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Pratt & Whitney Reviews

Updated August 14, 2018
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  • "Work life balance is talked up, but routinely doing 50-60 hours a week is all but required to meet objectives for mid to senior level employees" (in 25 reviews)

  • "One of the highest cost of living states in the USA" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "general manager"

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    Former Employee - General Manager of Operations in East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - General Manager of Operations in East Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great company to work for

    Cons

    very long days and nights


  2. "Cell Leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Place to work at

    Cons

    Not too many at this company

  3. "Workforce stuck in antiquated approach to industry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time

    Pros

    Interesting new products that have the potential to bring the company back into the market as a viable engine manufacturer, if executed effectively.

    Cons

    The work force doesn't seem to be creative enough to figure out how to provide solutions in an increasingly analytical and diagnostic driven industry. The company seems to be years behind what their competitors have already brought to market and unwilling to recognize that, as majority of workforce has limited or no knowledge outside of PW.

    There are too many meetings that are solely used to flow down information. Furthermore, there appears to be lack of empowerment throughout middle management regarding their ability to make lasting decisions on any initiative without fear of frustrating an executive. The organization remains highly bureaucratic.

    Advice to Management

    Against all the bravado for the new products and industrial growth, there still is unwillingness to accept that creative solutions need to be nurtured, that the company should be honest with themselves and to benchmark themselves against competitors, and resting on tired excuses for why something can't be done shouldn't be accepted. With all the new employees being hired, there are no clear efforts to utilize their prior knowledge and experience. Rather new employees' excitement is stifled as they're transformed into an existing mold.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "No reason to stay"

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    Current Employee - Manager in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Manager in East Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart people, nice new Engineering Tech Center

    Cons

    Very political, archaic time-keeping system (ie must work 8 hours a day with no ability to log any worked past 8) yet if you work 10 hours on Monday you can't move 2 of those hours to Friday and leave a bit early...no incentive to go above and beyond yet management fully expects that...told expectation is to exceed annual performance goal by ~20%, when I told of my expectation for meeting the stretch goal was ~10% raise, was told that can't happen....it can the company just won't..really not a great place for career growth unless you a politically connected internally and willing to work 24/7

    Advice to Management

    Come into the 21st century...quit just providing lip service to the "Busting Bureaucracy" and actually empower employees to do what they need to in order to accomplish their jobs. Move the plethora of micromanagers out which would accomplish two things employee empowerment and allow for career progression


  5. "Future Growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time

    Pros

    Growth potential, benefits, opportunity for leadership through many different avenues.

    Cons

    Politics, aged infrastructure & technology, lack of transparency in professional development, no feedback on performance.

    Advice to Management

    Start grooming people for success from the beginning, get rid of old thinking and thick layers of bureaucracy, invest in people at the execution level not just executive level.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney full-time

    Pros

    Large company. Development opportunities are available for high potentials. Working to improve outdated culture

    Cons

    The company is very bureaucratic. Lots of red tape. Not enough HR support for each client group

    Advice to Management

    Walk the walk a little bit more when it comes to culture initiative. Old timers are stuck in their way despite preaching change


  7. "1st Weekend Working Leader"

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    Current Employee - First Weekend Working Leader in Columbus, GA
    Current Employee - First Weekend Working Leader in Columbus, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Ability to produce higher performance standards and enhancing productivity.

    Cons

    Job availability in areas seeking most interest.

    Advice to Management

    Ability to show great leadership among staff and work well with teams to seek manufacturing requirements to meet customers demand.

  8. "This review is between neutral and satisfied. The cafeteria needs to change. We need more options."

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    Current Employee - Senior Structural Analysis Engineer in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Structural Analysis Engineer in West Palm Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are very competitive

    Cons

    The location is far from everything

    Advice to Management

    The cafeteria it’s monopolized, resulting in high prices and lower food quality and options.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Very Behind"

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    Former Employee - Rotational Development Associate in East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Rotational Development Associate in East Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Well respected company
    - Great benefits
    - Cool product if you're interested

    Cons

    - Technologically challenged
    - No company culture
    - Very introverted environment
    - Old offices, gray cubicles, no collaboration
    - Boring
    - Very engineering based
    - Incredibly bad IT services and tech resources
    - Not a lot of chances for upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to invest in your employees rather than just making them feel like a number. Please update your systems as they are incredibly behind and keep the employees in the 20th century. For a company that prides itself on innovation and dependability, it is so far behind internally and that needs to change in order to drive future growth.


  10. "Propulsion Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility in work hours, great pay, great learning opportunity, employee scholar program

    Cons

    Very demanding roles, Large company


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