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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
583 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees (in 117 reviews)

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is challenging constant stream of top priority projects keep people working OT non stop (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good culture, but old fashioned

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Agilent's company culture still has remnants of the old HP, where employees are respected, and many managers open to advice and concerns. Management tries to do the right thing, and work/life balance is respected. Co-workers are smart and friendly.

    Cons

    HR is very old fashioned. Promotions dishearteningly rare, salaries below average and stagnant. Relative ranking system devalues most employees, rewards manager favorites rather than rewarding results, promotes competition rather than cooperation, and leaves most employees feeling bitter and demoralized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agilent is a biotech company now, rather than an engineering company, and needs to change its mindset. Upper management needs to hire more executives with real biotech experience and with vision to grow the company. Salaries need to get more inline with Silicon Valley biotech salaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Folsom, CA

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good wages, good people to work with. Company cares about us.

    Cons

    Some entitlement from some long time employees. Managers don't deal with all performance issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone fairly and to the same standards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Very ethical company with highly intelligent and driven colleagues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Hands off management, high business ethics, technical challenges, great colleagues

    Cons

    politics; company is currently re-inventing itself, so there are many changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The recent change in management and the split with Keysight were poorly handled. The changes only fuel speculation regarding the next changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Crazy workpace without letup

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    salary low to average, high work load, bonus can be great if you get both categories but your manager has to love your work

    Cons

    no time to form relationships with colleagues due to work load, moving all jobs to Malaysia that can be moved, all expectations are immediate

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Old School with out the stability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are many technical challenges and some excellent engineers.

    Cons

    The Board is sprucing up the company just enough to they can sell it ASAP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be honest with us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    A positive work environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    A global company with the best employee. fair, friendly, honest, open, flexible

    Cons

    The knowledge and experience I gained

  8.  

    Quality Specialist

    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Quality Specialist in Cary, NC

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Management is good, good benefits and bonuses

    Cons

    Seams like every decision is about the bottom line. profit

  9.  

    Easy job, goes nowhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, flexible schedules
    Low stress environment

    Cons

    Few opportunities for career advancement
    Poor communication between departments

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard to work as contractor at Agilent.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good people and friendly staff

    Cons

    tough working as contractor..No reward even after getting praised for your work. Do not hire contractors as full time employee.

    Contractor are not treated well in terms of inviting/informing them to company events, celebration of product release even when you are the biggest contributor some time.

    Manager are good but are tied up by Agilent strict contractor policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat contractor fair..they could be your future employee and may contribute more if rewarded for good work.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Many opportunities for interesting work but not for advancement.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Expert R&D Software Engineer in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Expert R&D Software Engineer in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company successful in what it makes. Flex hours, on site fitness center, tennis courts, volleyball courts, fitness track are all pluses.

    Cons

    Decreasing benefits. Poor medical insurance. Stagnant wages. Profit sharing virtually eliminated. Every year the benefits seem to get worse. Training of employees almost non-existent. Too many managers and not enough people actually doing the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider increasing the salary scale for long term employees. Consider promoting senior professionals to senior level positions with different wage scales. Improve training. Eliminate the unfair and annoying practice of different profit sharing for different people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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