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Updated February 23, 2017
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  • poor work/life balance (saturdays and late nights) (in 27 reviews)

  • Upper management seems to have lost focus - The company should focus on the technologies that they are good at providing (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (12)

    "Good in Theory, Not in Practice"

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

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

    Pros

    The company had 9/80 flexible work schedules, a promising growth prospectus in 2009, and a brand new facility.

    The opportunity to purchase up to 2 weeks vacation extra per year.

    Cons

    -poor management
    -poor leadership
    -significant market headwinds
    -poor work/life balance (saturdays and late nights)
    -Toshiba financial issues


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Westinghouse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very ethical company with strong corporate values. Performance culture. Employees who do well are rewarded. Strong executive leadership team.

    Cons

    Long tenured employees not comfortable with change.

    Advice to Management

    Keep driving forward and continue being transparent with communications. Hold employees accountable for results.


  3. Helpful (10)

    "Bureaucracy Galore"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Interesting and challenging work
    2) Work at sites away from Cranberry is better

    Cons

    What ails this company can fill a book, and most of the wounds and ailments are self-inflicted
    1) Bureaucracy, bureaucracy, bureaucracy - Even the CEOs (past and interim) make jokes about how many stupid procedures this place has, and yet more and more are added, and people are asked to "train" on it (on casual overtime, of course). You know how bureaucrats, whether in government or private sector, make their living? By creating more rules and regulations, and there is no downward pressure from anyone to pare back they hydra
    2) Bureaucracy, again - This company has many sites, performing various functions. Yet the dictats that come from Cranberry strike indiscriminately and force every site into a one-size-fits-all without giving any local control or say. The people that make the rules have no idea how these rules actually affect work at various sites, and I'm not sure they even care
    3) Top-down dictats, yet again - the first-line managers, now called "resource managers" in the latest organizational parlance, have little say in how their groups are managed - from travel approvals, to training, to research funding to...you name it.
    4) Speaking of research funding, the company doesn't know how to do research and innovative work properly if its life depended on it, and it does. They have a complex and bureaucracy-heavy process (see (1) above) which wastes a good chunk of money, run by people that quite literally have never done any research (no seriously, I'm not kidding or exaggerating, they really haven't). The process changes about once every 3 years, with "innovation coaches" and "stage-gates" and so on.
    5) Safety safety safety - yeah...nobody in their right mind wants to get injured at work, but just like other aspects of bureaucratic hell, there is no sanity check on safety folks. They just keep cranking out unreasonable regulations that make doing work exceedingly difficult. And of course, they don't feel the effects of the rules they create, because, they don't do actual work. You know what? I'm sure if we all put on rubber suits like the Michelin man, we'd get less bumps and bruises, but we'd get very little done, move a lot slower, and as a result get run over by a car because we couldn't move out of the way fast enough. Sometimes too many rules are just as bad as too few rules, and the safety folks don't have the wisdom to strike a balance.

    Advice to Management

    Just in case there are just a few souls in upper management still with fire in their bellies, may I suggest you start taking an axe to bureaucracy, pare down procedures drastically, and give back more control over to the local sites


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Life at Westinghouse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people here are friendly

    Cons

    Business is tanking with little room for growth


  6. "Great challenging place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not the best nor the worst Emplorer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, decent benefits, decent amount of vacation

    Cons

    Lack of communication, unstable market


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Ship in stormy seas"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    Pay, flexibility in work schedule

    Cons

    Managers more focused on playing the game than understanding the work, complicated processes inhibit timely completion of tasks and create resource constraints

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the hard truths and drive, not delegate, required changes


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Challenging Times"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Specialist in New Stanton, PA
    Current Employee - Project Specialist in New Stanton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong History of Innovation. George Westinghouse was an industry leader in Providing for his employees. We were proud to see the Westinghouse name on products.

    Cons

    Uncertain future. The company tried to get too big too fast and got in over their head. Not sure how the company will survive the current financial crisis.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in a new leadership team


  10. Helpful (2)

    "It's a place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    9/80 days and challenging work

    Cons

    Managers don't care about anyone but themselves.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "will overcome"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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