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Westinghouse Reviews

Updated May 21, 2017
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  • poor work/life balance (saturdays and late nights) (in 30 reviews)

  • Trust in upper management is non-existing throughout the company (in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Automation"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Mechanical Engineer in Jenkinsville, SC
    Former Contractor - Mechanical Engineer in Jenkinsville, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Westinghouse as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - One can move up in the company or at least secure employment by providing value and working hard (my original 9 month contract turned into 62 months before I voluntarily left).
    - Management is laid back
    - Westinghouse allowed me to create, use, and share efficiency tools, while companies like Bechtel and Shaw preferred to do things the way they had been doing things for 30 years.
    - As a Contractor, I was made to feel very welcome and part of the team.
    - Lead Roles tend to be filled by knowledgeable and capable individuals. I, at least, had great Leads at both HQ and VC Summer
    - Game room in the basement with couches and TV
    - Safety strongly encouraged, as it should be in Nuclear Industry
    - Great pay

    Cons

    - One can move up in the company or maintain an elevated position whether they provide value or work at all.
    - Management is laid back
    - Health and wellness overly promoted at Cranberry office. Hypocrites put french fries on the salad and give vending machine discounts for "sugar-free" drinks and "fat-free" snacks. Obviously, nobody up there has seen what aspartame does to a mouse. Get some Paleo snacks up in there; I'm talking jerky, nuts, seeds, and water!
    - Game room TV and couch on lock by facilities guy watching Jerry Springer.

    Advice to Management

    Open your minds to more creative solutions. Develop more of your own software to automate all the time-killing, money-wasting tasks. There is so much potential to have your different databases talk to each other. By developing your own software and customizing your databases to collect and report specific information, one could automate tracking, metrics, generation of sharepoint items and much more. These tools would create consistency across the organization and consistency bares efficiency.
    I would also like to see more Managers, Directors, VPs, and Executives step aside when they see that their way of doing things isnt working. There was a time when honorable men could recognize that someone else could do their job better, and they got out of the way. If you suck, then move on, do better, or try a different tactic.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Contractor - Engineer in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westinghouse as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, smart co-workers

    Cons

    Too many procedures that make easy things cumbersome. However, it's required in Nuclear Industry.

    Advice to Management

    Just started pushing gas on Innovation, So please continue


  3. "Professional and productive atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Designer in Jenkinsville, SC
    Current Employee - Electrical Designer in Jenkinsville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Doesn't communicate very well with staff.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "overall review"

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    Former Employee - QA Manager in Canton, MA
    Former Employee - QA Manager in Canton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Westinghouse (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Technical Colleagues are very professional and knowledgeable

    Cons

    Company is experiencing serious financial difficulties

    Advice to Management

    need to re-assess its position in the marketplace


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Still a desirable place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great facility, great people, and lots of interesting assignments available.

    Cons

    Large organization in a highly regulated industry, requires lots of administrative overhead to document and manage. This is a large hurdle to an agile delivery model.

    Advice to Management

    Very impressive leadership through a challenging financial time. Please continue to keep the transparency and communications flowing.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Good in Theory, Not in Practice"

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    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


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Take the good with the bad."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance/Accounting in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Current Employee - Finance/Accounting in Cranberry Twp, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, for the most part.

    Cons

    No room to advance and now an impending purchase accounting problem


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Field Service Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For the most part, co-workers are great to work with, especially outside of the Cranberry, PA office complex. Outside it is more like a family environment.

    Cons

    Staffing cuts have left most field jobs understaffed. An attempt has been made to augment field staffing with inexperienced contract personnel but this is adding extra stress on regular SME employees. For some reason, available experienced former employees are not considered for temporary contract work.

    Advice to Management

    We understand the positive financial impact of keeping "regular" employee staffing levels to a minimum (benefits, pensions, etc) but bringing back good former employees as contractors for peak periods should be considered.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Long time employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Many opportunities for work and travel within US and internationally. Wide variety of engineering disciplines. Retirements of long time employees is providing opportunities for rapid advancement of highly qualified employees.

    Cons

    Project responsibilities can be time consuming. Global organization can require work and meetings at odd hours. Large company - can react slowly to changes in market conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Drive decision making lower in organization. Provide more options for work/life balance. Provide more opportunities to interact with customers and industry peers.


  11. "Principal engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cranberry, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    full of projects, do not worry too much about work load. Job security is not too bad

    Cons

    not many carrer path to move up


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