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Westinghouse Reviews

Updated September 24, 2017
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José Emeterio Gutiérrez
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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. "Excellent Technology Company"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Columbia, SC

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

    Pros

    Westinghouse has excellent engineers and excellent technology.

    Cons

    There has been consistently high turnover in management.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Disappointing"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Operations in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay and pretty good benefits

    Cons

    Management is horrible and the work/life balance can get overwhelming

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and quit using the buddy system to promote unqualified individuals in leadership roles


  4. Helpful (12)

    "Dark times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of great people with great ideas. CEO seems to be making an effort during a difficult situation. Some middle management are plant to work for.

    Cons

    Too many directors and VPs. Too many eligible people will NOT retire making it harder for middle aged folk to keep their jobs.. Poor communication. Very little confidence in senior leadership.


  5. Helpful (16)

    "You're Always Expendable"

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

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

    Pros

    Salary (large reason I didn't quit)
    A lot of good people and engineers (main reason I didn't quit)
    Benefits are standard for large companies.

    Cons

    Upper management cannot make smart decisions to save their lives or the company.
    The work-life balance is poor.
    You can't expect a raise from a bankrupt company; you can expect people getting laid off and frozen salaries while certain people receive absurd bonuses. Director-level and up are paid far to much for what they bring to the table.
    The engineers who actually do the work and are constantly trying to fix others' mistakes are not valued.
    I tried to choose the career path I wanted at all of my performance reviews, and my manager (no matter who it was, and they rotated a lot) would always want me to stay where I was because there was never enough people do the work. Could never advance. No one really cared about me or my career.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lay off young talent that actually have a clue how to operate in the ass-backwards company and are paid less than everyone else anyway. Transfer of knowledge and turn-over are already doing bad enough there.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    Allowed to do your job without constant over-site. The pay and benefits were decent.

    Cons

    Lack of communication to it's employees. Layoffs and never knowing if you were the one on the list. The ones who work very hard were often the ones let go. Also the company went bankrupt, so no merit raises or promotions, they took away retirement and any hope of advancing within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Promote those who truly have a "One Team" attitude and with the guts to make decisions that are fiscally sound. Recognize and reward those who do a good job, not just the yes people that tell you what you want to hear.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Construction Manager"

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    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Columbia, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation package. Good, smart co-workers.

    Cons

    Poorly managed from the top.

  8. Helpful (12)

    "Longevity is there if you are a good performer but that doesn't mean career advancement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    Vacation time, Every other Friday off, GREAT coworkers (some of them)

    Cons

    The same people get promoted over and over again without consideration for the talent that lies within the ENTIRE team. No matter how hard you work it is NEVER enough if you aren't one of the favs.


  9. Helpful (36)

    "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.


  10. "Good company but nuclear outlook is bleak"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, opportunities for international/domestic travel, competitive salaries, lots of different positions and can move around as needed

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be challenging depending on what group you are in. Organizations can be siloed as they dont pass on information to others. Locations are dwindling.


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