Westinghouse

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Westinghouse Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.3 227 reviews

49% Approve of the CEO

Westinghouse President and CEO Danny Roderick

Danny Roderick

(73 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • Flexible work hours, good pay, on-site athletic facilities, good training instructors(in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • This makes work-life balance challenging - although the alternative work schedules help(in 9 reviews)

  • Nuclear Industry took a direct hit when the tsunami hit Japan, causing that nuclear accident(in 9 reviews)

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    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Anniston, AL

    ProsGood technology, great coworkers, benefits

    ConsHigh turnover, inconsistent messages from management

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in eployees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible morale , terrible management

    Repair Tech (Current Employee) Madison, PA

    ProsClose to home .

    ConsBad 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 Senior ManagementYou 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Cranberry, PA

    ProsPay 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.

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementUtilize 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsSenior 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 Senior ManagementListen to your people who are trying to help you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disgusted

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat learning atmosphere and the design of the AP1000 reactor is amazing. Good working atmosphere and some excellent people and managers.

    ConsPolitics and nepotism run rapid. Power has been given to some of the wrong people. Still in a "cluster"-lack of true direction especially if there's an incompetent manager without knowledge of how to obtain true direction. The people truly qualified to be there are overworked to compensate for those who are just fluff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEffectively review management and keep the ones who should be there and are authentic managers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good, professional work place. Very respectful environment.

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Windsor, CT

    ProsGood competitive pay. Good people and generally good work dynamic. Lower levels of management are very supportive of their staff. Great environment to learn in, and you will learn a lot real fast.

    ConsCompany is not doing well at the moment. Morale is low. CEO makes short sighted decisions that decrease morale and cut costs in one way, but hurt the comapny in bigger ways. Very specialized and hard to translate skills to another industry if you leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake better care of the employees. Good things are being cut and morale is decreasing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bureaucracy is self-inflicted

    Engineer (Former Employee) Windsor, CT

    ProsCompetitive salary; people are friendly. Work/life balance, though variable, was generally pretty good.

    ConsToo many layers of management whose purpose is unclear. I once had a conference call with 7 managers to kick off a project for which I was the sole contributor, and their participation was not helpful. Training to procedures was a hyper-regular nuisance given that their detachment from one's own job duties rendered them irrelevant. Understanding of regulatory framework trumped technical knowledge, but did not impart transferable skills to the workforce.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor training and execution: refocus on improving technical quality, as opposed to project management. Project management skills do not, by themselves, create or sustain technical excellence.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTechnically excellent senior coworkers who share a passion for the future of nuclear energy generation. Proud rich past history of innovation.

    ConsAt times it was dismal working there. The absolutely worst management. Declining revenue and projected revenue estimates significantly missed their goals. Japanese ownership was a major change of culture. Many do not realize that today's Westinghouse is a Japanese company (Toshiba).

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse positive reinforcement more and abandon the easy route of using negative reinforcement. Reduce the "Good old boy" atmosphere of advancement and rewards for those who are not worthy. Listen to and take action based on workers who may not be part of this exclusive club, Unfortunately, management is the major cause of the demise of a once giant and proud legacy that reflected its namesake. Now there is no connection with the great George Westinghouse. His name is leased from CBS to maintain brand recognition that is not congruent with its present operations.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Living the dream???

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Cranberry Twp, PA

    ProsEmerging contracts seem to indicate that there is more work on the horizon. Decent benefits package (starting salary, vacation, health care) but not something others don't offer..

    ConsWestinghouse just put a freeze on salaries and eliminated senior management bonuses for the fiscal year. While not traded as a public company, the struggles of parent company Toshiba are placing extreme pressure on Westinghouse to make up for the losses. Westinghouse is in the middle of several challenging contracts in China where it is expected that the company will be hit with losses as the first AP1000 plants are constructed and come on line. Cash flow issues are being blamed on engineers but management does not look at themselves. In the past two years, the CEO has preached change, but procedures and beaurocracy remains a heavy burden borne by the working class of Westinghouse. The CEO has done little to bring effective change, settling rather to but cut benefits (pension), cut personnel (layoffs), cut overtime, freeze hiring, and allow key knowledgable technical leaders to walk away from the company. Patronizing weekly messages from the CEO advise employees that they are in control of their own morale regardless of how many cuts are handed down.
    While a handful of good employees continue to work at Westinghouse, many are leaving. The remaining majority are people with lackluster careers (sub-par talent and work ethic) that can't find work elsewhere, those holding on for retirement, and those looking for jobs outside of the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop an incentive plan to keep the people that have been trained and developed skill sets needed to support the business units and products provided by Westinghouse. Take a hard look at the encyclopedia set of procedures and reduce them. Eliminate the poor performers and REWARD the good. Take a capitalistic approach to business priorities and you may make a profit.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The good times are behind us

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIndustry leader and global company

    ConsIn the past 5 years the company has been in an obvious decline. Reduced raises, reduced benefits, reduced respect in the workplace especially from management. Poor standards for new and current employees, poor project management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTurnover will kill Westinghouse. Young engineers are going to be the backbone of the industry in the coming years, and you have done nothing substantial to keep them around.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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