Pratt & Whitney Reviews in Connecticut

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
232 Reviews

3.4
232 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pratt allows work life balance / telecommuting but it depends on your boss (in 21 reviews)

  • Employee Scholar program is unmatched by any other company (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay starts out decent but levels off after a few years to just cost of living increases (in 11 reviews)

  • IE, "Work life balance is very important" but requires unpaid overtime often and consistently (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Environment

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

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

    Pros

    As an engineer with more than two decades of industry experience, I can say that Pratt & Whitney attracts some great talent, with a strong team environment. There's always something new to learn.

    Cons

    Aerospace is a cyclic industry. Although there are great opportunities on the horizen for P&W - when the F135 and PW1100G engine reach production in full - in the short term, this means that the pinch is on to extract the maximum work from minimum head count at minimum cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Internal surveys always report the same issues for P&W to focus on: compensation, and making your employees feel valued. With the current budget pinch, this is becoming harder and harder to achieve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    good pay nice bosses fair

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Analyst in Hartford, CT

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Many layoffs every few yrs.

    Cons

    no pension, but they offer 401k

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Engineering Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineering  in  East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineering in East Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -Great pay for interns, higher than most other companies.
    -Learned a lot during my internship so I could put it on my resume.
    -People around me are nice to work with and are almost always willing to help.
    -Flexible with working times, and manager does'nt have a problem with taking hour lunches as long as you do your work, and make up the time.
    -Lots of intern activities
    -Hiring a lot of people due to influx of product demand

    Cons

    -Connecticut is expensive.
    -Would like to experience more hands on projects instead of at a computer most of the time, but that depends on the group also.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As far as engineering interns management is doing a great job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great Job to get your feet wet

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structures Engineer  in  Middletown, CT
    Current Employee - Structures Engineer in Middletown, CT

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

    Pros

    Salary is competitive
    Flexible hours and working from home (in theory)
    You will learn ALOT

    Cons

    Lots of "motivation" by management to work LONG hours
    The workplace culture seems to put a major priority on work over life outside the office
    Work can be quite monotonous (Following Standard Work feels like your just turning the crank at times)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop over working the employees, its ok to push a little but the attrition rate here is becoming a problem

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Pleasant Employer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant  in  East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in East Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits
    Ability to move around within numerous divisions
    professionalism
    encourages learning

    Cons

    office politics
    limits within job grades

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer  in  East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in East Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Currently work in a technical position where there is a lot of opportunity to grow my technical skill set. Good work life balance. Flexible hours. Good education program.

    Cons

    Large company sometimes makes employees feel like they are replaceable. There are often lay offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One of the major concerns is that the worker-level employees do not know what is happening with the company. Management needs to do a better job with communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Seems Like a Typical Big Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in East Hartford, CT

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

    Pros

    UTC education assistance (college/graduate degrees for employees), relationship with other UTC companies presents lots of (similar) opportunities. Work-life balance is OK. General HR-type policies are OK.

    Cons

    IT organization, especially management, is underqualified and on the wrong track. Very few of the IT managers have any software or computer-related education. There is a very strong focus on cost-containment, outsourcing, and meeting first-pass objectives. What they need more focus on is real business value, serving the larger business interest rather than local interests, flexibility, and responsiveness. There is a lot of repetitive manual work that employees across the company perform which could be better automated. For IT employees, actual technical capability is dangerous to have...best to stick to project management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at how to invest in software technology to accelerate everything else in the company, rather than seeing it only as a cost to contain and minimally maintain. Integrate IT and software technology as a core competency. Keep and/or strengthen the UTC Scholar program, it is one of the most critical differentiators for UTC recruitment. Hire and support technical IT people to help the company automate and streamline the entire business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall, not a bad place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications Manager  in  East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in East Hartford, CT

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

    Pros

    You'll work with very smart people and learn a lot. The benefits are better than average. The company values diversity in its workforce, making this a good employer choice for minorities.

    Cons

    It's very easy to be overlooked in a company this large. You will often do great work, but the decision makers will not know about it. Your immediate supervisor or his/her supervisor will present your work and take the credit. You will often get pulled to join "teams", like EH&S, Employee Engagement, etc. that will suck up your time and leave you scrambling to get your 'real' job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When presenting work to senior executives share the credit with the person who actually DID the work. When management positions become available consider promoting from within more often rather than hiring friends from the outside.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great engineering homegrown engineering company - innovative products, good workforce, ethical practices.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Engineer in East Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Employee Scholar Program (although more limited than in past now), friendly and collaborative atmosphere, strong ethical culture, opportunities to move within UTC, decent work-life balance.

    Cons

    High cost of living in CT, management can be old-fashioned and rigid, facilities are outdated, and new employee indoctrination is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent and connected with employees. Work on lessening the executive "suit" culture that makes management seem aloof and unapproachable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good starting pay, but low raises or advancement potential in less than 10 years.

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

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing learning experience, good mentoring, etc. (Though, this is hit or miss depending on your mentor). Great starting pay and decent benefits and vacation time.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement and promotions (Starting at L8 or L7, don't expect to pass L5 or L4 in your career).
    TERRIBLE raises.
    Company can be hypocritical. IE, "Work life balance is very important" but requires unpaid overtime often and consistently. "Log all of your hours accurately to the 1/10th of an hour" but don't log past 40. "We work hard to retain the best talent in the industry" but we pay right at the average for all engineering positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a little transparency. Requiring long hours and ridiculous deadlines/schedules regardless of time needed without a clear understanding of the bigger picture removes a lot of the motivation to give up more weekends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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