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Westinghouse Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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  • Good pay for the Pittsburgh area (in 50 reviews)

  • The Pay and benefits are decent (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (14)

    "The Hits Keep Coming"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work. Technical challenges abound. Self determined growth always possible.

    Cons

    Trust eroding with each Interim CEO move. He has demonstrated he can destroy people and careers by his handling and cover up of Columbia Fuel Facility debacle. He is repeating his Machiavellian ways with the handling of the recovery. Heads are rolling and he keeps asking for company to trust him. Transformation "specialist" is not communicating plan and laughs at requests for information. Employees are extremely nervous.

    Advice to Management

    Interim CEO touts trust but keeps making moves to lose trust. States he will be open and honest and then states he will not share anything. Interim CEO touts new way of doing business. First action is to create new senior management structure with new hires meaning high salaries, new bonuses and stock options. Transformation "specialist" with own team is another big expense. Lots of money being spent at the top when $6 Billion in the hole. Positive action does not mean taking care of yourself first. Start making the employees feel they have a future by creating a path forward and some stability. Interim CEO needs to step aside and allow a leader to take control.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "what's going to happen to the pension?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Financial Analyst in Cranberry, PA
    Former Contractor - Senior Financial Analyst in Cranberry, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Westinghouse as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    in the past there were plenty of good reasons to work for George Westinghouse Company but since GE/Toshiba took over nothing good to say about it. There was good pension, good people, good training, good celebrations, good hard workers, among other things. Life at the big W is just not the same.

    Cons

    The biggest Con on every persons mind is Chapter 11. How did it get this far and so fast...? Just a year ago, all was well. Something is missing - where is the accountability and trustworthy of our leaders? What did Toshiba know and when did they know it? Many questions still unanswered.

    Advice to Management

    Most management is OK. Top level management needs to listen to their employees. But for now it's too late to give advice that would be meaningful.


  3. Helpful (13)

    "Trust left the building."

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people from old Westinghouse Culture and Legacy keep the engine running but the negativity is taking over so fast. They are very close to give up.

    Cons

    Senior management smiles at you today, but then lays you off tomorrow, and they keep smiling like the company is in amazing shape. They are rated so bad last couple years but ignorance is bliss for them. This is happening over several years now and it is getting worse.
    In practice the performance evaluation is more like favoring friends, and family (tons of favoritism and nepotism). Your performance has no meaning. And they do not value your experience while they benefit from you during projects.
    Benefits package gets cropped almost every year. The merit increases were frozen or very low for several years.
    Because a lot people left the company, the current work load is unbearably high and you will not get paid for overtime.

    Advice to Management

    We know you are just trying to save your seat. Please start working for the company and for the the employees or leave.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    "On the way to bankruptcy"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable pay for the area

    Cons

    Inbreeding at the senior management level
    Promotions based on good old boy network
    No work-life balance. Mandatory OT

    Advice to Management

    Toshiba should replace all director level and above if they really want to right the ship


  6. Helpful (5)

    "it's the beginning of the end"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    not very many anymore i'm afraid

    Cons

    parent company in financial crisis, uncertain future


  7. Helpful (5)

    "engineering manager"

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

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

    Pros

    variety of work, challenging, great peers who are dedicated

    Cons

    no pay increases, no long term growth potential

    Advice to Management

    tell the truth


  8. Helpful (11)

    "Management decisions have produced results."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid Level Management in Cranberry, PA
    Current Employee - Mid Level Management in Cranberry, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Its technology, products and services are needed by the industry, so that, it will survive in some shape or form. Employees are professional and cooperative. Some are great people. It is a pleasure working with them. The company has international business and this provides many of the employees with international exposure.

    Cons

    The upper management that was imposed upon the employees of this company in the recent years has been making poor decisions, one after another, that have taken the company to the present situation. First bad decision was to distrust and disrespect long-time Westinghouse management and employees. Second, bringing a culture of claiming customers (who, by the way, are the reason for our existence). Third bad decision, purchasing companies with insufficient due diligence.

    Advice to Management

    The employees are hopelessly waiting to see upper management resignations.


  9. Helpful (37)

    "$6.3B reasons to get real..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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

    Superb technology.
    World-class employees - at the working level.

    Cons

    Senior management has completely ruined employee commitment, morale, innovation, pride, and most importantly - trust.

    Employee trust has been completely, and irrevocably, broken. In the wake of the latest financial crisis, it comes as no surprise that, as reported in the popular press and as further reported by Toshiba in its 3rd quarter financial reporting extension application, a whistle blower has come forward to highlight the "inappropriate pressure" exerted by the Senior Management team which explicitly violated the corporate governance requirements.

    This company is run by Executives who are no better than street thugs. The culture at Westinghouse is so incredibly "hushed", muted, and otherwise "chilled" by Senior Management, that it is widely known that the quickest way out of the building is to disagree (even professionally) with a member of the Senior Management team.

    A "hushed" culture is a great foundation for a company charged with the responsibility of building NUCLEAR reactors.

    Advice to Management

    Just leave. Take the annual bonus you received in January, and leave. Stop preaching the importance of a "Strong Nuclear Safety Culture", and leave. You believe no more in a strong nuclear safety culture than I believe in Santa Claus, the Toothfairy, or the Easter Bunny.

    We don't need hypocrites anymore, we need leaders. The employees made this company - you broke it - now leave.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Turmoil and Lack of Trust"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Manager 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

    Westinghouse was the largest, healthiest, best-positioned, most technically advanced nuclear supplier in the world. Being part of the best, brightest nuclear family in the world was an honor for us all as we worked hard every day to deliver a sustainable energy source around the world. With a billion dollar backlog, the company isn't going away entirely anytime soon, so newcomers to the company may find unique opportunities as retirements, attrition, layoffs, restructuring, and terminations will redefine the executive leadership, management, and employee ranks. There remains a generally strong culture of quality, safety, ethics and integrity (with some obvious exceptions at the executive level).

    Cons

    Faced with radical changes resulting from its $6.3 billion dollar debt ranging from spin-offs to austere parent company management to new ownership to bankruptcy, the last-remaining entity of the once mighty Westinghouse global corporation will be dramatically different forever. Beginning with the ill-timed acquisition of Westinghouse in 2006, Toshiba has struggled to effectively manage the company's performance or direction. Toshiba bet big on the nuclear renaissance with its $5.4 billion buy, then made a series of critical mistakes by replacing executive leadership with multiple outsiders that care more about themselves than the company, its employees, or its customers. Employee morale is low, and there is clearly no trust in the executive leadership to do the right thing to emerge from the current financial crisis (an employee comment on this topic received a company-wide round of applause). Although the interim CEO appears to be a ray of hope for the company, he faces a seemingly insurmountable level of executive-level posturing, in-fighting, ego, and selfishness. Corporate communication regarding the financial crisis is almost nonexistent despite employee requests for transparency, leaving everyone to guess what the future might hold.

    Advice to Management

    Make a choice. Either put your personal interests aside and lead the company through this turmoil, or leave. Those that remain, take care of your employees by treating them as you yourself would like to be treated.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Not so good anymore"

    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

    I have met some great people, flexible work hours are possible depending on the area (sometimes), competitive pay and vacation.

    Cons

    The overall environment. Upper management trust was already declining and now at an all time low. There is low employee morale :slowly stripping away benefits, wage freezes, no room for advancement, horrible performance rating system, industry is in decline, too many layers of management. Managers say they want accountability but they do not have accountability for their actions. With the current situation, there is little transparency and communications. More can be learned by outside sources. I am having a hard time picturing a very good future for the company at this time.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think it will be heard so I'll save my time.



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