Pratt & Whitney Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Pros
  • Friendly people, challenging work, good work-life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Employee Scholar Program for free degrees (in 12 reviews)

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

  • Deadlines are not conducive to work life balance (in 7 reviews)

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  1. No complaints

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees and management are wonderful to work with. People are extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Great work-life balance is very good.

    Cons

    Like most large companies with set processes, standards, and deep empirical knowledge, change/innovation is can take a long time to come to fruition.

    Advice to Management

    The management at Pratt & Whitney is really great to work for. They are very understanding of work-life balance.


  2. Newer Engineer Review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in East Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pratt and Whitney is a great company to be exposed to multidisciplinary engineering teams. This is helpful as a new hire to understand how to work within a role on a team. There are many people that are focused on results and willing to work hard. Some good mentors to work with as well.

    Cons

    A lot of the current and future work is expected to be production support as the NGPF line ramps up. I think most engineers prefer to play in the sand box with preliminary design. However the company is in a position where a lot of work is working to support production.

    Advice to Management

    The raise pool has been pretty small for the last little bit. There is a wave of new engineers that have taken on a lot of responsibility and ownership for the good of the company. If you want to keep people that have stepped up and earned more pay, you need to get them some additional merit to acknowledge their efforts.


  3. Great company to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Professionalism, dedication, and support to new employees.

    Cons

    Nothing to mention really. the company has a great system to support new employees and put them into the loop.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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  5. Manufacturing Engineer

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Middletown, CT
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Middletown, CT

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to advanced technologies and opportunities to support meaningful projects.
    Access to a lot of training to support career development. Good attention to safety and ergonomics.

    Cons

    Success can be very dependent on management styles. Large company makes it difficult to develop skills across job function without moving positions. Work load is often extremely high.

    Advice to Management

    The ability to charge more than 8 hours per day would make project charging more realistic and support informed times lines for future projects.


  6. Helpful (1)

    3 Years at Pratt

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good starting salary
    Good work life balance
    Get to work on impactful projects right away

    Cons

    Small raises and promotions are few and far between which causes a poor retention rate.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your best employees better or they will continue to leave.


  7. Helpful (2)

    PhD in Powerpoint

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very smart individuals work there. Pride in the product they make. Endless job opportunities.

    Cons

    Horrible work/life balance. Minimal respect for free time outside of the office. Unrealistic deadlines and fire drills. Immense pressure to deliver. Stupid amounts of meetings and powerpoint presentations. Very arrogant culture. Mgmt cares more about metrics than people. Not enough resources to prepare for future.

    Advice to Management

    Try saying thank you and treating your employees with more respect. Quit kidding yourself into thinking we can handle more programs and more deadlines with less people. Attrition is high because people are drowning in work, so please do something about it! Settle down on the number of meetings and reviews you have; let people do their job. And Senior Leaders, try trusting the Leaders you have, they're Execs for a reason, allow them to make decisions without micromanaging their every approval.


  8. manufactoring associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Berwick, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Berwick, ME

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    loved the work..an the people an the team work

    Cons

    i didnt like that i got laid off because of no contacts i loved the people an the team players

    Advice to Management

    hire me back please..great team player


  9. Ok place but not the greatest

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Procurement Specialist in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Allot of work to do allowing the opportunity for OT.

    Cons

    Feel like I am working at a circus.

    Advice to Management

    Know what is going on at all levels of the organization from bottom up.


  10. Good company, bad organization

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Positive people, good pay, cool job, good experience.

    Cons

    Archaic programs, archaic programs, archaic programs, Union, non-motivated co-workers, sometimes hard to accomplish simple tasks due to inefficient methods.

    Advice to Management

    Management was cool in my department and I don't know what they can do about the problems.


  11. Helpful (1)

    The future's so bright, I have to wear shades (so they tell us)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Analyst in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Analyst in East Hartford, CT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Salary and still a few decent benefits. I am having difficulty meeting the 20 word minimum for "pro's", if that tells you anything about this review.

    Cons

    Plenty of people, just wish all were pulling their weight. Benefits continually decline, despite future outlook thriving. Too many people use PW educational assistance as a place to advance their degrees, and then go work elsewhere. Retention is an issue. Export Control is HUGE, and has slowed a lot of processes down due to not understanding the issues. Facilities need an update.

    Advice to Management

    The employees need to feel engaged and appreciated. Small tokens like a coffee cups, or minimal gifts are not enough to retain talent.



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