Pratt & Whitney Reviews

Updated July 23, 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. Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great large company to work for with great benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of change within the company


  2. Manager spare parts

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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

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Massive layoffs are unexpected even with union membership.

    Advice to Management

    Prepare employees better when dealing with unemployment.


  3. great place to start or end a career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney

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

    Pros

    Great environment with great colleagues. We had a lot of fun and supported each other to get the work done. Never felt like I had to carry others' weight - everyone was hard working and committed.

    Cons

    Can be on the conservative side... It's got such a long history so it makes sense but hopefully the new blood they're bringing in will spice it up

    Advice to Management

    Keep making employees a priority. That was one of the best parts of PW, when we felt really valued and appreciated for our hard work.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Senior aero thermal engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney full-time

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

    Pros

    Great ethics, work life balance, meritocracy, innovative and challenging projects. My manager was great and the teams and projects I worked with were amazing. You're given full responsibility if you can demonstrate you can handle it. Highly recommend the company for great engineers.

    Cons

    Low salary. For me the biggest drawback was the location - east Hartford. The tuition benefit is great but was significantly scaled back. Not all good universities are included.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job. The culture is amazing. I left with very positive memories. Had it not been for the location I would probably still be with you.


  6. Process Engineer

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Choctaw, OK
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Choctaw, OK

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great company, good pay, and engineering excellence.

    Cons

    Big company not given start up training.

    Advice to Management

    Look more at issues and training.


  7. Good Benefits

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    Current Employee - Maintenance in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Maintenance in East Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good employee benefits, incentives, time off.

    Cons

    Tough to move up. Hiring and Layoff cycles.


  8. Engineering

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney

    Pros

    Quality employment. Various positions available.

    Cons

    Learning curve: high. Must be driven/ self starter to push forward


  9. Helpful (1)

    Was a Good Place to Work and Grow Career, No Longer

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Products employ good technology, which allows employees throughout the organization to learn additional skills. Products have a good reputation in the industry. You are exposed to: - Leading aircraft manufactures - Global end users

    Cons

    Dissolving the division and moving product to Canada & Florida. No future Pratt & Whitney employment opportunities in San Diego. Workforce is distracted with finding employment elsewhere. Moved core engineering and manufacturing functions to Poland and other locations


  10. Helpful (5)

    Good place to start a career, not great for longterm growth.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    COOL product, solid pay, stable company, you won't get laid off if you show up at work and stay the full 8 hours. Lots of smart people at the company. Pretty decent work-life balance.

    Cons

    The benefits are kind of a joke, although it might just be reflecting on a poor status of the health insurance industry currently. Great starting salaries, but the raises are pretty pathetic (and essentially negate themselves when they hand out 7 furlough days in a year). EVERYTHING moves slow at Pratt. Slow career progression, slow adaptability to new ideas, etc. There's layoffs every now and again, and furloughs what seems like every other year. Company is not by any means hip and limber - still a little bit of an old-white-man company (although 50% or more of the new hires and interns seem to be diversity candidates)... I'd be willing to bet the management and executive teams are 85% white men, and the ones that aren't are HR and EH&S. Some of that is just corporate america, and a lack of women in engineering in general, but still pretty poor stats.

    Advice to Management

    Management seems super concerned with the attrition problem - leading focus groups to try to get people to stay at the company for 35+ years like the Pratt of the past. Unfortunately, without pensions, it's just a changing dynamic. Instead of fighting it, accept it, GenY is going to move around a LOT throughout their careers, so management just has to step up their recruiting efforts. The minute they do this, the more adaptable and limber this company becomes, and the more they can recruit TOP talent (MIT, Stanford, etc), even if it's only for a 2 year stint.


  11. No complaints

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    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.



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