Westinghouse

  www.westinghousenuclear.com
  www.westinghousenuclear.com
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It's a job and it pays the bills

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

I have been working at Westinghouse

Pros

Fringe benefits:
 - one of few places that still provides a pension (in addition to a 401(k); note: 5 yrs to vest)
 - availability for alternate work arrangements (telecommute, 9/80, 4/10)
 - compensation is higher than other industries

Cons

Very large company with a lot of red tape. Obviously, some is necessary due to the NRC and the industry (nuclear). Quite a bit of it is not necessary.

It does not seem that resources are allocated properly to work efficiently as a company.

One can get pigeon-holed into a particular role.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting Industry, Good Opportunities, Poor Execution

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse

    Pros

    A lot of training opportunities if you pursue them.
    Corporate support and reimbursement for advanced education (MS, MBA) and professional licenses/certifications (PE, PMP)
    Great benefits (gym on site, great cafeteria, tennis courts, after work sports leagues)
    Many young employees (22-35)
    Ability to take-on complex projects.

    Cons

    A significant proportion of management lacks even the basic competence to do their job and seem to be in their position only because of epidemic levels of cronyism that have spread like a virus. It is quite amazing how prevalent this problem is in certain organizations and it is no secret to most of the workforce. There are many managers, directors and even VPs who aren't even qualified to do entry level nuclear type work but somehow are in leadership positions. These people completely BS their way through everything and actually make up a significant portion of Westinghouse's management. You will sit in meetings and these people will completely avoid addressing the problems because they are afraid of exposing their lack of knowledge and skill so problems continue to go unresolved. Open issues remain open for years and we continue to make the same mistakes and lose millions of dollars. Westinghouse is developing many first of a kind components and building the first nuclear plants in 30 years so this type of organization is simply not going to work. Sadly, I think there will be a Harvard Business School case study on the failure of Westinghouse in a few years.

    There is a high risk for a brain drain for what remains of the highly talented workforce. Unfortunately, Westinghouse is in a downward spiral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There seriously needs to be a major internal audit resulting in a significant restructuring and replacement of existing management. Senior management probably knows how bad the management situation is considering two CEOs and several other senior managers have exited recently or there are rumors more are about to exit soon.

    This company has a lot of potential but needs to rid itself of its sickness. If upper management really wants to fix this then actually learn your stuff and hold your people accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunities to broaden experiences and knowledge.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse

    Pros

    Management provides enough guidance without micromanaging. There are always enough experienced engineers to mentor and lead, or just to ask clarifying questions. Company policies encourage technical growth and career promotions.

    Cons

    Lower-level management gain more from keeping experienced engineers where they are. Some departments are not allowed to hire from other groups, despite ideal personnel and talent levels, leaving some engineers 'stuck' working with lower growth and promotion opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WEC has the advantage of employing considerable numbers of former military (Navy) personnel, though junior-level management has not benefitted from the professional leadership training that the Navy provides. Providing Resource Managers with some professional leadership training (akin to NLDP) will significantly increase their group performance.

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