Pratt & Whitney Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great education program, interesting product. You have a lot of choices to move up in the company. Many locations to chose from.

    Cons

    Large company mentality at its worst. Lack of honesty from leaders. Competing metrics leave mid level people running in circles. You can't grow the business, increase quality, reduce costs, improve environmental metrics and lower head count at the same time.

    Advice to Management

    Set a real course and pursue it, have some sense in your EH&S program, fix ACE, gold plated is not real gold


  2. I learned so much and was inspired constantly

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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


  3. Traditional and Stodgy

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Operations in East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Global Operations in East Hartford, CT

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Company's financial performance is great.

    Cons

    Employees are not sharing in it, save for job security, maybe?

    Advice to Management

    People are certainly only treated as numbers.


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  5. Great people, interesting work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in East Hartford, CT

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    P&W attracts great people to work on fascinating challenges. One of the best parts about working here is the great sense of pride among the engineers with respect to their products. P&W is at the forefront of a fast paced aerospace industry, which makes the work fun and exciting.

    Cons

    As with many big companies, it is hard to feel like an individual when there are so many other employees. Promotions seem to be based more on completing arbitrary checkpoints and politics than merit or skill. Also, the engineering process is not very open to change. There is a lot of "This is how we have always done it" mentality. Luckily this is primarily among the older engineers, who will be retiring soon.


  6. Pay and benefits are not the issue! Poor management is the problem!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Aftermarket Management in East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Aftermarket Management in East Hartford, CT

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

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, training for new hires, travel, varied assignments

    Cons

    Lack of appreciation for experience. Difficult to advance if not on the quota list. Company run by finance organization which can be short sighted. Senior management manages for their near term gain (executive compensation) and not the long term health of the company and its employees. Union and management don't have a good relationship hence company has been moving operations offshore for decades!

    Advice to Management

    You cannot lead if your employees don't respect you!


  7. Review for Pratt and Whitney

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Supply Chain Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Global Supply Chain Engineer in East Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Training Opportunities - People - Salary - Challenges

    Cons

    - Layoffs - Benefits have decreased - Instability of Job Security - Management and Upper Management (trust factors)

    Advice to Management

    If you don't trust your employees to do their jobs and carry out functions on their own then why bother having anyone working below management? There is a cornucopia of talented employees at this company that possess degrees that are through the roof. The knowledge base in this company is incredible. Trust the employees to get the job done. You don't require meeting after meeting to accomplish "nothing." Spinning your wheels over unnecessary matters is not LEAN and is a waste of time for management and employees alike. Pratt and Whitney is "top" heavy and needs to weed out management not lower level salaried staff members so they can bring in more management. The management that is there should be able to adequately handle the workload on their own.


  8. Great Experience for post grad.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney

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

    Pros

    Rotational program to gain the experience cross functionally. A great product to support since it impacts so many people worldwide.

    Cons

    Times were tough and witnessed many lay offs of older workers. Short term future was unclear career wise. Unclear of org structure, always changing.


  9. Mfg. Engineer working in operations and technology development.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in East Hartford, CT

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities to work on a great deal of varying projects and areas of engineering. It is a cutting edge technology company and world leader in the jet engine industry.

    Cons

    Benefits are poor, employee engagement and satisfaction is not truly pursued at an organizational level. The top down organizational tactics stifle creativity of the technical experts.

    Advice to Management

    Focus of profits and executive expectation stifles growth of the employees, making the work environment reactionary when a proactive approach is very much needed.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Still too big with an even larger parent conglomerate...United Technologies Corp

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

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney

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

    Pros

    You can tell people that you make Jet Engines

    Cons

    Most hourly jobs have been eliminated through purchased parts... No more pensions... Frustratingly inefficient in their communications

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to be in management, spend the time and effort to learn what's newly required of you and be sure that you manage your people...The most difficult, but most rewarding, machine to manage.


  11. take advantage of the many perks

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Hartford, CT

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney

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

    Pros

    best in class employee scholar program

    Cons

    good old boy company very political work life balance is nonexistent

    Advice to Management

    break up the good old boy network. Hire outsiders, company needs fresh thinking.



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