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Westinghouse Reviews

Updated December 14, 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 52 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Design engineer/R&D"

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

    I worked at Westinghouse full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Was able to move into R&D very quickly based on recognized skill which is always a good corporate trait
    Definitely not boring work
    Everyone was proud of the work they were doing
    New HQ was awesome

    Cons

    HR is an evil monster. Way too many bad experiences to list.
    High level leadership railroaded the company
    Layoffs aren't over yet

    Advice to Management

    Resign.


  2. "Hope they pull through bankruptcy okay"

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    Former Employee - Accounting Analyst in Cranberry, PA
    Former Employee - Accounting Analyst in Cranberry, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people who honestly care about you as a person, your career, and good work-life balance. Decent benefits. Fair salaries.

    Cons

    Well, the bankruptcy is kind of a big cloud over everyone's head. Some of management seems a bit tone deaf to obvious employee concerns over the future of the company. Not a great place to advance in an obvious career path. Some of the mandatory online training is onerous and unneeded waste of valuable time. People who are good and decent seem stressed and stretched by high demands surrounding bankruptcy and impending sale.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to some of your own employees and direct first line managers instead of high priced outside consultants who have very little in depth knowledge of how the Nuclear Industry actually works.

  3. "employment experience at Westinghouse headquarters"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cranberry, PA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cranberry, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with many highly skilled engineers and managers

    Cons

    Work can be occasionally stressful and frustrating, just as many other jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Do your best to retain key players during bankruptcy proceeding.


  4. "Principal Welding Engineer"

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    Former Freelancer - Principal Welding Engineer in Blairsville, PA
    Former Freelancer - Principal Welding Engineer in Blairsville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Westinghouse (Less than a year)

    Pros

    ASME Experience
    Practical Welding Experience
    Communication Skills
    Personal Skills
    Cost Savings

    Cons

    Time management
    Up-Front involvement
    Critical path management

    Advice to Management

    Safety First
    Quality
    Work Friendly
    Trust


  5. "Overall a Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are professional and respectful. The work is interesting and challenging. The current CEO has done reasonably well under the circumstances. I recommend this to someone who needs a job and is willing to accept limited career advancement in the short term.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, poor management decisions have put the company in bankruptcy. Senior management is below average. This makes the current environment challenging. Career opportunities are temporarily limited until Westinghouse emerges from bankruptcy.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "administrative technician"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Technician in Madison, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Technician in Madison, PA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    i enjoyed my position and the variety of work kept me very busy. The company has been around for a long time and the pay is good.

    Cons

    Westinghouse is currently going through a bankruptcy and they are laying off employees. There is a lot of job elimination and moving around of employees and managers.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Solid Foundation - Excellent for your Resume"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are the type to make your own career path, there are seemingly endless opportunities to grow your knowledge and skills, while fighting for improvement of the business. On your resume in the nuclear world, Westinghouse holds some serious weight, so if you stick it out for a while and amass a few accomplishments along the way, despite Westinghouse's reasonably good compensation, you'll be in for a nice pay hike at the next employer. As the bankruptcy comes to a close, the remaining business will be a cash-flow positive service , fuel, and equipment supplier that makes hundreds of millions of dollars before income taxes. The company will bounce back, and people who are sticking through the rough times will likely get promoted out of a process of elimination in some cases.
    Jose Emeterio Gutierrez Elso is a fine example of a human being and a leader who is faced with a tough set of often ambiguous choices to make. To the extent that he can make certain choices without the company's ownership structure forcing his hand, I strongly believe he is working to make Westinghouse a better and more supportive organization to its employees.

    Cons

    The office culture in HQ declined from 2012-2017. Nowhere to go but up.
    Benefits declined from 2012-2017. But that seems to be the way of large corporations these days.
    Bureaucracy is suffocating.
    Someone's compensation within their pay band is more correlated with their age than their contribution/effectiveness in their job role -- so young career climbers are systematically below the 25th percentile of their pay band and can get significant raises by leaving the company. Those who remain are the risk-averse, non-entrepreneurial types who are happy with the status quo because it has served them well.
    HR has made the art of managing people feel a lot less personal, and more formal. I agree that HR needs to help protect the company from employment lawsuits, but managing people is an inherently human activity -- to which the humanity needs to be restored.
    When a private equity firm buys the company out of bankruptcy, it is unlikely that things will get better for the lower level management and the employees in the short term. Life is short. Want to be miserable for 5 more years while things get better, or do you think somewhere else might make you hate your life less during those 5 years, then entertain the thought of going back?
    The way the company is working right now, your Manager/Director/VP who has 50 hours of meetings on their schedule really doesn't have the time to really care for you anyway. You can't even really blame them. They have families that miss them too. It's an overly constrained problem.

    Advice to Management

    I know many of you are working diligently to get the company back on its feet. Try to maintain your humanity in the process. Let go of egos. Cooperate; don't compete with each other. Let that attitude flow down. Reduce your meeting schedule so you can be real with your employees. Empower your employees. Read a few notable quotes from George Westinghouse and try to embody his attitude.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Tough times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart people in the nuclear industry

    Cons

    Bankruptcy, short-sighted business and policy outlook for nuclear energy

    Advice to Management

    Back off from request for millions to retain top execs.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company that is burdened with administrative process"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Westinghouse is a decent company overall, and the wages and benefits are competitive. There are some professional growth opportunities but many are lateral or within the context of an employee's existing job.

    Cons

    Overall, because of the heavily regulated nature of the nuclear market, Westinghouse is heavy on process and redundancy, sometimes to the point of distraction. Sometimes this makes it tough to move the ball downfield.

    Advice to Management

    We really need to apply questioning attitude and challenge assumptions in all of our administrative processes across the board.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "What really could have been"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Westinghouse full-time

    Pros

    Great base salary per discipline

    Cons

    All you have to do is read the news


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