Westinghouse Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Westinghouse President and CEO Danny Roderick
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Pros
  • Work/life balance, though variable, was generally pretty good (in 12 reviews)

  • Good pay for the area, variety of benefits available (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. Helpful (3)

    Good for the area

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cranberry Township, PA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cranberry Township, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice facilities and not a bad place for a fresh-out engineer

    Cons

    Once you're in, do not expect even a cost-of-living increase to your salary


  2. Principal Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Wexford, PA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Wexford, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not too bad in its own indsutry

    Cons

    Salary increase is too slow

    Advice to Management

    Avoid Micro-Management


  3. Helpful (1)

    Mass exodus of retiring people

    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Windsor, CT
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Windsor, CT

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    With all the older people retiring, they are lots of opportunities to become the go to expert at a young age.

    Cons

    Westinghouse seems to not be trying to replace the retiring members with new engineers. If you cannot justify a two or more year backlog of work, you are not going to be able to hire anyone.


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  5. Good company in a difficult market

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very engineering oriented. Company is very work safety conscious.

    Cons

    Market is steadily declining. As a result, lots of politics as everyone is desperately trying to hold on to their job. Lots of back stabbing and show boating.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Technical Personnel vs Mangement Personnel

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work for this company if you are in management route and good at politics.
    As an engineer at the bottom of the company, I like the new CEO. He knew the main problems immediately after he took the job. However, I know those managers from the low to upper levels don't like him.

    Cons

    Management structure is very poor and has many layers.
    Managers even don't have a good system to manage employee's work loads. For my group, we are using a sheared spreadsheet for individuals to enter their projected work. The immediate resource managers rely on this spreadsheet to know what their employees are working and project work load for his/her group and send to upper managers. Employees got their work assignment through leads who are assigned by the resource managers. Leads also rely on the spreadsheets to manage/plan assignments for his fellow workers.
    We are told to work overtime regularly without get paid . There is an 8-hour rule, i.e., if you work over 10 hours, you can get paid for 2 hours with manager's approval.

    Advice to Management

    Value technical people who are the core value of this company and provide them a good environment to work.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Employee Friendly; Too Many Supervisors, Not Enough Workers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Cranberry Township, PA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Cranberry Township, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Employee friendly
    -Nice facilities (gym, cafeteria)

    Cons

    -Too many people supervising work and not enough actually doing the work

    Advice to Management

    Provide more incentives to employees to own issues and see them through to resolution.


  8. Westinghouse Electric Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fuel Rod Designer in Cranberry Township, PA
    Current Employee - Fuel Rod Designer in Cranberry Township, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Large Company with room to move
    Flexible working hours

    Cons

    It is owned by foreign company


  9. Senior Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cranberry, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cranberry, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with internal postings, job security

    Cons

    Many poor performers, pay raises are low unless you hop around


  10. Helpful (3)

    Getting Progressively Worse

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The nuclear industry is an extremely interesting industry to work in. As long as you are in the right group, the work can be very interesting. If you are interested in travel, lots of opportunities to travel domestically and internationally.

    Cons

    Salaries pale to comparable engineering jobs. The performance review system is severely broken; performance objectives are unrealistic and promotions/raises are not distributed equitably. Management appears deaf to employee concerns and has no real intention to make the difficult choices to improve matters. Significant overhead puts squeeze on engineers to perform work in unrealistic budgets and results in errors and rework. Morale is low and overall industry outlook is unclear.

    Advice to Management

    If you want top engineering performance, be willing to pay for top engineering performance. You can't pay below average wages and expect top performance. Your top talent is leaving the company to get the pay deserve.
    Make a serious effort at cutting the unnecessary overhead and pay the engineers doing the actual work. Or continue to watch your top talent leave in droves.


  11. I

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irwin, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irwin, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Alternate work schedules are an added bonus

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic. Lots of policies and procedures. Lots of non-value adeded work.

    Advice to Management

    Become more engaged and listen to what your employees are saying to make a change.



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