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Westinghouse Reviews

Updated September 16, 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. 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.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "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.

  3. Helpful (35)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Really low morale"

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

    Pros

    Great pay, nice 9/80 schedule, decent benefits. There are some great people here.

    Cons

    Clueless upper management, constant re-orgs, doesn't hold upper management accountable and communications group doesn't communicate. Company doesn't care about employee/culture.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "AWFUL"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    Good pay. Travel. benefits were good also.

    Cons

    horrible management. Brought in a bunch of Areva and GE cast offs. they sunk a great company, just like they did to their own!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Conflicted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    pay was good, good co-workers, good hours, good benefits, equipment ok, nice building, accessible parking, engineering/design staff varied from average to very professional doing solid work in a stressful environment.

    Cons

    bad location for commute (Charlotte office), stressful due to multiple changes in ownership, ending with Westinghouse. Westinghouse is really a manufacturing company and did not consider the WECTEC team doing the plant design as a core business.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "No Happiness Here"

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    Former Contractor - Systems Administrator in Cranberry, PA
    Former Contractor - Systems Administrator in Cranberry, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Westinghouse as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and the opportunity to learn new technology.

    Cons

    Company claimed bankruptcy. Extremely low morale.

  8. "Major league project with Little League management"

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    Former Contractor - Quality Control Inspector in Jenkinsville, SC
    Former Contractor - Quality Control Inspector in Jenkinsville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Westinghouse as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High profile project. Above average pay. Appeared to trust employees to self manage. There is not much else to say.

    Cons

    Did not know how to manage or refused to manage one of the highest profile jobs in the country. Shameful.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire a subcontractor to manage a do or die project. Don't hire the cream of the crop and insert them under half wits who treat your employees poorly by holding them back professionally.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of concern for the younger employees"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    Good vacation/sick time, decent benefits

    Cons

    Failure to secure new work. Underpaid for experience.


  10. "Good and Bad"

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

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    There are good people that work at this company, doing new and exciting work.

    Cons

    Upper management has made decisions that have made this place an unpleasant one to work. Everyone walks around on eggshells in fear for their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    While the transparency has gotten better, the quickness of receiving this info has caused a lot of good people to leave. Work on keeping those people and to stay efficient.


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