Pratt & Whitney

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Pratt & Whitney Reviews

Updated January 11, 2015
Updated January 11, 2015
260 Reviews
3.4
260 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 11 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  2.  

    Seems Like a Typical Big Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  3.  

    Overall, not a bad place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in East Hartford, CT

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You'll work with very smart people and learn a lot. The benefits are better than average. The company values diversity in its workforce, making this a good employer choice for minorities.

    Cons

    It's very easy to be overlooked in a company this large. You will often do great work, but the decision makers will not know about it. Your immediate supervisor or his/her supervisor will present your work and take the credit. You will often get pulled to join "teams", like EH&S, Employee Engagement, etc. that will suck up your time and leave you scrambling to get your 'real' job done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When presenting work to senior executives share the credit with the person who actually DID the work. When management positions become available consider promoting from within more often rather than hiring friends from the outside.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good starting pay, but low raises or advancement potential in less than 10 years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing learning experience, good mentoring, etc. (Though, this is hit or miss depending on your mentor). Great starting pay and decent benefits and vacation time.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement and promotions (Starting at L8 or L7, don't expect to pass L5 or L4 in your career).
    TERRIBLE raises.
    Company can be hypocritical. IE, "Work life balance is very important" but requires unpaid overtime often and consistently. "Log all of your hours accurately to the 1/10th of an hour" but don't log past 40. "We work hard to retain the best talent in the industry" but we pay right at the average for all engineering positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a little transparency. Requiring long hours and ridiculous deadlines/schedules regardless of time needed without a clear understanding of the bigger picture removes a lot of the motivation to give up more weekends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great engineering homegrown engineering company - innovative products, good workforce, ethical practices.

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

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employee Scholar Program (although more limited than in past now), friendly and collaborative atmosphere, strong ethical culture, opportunities to move within UTC, decent work-life balance.

    Cons

    High cost of living in CT, management can be old-fashioned and rigid, facilities are outdated, and new employee indoctrination is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent and connected with employees. Work on lessening the executive "suit" culture that makes management seem aloof and unapproachable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice place to work. Good benefits, but not enough emphasis on professional development/training.

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

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

    Pros

    Loose environment. Decent pay, flexible work schedule, and excellent education benefits.

    Cons

    Unrealistic objectives. Tough promotions with unclear goals to help salary personnel move up the ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work toward developing the professional growth and training of the salary employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Solid Company with good opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Solid opportunities, with training and promotion career paths. Interesting products and good people dedicated to their jobs.

    Cons

    Sometimes conflicting management direction, priorities and HQ mandates can make execution difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Align objectives from top to bottom

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company overall, hard to move up

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

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

    Pros

    Good culture overall, most management and leadership is good (there are exceptions), work life balance is good.

    Cons

    Hard to move up unless you are politically connected. Hard work and smarts will not get you there alone. HR eliminated their mentor program in 2013 which had been a step in the right direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to improve opportunities for promotion for lower and mid level employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Need a Purchasing Manager that knows how to be a NPI Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - NPI Buyer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - NPI Buyer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    having a lunch area for their employees to go to...

    Cons

    Temporary; being a contract buyer in PW everyone knows that they will never go Perm. Also, on picking out there manager(s) they need to go deeper into their work experience... Get their employees involve some recreation; just as provide a picnic for their employees; Handling out certificates on "great Job(s)". Letting them know that you appreciate their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful on hiring a Manager for a department...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Former employee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney

    Pros

    Great learning environment, very interesting work

    Cons

    Location, bureaucracy, dealing with government, layoffs,

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