Agilent Technologies
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www.agilent.com Santa Clara, CA 5000+ Employees

Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2014
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Agilent Technologies CEO and Director Bill Sullivan

Bill Sullivan

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75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    OK for starters or folks waiting to retire, but not for anyone else

    Staff Engineer (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsIntresting technologies to work for; good prospects for continuing education. Had chance to work with some really bright engineers when I joined, and maybe you too will get the same, if placed in the right group. Headquarters seems to be a better place than folks in remote outposts.

    ConsPoor career growth propsects, management head in the sand. Older engineers with limited intrest in modern technologies get to make all the decisions; lots of political infighting. Lots of groups are resource hogs with no productive output, but manage to get funded because of the close ties with upper management (in most cases those guys rose from the same groups). Very hard to shine technically. Stopped access to IEEE/ACM libraries as part of cost cutting, and still have the gall to call themselves an engineering company

    Advice to Senior ManagementIdentify skills and talents of engineers and utilize them efficiently; cull bloated engineering workforce at the top. Restore engineering as the prime focus for the company instead of being soley sales-driven

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for work life balance, bad for advancement

    Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsThe quality of life allowed by working at Agilent is truly extraordinary. Work schedules are extremely flexible, with managers being even more accomodating of working at home or odd hours for employees with children.
    People are also genuinely nice, treating others and their ideas with an impressive mix of respect and candor.
    Management really does try to manage "properly" - according to commonly accepted rules of good management.

    ConsBecause Agilent is a flat organization with unusually low turnover (lots of "lifers" who love the culture) opportunities for advancement are scarce. This is particularly frustrating for people with ambition.

    Management of the operations of the company is broken. It's far too bureaucratic and slow. In an extremely complex business, more power should be given to individual managers, who better understand their customers and products. As it is, corporate management distrusts product line managers and this distrust manifests itself in micromanagement of budgets and projects.. This phenomenon may have existed for decades and as a result there is a total lack of leadership at lower management levels. The age old problem of bureacracies exists here, you're not rewarded for successes, you're punished for mistakes. The result is that small successes are celebrated because no one takes chances that could lead to big successes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDivest power down to product lines. Let them make mistakes, encourage change, generate turnover, and eventually you will build a more successful organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good work life balance; Not good for ambitious stars

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsWork life balance, respect for one's personal time, flexible work hours, everyone is very nice

    Consnot suitable for ambitious employees, HR compensation/rating does not reward high achievers, rewards people getting along (being conflict averse) rather than facing problems head-on, bureaucratic

    Advice to Senior Managementfoster new talent and challenge the bureauracy

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Spark of Insigt just a dull glow. Bill and Dave would wonder where the real entrepreneurship went!

    Product Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
    Englewood, CO

    ProsStill the place to be for test and measurment technology minded engineer.
    Great place to learn to be an engineer.
    Close working relationships if you are not remote.

    ConsNo movement.
    Most divisions do not know how to work with remote employees
    Weak achievements touted as great success.
    Too many excuses for why they are not leadint the market in certain technology areas.
    Lower level managers not held accountable for being managers of employees. Most employee reviews are the "end of the year" surprises

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a look at most of the management levels. It is very narrow in experience. Typically they have an HP (TMO) and/or Agilent backgound only. Easy to get frustrated if have career growth plans that bring a new light to divisions

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    Has potential but is overmanaged

    R&D Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsAgilent has a lot of exciting technology in both Electronics communications and Bio-sciences developed in-house and non-organic through acquisitions. As an engineer, I think it's a better place for people in the research stream than for a production oriented person. They do hire lots of talented people and it tries to be a very eco-conscious company and does a lot of charitable contributions. The non-compensation related benefits are decent. There is not too much pressure if you enjoy that sort of thing and provides a stable work environment. Some of the original (good) HP culture is still around but you need to dig a little.

    ConsAn excess of bureaucracy arising out of too much mid level management that does not want to move out of their comfort zone until it becomes necessary, rather than pro-actively trying out new thinking. There seems to be some amount of political turf protection with mid level managers seeking to expand their 'empires'. It's clear to me that career managers have a 35 year time table in their mind (Agilent still offers a pension) and they lack the sense of urgency to turn on a dime. Whether you work hard or not you'll end up getting the same company-wide bonus and forget about raises. Only recently they have claimed to move towards Individual performance bonuses, it remains to be seen how well it is implemented. They are a hardware company and software is an incongruous fit into their mix. If you are keen to get into management, be prepared to wait in line. For a young person this is a great place to be if all you want to do is raise a family and want a stable environment with not too much pressure but if you are driven and be inspired, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAct like your job is on the line rather than working towards your next promotion 10 years down the line. Need more critical thinking and common sense in place of great slogans. Try to bring back the old HP culture that we hear so much about instead of being driven solely by the stock price.

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    Great place to work... 20 years ago!

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Santa Rosa, CA

    ProsYou can work with interesting technologies, and learn or do as much as you want to. Generally, your coworkers are very smart people who are willing to share their ideas and help you out when you need it.

    ConsThe compensation is not on par with other tech companies. There are not very many opportunities for career advancement. The management team is constantly pushing their people to produce products without really taking the time to develop quality products. Generally, there is an attitude that "you should be happy that you have a job here." This place was a great place to work in the '80s, but the management and benefits have not kept up with the times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're living on borrowed time. Most employees are not impressed with the management team, or their chances for advancement. This job is seen as just a paycheck, not a career.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Think twice before joining this company.

    Electrical Engineer (Current Employee)
    Santa Rosa, CA

    ProsSmart people. You will have a lot of opportunities to learn technical stuffs.

    ConsPoor management from top to bottom. Too many managers after layoffs. A lot of super long-term employees, 25-35 years with the company, who only talk instead of doing anything. Management focus on books, not employee development. Pay is really low for mid-age engineers. Again, too many people has been working here for more than 25 years, and a lot of them were ex-managers, so the only thing they do is networking with each other. Not productive in project management. A new product introduction cycle is 2+ years. Market and sales staff doesn't under the products. They sell products because the products have good data sheet.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey need to know how to market the product, and they need to have a god understanding of the financial market.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good pay to new hire but annual increment for existing employee is poor

    Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee)
    Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    ProsCould learn a lot if you are hard working

    ConsSome employee misuse the working hours flexibility, management to employees ratio is high

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe fair to existing employee when management willing to pay higher for new hire.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not up to the mark

    Finance Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Mānesar (India)

    ProsStable and great company
    Nice business and less competition.
    Many benifits for permanent employees.

    ConsVery slow growth
    No learning even if you spent good time there.
    Highly stressed atmosphere made by espeacially my manager and that too not for actual work but the other things.
    No training at any time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease introduce some good training sessions for everyone after every few months so that everyone keep learning. Due to continous learning the employee can be good asset of the company.

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

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    Very specific to Agilent tools, coding language, narrow, etc

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosless stress, access to resources,no dependency

    Consno career growth, on training, progress is slow, lot of politics in the team.

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