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Westinghouse Reviews in Cranberry Twp, PA

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
249 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance, though variable, was generally pretty good (in 11 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours, good pay, on-site athletic facilities, good training instructors (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • This makes work-life balance challenging - although the alternative work schedules help (in 9 reviews)

  • Nuclear Industry took a direct hit when the tsunami hit Japan, causing that nuclear accident (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good intern experience in an industry I previously didn't know much about.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Cranberry Twp, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Cranberry Twp, PA

    I worked at Westinghouse as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, good pay, on-site athletic facilities, good training instructors

    Cons

    There are many extensive guidelines to follow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging technical work, but schedules are crippling, morale is low, and management doesn't know what to do.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Best technology in the nuclear industry, many solid, rewarding technical relationships & colleagues. Nominal pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is horrible. Mandatory overtime, no merit raises this year, and some pay bands are not eligible for paid overtime, even though they are still required to work overtime. All to meet totally fictitious schedules for completing work. Morale is low and getting worse. All the pressure to meet schedule will be for nothing if the people with skills & experience needed to meet those schedules are gone.

    Policies and procedures are needlessly complicated, and crippling to efficiently getting work done. Desperately need to streamline and update procedures to reduce the burden.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, please establish real, honest project schedules and then challenge the employees to meet them. The current "real" schedules are a fiction, and only serve the purpose of playing chicken with the customer's lawyers for liquidated damages. The employees are getting crushed in the process. It will kill the company in the long term - loyalty, trust, care for the future of the company will be lost.

    Fix the company procedures - they are a huge drag on productivity across the board.

    Fix the innovation program for real - the current fix is a cruel joke. We need the ability to pursue ideas even if they don't yet have a proven business case. There are talented, creative people who are simply turned off by the current process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Back to elementary school

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice cafeteria and gym if you have time to enjoy them.

    Cons

    We are lectured on how to walk down stairs, how to always tie shoes, and to always be safe..in a cubicle office environment.. and it is called paying attention to nuclear safety. Must wear safety glasses when in a lab doing software programming on a pic because we can never be "too safe".
    At the same time, mandatory OT in excess including all Saturday is turning employees into zombies.
    Management rewards employees who have sacrificed days of weekends and holidays with a token presented at a meeting and a 25 dollar gift certificate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating employees like they are in elementary shool. I am just waiting for the day we get smiley face stickers for each day of OT instead of the token and gift certificate. And frowny face stickers if forget to hold stairway handrails. My four year old son is treated more like an adult in his day care than I am at work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Living the dream???

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cranberry Twp, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Emerging contracts seem to indicate that there is more work on the horizon. Decent benefits package (starting salary, vacation, health care) but not something others don't offer..

    Cons

    Westinghouse just put a freeze on salaries and eliminated senior management bonuses for the fiscal year. While not traded as a public company, the struggles of parent company Toshiba are placing extreme pressure on Westinghouse to make up for the losses. Westinghouse is in the middle of several challenging contracts in China where it is expected that the company will be hit with losses as the first AP1000 plants are constructed and come on line. Cash flow issues are being blamed on engineers but management does not look at themselves. In the past two years, the CEO has preached change, but procedures and beaurocracy remains a heavy burden borne by the working class of Westinghouse. The CEO has done little to bring effective change, settling rather to but cut benefits (pension), cut personnel (layoffs), cut overtime, freeze hiring, and allow key knowledgable technical leaders to walk away from the company. Patronizing weekly messages from the CEO advise employees that they are in control of their own morale regardless of how many cuts are handed down.
    While a handful of good employees continue to work at Westinghouse, many are leaving. The remaining majority are people with lackluster careers (sub-par talent and work ethic) that can't find work elsewhere, those holding on for retirement, and those looking for jobs outside of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop an incentive plan to keep the people that have been trained and developed skill sets needed to support the business units and products provided by Westinghouse. Take a hard look at the encyclopedia set of procedures and reduce them. Eliminate the poor performers and REWARD the good. Take a capitalistic approach to business priorities and you may make a profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Finally focus on the business

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Products important for the environment
    New management progressive and making changes
    Profitable business that is growing.
    Actually building new plants and new orders in progress.

    Cons

    Legacy financial Issues from previous leadership have to be addressed.
    Training programs need to be more classroom than computer based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All new leaders brought in have really made a difference. Keep focus on accountability and nuclear safety.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very dissapointing

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Overall lack of accountability throughout the company. No job satisfaction and no potential for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and open your eyes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Westinghouse can be good or bad for you...but please don't listen to INTERN reviews!

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Cranberry Twp, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Location, compensation, job security, social work environment, great benefits. If you're smart, you will make Westinghouse work for you. Accept an analyst job, earn about 70K a year (MINIMUM). Stay low on the pole and do a good job in your Analyst job, and you will have plenty of time to raise a family on a MORE THAN DECENT salary, with great benefits. Get them to pay for graduate school, while you maintain low responsibility. If you go beyond this, to a PM or Management position, be prepared to get rattled and worked to your last nerve.

    Cons

    I see a lot of interns posting on here. I was an intern for 2 years at Westinghouse before I actually started working here full time. Do not take intern reviews as reality. Life changes when you start to earn a real income and become part of the "Westinghouse Work force." Many interns are college grads or students, therefore they do not understand what a work life balance is (aka raising a family). Be prepared to work (on average), a 10 hour day, plus Saturdays. Also, be aware, the overtime policy has changed at Westinghouse. Mandatory 8 hour overtime per week, and NO OVERTIME COMPENSATION, ONLY COMP TIME WHICH YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO TAKE. The competitive pay works out to be just about the same as those companies who pay "less," because those companies actually (1) Give bonuses, (2) Allow you to work 8-9 hour days, (3) Allow your vacations to role over and allow you comp time, (3) Give potential stock options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management preaches the right ideas, but they don't really carry them out. I know we are in a tough time as a company, but for goodness sake, let your employees rest and go home once in a while. Horror Story: i know more than 50+ employees, working 14+ hour days, Saturdays, etc, since OCTOBER 2013. They are going out of their minds. Your ignorance will cause lots of hurt to families if you don't start to wake up to reality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Moderately Satisfying

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Satisfying work environment, great build facilities and benefit, 401K matching and pension plan (no longer available to new employees), and above average salaries.

    Cons

    Lack to project management and cost control, below average health care benefits, new management, frequent organizational change, recent layoffs, and a foreign ownership that has short term cash flow focus.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Grew too fast... still catching up

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of young, forward-thinking people

    Cons

    No one listens to all of the young, forward-thinking people.

    Promotions and raises are based mostly on years at Westinghouse. I came into the company with 4+ years of experience, and got paid new-hire rates. Now, it will take me several years to catch up.

    Recent layoffs, and no assurance that jobs are safe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure the promotion/raise mechanics. Put value on forward-thinking and good performance. Try to honor previous experience.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Living in the Past

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Cranberry Twp, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Co-workers (engineering staff) are knowledgeable, they work hard, and there is very little workplace drama.

    - Pay and benefits are good, but nothing extraordinary for engineering

    - Many employees are constantly trying to make Westinghouse a better company and stop the cycle of over-budget, over-time, projects. Which is where the cons come in.

    Cons

    - The number of procedures and policies to learn is astronomical. Training must be maintained and up to date even when a significant number of the procedures do not apply to your work area. Good luck keeping up with the stuff you need to know to actually do your job and these never-ended policies/procedures.

    - Westinghouse is the opposite of a modern, forward-thinking technology company. The policies guiding software projects are decades old, and the lack of modern software knowledge is so lacking, that employees are encouraged to buy expensive licenses and other alternatives rather than make use of in-house software or industry-standard open source options.

    - Documentation. Documentation. Documentation. Engineers who came to Westinghouse with the hope of developing software for use in new plants now spend most of their day writing documents and going to meetings about those documents.

    - The burden of regulatory action is pushed down to the lowest engineering levels, shielding the countless VP's, SVP's, and EVP's from scrutiny.

    - Older engineers just waiting to pull the rip-cord on retirement, and sticking with the (failing) status-quo.

    - The cafeteria is overrated and overpriced. You're better off going out to eat since lunch isn't any cheaper for much lower quality. Prices keep going up. Don't expect any perks.

    - Blatant nepotism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Much of this review is irrelevant since you aren't hiring anyone. I don't think that any management above first-line has any idea how disgruntled people are. Your best employees are going to continue to leave while your 30-40 year vets are milking time for their pension. You messed up, and you should hope that your company is awarded another contract...soon.

    The infamous round of layoffs was easy and did nothing but affect the company's bottom line. Employees with 25+ years of service should have been forced to retire to make room for people that actually want to bring this company into the 21st century.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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