Westinghouse

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Westinghouse Reviews in Pennsylvania

Updated Jul 17, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.2 117 reviews

58% Approve of the CEO

Westinghouse President and CEO Danny Roderick

Danny Roderick

(43 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Good Company, Currently Low Moral

    Engineer (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsThe compensation is adequate.
    The retirement savings are good having both a 401k and a pension.
    Gym in the Basement at Headquarters
    Flexible Schedule

    ConsRaises and promotions seem to be based off of who you know and playing a popularity game. The amount or quality of work takes a back seat to whom you know. Do not sit at your desk and figure things out, go ask other people intelligent questions to simply get your name out there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Field service tech

    Field Service Tech (Former Employee) Madison, PA

    ProsGreat guys to work with. If you want to travel all year it's not bad

    ConsCompany is driving everyone to quit. Not paid enough for the work you perform. Away from families 80% of the year. Management is very poor. When home workers are even more miserable putting up with engineers and some supervisors thinking they're in charge of everything. They do not believe in human error. No raises for a long time coming. I could go on for days

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire the CEO. Reward the workers more and realize they are the heart and soul of the company. Company thinks the employees owe them their lives and are very unappreciative.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible morale , terrible management

    Repair Tech (Current Employee) Madison, PA

    ProsClose to home .

    ConsBad morale and management has only themselves to thank . No raises , long work hours , overtime forced down your throat ! Management mistakes handed down to techs to rectify . Mistakes by management lead to holidays and the standard 12 hour days . Layoffs are constant . Most employees have a I'm here for the pay check attitude and who can blame them . Putting the wrong people in charge is a given . Human resources is a joke , they make up the rules and change them as they go along . HR favorite line is " manager disgression , that way they can play dumb and go along with your manager no matter how unethical it is ...bad management is everywhere in this company

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou dont have to look far to see what the problem is , start at middle management there are way to many chiefs and not enough braves here . I know it hurts to dump some of your buddies but come on . The " good ole boy " mentality is killing this company . And the buddy system has got to go

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sinking Ship

    Senior Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Cranberry, PA

    ProsDecent benefits but there is not much else to get excited about. This is a job, not a career.

    ConsNo growth or development opportunities. High employee turnover. Low employee morale. Management makes uninformed promises.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWorkplace bureaucracy has to end.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Too much of the office politics and HR involvement will bog you down. Needs an overhaul in it's practices and management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Cranberry, PA

    ProsPay is excellent. Perks are great - great gym, good cafeteria, a pretty work space. Family is encouraged and the day care is great (but is very expensive). Interesting history and a good place for interns as it looks good on a resume.

    ConsManagement is antiquated and does not follow up on promises. Way too many trainings will bog you down and not leave enough time to do real work. All employees complain of this - from top engineers to low level personnel in the shipping department. And, training in some areas is left hanging out in the air - and if you don't figure things out yourself, you will be lost and very frustrated and no one will help you. There are a lot of employees at this location but you will feel essentially alone, especially if you have a problem or an issue. HR is way too involved in every tiny issue, it gets annoying and maddening that you can't carry on a casual conversation with your boss. Too much pompous and invasive behavior by HR, it honestly feels as if you are "spied" on and you probably are. Way too many company emails about nothing that you are expected to read. All of this adds up over time and doesn't give you time enough to get your actual job done. A lot of long timers there who do nothing and get paid a fortune for it. A lot of "scuttle" and back-biting and office politics. It can be intense at times, and painful to deal with. Not the best work environment, even for the nice paycheck. Nuclear Industry took a direct hit when the tsunami hit Japan, causing that nuclear accident. So this place and others like it, are not exactly in public favor. The sudden freeze in hiring and mass terminations show it too...possibly not a good future in this industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUtilize and train mid-level management more....let them do the job of managing and teaching the employees they manage. Please train them to effectively train new employees!! Cut out all the HR involvement in each and every minuscule issue, it's hurting the company, not helping. Your employees feel "watched" and not trusted and this leads to good people leaving. While I was there, I can think of at least 4 very bright and great employees who went over to your competition or other engineering firms. A hostile work environment is never something anyone can endure for long, no matter what you pay. Develop a plan to remove office politics from interfering with the work environment and physically (not internet-base) train your managers to teach employees, not just sit in their offices, doing their own tasks. Perhaps choose better teachers as bosses, a lot of employees are very young and as I could see, in much need of guidance. Which is normal considering you hire a lot of recent grads.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    SQMO

    Senior Supplier Quality and Manufacturing Oversight Engineer (Current Employee) Cranberry, PA

    ProsYou are not watched over like most companies as long as you do your work.

    ConsContractors are not treated that well

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to fight for contractors that they find are working well so they can get hired.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a warm and fuzzy place anymore

    Engineer (Former Employee) Cranberry, PA

    ProsFull of Hope from 2006-2009. Good pay, good atmosphere

    ConsIf your manager doesn't care about your project he won't care about giving you a promotion. HR is useless. Went down hill after fukushima. Pay freezes. Poor moral

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    Living the dream???

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Cranberry Twp, PA

    ProsEmerging 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..

    ConsWestinghouse 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 Senior ManagementDevelop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Intern (Former Employee) Cranberry Twp, PA

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

    ConsThere are many extensive guidelines to follow

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Finally focus on the business

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Cranberry Twp, PA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll new leaders brought in have really made a difference. Keep focus on accountability and nuclear safety.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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