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I have been working at Westinghouse full-time (More than 5 years)
Good pay, nice work conditions, on-site exercise facility, they have a decent cafeteria (not many employers do)
You may occasionally work casual hours, which comes with this type of industry. It can be stressful (but what engineering job isn't?), alot of 'good old boy' type cronyism, 'that's the way it's always been done' mentality which is somewhat understandable given the industry is highly regulated and not willing to change since it will impact the licensing basis. some of the project managers have no clue what it takes to get the work done that we do (analysis, change paperwork, deviations, etc). If you want to diversify yourself, you need to consider working in different groups...you will learn specific things related to whatever discipline or component you're dealing with. It can be easy to fall down a wormhole where you might not keep all your skills honed. I was hired here to do analysis work primarily, but because I was hired with prior engineering experience, I was tapped to be a technical lead on a project that evolved from documentation changes, to a major effort that involved repair work at the plant site. I was involved with that project for six years and did some other analytical work along the way but not as much as I'd like to. Anyhow, now they have me doing 'fab/follow' work with components and it's technical but in my opinion busy work...I deal with deviation notices and answering questions from the construction sites, good experience but I can't do this forever. I do not know where this business is headed....new plants contracts have fizzled, so they seem to be focused on Innovation but it is difficult to innovate in some areas because of regulation and unwillingness from the customers to change. Software is one area I can think of, but hardware wise, not much of an option. Cost management is another area of scrutiny...basically how can we get this work done faster and under budget which is understandable but sometimes we're not given enough hours to complete a task - that's poor planning and it rarely seems to change. They talk about lessons learned but I never see that passed down to the next future project. People work in silos here and the company has tried to change that. I don't know if this will ever change. We recently buckled and stopped carrying Highmark insurance...switched to Aetna....hard to say it it's better/worse. As with almost everyone these days, we're paying $1500 deductibles before insurance pays the 90%. So it sort of dissuades you from going to the doctor.
Advice to Management
project managers and engineers need to work together to balance schedule/cost/budget....and while the engineers tend to write the technical descriptions on proposals, the cost estimates need to be throughly scrubbed before we potentially lowball on a proposal. We have frequently gone overbudget on work that we warned them it would take X hours when instead they estimated Y hours.