Pratt & Whitney Reviews in Connecticut

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
241 Reviews
3.4
241 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pratt allows work life balance / telecommuting but it depends on your boss (in 22 reviews)

  • This is a good place to start your career, take advantage of the employee scholar program (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Budgets are ever declining and raises stagnate below cost of living and will get worse (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    I really liked working for Pratt and Whitney.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hartford, CT

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great employees to learn from. cool facilities. good hours

    Cons

    The benefits for interns are not made public, so ask people about the benefits in relation to the surrounding area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job with the internship program

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to learn and get an education, poor pay raises and health benefits.

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

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

    Pros

    Education program is second to none. Also a great place to learn the engineering skills. Professional environment and nice people. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Company will be cash strapped for the rest of the decade fronting the cost of its commercial engine ramp up. Budgets are ever declining and raises stagnate below cost of living and will get worse. No engineering union means management thinks they are doing you a favor paying straight time after you "donate" your first 5 hours of overtime off the books.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better raises, keep and develop the experienced folks.

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Corporate America at its finist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  East Hartford Gardens, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hartford Gardens, CT

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

    Pros

    Salary level , paid benefits and time a cured- all are at a good levels. better than most!

    Cons

    The hierarchy of this company are not what they peach and most could care less about you or your input. The prevailing attitude for the upper executives is both one "I don't care and rule by fear" You are always working under a threat of job loss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening - the people below you are people and they are intelligent. Many would contribute more if you only applied what you preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Environment

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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
  6.  

    good pay nice bosses fair

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    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
  7.  

    Engineering Intern

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    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
  8.  

    A great Job to get your feet wet

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    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
  9.  

    Pleasant Employer

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    • 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
  10.  

    Good place to work

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    • 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
  11.  

    Seems Like a Typical Big Company

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    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

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