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Pratt & Whitney Connecticut Reviews

Updated February 3, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is lacking for many (in 17 reviews)

  • Pay is not adjusted for cost of living in Connecticut (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Staff Mechanical Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time

    Pros

    highly motivated and educated workforce.

    Cons

    pay the team according to market segment needs


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Corporate Culture is a bit too conservative and archaic for young professionals!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great job
    Friendly and smart employees
    Opportunities to work on many different projects

    Cons

    Conservative (almost oppressive feel) culture
    Employees are afraid to speak the truth for fear of retaliation - "avoid rocking the boat"
    No working from home because the company doesn't believe it can be done
    High deductible insurance - the worst on the planet!!!
    Managers are known for sabotaging their own employees to seek favor from executives - often taking credit for their contributions and ideas.

    Advice to Management

    The Pratt & Whitney executive team should ensure that they have "the right management team" in place. There are important departments that have high turnover rates that can easily be verified through HR. Despite what the exit interviews say...it's because of continued bad management.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "I'd recommend P&W"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director, Program Management in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Director, Program Management in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement and career development

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, slow to respond to customers, inflexible

    Advice to Management

    Improve responsiveness to customer requirements


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  5. "Overall a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Program Manager in East Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity to work in different areas and locations worldwide

    Cons

    Old company mentality with good old boy club for exectives


  6. "P & W"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterbury, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterbury, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company provides a great work life balance

    Cons

    Personal values need to align with company


  7. "Solid. Solid. Company."

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    Current Employee - Contracts Manager in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Contracts Manager in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Market leading (initial) base salary with handsome bonuses. Great education benefits. Great vacation time.

    Cons

    Vertical mobility seems like a challenge, but it's easier if you are willing to relocate. The company is not as innovative and agile as advertised, if that matters to you.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt more of an "up or out" mentality. Increase bonus incentives for your lower management (L4-L5)


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company to establish a career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pratt & Whitney offers competitive pay, great benefits, industry-standard vacation time, and plenty of affinity groups. The company also makes a decent effort to recruit and retain a diverse workforce.

    Cons

    Navigating the bureaucracy of a large company like P&W is quite a challenge and often makes processes a lot less efficient. For example, tasks that could easily and efficiently be accomplished by a small team of 3 or 4 engineers often end up involving too many people and wasting manpower resources.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for career advancement, especially for younger employees. Some departments at Pratt & Whitney do this better than others, but the company as a whole could improve in this area.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Staff Project Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Project Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Project Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Aerospace is one of the most challenging and highly technical industries to work in. If you are someone who wants to solve the most difficult engineering problems Pratt & Whitney offers countless opportunities to work on state of the art Jet Propulsion.

    Cons

    At this point in P&W history its hard to see any cons. The order book is larger than anytime in history. The company is building a new engineering center forming a campus with the UTC Research Center. This all exciting but if I were to express this as a con the demands are outpacing the the supply of skilled engineers. So if you don't want to work harder than you ever have this might be seen as a con by many.

    Advice to Management

    Management has been completely overhauled given the shift from design to manufacturing. This is the most dramatic turnover and expansion I have seen in 40 years. They need to learn fast, trust and support their teams. Pulling together with one purpose is crucial for the next five years.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding Work but Long Hours"

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    Current Employee - Propulsion Systems Analysis Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Propulsion Systems Analysis Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pratt provides an opportunity to participate in very rewarding work
    The people are knowledgable and easy to work with. Its a great place to learn
    The overall culture is very personable. Top level leadership is approachable in my particular organization

    Cons

    The work requires some long hours to get the job done. Analytics tends to be that way.
    The compensation is also lacking in my opinion.

    Advice to Management

    The PSA organization should promote senior to staff level engineers with the same scrutiny as other Pratt and Whitney disciplines.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good intentions, poor execution"

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    Former Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cool product, reputable name, challenging work, great technical competence, good intended leadership

    Cons

    Engineering wide- poor execution, parts never come on time, continuous program slips, test delays, top management is "White Heavy" (Spreading a few white women across top management and calling it diverse isn't sufficient), all operations planned for failure and people who raise concerns are not "team players"

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all employees (not only the ones who play yes boss). Bring in some more diversity at higher levels if you are really serious - Black, Brown, Hispanic, Asian etc. - both men and women.



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