Pratt & Whitney to allow up to 80 percent of salaried workforce in CT to work remotely

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A Pratt & Whitney engine is seen during a media day tour at company headquarters in East Hartford.

A Pratt & Whitney engine is seen during a media day tour at company headquarters in East Hartford.


EAST HARTFORD — As much as 80 percent of aircraft engine maker Pratt & Whitney’s 8,250 salaried workers in Connecticut will be able to work remotely on a regular basis as part of a new company initiative.

P&W’s Office of the Future initiative will require the company, which is part of Massachusetts-based aerospace giant Raytheon, to make technology and design upgrades to its East Hartford campus in order to improve flexibility for local employees, according to the company.

The initiative, according to company officials, also will involve a reassessment of P&W’s office buildings in Connecticut, although the goal is to have enough space so that employees working remotely also will be able to collaborate with colleagues in person.

As disruptive as it was for company employees to have transition to working remotely in March 2020, “it caused us to redesign how we get work done, allowing our employees the greatest flexibility while preserving collaboration,” Chris Calio, president of P&W, said in a statement.

“Like every organization, we had to rapidly adjust to a new normal,” Calio said in the statement. “We’re now carrying those benefits into the future.”

Manufacturing employees and others with a critical need to be in an office will continue to work from the company’s corporate campus in East Hartford. That includes 1,650 salaried workers who work on classified programs, need lab access or are supporting production lines.

It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday how the pilot program will affect the company’s manufacturing plant in Middletown.

The P&W hybrid model will provide employees who are working from home on a regular basis the flexibility to work from any open workspace, without being limited to one of the company’s assigned buildings

P&W has selected a design firm to help create physical spaces that emphasize collaboration, from small rooms that can accommodate four to six people, to team rooms that can hold up to 20. Meetings held onsite also will be held on a virtual, video-enabled platform to ensure full participation from all employees, no matter where they are located.

Jill Albertelli, Pratt & Whitney’s senior vice president for Transformation & Strategy, said the company is “creating a world-class work experience for everyone now and in the years to come.”

“Our employees are not only designing the future of aviation but also the future of how we work,” Albertelli said. “It looks different, because it is different and it is a significant culture shift for the company.”

P&W has 11,000 employees in Connecticut, according to company officials. Of that total, 25 percent of the company’s total workforce, or 2,750 people, are hourly employees.

Pratt has had a flexible work option that predated the onset of the pandemic by at least five years. But according to some company officials, it wasn’t at as broad-based as this new initiative.