Pratt & Whitney Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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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 11 reviews)

  • IE, "Work life balance is very important" but requires unpaid overtime often and consistently (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney

    Pros

    Complex, challenging, important and tangible work.

    Cons

    Large company environment, One of USA premier Blue Chips

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person 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
  3. Great company if you put in the hours and embrace mgmt's vision.

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    Current Employee - Cell Leader in East Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Cell Leader in East Providence, RI

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, compeitive, growth opportunities, strong future.

    Cons

    Too much red tape. ACE is out dated. Pulls in too many direction . Company is top heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the courae, gain and sustain customers. Keep pushing for perfection.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. It's was a good learning experience and a good first job.

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    Former Intern - Apprentice in Millbury, MA
    Former Intern - Apprentice in Millbury, MA

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

    Pros

    It was good pay. I worked with some good people who taught me some good tricks of the trade

    Cons

    It was to far from home. Need something closer to family

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Challenging and fast-paced jobs

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to get involved in multiple projects outside of your "job description"

    Cons

    Promotions and personal growth are limited if you do not have an executive champion that will advocate on your behalf.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote better office/people culture - make people appreciate more of a priority

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Contracted at Pratt for 2 yrs

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    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
  8. Pratt & Whitney - HMI offers good benefits.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayville, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clayville, NY

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney

    Pros

    The employees at PW - HMI are respectful of one another and supportive.

    Cons

    the interior of the building is very outdated and their computer technology is in desperate need of updating. Two weeks of your vacation must be used when the company decides to "shut down", although there is an option to purchase additional vacation time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Backsliding but recovery possible

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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 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
  10. Given a lot of responsibility. Great place to work.

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    Former Intern - Process Engjneer
    Former Intern - Process Engjneer

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney as an intern

    Pros

    there was always something new to learn

    Cons

    a lot to learn in a short amount of time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 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

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