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Pratt & Whitney Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is lacking for many (in 19 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company to establish a career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Staff Project Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Cell Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Newnan, GA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Newnan, GA

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

    Pros

    Training Education Bonus Lots of support various locations

    Cons

    cut throat
    constantly being graded
    Pay could be better


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Rewarding Work but Long Hours"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Perfect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machinist in Columbus, GA
    Current Employee - Machinist in Columbus, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, great people to work with

    Cons

    insurance is really high


  7. "Land of Steady Habits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Business Development in East Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Stable company, decent wages, high ethics

    Cons

    Understaffed
    Creativity levels tend to be low

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good intentions, poor execution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Look forward to going to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in East Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time

    Pros

    Several career path options. If you are feeling unchallenged or bored, it is very easy to switch positions. Great place to showcase talent and innovate jet engines.

    Cons

    Way too much red tape.


  10. "Service & Business Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service & Business Development in East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Service & Business Development in East Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pratt & Whitney full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great products great people here

    Cons

    None at all at this company

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Buyer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Buyer in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will get some good experience. If you are an employee, they will pay for your college education.

    Cons

    The company is poorly managed and they do not have any loyalty to their employees. Most of the employees are cut throat and will not take responsibility. You will not be paid what you are worth. Make sure you know what your salary range should be, HR & management will take advantage of you if they think they can.

    Advice to Management

    Hire from within.


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