Westinghouse

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Westinghouse Reviews in Pennsylvania

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
255 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance, though variable, was generally pretty good (in 12 reviews)

  • Flexible work hours, good pay, on-site athletic facilities, good training instructors (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • This makes work-life balance challenging - although the alternative work schedules help (in 10 reviews)

  • The nuclear industry is stagnant and the nuclear renaissance is on hold indefinitely (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry Township, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry Township, PA

    I worked at Westinghouse as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of Interaction with other disciplines and work groups, excellent pay rate for Contractors and competitive salary for Direct Hires, Overtime Opportunities (Be prepared for 7 day work weeks when deadlines are in effect, AP1000 work experience on first Nuclear Plants being built in US in over 30 years, Excellent Nuclear Engineering Culture, Excellent Location in Pittsburgh area, Respectful and Pleasant Work Environment (George Westinghouse, the founder encouraged this), Innovative Design Opportunities, Lots of Training Opportunities, Lots of Highly Qualified Engineers from top tier Universities (Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon, MIT, Illinois, Penn State, Pittsburgh to name a few common schools)

    Cons

    Lots of Procedures to follow that at times can be conflicting and cumbersome, Security System is in place that is at times Over Regulated (you have to login to use printers and copiers each time for example), Several Managers have more Management background and less Engineering background (several did not have P.E. Licenses), if one becomes a Direct Hire, they give up 8 hours per week in pay, I've heard office politics are no good for Direct Hires but as a Contractor I cannot confirm that though

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more Managers who have Design Engineering experience, be more efficient in milestone deadlines

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to cruise

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Westinghouse as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Ethical company that focuses on helping the world to build safer alternative energy sources.

    Cons

    Not as fast paced as big tech companies. Due to the nature of the work, it's bureaucratic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to intern, but it is an office setting strictly

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

    I worked at Westinghouse as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay is good, the people are good, it feels like they care, had a lot of great times there, learned a lot about big businesses and nuclear industry

    Cons

    There is a hierarchy in the office, as in a lot of places. There was a lot of down-time in my internship. Some people who work there are very unhappy about what they're being asked to do. There is a general negativity about some things, like working with other companies and things. Regular big business problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish there wasn't such a disconnect between the higher-ups and the lower people. It feels like the managers are on ice a lot about many things and the lower people are just there to do their job and leave. No one seems to love working there at all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Cranberry Township, PA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Cranberry Township, PA

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked with good people and was given freedom in my job. When there was no work backlog flexible work weeks were great. The facilities are great.

    Cons

    The nuclear industry is stagnant and the nuclear renaissance is on hold indefinitely. Lack of leadership is preventing the company from moving forward. The company is very hesitant to change and as one employee in a large company there is little one can do to implement change in a stubborn company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to take the time to better understand the inter-workings of the company. Continuous reorganizations are not helping. Take the managers out of the meetings they are in all day so they can focus on getting things done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall not a bad place but nothing special

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    The salaries are competitive

    Cons

    The managers have a Laissez-faire style of leadership. One can get lost in the Westinghouse machine and no one is the wiser.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take notes from the top 10 rated companies. Making your employees happy will affect the bottom line. Develop meaningful KPI from the lowest level to the top. Often time those on the bottom have no idea what they are working to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    If one is interested they can typically have a very long career with the company. They obviously do something right. When most people retire they seem to have at least 30+ years with the company.

    Cons

    Very limited opportunities for career growth and advancement. Most technical/engineering positions become paper pushers instead of doing real engineering work. The processes to follow are so onerous that it is no wonder projects are typically late and over budget.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    I enjoy working here! The pay and benefits are good.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    The people are great, and as long as you get your work done, mgmt. leaves you alone.

    Cons

    Performance reviews here are pre-determined before you even have a sit down with your manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before giving reviews, talk to your people first before giving a generic rating.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Engineer

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Pitts, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Pitts, PA

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great training. Lots of learning and opportunities.

    Cons

    Pressure is high at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good laid back environment, but the pay could be better.

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    Current Employee - Production Planner in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Production Planner in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Laid back environment. Pay is substantial, but is made up for with plenty of vacation days and the opportunity to work a 9-80 schedule.

    Cons

    Overtime policy is terrible. You need to work 300 hours of unpaid overtime per year before you can get paid.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company fighting to once again be competitive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Cranberry, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Cranberry, PA

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary is good for the area and the work required
    Technology and work environment is among the best

    Cons

    Company Culture is dated. In the past promotions were given on tenure not skill or qualifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current CEO is attempting to correct 25 years of "we always done it that way" attitude. Recent changes and cut backs were very necessary. Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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