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Solid work, good name on a resume

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Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

I have been working at Westinghouse full-time

Pros

- Westinghouse pays very well for entry level workers
- The benefits are superb (health, vision, dental, short term disability and vacation)
- There's always work to be had

Cons

- Westinghouse is a very "old-time" company (you won't get promoted unless you've put in enough time, etc.)
- Engineers are very stubborn about doing things one way and one way only
- Way too many forms to fill out for anything to get done
- Work is plentiful, but it is also very dull

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Let people telecommute for crying out loud! The power struggle behind not letting workers work from home that can is absurd.

Recommends
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    Living in the Past

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Co-workers (engineering staff) are knowledgeable, they work hard, and there is very little workplace drama.

    - Pay and benefits are good, but nothing extraordinary for engineering

    - Many employees are constantly trying to make Westinghouse a better company and stop the cycle of over-budget, over-time, projects. Which is where the cons come in.

    Cons

    - The number of procedures and policies to learn is astronomical. Training must be maintained and up to date even when a significant number of the procedures do not apply to your work area. Good luck keeping up with the stuff you need to know to actually do your job and these never-ended policies/procedures.

    - Westinghouse is the opposite of a modern, forward-thinking technology company. The policies guiding software projects are decades old, and the lack of modern software knowledge is so lacking, that employees are encouraged to buy expensive licenses and other alternatives rather than make use of in-house software or industry-standard open source options.

    - Documentation. Documentation. Documentation. Engineers who came to Westinghouse with the hope of developing software for use in new plants now spend most of their day writing documents and going to meetings about those documents.

    - The burden of regulatory action is pushed down to the lowest engineering levels, shielding the countless VP's, SVP's, and EVP's from scrutiny.

    - Older engineers just waiting to pull the rip-cord on retirement, and sticking with the (failing) status-quo.

    - The cafeteria is overrated and overpriced. You're better off going out to eat since lunch isn't any cheaper for much lower quality. Prices keep going up. Don't expect any perks.

    - Blatant nepotism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Much of this review is irrelevant since you aren't hiring anyone. I don't think that any management above first-line has any idea how disgruntled people are. Your best employees are going to continue to leave while your 30-40 year vets are milking time for their pension. You messed up, and you should hope that your company is awarded another contract...soon.

    The infamous round of layoffs was easy and did nothing but affect the company's bottom line. Employees with 25+ years of service should have been forced to retire to make room for people that actually want to bring this company into the 21st century.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. Some of the same

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    Secure, for now -- the outlook will depend on nuclear

    Cons

    Always behind and understaffed, but who isn't

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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