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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cranberry, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cranberry, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They offer a flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Seems project management does not have their act together. Too many decision changes for what should be a small project, and ended up taking over 2 years. People complain about their job, people sleep on the job, and their is no motivation. Meetings consist of arguments and cursing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Bureaucracy at its worst!!!!! If procedure driven jobs is what you like then this is the place to be....

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    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer

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

    Pros

    Decent Benefits. Good outlook if the company gets past the initial hurdles of getting first AP1000 plants online in China.

    Cons

    too many trainings that do not relate to your immediate job description

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please focus on developing the young pool of engineers. The gap between young and old engineers is too wide and once the old pool retires you are going to have problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 8 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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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Madison, PA
    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Madison, PA

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time (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
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Started out very good, but has become too stressful and compensation has not scaled accordingly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Good pay for the area, variety of benefits available. If you're willing to stay abroad for a year or two, you can advance to management very quickly.

    Cons

    Frustrating amount of paperwork/bureaucracy involved in virtually every task. Roles are poorly defined and workload can often feel arbitrary. You will likely be asked to work weekends, even if you have little to work on. A "normal" week is 50 hours of work for 40 hours of pay, so adjust accordingly. The past couple years, raises have not kept up with cost of living adjustments (and no raises in 2014).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider firing, rather than shuffling around, middle managers with poor records of meeting deliverables. It discourages the base level employees to see them stay in charge of important tasks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people 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 (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
  7. 10 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 (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
  8.  

    its a rewarding job sometimes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    very good place to work

    Cons

    cost to much to get there

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Better times behind, mediocre times now and in the future unless things change

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Cranberry, PA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Cranberry, PA

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

    Pros

    The list of pros has been steadily sinking. Coworkers are nice to work with. Free parking I guess?

    Cons

    Pay freezes
    Pension decrease (and cut for new hires)
    Alternative work arrangement availability decreasing
    Expectation of increased overtime hours without pay
    Vacation time is not in line with other technology firms, and it takes 10 years (!!!) to get an increase
    Stale work environment
    CEO that isn't in touch with the engineers doing the heavy lifting (a sporadic blog and weekly phone message doesn't cut it)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and reward your engineers - don't keep chipping away at them. Provide them with incentives and quit dragging every minute out of them for additional work and not rewarding them. Update the office environment - sure it's no Apple, but cubes get old quick. Open up spaces for collaboration and promote telecommuting to encourage a healthy work-life balance. You might be surprised how the business could flourish if it wasn't for a sterile cube environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top-heavy

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

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

    Pros

    None. They are getting cheap every year by cutting down benefits, bonuses while they waste money on useless training for the managers that do nothing.

    Cons

    Managers do nothing while the engineers carry all the work and are treated bad. There is a constant lack of respect for the employees by upper management. The company is getting cheap and inefficient. Work morale is low, turnover high and the CEO proved to be all talk but incapable of leading this company in the right direction. Westinghouse is top-heavy. Too many chiefs. Also, the young engineers need to mature and act in a professional way (don't be judgmental and arrogant) towards the old timers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some work. Don't delegate constantly by avoiding responsibility. Appreciate all the hard work the engineers are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Anniston, AL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Anniston, AL

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good technology, great coworkers, benefits

    Cons

    High turnover, inconsistent messages from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in eployees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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