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"Its been a good learning environment. you learn a lot from highly intelligent workfoce"

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Current Employee - Specialist, Financial Planning & Analysis in East Hartford, CT
Current Employee - Specialist, Financial Planning & Analysis in East Hartford, CT
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Working in a challenging environment with highly intelligent people. Work-life balance is good. Flexible hours to allowed for health reasons, parents get to work from when schools are closed.

Cons

You have to know people to get promotion. Hard work or talents are sometimes overlooked. No bonus package.

Advice to Management

More diversity inclusion at Management level

Other Employee Reviews for Pratt & Whitney

  1. Helpful (11)

    "Not great but better than unemployment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Note: This review is for the San Diego Aeropower office (P&W's red headed step child) which was Hamilton Sundstrand a few years ago and before that many other names.
    The parent company UTC will pay for one degree of each level (associates, bachelors, and masters) with reasonable limits one tuition(~$15k, ~$40K, ~$60K). Some UTC corporate functions like HR are well organized. Good news is if your salary, you have job security. You won’t be fired for poor performance or incompetence, you basically have to commit a crime. Safety is made a priority. Vacation (based on years with UTC) is easy to schedule with most managers and time off to take care of personal matters is given with out much fuss (up to 40 hr/year). Healthcare is average.
    Management has done a good job at the illusion of a well-functioning machine but it is anything but.

    Cons

    Anything that the company could be liable for in litigation is made a priority for in repetitive litigation mitigation training but little to no actual job training is provided unless your job is safety or export trade compliance. No one has time for actual job training.
    The company has changed names every 5-7 years for the past 30 or so years. Work is being outsourced to Poland, Singapore, Puerto Rico, and Canada. There have been voluntary layoffs and hiring freezes except for top management. Half of the company’s workforce is now contract “yellow badge” employees that rotate out as better opportunities come up. The company runs so lean its ineffective.
    The Company’s business model is losing money. With every engine they ship to a commercial client they lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. The only hope is the engine will not return for service until the customers warranty has expired at which point profit can be made. This model has worked some what in the past but many resent models of engines have been bleeding money as millions of dollars have been spent in recalls, rework, and warranty claims. Also there has been a self-inflicted high cost of poor quality coming from poor internal quality controls as well as the suppliers (lowest unqualified bidders, out sourcing, and poorly designed cost reduction parts)
    For many years the hope of a 0 to ~2% yearly increases doesn't cover cost of living in San Diego or inflation for that matter. A promotion means you get 0.5%-1% increase plus you get to do you old job as well as your new job.
    Benefits and pay are on the lower end of aerospace engineering industry average unless you have worked there 20-30 years and have a pension which will be frozen in the next year at which point there will be exodus of the last experienced personnel retiring.
    Internal process are broken and still operating like it’s the 90’s. There is little to no coordination of internal process especially between departments (its unclear any one has the responsibly or time to do it properly). Any onsite construction work is frequently done so poorly the first time it has to be fixed or torn apart and completely redone shortly after (save money once and pay for it twice). UTC's ACE (what UTC calls six sigma) has been abandoned, since no one has time to do it. The IT dept. is awful and is outsourced to a large ineffectual company called CSC.
    The site is only cleaned when VP’s show up and only along the path that they will see otherwise things are left dirty and in disrepair (seems no one has time or the responsibility).

    Aeropower is stuck in last century and this division will not make it much further in to this one. At its current declining state most employees have little confidence that this site will last 5 more years.

    My suggestion if you do get hired as a salary position is stay for the 1 year requirement to become eligible for the free education. Complete your free degrees then transfer to another UTC division before the site closes.

    Advice to Management

    You and your predecessors have made a business decision to keep this site on shoe strings and band aids until the out sourced sites become fully operational. In the meantime the resulting product suffers and the customers notice.


  2. "Not the best experience wih managers"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engine Technician in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Engine Technician in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most people were great workers and very knowledgeable. The benefits are above average. The work schedule is manageable.

    Cons

    Managers don't really manage the workers. Managers mostly look out for themselves. Communication from top management rarely gets past the working leads. If it weren't for the superior knowledge of the technicians, there would be chaos!

    Advice to Management

    Let your supervisors and work leaders lead. Make sure they keep workers informed about production goals.

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