Pratt & Whitney Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Contracted at Pratt for 2 yrs

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Systems Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Current Contractor - Systems Engineer in East Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Worked with good people. Flexible hours in my engineering group. Company training shows they promote a healthy work environment.

    Cons

    Salary employees are expected to work massive overtime with no extra pay. Too much outsourcing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people for the time they work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great place to start; hard place to stay once you get your bearings.

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in East Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    UTC employee scholar program in phenomenal, cutting edge products (not technologies), ability to move every 3 years and "lilypad" in order to develop ones career, diverse disciplines within a sole product.

    Cons

    Diversity/Inclusion programs develop and patronize those who are not capable of completing simple tasks while those with technical engineering capability are passed by for promotions and raises, in order to meet a corporate metric. The biggest problem is a lack of tribal knowledge transfer and the disgusting lack of practical (hands on) knowledge recent hires (less than 5 years) have. Yippie! You're gonna work on jet engines; how about getting a basic understanding of how they work first.... Life / work balance - Say what?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is too focused on EPS / UTX price and cow-towing to corporate to spend the time to read this. But if they did, focus on what's good and build on it. You find it - I'm not paid enough to waste my time with my thoughts here - negative or positive.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Good Company Turned Stringent

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked for company more than 15 years in a variety of functions and disciplines, both commercial and technical. In the 1990s the company was producing many new products for all the latest commercial airliners, Boeing and Airbus and was #1 or #2 on each platform. Executive leadership had a swap when 787 came out and UTC Corp executives decide not to commit to 787, and focus on CFM56 market. Developed some good alternatives to CFM56 OEM products but the Snecma OEM had an excellent strategy to challenge PW and PW lost competitiveness. Corporation started shifting focus from aerospace to other building and non core aerospace ventures to broaden horizon. Competition GE and RR gained market share in commercial aerospace and PW became #3. UTC bought Goodrich and jettisoned many of the "must have" businesses previously bought when decided not to develop new 777 derivatives, A340 motors, A350 engine and 787 engine. Game changer NGPF engine was introduced and is the latest market entry which seems to be ahead of GE LEAP-X (but LEAP-X has 55% market per GE literature) and as a result PW is on a huge cash saving program, selling many divisions, raising cash. Cash is not the prime focus, many experienced people are leaving and have had enough, those approaching 55 are going to punch out b/c prime focus of technical and human capital is gone and meeting Qtr to Qtr Wall St has taken priority.

    Cons

    Micro management from Executives into middle manager decisions
    Furlough days to save money
    Should have watched travel budgets a long time ago when Earnings were good.
    ESA is a great shop, too many internal arguments vs. a real One Company behavior is killing the shop's competitiveness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to technical leadership; let your products win customer.
    Get rid of the Executives who are "Yes" men to UTC.
    Watch out for your people, esp L4 and below, those are your keys to success.
    Compensation has not kept up with market pay over the years. Young people jump for more money and older people jump for lack of respect.
    401(k) is great - should have kept administration of it with Fidelity; Aon Hewitt is poor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Backsliding but recovery possible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hartford, CT

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, promotions are available if you work the process. Standard 'big-company' allowances for time off, flex time, and alternate work schedules.
    The basics for long life in the market are there, but they need more understanding and support from the upper-level team.

    Cons

    Occasional leadership miss-steps have slowed progress. There is strong infrastructure in place to make improvements and support the company it could be, but some of the mid-level to upper-level leaders are too old-school to take advantage of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To top management: Take a close look at your down-lines; are they really following the ACE principles they are being held to parrot? There are still some concrete-heads in your midst, and quite a few tool-heads as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. I learned so much and was inspired constantly

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    Former Employee - Safety Generalist in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Safety Generalist in Hartford, CT

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They encourage professional development, teamwork, continuous improvement. Great benefits, pay

    Cons

    Restructuring created a stressful environment. Not a lot of positions available in safety at manager level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Traditional and Stodgy

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    Former Employee - Global Operations in East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Global Operations in East Hartford, CT

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Company's financial performance is great.

    Cons

    Employees are not sharing in it, save for job security, maybe?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are certainly only treated as numbers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great people, interesting work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in East Hartford, CT

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    P&W attracts great people to work on fascinating challenges. One of the best parts about working here is the great sense of pride among the engineers with respect to their products. P&W is at the forefront of a fast paced aerospace industry, which makes the work fun and exciting.

    Cons

    As with many big companies, it is hard to feel like an individual when there are so many other employees. Promotions seem to be based more on completing arbitrary checkpoints and politics than merit or skill. Also, the engineering process is not very open to change. There is a lot of "This is how we have always done it" mentality. Luckily this is primarily among the older engineers, who will be retiring soon.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Pay and benefits are not the issue! Poor management is the problem!

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    Former Employee - Aftermarket Management in East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Aftermarket Management in East Hartford, CT

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, training for new hires, travel, varied assignments

    Cons

    Lack of appreciation for experience. Difficult to advance if not on the quota list. Company run by finance organization which can be short sighted. Senior management manages for their near term gain (executive compensation) and not the long term health of the company and its employees. Union and management don't have a good relationship hence company has been moving operations offshore for decades!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You cannot lead if your employees don't respect you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Review for Pratt and Whitney

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    Current Employee - Global Supply Chain Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Global Supply Chain Engineer in East Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney

    Pros

    - Training Opportunities
    - People
    - Salary
    - Challenges

    Cons

    - Layoffs
    - Benefits have decreased
    - Instability of Job Security
    - Management and Upper Management (trust factors)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you don't trust your employees to do their jobs and carry out functions on their own then why bother having anyone working below management? There is a cornucopia of talented employees at this company that possess degrees that are through the roof. The knowledge base in this company is incredible. Trust the employees to get the job done. You don't require meeting after meeting to accomplish "nothing." Spinning your wheels over unnecessary matters is not LEAN and is a waste of time for management and employees alike. Pratt and Whitney is "top" heavy and needs to weed out management not lower level salaried staff members so they can bring in more management. The management that is there should be able to adequately handle the workload on their own.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Mfg. Engineer working in operations and technology development.

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in East Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities to work on a great deal of varying projects and areas of engineering. It is a cutting edge technology company and world leader in the jet engine industry.

    Cons

    Benefits are poor, employee engagement and satisfaction is not truly pursued at an organizational level. The top down organizational tactics stifle creativity of the technical experts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus of profits and executive expectation stifles growth of the employees, making the work environment reactionary when a proactive approach is very much needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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