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Grew too fast... still catching up

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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 full-time (More than 3 years)

Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Lots of young, forward-thinking people

Cons

No one listens to all of the young, forward-thinking people.

Promotions and raises are based mostly on years at Westinghouse. I came into the company with 4+ years of experience, and got paid new-hire rates. Now, it will take me several years to catch up.

Recent layoffs, and no assurance that jobs are safe

Advice to Management

Restructure the promotion/raise mechanics. Put value on forward-thinking and good performance. Try to honor previous experience.

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    Good people, bad management, ruthless executive management which sees itself as being above all other employees

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work is interesting and there is always room for innovation, so if you are a self starter you will enjoy it here. Alternate work arrangements such as 9/80, 4/10, and telecommuting help to get your work done while still having a life outside of work.

    Cons

    Nearly all engineers, including those with 30+ years of industry experience, completely disagree with the management style. Executive management see themselves as above all other employees, and seem to make decisions without considering the opinions of even the most experienced engineers. The general consensus is that executive management couldn't care less about keeping people employed.

    Advice to Management

    Cut down the levels of management by 1/3. Stop selling off all of our intellectual property to the Chinese. Show your employees that you actually care about keeping them employed. Listen to your employees and pay them well, work to remove bureaucracy, work to streamline our processes and remove those that aren't beneficial, and Westinghouse will thrive once again.

  2. Helpful (7)

    Living in the Past

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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