Wärtsilä North America Reviews

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  1. Good company, promotes internally and provides interesting / challenging work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Finance in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Wärtsilä North America full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    great benefits as mentioned by all
    for the most part, macro stype managment, you are allowed freedom to do your work
    market leader, usually good / advanced tools to do your job
    company recognizes good employee performance

    Cons

    they make mistakes at times (like all companies)
    in its core form it is a company that provides engineering solutions, there is not necessarily growth available for all functions
    many decisions are made overseas and trickle down to the local company although they may not always make sense due to the local market

    Advice to Management

    stay focused on the future.....

  2. Very Bias people from Finland and Poland. They will only benefit ppl from Finland.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Wärtsilä North America full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Lot of travel and you get to see new countries

    Cons

    Finish guys are very rude to Americans.

    Advice to Management

    Get the Finish management out of the US. Even those finish guys with their nationality being American and having finish God fathers from Finland get all the tailored promotions and benefits. There is nothing An American manager can do abt it. You can't change the system. Any American or especially military person will have very hard time. All rules are for Americans but they work around if you are from Finland or Poland.

  3. Working like in a Family to provide a Service as Corporation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Contract Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I have been working at Wärtsilä North America full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The best partner for our customer, multiple business and customer oriented

    Cons

    Big organization, sometimes not the fastest reaction, but solid reliabilty

    Advice to Management

    Promote the excellencies to new challenges

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  5. Change and company growth always a constant...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Wärtsilä North America full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Always growing
    Great Facility and location
    11 Holidays
    Education Assistance Program available
    Training overseas Available
    Bonus available
    Company summer event for family (picnic, etc)
    Great Culture
    Empowerment to employees
    A lot of flexibility
    Modern clerical tools and systems
    Company Holiday event for family (dinner, party, etc.)

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities to grow within the company
    Management gave preference to newcomers with potential instead of current employees with potential
    Managers gave hard time to employees who looked for promotion
    Employee turnover seems high

    Advice to Management

    It would be great to create a career path for those who want to grow and care about the company.
    Reconsider promoting newcomers instead of senior employees interested in career advance because it decreases morale of employees
    Be careful with new managers with much power who come drastic change of vision and leadership style because they can affect employee retention

  6. Wartsila has been a great experience in my professional career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wärtsilä North America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture & values. Good benefits. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Communication sometimes is not what expected.

  7. One of the worst environment you can ever work in (if not the worst)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contracts in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Contracts in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Wärtsilä North America full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The company has decent salaries, a good benefit package, and option to work from home

    Cons

    Leadership SUCKS, no clear leadership. Management is very insecure about their own positions. No team work, majority of the staff are senior citizens who just need a job prior to retirement, this is not a place to grow professionally. I wouldn't recommend this place to my worst enemy

    Advice to Management

    Put some leadership in management, hire people who can actually encourage team work

  8. Working at Wartsila North Aamerica (WNA)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wärtsilä North America

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Very Bias company. Lots of Finish influence. Very proud Finish guys. They will make you work like slaves but not share their knowledge. Few Polish ppl as well.

    Cons

    Very Bias company. Lots of Finish influence. Very proud Finish guys. They will make you work like slaves but not share their knowledge. Few Polish ppl as well.

  9. Very tumultuous place to work regarding advancement opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wärtsilä North America

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global company and present throughout the world. Very good benefits. Matching 401K which outperformed the most on the market. Bonus yearly,not big but better than nothing in todays economy. It depend on the manager how your position would be treated. Most of them are really good in understanding difference between private and company life. Telecommuting available and allowed with managers consent.

    Cons

    Very little upward mobility and almost no chance to be promoted. They prefer Finish management style in higher management . Maybe they are correct. in that assumption. Due to problem in economy some positions are downsized, however without any reason and you are unceremoniously thrown out like an old rag. It is a place , for some employees where you stay for a paycheck, nothing more.

    Advice to Management

    None, they would not listen anyway.

  10. No career path, no future

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Wärtsilä North America

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits - the 401k is excellent and medical above average.

    Cons

    Plan on being at same pay and position for 20 years.
    Market sales down 50-85% for the forseeable future (5 years) - see investor info on their website.
    Company relies on foreign expats (dutch, norwegian, finn, UK, swiss) as base employees for key positions.

    Advice to Management

    Move away from the non-USA expat employee business model and start hiring Americans for all USA positions.

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