical Engineer in Verona, PA

    I worked at Westinghouse (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well experienced co-workers and most are retiring.

    Cons

    Poor management styles and practices.

    Advice to Management

    Be human. Take off your manager hat sometimes and act like a person or friend.


  8. Helpful (7)

    Getting Progressively Worse

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The nuclear industry is an extremely interesting industry to work in. As long as you are in the right group, the work can be very interesting. If you are interested in travel, lots of opportunities to travel domestically and internationally.

    Cons

    Salaries pale to comparable engineering jobs. The performance review system is severely broken; performance objectives are unrealistic and promotions/raises are not distributed equitably. Management appears deaf to employee concerns and has no real intention to make the difficult choices to improve matters. Significant overhead puts squeeze on engineers to perform work in unrealistic budgets and results in errors and rework. Morale is low and overall industry outlook is unclear.

    Advice to Management

    If you want top engineering performance, be willing to pay for top engineering performance. You can't pay below average wages and expect top performance. Your top talent is leaving the company to get the pay deserve. Make a serious effort at cutting the unnecessary overhead and pay the engineers doing the actual work. Or continue to watch your top talent leave in droves.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

    I have been working at Westinghouse (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Alternate work schedules are an added bonus

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic. Lots of policies and procedures. Lots of non-value adeded work.

    Advice to Management

    Become more engaged and listen to what your employees are saying to make a change.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Too much stress, too little pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company gives you an experience unlike most companies. To be in the nuclear industry is a great opportunity.

    Cons

    The low pay raises are ridiculous. You give 110% and miss family time to make the company successful and they reward you with a very very very low raise.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your top performers with raises above inflation.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Rate a Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very challenging work. Always something interesting to work on. One can never be bored.

    Cons

    It is expected that you work many hours or jump on a plane to solve a problem at the drop of a hat. Work/life balance is non-existent.



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