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Westinghouse Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
279 Reviews
2.9
279 Reviews
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Westinghouse President and CEO Danny Roderick
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102 Ratings

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. 3 people found this helpful  

    NOT the old Westinghouse Electric Corp.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, Supply Chain
    Former Employee - Manager, Supply Chain

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice facilities at the HQ location. Good benefits program. Above-average pay (for the Pittsburgh area.)

    Cons

    Expect that, if you're in a 'support function', you're a second class citizen. The primary owner (Toshiba) mismanages the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the competitive advantage you once had in your Supply Chain, and try to regain it. Don't outsource so much.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good opportunities; high stress environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA

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

    Pros

    Dedicate, competent professionals with a commitment to adding value. Great company headquarters. Good enough benefits. Great opportunities for travel. Great affinity groups allow for networking.

    Cons

    High stress. Senior management recruited from outside - mainly from competitors who don't value any history. Dysfunctional senior staff. Micromanaged. When the industry suffers, employees suffer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop one strategy for business growth and stick with it. In two years employees have had" FAST" and now "Earning the Right to Grow". The concepts don't make sense to the average employee. Employees work hard, and see little growth in their compensation. Be civil and act with respect to all levels. Current senior leadership act as if they are in an elite club..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good company, tough outlook for future business.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    The people you work with and the type of work (very challenging technically).

    Cons

    Executive leadership does not apply focus on the people below them. It appears to be focused on profits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    A Good Starting Point for Your Career

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

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

    Pros

    Access to leading Pressurized Water Reactor methods
    Plenty of opportunities for work
    Nice HQ facility
    Opportunity to work on a variety of projects

    Cons

    Salary and benefits are average
    Workload and responsibilities outpace salary
    High turnover resulting in loss of experience
    Established older employees often hinder growth of employees working their way up
    Unreasonable management expectations with no concrete way of achieving goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting persons to management who don't understand any technical aspect
    Middle management is often incompetent and is only a stepping stone to something better.
    Increase salaries to retain middle age skilled employees
    Improve mentoring programs to develop new employees
    Prepare mid level employees to take over when all senior employees retire

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr. Quality Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    International company, multiple locations, decent compensation.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for branch locations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Hopkins, SC
    Former Intern - Intern in Hopkins, SC

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

    Pros

    For an internship, it had great pay, the teams we all worked with were great at teaching us whatever we needed

    Cons

    Sometimes we had to wait for authorization or training and we sat around, but it was fine

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    First job after college

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

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

    Pros

    Pays to go to grad school

    Cons

    salaries not based on performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just look at the numbers since they aren't always representative

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Leading Reactor Vendor

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

    I have been working at Westinghouse

    Pros

    Westinghouse is a leading reactor vendor worldwide. The brand recognition is great to have on a resume, but more importantly, there are many very experienced professionals at the company that are ready and willing to share their knowledge with younger staff. There is a wealth of knowledge and a broad variety of work that needs to be completed, so each day is different from the last. There are many opportunities for travel, site assignments, conference attendance, and graduate school. The 9/80 schedule is a great benefit.

    Cons

    Poor project management often leads to rework, time pressure, and added stress, which can be very frustrating. Also, there are many employees who are not pulling their weight, and the more enthusiastic workers are expected to pick up the slack. Pay is not competitive with other companies across the industry for the amount of effort expected of each employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexibility like making telecommuting more accessible to high performing employees would be a plus.

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

    Knee jerk reactions to discipline and silo mentality over metrics have swung a once great company in the wrong direction

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation within the fields of engineering. There is lots of room to advance (which is also a Con as there are excessive layers of management). While the company focuses on nuclear power, there are many specialized groups to which employees can move.

    Cons

    Workforce is separated into the old and the young where many employees are stuck in their ways of doing things the way they've always done things.
    The freedom with which employees were once trusted only 5 years ago is almost totally gone due to a lack of appropriate management and oversight in the few instances where employees abused the benefits of 9/80, flex time, working from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the One Westinghouse mentality and stop fighting amongst one another to incrementally improve a few of your own metrics at the expense of another's project just because they report to a different manager.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reality at Westinghouse Nuclear.

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Smart people. Global opportunities. Good engineering including HuP Tools that have proven to be great methods to approach problems, even for engineers, to target the issues and the KISS principle. Lots of mainstream software available if one can get his/her less-technical supervisor/manager to wake up to the possibilities. Great opportunity for younger employees to engage the new wave of trainees for new nuclear power plants. Those with past experience in the 1980's are being pushed aside to get a younger work force with experience at Sanmen & Haiyang in China, Vogtle in Georgia, and VC Summer in N. Carolina. CEO is garnering orders and more opportunities are on the horizons. Thumbs up below for this sole reason.

    Cons

    Executive prep talks ignore the reality that all employees must comply with local and mid-level management directives who are managing their careers before managing the work and employees. Too much CYA and visual slogans for show to executives. The WEC clay layer (barrier to vertical communication) as expressed by the CEO is real and in full effect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the clay layer that perpetuate the silo, fragmented, add-unnecessary cost, lack-of value, cronyism that ran blue chip WEC into the ground since the 1980's and then the debacle of the toxic uncollectable loans by the Credit Corporation that devalued to stock and put WEC on the but-out blocks. Look at mid-level managers that are less skilled at technical substance, than depending on former friendships. Realize that employees are smarter than the slogans and pep give credit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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