Pratt & Whitney Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Decent place to work if you don't work in Legal

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Best Employee Scholar program in the US
    Flexible Work Arrangements

    Cons

    No training - if you don't know the job you aren't going to get it
    Extremely difficult to post out and move to different business units
    Sr Management not developing people-more interested in their own career trajectory-advancement extremely limited-stereotyping
    Very political - "good old boys club"

    Advice to Management

    Public statements don't match internal realities - while there's a lot of talk about "work life balance" its not so
    It's great to hire top talent but its not so great when the top talent isn't interested in developing their own people. Stop hiring so many "Chiefs" and develop your people. As the old saying goes "too many Chiefs not enough Indians"


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good technical engineering work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Glastonbury, CT
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Glastonbury, CT

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

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technical challenges
    Military products are exciting to work.
    Good opportunities for career advancement for younger employees

    Cons

    Work/life balance does not really exist
    Too focused on cost & schedule (Earned Value Management System cumbersome & too time consuming) over technical and product quality
    Raises / career advancement / promotions for those over 45 are rare. Borderline age discrimination.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the quality of the product, not the cost / schedule - doing things cheaper & faster does not result in a robust product. There is a lot of talk about work / life balance, but management does not really encourage it.


  3. Large ruthless company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney

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

    Pros

    Great exposure to all elements of the aerospace business. Best exposure to multiple customers. Great scholarship program for continued education

    Cons

    Ruthless company that will drain your talents and dispose of you when you get too many years or become too old for their model. Cannot be trusted and has the worse set of operations executives in the industry

    Advice to Management

    Start to value your employees


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  5. disappointment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great job for bureaucrats and bureaucrat wannabes. always work for marketing people.

    Cons

    poorly managed company. never seen a company so totally lacking in leadership technically or in a business perspective.

    competent people are worked till the burn out then they are discarded. far too much cronyism as well. I've seen so many talented people pushed aside and ignored because they can think independently or the dare to think differently.

    ACE and ESW have totally destroyed a good company.

    Advice to Management

    wouldn't matter what was said in this section as management wouldn't listen.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Old School, Old Rules. Not for the Thinkers & Doers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

    Interesting programs and products

    Cons

    Nothing happens fast. Simple takes forever. No urgency. Creativity crushed by ridged processes.

    Advice to Management

    "Standard Work" is a tool, not the solution. Slogans don't motivate, increase speed or creativity


  7. Helpful (1)

    Outstanding Performer yet Reduction in Force Victim

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

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

    Pros

    good continued education benefits, depending on building/location people may or may not say hello

    Cons

    leadership???? self fulfilling narcissists, is that redundant? say they want change agents but wont listen to ideas. bullying allowed...

    Advice to Management

    grow up! listen to the employee - you want to did a hole, ask the guy with the shovel!


  8. Exciting times at Pratt

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great work, exciting products both in commercial and military engines. Fast paced environment, lots of opportunities for technical and managerial advancement.

    Cons

    Not really a "Con", but you better bring your A-game.

    Advice to Management

    Talk the talk and walk the walk. We've got ACE, let's be more diligent about applying it to business process.


  9. Project Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time

    Pros

    work life balance, job opportunities

    Cons

    health insurance is costly compared to other big corporations in the state


  10. Helpful (1)

    PW is a good company with a product you can be proud of

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Supplie QA in East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Supplie QA in East Hartford, CT

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    1) A product you can be proud of. 2) Educational opportunities available. 3) It is part of UTC.

    Cons

    Layoffs that are not just removing 'deadwood' but including 'good people' (my boss commented that he was losing good people in the layoff that included me)


  11. F135 Program Financial Support

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PFS Analyst
    Current Employee - PFS Analyst

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    F135 is the up and coming program

    Cons

    Lack of clear direction from management



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