Pratt & Whitney

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Pratt & Whitney Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
255 Reviews
3.5
255 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.  

    Bureaucratic to a fault

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney

    Pros

    A hands-on learning experience
    Lots of opportunity
    Ethical company
    Employee scholar program
    Lots of training

    Cons

    Management can be stuffy and inflexible
    Non-UTC experience is considered worthless
    Progress is slow which tends to stifle creativity
    Pay is fair
    Hierarchy is too rigid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Facilitate an environment where innovation is encouraged, not just being a "yes" man.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not the best experience wih managers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engine Technician in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Engine Technician in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Most people were great workers and very knowledgeable. The benefits are above average. The work schedule is manageable.

    Cons

    Managers don't really manage the workers. Managers mostly look out for themselves. Communication from top management rarely gets past the working leads. If it weren't for the superior knowledge of the technicians, there would be chaos!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your supervisors and work leaders lead. Make sure they keep workers informed about production goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great personal development with no career advancement

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney

    Pros

    This company makes really cool products and uses some cutting edge technologies

    Cons

    The company is overly quarterly profit driven to the detriment of the long term future.
    People are highly expendable and management has an almost cavalier attitude regarding their employees' career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making the workers bear the brunt of the financial lean times. People are taking pay cuts while management bonuses rise. The rumor mill is strong and we know everythin

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  5.  

    Pigeonholed until I leave.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inspection in Springdale, AR
    Current Employee - Inspection in Springdale, AR

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

    Pros

    They pay for your education through the employee scholar program and provide a lot of vacation time. There are many opportunities if you are willing to relocate.

    Cons

    After a decade and a half of stellar performance, including the completion of a bachelors degree, I'm pigeonholed in a position that was meant to be temporary. After 11 years of service in this position and a 4-year degree later, I am stuck earning subpar wages without chance of upward mobility unless I relocate across the country or globe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review policies on advancement, technical training for those who manage technical positions, and competitive wages for highly skilled positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Unfortunate Times

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in East Hartford, CT

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

    Pros

    The technology is amazing and interesting on the development side. Ethics are a priority.

    Cons

    There is a powerful waste of talent. It's sad to see salaried engineers with graduate degrees spending hours and hours chasing lost packages and jockeying spreadsheets. The main facilities in Connecticut are dilapidated and embarrassing. The management structure is overloaded with incompetence. Accountability is nil.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let your talented people feel like they are wasting their time and intellect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company, just very corporate

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Very good company. Currently in a financial restriction but has a very bright future, and a lot of Job opportunities will become available in the next few years. A lot of very smart people working there in all different types of fields. You are able to get a lot of exposure to areas you may not be familiar with. They have a lot of locations, and opportunity is what you make of it.

    Cons

    Very Corporate, lots of policies and procedures you have to follow. Lots of decisions are made from a very high up level and it effects everyone all the way down, even if the decision is made poorly. Networking is huge in the company, so if that is not one of your strengths then it may be too big of a company for you. The high up you get in the company, the more you can't get away from work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more of your strategic plans for the future. Involve more of the lower level manufacturing engineers and staff before making large decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney as an intern

    Pros

    Get to work on real challenging, technical problems with great people. Everyone's friendly and easy to work with. Good pay for interns.

    Cons

    As an intern, it took a few weeks to prove yourself. Before then, work was tedious but became interesting afterwords. Managers and full time workers were often very busy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for, but management loyalty is to the bottom line, not the employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Account Executive in East Hartford, CT

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

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, fantastic products.

    Cons

    Opportunities to advance are reserved for those on the inside track, regardless of their lack of experience and capability. This that fit into certain demographics which support management defined quotas can expect a job for life. Everyone else is a potential victim of falling UTC stock prices, which are consistently buoyed by head count reduction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach in terms of loyalty to employees and opportunities for advancement. Many times what one knows is better than who one knows.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work for

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

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney

    Pros

    Safety is the number one priority.
    TechnicalTraining is excellent
    Communication is great.
    In house training is always active

    Cons

    The time off policies are good especially when it involves the family
    Company values are discussed daily

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make changes slowly so that every one can be on board

  11.  

    Dissapointing

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

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

    Pros

    Working with friendly co-workers. Some programs sponsored by management such as ergonomics benefit the employees.

    Cons

    Overworked employees. Management wants to squeeze employees for high productivity at a lower cost. Health care costs have shifted to employees at an alarming rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decentralize.

    Disapproves of CEO

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