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WesTech Engineering Reviews

Updated December 27, 2016
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "For an Engineer...WesTech is perfect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Compliance Specialist
    Current Employee - Compliance Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WesTech Engineering full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    WesTech management works hard to foster a family environment and the people are truly superb. They live by the values they preach and try to accommodate their employee's as best they can. All things considered it's a decent place to work.

    Cons

    Really the only downside is the lack of growth opportunity. There isn't a clearly defined path for progression for anyone other than engineers.

    Advice to Management

    More growth opportunities and a deeper focus on business development should be critical for success. Adding emphasis on a big picture process over just selling what's hot.

    WesTech Engineering Response

    Jan 3, 2017 – HR Generalist/Recruiter

    We want to thank you for taking the time to provide some valuable feedback regarding WesTech! We feel very strongly about our values and are committed to providing a workplace where we champion our ... More


  2. "Former employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Cool products, great customers, great history of company

    Cons

    VC ownership, ownership turnover affects operations and employees

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like you would want to be treated.

    WesTech Engineering Response

    Jan 3, 2017 – HR Generalist/Recruiter

    Thank you so much for taking some time to provide feedback to us. It is greatly appreciated! We value the feedback because we are continuously looking to improve. We are an employee-owned company ... More


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer/Checker in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Designer/Checker in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at WesTech Engineering full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employee-owned. Excellent Core Values. Leadership that listens. Excellent benefits. 401k matching. Steady work. Room for advancement. Employees are constantly in the loop, and have access to company information at any time.

    Cons

    I can't think of even one negative aspect.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing it right.

    WesTech Engineering Response

    Jan 3, 2017 – HR Generalist/Recruiter

    WesTech greatly appreciates the feedback you have provided! We are committed to continuously improve. Keep us in mind in the future as a place of employment again. Thank you!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Steady work and a friendly environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WesTech Engineering (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance - you have a choice to work a 5-4/9 schedule in which you work 8 9-hour days and 1 8-hour day in the pay period and get an extra day "on-call"
    Open books. Bonuses based on entire company performance.
    Employee owned. Your ESOP account grows more the longer you stay with the company.
    Rex Plaizier is an amazing CEO. His door is always open. I would feel comfortable walking into his office at any time and speaking my mind if something wasn't being handled right.

    Cons

    The company is grouped by products, not roles. This has pros and cons, but it makes it difficult to share the work load.
    There are a lot of engineers who are promoted to be managers. Engineers aren't often the best bosses and there is a lot of variability between managers. Your experience here will be as good as your manager. Most managers are fun, hard working leaders.
    Margins are very slim on sales. There aren't a lot of opportunities for growth outside of what you were hired to do.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management often balks at WesTech's Glassdoor score because "anybody can just login and passive aggressively say whatever they want."
    Glassdoor needs to be used as a recruiting tool. There are plenty of employees who love it there, but don't know about Glassdoor because they aren't looking for another job. Advertise Glassdoor to all employees. The majority will speak up and the average rating will go up.


  6. "You can go as far as they want you to"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at WesTech Engineering full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    World travel, 401k match, every other Friday off

    Cons

    Group leaders lack training in leading as do managers are engineers with no people skills. Promotions have nothing to do with how hard you work but more if you fit their mold.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable, not just Project Managers. Get an HR department that cares about employees


  7. "Good place to develop basic skills and move on."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WesTech Engineering (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed company with little restrictions on schedule and good atmosphere between employees. Here you can just come to work, get a paycheck and go home. It is easy to coast. No real reprimand if you make a mistake thus making job security very good. Good opportunities to travel.

    Cons

    If you want a real paying job, this is not the place. Very slow moving. Upper management positions are awarded by time with company, not experience, education, of ability to perform. WesTech has difficulty keeping young talent, so all that is left if mediocre employees, and mediocrity if allowed or encouraged.

    Advice to Management

    Put in real educated managers from within and outside. There is no managerial culture, which is killing the company from the inside. Make a real bonus system. A few hundred dollars is not a bonus, it is a petty cash payout. Trim the fat, there are too many people in the company.


  8. "Backwards, prejudice and incompetent leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Murray, UT
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Murray, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at WesTech Engineering full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You will never be fired even through an economic recession
    Easy work, easy money
    Good work/life balance
    Consistent
    Nice facilities, finally.

    Cons

    Non competitive salary compared to competitors. Most talent is complacent and lazy.

    People are hard to work with and have no respect for leadership.

    Terrible management from top down, minority prejudice.

    Good old boy club

    Not diverse. Senior management lacks leadership skills, diversity tolerance (border line racist).

    Issues are not handled properly, no one has the ability to make tough decision, much less doing the right thing, including the CEO and cofounders.

    Limited growth opportunities.

    "If you aren't an engineer you will never equate to anything" mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Hire real business minded leaders with business background that know how to make business decisions, that aren't cowards and actually know how to make a business profitable. REVAMP your management teams with outside business minded leaders.

    Keep engineers where engineers need to be, away from leadership roles.

    Actually make a profit, your margins suck. It's hard to understand why they are still in business.

    Hold customer and 3rd party responsible for their mistakes.

    Invest in HR, WesTech gets away with too much; you guys are an employee lawsuit waiting to happen specially towards minority's groups.


  9. "Nuts and bolts engineering company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Software Product Manager in Sandy, UT
    Former Employee - Software Product Manager in Sandy, UT
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at WesTech Engineering (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunity for hands on engineering application

    Cons

    Do it their way. Its worked for 20 years, why change?

    Advice to Management

    Attract and hire outside blood. Pay them based on experience, not time with the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Applications Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at WesTech Engineering full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    No micromanaging, employee ownership, motivated employees.

    Cons

    Inexperienced leadership, little to no back-up/depth at position.

    Advice to Management

    Great engineers do not always make great group leaders.


  11. "Challenging and Rewarding"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at WesTech Engineering (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small company atmosphere, requiring employees to help out in all different areas of the company. Quarterly bonuses. Excellent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes can be tough to get new ideas up and rolling and making a difference. Not as competitive salary compensation compared to other industries.



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