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Westinghouse Reviews in Pittsburgh, PA

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
247 Reviews
2.8
247 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.  

    Great people, poor management

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    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 for more than a 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lots of hype but no substance

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  New Stanton, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New Stanton, PA

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

    Pros

    The people in my department are very dedicated and are some of the best I've worked with. Each one of them brings a unique set of skills that allows the group to complete difficult and technically challenging projects.

    Cons

    Morale has been a major issue due no raises for this fiscal year and layoffs in the previous year. Overtime is offered for exempt employees but you have to work 8 hours of casual (free) overtime per week and accrue 300hours of CTO (credited time off) that requires director approval - in essence there is no overtime pay for exempt employees. CTO can only be used with director approval, basically making it unusable. Mandatory overtime has been implemented for some employees due to a specific project needing to make a deadline. Other employees are under constant threat of mandatory uncompensated overtime although they've meet their project commitments.

    There are no leaders throughout management. They are unwilling to backup their employees and fold when push by higher levels of management so not to be seen as trouble maker. Each has an agenda that does not align with the message put out by our CEO and conflicting instructions are often given causing chaos within the ranks.

    Promotions are non-existent unless you are in management.

    Performance ratings are not based on work performed but who you know and how willing you are to back their decision no matter how bad.

    The use of the term "Safety Culture" is used as an excuse by management to make the working conditions hostel at times by enforcing rules that make no sense. Someone is always around to point out what you done wrong but not what was done right.

    Claim to be a highly technical company. Technical Excellence is being replaced with COTS (commercial off the shelf) and seriously reducing the expertise and knowledge base of the engineers and technical staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Just because you have a title does not instantly make you a leader. Leadership is earned, not given. Earn it!

    Consider your employees when making a decision. If you have happy employees you will instill a sense of worth and loyalty in them making them go the extra mile to ensure success for Westinghouse, you, and them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 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 for 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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Just sell it off in pieces already. New plant construction is bankrupting us. The Services segment is suffering.

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    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager  in  Madison, PA
    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Madison, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexible (forced to be) work schedule when not traveling. 20 word minimum makes this difficult. The people who actually work are generally top notch.

    Cons

    No raises, no diversity. Pension program is gone. Field Services personnel are treated as second class citizens, even by our own management.
    Lack of consistency in development of newer personnel. Very much an old boys network.
    There is a large age gap. Westinghouse missed the mark when it was time to hire new employees. We will see much of our services workforce retire or quit in the next 2-3 years. No incentives for younger technicians or engineers to stay with this festering sinkhole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the ego. If you have no direct reports, ask yourself what your purpose is.
    Listen to your people. Pay attention for once. Get your heads out of the sand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Field service tech

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    Former Employee - Field Service Tech  in  Madison, PA
    Former Employee - Field Service Tech in Madison, PA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

    Fire 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Terrible morale , terrible management

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    Current Employee - Repair Tech  in  Madison, PA
    Current Employee - Repair Tech in Madison, PA

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

    Pros

    Close to home .

    Cons

    Bad 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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