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Pratt & Whitney Reviews

Updated August 3, 2017
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  • Not strong on work life balance (in 20 reviews)

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

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  1. "It used to be a great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Material Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Material Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The salary was great for the position and I never felt tired of working there

    Cons

    The company is now closed


  2. 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

  3. "Staff Mechanical Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "Overall a good place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  5. "Business Unit Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company. Working in aerospace is challenging and you learn a lot

    Cons

    Upper management not always aligned on working level priorities


  6. "P & W"

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    • Senior Management
    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. Helpful (3)

    "Decent company to establish a career"

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    • 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company for your future"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pratt & Whitney full-time

    Pros

    The work is fast paced, engaging and challenging. The management structure and culture provides guidance, training, and mentorships. End of year performance tool provides you with the opportunity to seek training for other career opportunities at UTC.

    Cons

    Most jobs are demanding, you will have to put in the extra hours to get the job done. However, the excitement of the job makes the days go by quick.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize training.


  9. "Solid. Solid. Company."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Staff Project Engineer"

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    • 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.


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