Pratt & Whitney Reviews

Updated August 3, 2015
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  1. 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


  2. 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)


  3. 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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  5. Helpful (8)

    Interesting and Challenging but has no idea how to retain talent

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

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

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

    Pros

    Working on aircraft engines is fascinating and challenging You learn a lot about the product because you often do multiple roles They are really focused on the quality of the product and encourage employees to speak up about deficiencies or opportunities to improve products and processes. If you are hourly, the union ensures that you are compensated well. Opportunities to change organizations with some struggle, but still possible. Opportunities to work around the world Employee scholarship is competitive 401k portfolio options are competitive but you pay fees for using their management systems or if you want to opt out and manage it yourself.

    Cons

    There is a lot of nepotism at the head quarters If you don't find a mentor within the first few years, your ability to be promoted is limited Still has "the boys club" mentality but it is not openly admitted and is done subtly HR changes so frequently that you struggle to get issues resolved No formal manager requirements or training before someone is hired as a manager, so there are countless inept managers who do not value or even demean employees. People are promoted and pay is determined on likeability, not performance results or customer opinion. It is nearly impossible to be fired from the company, so there are deadweight employees in every organization as well as incompetent employees. Furlough days and layoffs have taken place from 2008-2011, and started again in 2015 but there hasn't been any paycuts for the Executive Board members. You can and will get guilted or bullied into working overtime; which is not compensated. If you have temporary OT compensation, you must work 45 hours before you can start getting paid straight time at hour 46 (you give them 5 free hours of work). No flex-time unless you work at Head Quarters, and even then it is limited to if your manager decides that it won't hurt their metrics. Other industries have 9/80 work weeks, despite your work location or job title. Health care coverage has moved to HMOs with HSAs. You pay more, they pay less. Still uses the outdated forced ranking systems for performance reviews. Results in no developmental improvement for employees, the forms aren't reviewed when promotions and pay raises are being considered, and pits employees and managers against each other. Every year a secret meeting is held for each organization and the managers argue about who deserves to be promoted, but this depends on your managers ability to sway votes in your favor and if they have seniority in the organization. For the most part, this type of performance based review only results in the popular (through networking, not actual results) getting promoted instead of the real leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Require that all employees who want to be managers must take management courses for finance and personnel. Also require that they take an aptitude test to determine if they have the personal skills to be a good manager; not everyone does and you are losing talent because of bad managers. Allow their peers or previous employees to rate them anonymously to get a better understanding of their challenges at being a leader. Pay competitively, switch to 9/80 work weeks, fire the incompetent and deadweight employees, hire more HR so they stay with organizations longer, stop hiring most of the new hires from UConn (there is no diversity if they all have the same education and state culture), make pay cuts from Executives and Upper Management public so low-level employees don't become disgruntled about furlough days. Get ride of the forced ranking performance reviews. It is outdated, does not help any employee, they are not reviewed prior to rack & stack discussions and employees have to hope that they have a manager who will scream and fight for them or they will never get promoted.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Good first job

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good benefits (insurance, 401K, employee scholar program).

    Cons

    Too much red tape and office politics required to advance. It's not what you know, but who you know. The end of year performance review is a travesty. A complete black box in which the employee is not involved but gets judged on visibility of programs worked without a chance to defend oneself. Too much division of labor. Everyone has a niche job and does only one thing. Anchored to a desk; Even though it is an engineering company, very far removed from the actual action of parts being manufactured and engines operating except for during emergencies.

    Advice to Management

    Need a better training program, new employees are completely left on their own in terms of getting acclimated to new job and CT. Need to assign mentors. Managers need to do a better job of tailoring yearly objectives to specific individuals goals and aspirations rather than generic company-wide metrics that can be hard to achieve.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Schedule is King

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great technology and technical leads

    Cons

    Quality and correctness take a back seat to politics and schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that Pratt is a technology company and not a large value company. Spend time and money on R&D instead scheduling meetings to discuss schedules.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great place to start; hard place to stay once you get your bearings.

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    UTC employee scholar program in phenomenal, cutting edge products (not technologies), ability to move every 3 years and "lilypad" in order to develop ones career, diverse disciplines within a sole product.

    Cons

    Diversity/Inclusion programs develop and patronize those who are not capable of completing simple tasks while those with technical engineering capability are passed by for promotions and raises, in order to meet a corporate metric. The biggest problem is a lack of tribal knowledge transfer and the disgusting lack of practical (hands on) knowledge recent hires (less than 5 years) have. Yippie! You're gonna work on jet engines; how about getting a basic understanding of how they work first.... Life / work balance - Say what?

    Advice to Management

    Management is too focused on EPS / UTX price and cow-towing to corporate to spend the time to read this. But if they did, focus on what's good and build on it. You find it - I'm not paid enough to waste my time with my thoughts here - negative or positive.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Good Company Turned Stringent

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Great Company

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Complex, challenging, important and tangible work.

    Cons

    Large company environment, One of USA premier Blue Chips


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great company if you put in the hours and embrace mgmt's vision.

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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