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Updated August 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (30)

    "Far-reaching repercussions in the wake of bankruptcy"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cranberry, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cranberry, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -- Engineers in the trenches do the right thing, in spite of extenuating circumstances. Intelligent, hard-working, and skilled co-workers.

    -- Involvement in the completion of nuclear power plants that are highly significant for the countries in which they are being built. Unfortunately, the U.S. domestic projects are slowly being scrapped, and the possibility of new projects in UK / India stymied.

    -- The truly unique and innovative AP1000 Pressurized Water Reactor design

    -- Benefits were decent but salaries are no longer competitive, due to no pay raises and extremely limited promotions.

    Cons

    -- Incompetent upper level management drove this company into the ground. Ex-CEO Danny Roderick & Co. never took financial culpability for their actions. Instead, Roderick made $19 million. Mark Murano was, for some unknown reason, paid $2 million to stay at Westinghouse and made COO (he spent a whole meeting telling us about what a difficult decision that was for him to make - oversized ego)

    -- The annual review system is arcane and wasted, requiring direct managers to give out a certain % of bad reviews every year. This approach is proven to lead to a lack of teamwork and productivity. Why work hard when the majority of your group is destined for a 3-out-of-5 stars?

    -- July 31st, 2017 - 7% layoffs across the company were announced. This percentage will increase, with the decision on the same day to halt construction on V.C. Summer plant in South Carolina. The layoffs are being performed in the most disrespectful way possible - professionals come to work and - surprise! - their badge just doesn't work anymore. No severance pay, since the company re-wrote their involuntary separation plan to state that the bankruptcy voids any severance pay.

    Advice to Management

    -- Mandate 20% pay cuts across the board for VPs and above. Hold previous management accountable for the irreparable harm they did to this company and it's employees.

    -- Show the respect to your workers that they deserve. Give them notice of their pending lay-off in advance or, for heavens sake, at least let them come to work in the morning without cancelling their badge access.

    -- Don't try to hide and fake things. You tried to hide the involuntary separation plan changes by burying them within the weekly email round-up. Then you told us "not to read too much into it."

    -- Jose is right - servant leadership is the only thing that will resurrect this company.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Beware of AP1000"

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    Current Employee - Advanced Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Advanced Project Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    challenging work, highly technical work environment, good salary and benefits

    Cons

    poor execution and control of major projects, poor estimating techniques, poor cost control, poor decision making and problem solving (especially at the senior leadership levels).

    Advice to Management

    those at the higher, strategic levels need to spend more quality time listening and understanding those at the lower, tactical levels.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "not what you know who you know"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blairsville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blairsville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    pay was good benefits good

    Cons

    out dated no training unless your one of the favorites

    Advice to Management

    learn what really happens and not so much about numbers


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Westinghouse"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Cranberry, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Cranberry, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Westinghouse (More than a year)

    Pros

    No raises and currently little job security.

    Cons

    Great gym in the office.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Room for Improvement"

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Good employees. Nice facility. Flexible work hours and a real focus on work/life balance (e.g. no expectation to work 50+ hour weeks normally).

    Cons

    Very slow to change. Poor management all the way down the chain. Below average benefits, including frozen pension. Lack of opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees to play to their strengths. Hire when necessary. Pay more attention to small changes that could make big improvements for low-morale employees.


  6. Helpful (16)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cranberry Township, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cranberry Township, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice facility (free parking, gym, cafeteria, etc.)

    Cons

    Upper management is not trustworthy. They have made terrible decisions in the past and are asking the employees to make up for them.
    They do not listen to the employee. They do not particularly care for the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking of yourselves.


  7. Helpful (18)

    "Dig Deeper"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some real smart professionals and managers around

    Find that the younger managers are more apt to take a team approach to solving problems, which is quite refreshing

    Cons

    Management claims to embrace "servant leadership"... all hot air until we see them walking the talk

    Legit 50% of higher management could be cut. If you don't know who those people could be, start asking your 4/5 performers in professional and management levels.

    Execs pick their favorite women to ride on their coattails - surprising that our ethics compliance program doesn't come down harder in these instances

    Promote people who fool with charisma, not merit

    Too many overhead groups, no wonder our prices are so high

    Advice to Management

    We are currently going through restructuring bankruptcy, a perfect time to change the culture and vision/mission of the company, but instead we are playing a game of shells once again. If the same generation/class of people are still running the company (three layers deep), then I don't really have confidence that Westinghouse is going to be that much better in the future. We need a true shake up to have a chance to tap into the unused talent that exists in the professional and first level management bands.

  8. Helpful (25)

    "Heartbreaking to Watch"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Cranberry, PA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Cranberry, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The legacy of Westinghouse as a technical leader in its industry is top notch. There were many great people that I worked with over the years. I have to believe some of them are still there.

    Cons

    Leadership is completely tone deaf. The focus is clearly on managing things vs leading people, and the leadership team has basically squandered every bit of the company's legacy, talent and credibility.

    Advice to Management

    Stating that people are your greatest asset and that you are committed to delivering the nuclear promise is absurd. Your actions over the past 5 years has shown that people are a commodity and that you have zero commitment to the industry. Your actions prove that there is no soul on the senior leadership team. You have ruined an industry giant, and until you acknowledge that, you will never arrest the decline you have created.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "The Path to Bankruptcy"

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    Former Employee - Management in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Management in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very highly dedicated staff with excellent technical capiblities.

    Cons

    Westinghouse Nuclear was a company full of highly technical dedicated employees, until what Toshiba purchased the Company for a price which exceeded the market value in order to keep Mitsubishi from becoming the owner. From that time forward, TSB made decisions that they believed were in made in order to recover the value of their investment. This lead to partnering with Shaw a very under staff and lacking technical and construction expertise as well as a history of poor performance and law suits by their customers. This was the start, I could go on and discuss all of the bad decisions and management choices made by TSB but it would take a book. Outside management bought in with only an objective to increase their personal value and lacking dedication to the Westinghouse and it's history and long term dedication.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and depend on the advice of the long term dedicated Westinghouse management team.


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Many great people.... However, Mismanagement are Us"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Some great people to work with that want to do it right.

    Cons

    Way too many managers, some are outstanding, most appear incompetent. Company is in Bankruptcy for good reason. Very mismanaged from the top down.

    Advice to Management

    Gut it and start over, top down.


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