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Westinghouse Mechanical Engineer Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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  • poor work/life balance (saturdays and late nights) (in 30 reviews)

  • Trust in upper management is non-existing throughout the company (in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Great challenging place to work."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Cranberry Township, PA
    Current Employee - Principal Mechanical Engineer in Cranberry Township, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to solve challenging technical problems and the occupation is fulfilling knowing that I am helping to provide the world with clean safe electric power. If you can handle the stress you will be well taken care of here.

    Cons

    The nuclear industry isn't for everyone, the highly regulated environment requires significant attention to detail, much time working against real deadlines requiring extra effort, and the analysis methods are a bit behind the times.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to break down organizational silos and maximize utilization of experienced mentors to educate the up and coming generation of engineers for continued reduction in inefficiencies due to learning curves associated with level of experience.


  2. "Automation"

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    Former Contractor - Mechanical Engineer in Jenkinsville, SC
    Former Contractor - Mechanical Engineer in Jenkinsville, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Westinghouse as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - One can move up in the company or at least secure employment by providing value and working hard (my original 9 month contract turned into 62 months before I voluntarily left).
    - Management is laid back
    - Westinghouse allowed me to create, use, and share efficiency tools, while companies like Bechtel and Shaw preferred to do things the way they had been doing things for 30 years.
    - As a Contractor, I was made to feel very welcome and part of the team.
    - Lead Roles tend to be filled by knowledgeable and capable individuals. I, at least, had great Leads at both HQ and VC Summer
    - Game room in the basement with couches and TV
    - Safety strongly encouraged, as it should be in Nuclear Industry
    - Great pay

    Cons

    - One can move up in the company or maintain an elevated position whether they provide value or work at all.
    - Management is laid back
    - Health and wellness overly promoted at Cranberry office. Hypocrites put french fries on the salad and give vending machine discounts for "sugar-free" drinks and "fat-free" snacks. Obviously, nobody up there has seen what aspartame does to a mouse. Get some Paleo snacks up in there; I'm talking jerky, nuts, seeds, and water!
    - Game room TV and couch on lock by facilities guy watching Jerry Springer.

    Advice to Management

    Open your minds to more creative solutions. Develop more of your own software to automate all the time-killing, money-wasting tasks. There is so much potential to have your different databases talk to each other. By developing your own software and customizing your databases to collect and report specific information, one could automate tracking, metrics, generation of sharepoint items and much more. These tools would create consistency across the organization and consistency bares efficiency.
    I would also like to see more Managers, Directors, VPs, and Executives step aside when they see that their way of doing things isnt working. There was a time when honorable men could recognize that someone else could do their job better, and they got out of the way. If you suck, then move on, do better, or try a different tactic.


  3. "Engineering Intern"

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    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Cranberry, PA
    Former Intern - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Cranberry, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Westinghouse as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice facilities in Cranberry
    Decent pay

    Cons

    When I was there they were going through a lot of cutbacks and layoffs


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Rogue managers under the radar."

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    Former Employee - Principal Mechanical/Project/Manufacturing Engineer in Ogden, UT
    Former Employee - Principal Mechanical/Project/Manufacturing Engineer in Ogden, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The companies traditions and technology are genuine.

    Cons

    New innocations are needed and less cronism. Company foundation is crumbling. Many managers don't walk the talk. Lack of sincerity. I was released due to personality and contrived hollow performance excuses by less qualified managers when I had 23 years of service as a licensed engineer at Western Zirconium (Utah). They always say "Our people are our most important asset." BS. Don't believe anything they say. Stay away due to lower level management insecurities. Too much Human Performance Tool (HuP) excuses to hide technical incapabilities. The mismanagement of the AP-1000 program and the financial losses along with the Fukushima accident impacts to the industry have created an untenable situation for the corporate leadership. WEC If Westinghouse Electric Corp (WEC) stock was still traded on the US exchanges, many austerity and financial corrections would not work withot stock holder backlash. It is owned by Toshiba. I hope they discover these rogue managers and clean house.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. Look at the motives and practices of your remote and middle managers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Contractor"

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    Former Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Former Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Location; great employees/coworkers; great compensation if direct hire; flexible hours.

    Cons

    Fasing our contractors; company only hires referrals and previous interns.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Below average"

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For young engineers just graduating college, westinghouse is a good place to start. There are a lof of smart people to learn from.

    Cons

    Chaotic place. Small raises (0-2%), no bonuses (unless you are a manager), poor overtime policy (first 8 hrs/ week are not paid), limited promotions based on who you know. Very limited opportunities for growth. Technical expertise is not valued.

    Advice to Management

    Managers / directors constantly changing.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging technical work, but schedules are crippling, morale is low, and management doesn't know what to do."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best technology in the nuclear industry, many solid, rewarding technical relationships & colleagues. Nominal pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is horrible. Mandatory overtime, no merit raises this year, and some pay bands are not eligible for paid overtime, even though they are still required to work overtime. All to meet totally fictitious schedules for completing work. Morale is low and getting worse. All the pressure to meet schedule will be for nothing if the people with skills & experience needed to meet those schedules are gone.

    Policies and procedures are needlessly complicated, and crippling to efficiently getting work done. Desperately need to streamline and update procedures to reduce the burden.

    Advice to Management

    Please, please establish real, honest project schedules and then challenge the employees to meet them. The current "real" schedules are a fiction, and only serve the purpose of playing chicken with the customer's lawyers for liquidated damages. The employees are getting crushed in the process. It will kill the company in the long term - loyalty, trust, care for the future of the company will be lost.

    Fix the company procedures - they are a huge drag on productivity across the board.

    Fix the innovation program for real - the current fix is a cruel joke. We need the ability to pursue ideas even if they don't yet have a proven business case. There are talented, creative people who are simply turned off by the current process.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Cranberry, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Cranberry, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits but there is not much else to get excited about. This is a job, not a career.

    Cons

    No growth or development opportunities. High employee turnover. Low employee morale. Management makes uninformed promises.

    Advice to Management

    Workplace bureaucracy has to end.


  10. "Great company to work for!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Windsor, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Windsor, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The quality of the people working at Westinghouse made for an awesome experience. I loved going to work every day.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability at times, earlier in employment years.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunities to broaden experiences and knowledge."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management provides enough guidance without micromanaging. There are always enough experienced engineers to mentor and lead, or just to ask clarifying questions. Company policies encourage technical growth and career promotions.

    Cons

    Lower-level management gain more from keeping experienced engineers where they are. Some departments are not allowed to hire from other groups, despite ideal personnel and talent levels, leaving some engineers 'stuck' working with lower growth and promotion opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    WEC has the advantage of employing considerable numbers of former military (Navy) personnel, though junior-level management has not benefitted from the professional leadership training that the Navy provides. Providing Resource Managers with some professional leadership training (akin to NLDP) will significantly increase their group performance.