Agilent Technologies

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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014
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3.6 513 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

Agilent Technologies CEO and Director Bill Sullivan

Bill Sullivan

(332 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees(in 108 reviews)

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment(in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • Work / Life Balance sometimes out of balance(in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management runs the business based on politics for shareholders, not customers or employees(in 16 reviews)

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    Excellent Early Career Development Opportunities; Glass Ceiling at Mid-Career Level

    Finance Manager (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsCollaborative culture
    Opportunities to learn, develop, and grow, especially for early-career professionals
    Friendly, smart, hard-working people
    Great work-life balance and flexibility

    ConsLimited advancement opportunities for mid-career professionals
    Management and senior leaders entrenched in their positions and play "musical chairs" with no real advancement opportunities for younger talent
    Limited leadership opportunities for women and minorities
    Pay and benefits (e.g. stock compensation) below Silicon Valley standards
    Constant cycle of workforce reductions, cost cuts, and budgets controls

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to retention of your top talent. To keep high performers, you have to reward and promote them. You do a great job hiring, developing and training employees, but then lose them because of the lack of career growth opportunities. With the aging employee population, developing next-generation leadership bench will be critical if Agilent wants to continue the growth momentum.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's an OK place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery friendly people and competitive salary

    ConsOld and multiple systems make on boarding and completing daily activities sometimes difficult.

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    Great people, tight budgets.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people. Many people have been there >15 years, and there is a ton of institutional knowledge.

    ConsIT budgets are so tight to where it is extremely difficult to do anything more than run day-to-day. The money is there, but they are terrified to invest.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall positive experience: rough seas navigators may be thrilled

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Wilmington, DE

    ProsExcellent yet a bit late decision to spin off electronic T&M group
    Great individuals and teams around the world do know how to deliver amazing results
    Very few senior managers are excellent in mentoring new employees and adopting change

    ConsSome long-time and/or senior employees (especially from larger sites) have a well established network, influencing or trying to control key changes in major initiatives as they see fit - expect the unexpected

    Advice to Senior ManagementAccelerate a true adoption of younger generation(s) in senior management
    Continue staying focused on growth, innovation and superior operational results

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A slow place to work with not so good employee benefit .....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Santa Rosa, CA

    ProsNice people to work around. Good environment. You have enough freedom and time to do your work.

    ConsBad employee benefit and bad high level management. Company is going to divid by two and they are pround of it? They didn't realize that company is already small enough?

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo you know what's the value of your employee? Don't lie to people or make the target/ things you can't achieve.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    HP Way is long dead - Just another tail-wags-the-dog quarter-to-quarter scramble

    Senior R&D Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsCool toys : Great rank-and-file engineers

    ConsManagement only knows how to profit in up ramp boom cycles. Don't have a clue how to manage stable markets for profit. All about the "Tail-wagging-the-dog" chasing and manipulating asset value quarter-to-quarter. Their first response to any fiscal challenge is to downsize workforce or off-shore. Management has no credibility with rank-and-file anymore.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop pretending this is a "growth" company and focus on delivering dividends, a far more stable objective which will attract investors and reduce all the internal thrash.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good company to work for

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsWork life balance is a plus

    ConsToo many chiefs; not enough indians

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Unstable

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood pay and nice atmosphere to work in

    Consalways having lay offs and sending jobs to malaysia

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, great place to work IF your division makes money

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAttracts very talented engineers. Nice facilities, etc. Good bonus structure and good salaries.

    ConsVery (overly?) process-oriented in terms of project management. Pretty ruthless in terms of layoffs if finances dictate.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall Good, Pockets of Bad

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLarge company with somewhat ability to move around, good benefits and salaries, generally good work/life balance with peaks and valleys (as long as you are not in QA or IT). Great social responsibility too and definitely a company of business integrity overall. Supports taking risks for innovation, but a slight drawback is (depending on mgr) you still might get negative impact if risk doesn't pan out.

    ConsIn recent years with layoffs after layoffs, culture has become very political and has minimized opportunity to move around or get promoted. Agilent's robust "old boys network" and fact that most leaders stay in their jobs for MANY years exacerbates the politics and limited personal growth opportunities. Individual contributors don't get quite as much political impact as mgrs. Just sad to see mgrs that are making results get negatively impacted while those without results get promoted because of who they know. As with any company, the direct manager has significant impact on personal experience. Some mgrs are great, others are horrible (usually tied to the politics)

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the insanity of the old boys network. Shake up leadership. Stop consistent org flattening that limits personal growth and in turn business growth opportunities through innovation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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