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Westinghouse Principal Engineer Reviews

Updated September 1, 2017
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  • Work/life balance can be challenging depending on what group you are in (in 34 reviews)

  • Poor communication from upper management down to staff (in 47 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Disappointing"

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

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

    Pros

    - Pay is good in general for the Pittsburgh area
    - Work is interesting for engineers
    - Decent exercise facilities

    Cons

    - Project management is atrociously ineffective, especially at higher levels
    - Managers are young and inexperienced. The first line manager job is tough, and few qualified people would ever take the job. The result is, well, about what you'd expect...
    - Benefits get slowly clawed back with little fanfare, in hopes that employees won't notice.

    Advice to Management

    People who work at Westinghouse nuclear are not morons. Treat them like morons, insult their intelligence, and lie blatantly to their faces all you want, though --- results may vary.


  2. Helpful (22)

    "Advice to the New Owners"

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

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

    Pros

    Consider yourself lucky to have a roster of smart and talented engineers and others at Westinghouse. Many of them remember what it was like to be proud of the company they work for. A lot of good ones have left in their own self-interest, or been jettisoned, but those of us who remain are carrying on, despite the complete lack of trust in and respect for the senior management team.

    Cons

    I doubt you can find one non-nepotic worker at Westinghouse who has respect for senior management as leaders. The word “transformation” is in vogue now. Guess what. Adding the prefix “Global” to various group names and playing management musical chairs does not constitute a transformation.

    Advice to Management

    This advice is for the new owners. We already know that the current regime doesn’t take advice.

    First, acknowledge the fact that the domestic AP1000 disaster was mostly Westinghouse’s fault. It’s not news that a first-time project can take longer and cost more than expected. But it is unacceptable to cover things up and let things get so far out of control that Toshiba has been effectively destroyed, the domestic utilities are imperiled, and the chances of selling another AP1000 are close to zero.

    Second, every manager should be made to rigorously interview for their job in the new Westinghouse. Where was their questioning attitude over the last five or ten years?

    Third, anyone who was on Danny Roderick’s staff should be terminated immediately. They either had their heads in the sand, or saw what was happening and chose to look away. Nothing will better convey the message that there’s a new sheriff in town. Please let their departures be graceful and dignified though. Tell them before disabling their access badges….

  3. Helpful (17)

    ""You can be sure if its Westinghouse....""

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Cranberry Township, PA
    Current Employee - Principal 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

    The pay was adequate before the mandatory casual OT without pay; 8 hours free per week before OT is paid; equals a 17% reduction in pay. SVPs make over $1.2M and cant get the job done correctly.

    Cons

    incompetent management; as transparent as the past Political/presidential administration.

    Advice to Management

    retire


  4. Helpful (14)

    "Top Heavy and No Desire to Change"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Principal 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

    Decent pay if you like doing the same thing repetitively

    Cons

    Benefits are terrible.
    Management is terrible from the top to the bottom.
    Project and program managers serve no purpose while the engineers do their jobs for them.
    Sadly its hard to move up as an engineer, and there is little no incentive to want to, when management of any kind makes more doing much less.


  5. Helpful (22)

    "Not getting better"

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The paychecks clear, the lights are on, potential to change with new owners (hopefully!), Industry leading company (for now at least)

    Cons

    Management at this company is terrible. The employer morale could not be any lower. Every person I work with is looking to leave as soon as they can.

    The new COO is a joke. He spent half his introductory talk about himself and how hard it was for him to decide to stay at Westinghouse. Turns out he's getting paid over $2m a year. Tough choice right?

    So what does the COO do? Reorganize! They spent the past 4 years telling us how the new org layout is for the best. Now it's crappy and didn't work.

    Advice to Management

    I know management reads Glassdoor. Commit to the change. You folks ran this company into the ground. Maybe it's time to step aside.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Retiree"

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    Former Employee - Principal Quality Engineer in Cranberry, PA
    Former Employee - Principal Quality Engineer in Cranberry, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technical staff in the core.

    Cons

    Management with heads in the sand.

    Advice to Management

    Resign before it is too late. Engineers cannot run a business. WEC has never built any structures, just equipment. Stick with what WEC does best.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "QA Principal Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Principal QA Engineer in Waynesboro, GA
    Current Employee - Principal QA Engineer in Waynesboro, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great benefits and some of the people are upstanding professionals and I would work with them anywhere.

    Cons

    Old company set in their ways and not able to embrace the need to change and remove the "good ol' boys".

    Advice to Management

    Advance people based on ability and experience and not on friendship. Hire from outside to keep the management "fresh" and breakup the military management style.

  8. Helpful (15)

    "Really sad"

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    Current Employee - Principal Field Service Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Field Service Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people with a great work ethic in OPB. Pay is ok for the area

    Cons

    Upper management is clueless. Toshiba is clueless. Management claims they have plans to make Westinghouse a great place to work again and the employees should trust them. The problem is that all the people they put in place to fix the issue are the same idiots that got us into this. The word on the street is a Westinghouse "Yahtzee" put all the names in a cup and throw them on the table. Move them to different titles and that will fix it. If you keep the same morons making the same decisions but with different titles you will get the same results. Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over an expecting a different result.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advise. They just need to leave or put in jail. $6.5 billion really???? Hope d-rod and his band of misfits got what they wanted. A great Pittsburgh company that will no longer exist. I believe that was the intent.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "will overcome"

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

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, good salary, nice environment

    Cons

    Nuclear industry itself is getting down after Fukushima and low gas price so Westinghouse is also getting down.... Due to delays of works... there were mendatory overtime without compensation.


  10. "Great challenging place to work."

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    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.