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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated July 3, 2014
Updated July 3, 2014
565 Reviews
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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.  

    Excellent prior to the split from HP

    • 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

    Pros

    Interesting work is available to challenge engineers.

    Cons

    Lower than competative wages for most US employees except very high level management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on innovation not on cost cutting. Value employees and pay above average compensation. Rebalance age distribution in US and Europe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is an ok place to have a job, but not a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Agilent is a well known company with strong assets. The offer stock programs, and have full health benefits for full time employees. In the call center, there is the ability to have a stable job without much education.

    Cons

    Agilent dropped all educational benefits in 2010. In addition, Agilent plays way too much on the stock market valuations, as opposed to sound business practices. As an example, there is/was a couple that worked in the call center, and both of them have been laid off 3 times, only to be re-hired within the next year. The money they have made on their termination packages has bought them a second home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While this market is one for treating people like commodities, that shouldn't be made obvious by management. You had a senior manager come right out and tell everybody "we had over 100 applicants for 3 jobs" in reference to why they didn't take better care of their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor managment and work/life balance

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

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

    Pros

    It's a job that pays the bills.

    Cons

    No life/work balance. Management does not listen to employees or customers. Poor pay and other compensation considering the high level of stress and 24/7 demands of the job. There is no real room for advancement and minimal job growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your customers and employees. Employees should be compensated to industry standard. Without your employees and customer base you have no business so listen to them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    this is a decent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    ability to work from home, fair pay

    Cons

    Upper management is too far removed from the actual day to day business to make good decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your subject matter experts! Driving change for change sake doesn't mean you are improving anything.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Experience the worst of outsourcing here!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some very smart engineers, few good technologies

    Cons

    Badly managed outsourcing model has killed the company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of those high paying IT managers who only care to check their emails and don't bother to attend to issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Politics and Who you Know

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    - Good people, overall, to work with
    - Pays the bills, and then some
    - Good experience
    - This company still gives bonuses (no raises, though)

    Cons

    - Every manager in the upper echelons says "our pay is competitive with the current market". It's a lie, blatant and bold-faced.
    - Management top-heavy, from the TOP down to team managers. With this many managers running around, often multiple teams are doing the same work without aware of the other. Communication is neither encouraged nor managed.
    - Maybe a handful of managers actually know what their employees are doing, let alone how to do their job for them. If I want guidance on how to read, why would I want an illiterate looking over my shoulder "coaching" me?
    - It's obvious it's who you know. If you're friends with someone who's broken into the Management circle, getting promoted is really easy. If not, or worse someone in the inner circle doesn't like you, then good luck advancing beyond un-appreciated drone.
    - Fluff. They believe that by having silly distractions those who work the front-line will forget that they're a number. Casual dress, community clubs, washable marker walls, etc are pointless if all you're doing is trying to paint over the bullet hole in the wall. No one is fool, and those who are belong flipping burgers
    - $ oritented. True, what company isn't? However, when opinions are based solely on how much $ was brought in by their team, regardless if they know what they're doing, then there's something wrong.
    - Movement is like a marathon run with obstacles. Regardless of qualifications, if you don't know the right people, have the right recommendations, and kiss the right back-sides, you're not likely to move anytime soon. And if you're a valuable asset in your current spot, management won't take into consideration about your personal growth. Their numbers and team performance are more important, and if that means you stay in the same spot forever, carrying a majority of work, then that's where you stay. Watch for words like "Super Star" and the like to cover up the truth.
    - Tools and system resources to perform day to day duties are subpar, at best. And when requests for IT to investigate are done, it's either half-assed or "this is in the pipeline, but not as important as other items, so here's a free coffee coupon instead"
    - Rather than remove the slackers, parasites, and poor performers, the company keeps them around and either ignores them entirely or shuffles them around. They'd rather keep a rotting branch than risk growing a new tree, often times with those who've been around countless years and truly need to leave. Seriously. In order to be fired, there's either got to be porn on the net involved or you smacked someone on the backside....because if your performance is dragging everyone else down, your job is still safe so long as you've either been here forever or are friends with brass.
    - Office Space
    - Every year, a new catch phrase...but don't worry. It will be irrelevant in 8 mths.
    - If you're in management or one of the Sales reps out in the field, bringing in the big money, you're free to be as rude, disrespectful, back stabbing, deceitful, and all around dispicable as you like....if you're not, be prepared to be on the receiving end of the above, be prepared to be helpless when it happens, and be on the watch for those few people in those positions who DON'T do this and make friends with them quick, because there aren't many.
    - Freedom of Thought, Fresh Ideas, and Speaking your Mind is not welcome here. Forget rocking the boat, if you so much as shift a finger out of step with the rest, you're immediately under the microscope. If it's a good idea, someone above you will claim it and give you a piece of paper in return. If it's a bad idea, it'll be logged as a complaint and filed under "Coaching Opportunity"
    - Is your manager a bad person? Are they horrible in their position? Would you sooner follow a blind man off a cliff? Too bad. They're friends with the right people, including their own boss, and when you complain up the chain, you better have that resume updated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gut this company. You've got people who've been around 20+ years, yet still believe it's the same world as it was when they started "back in the good ol' HP days". How discouraging is it to have brass visit, show a few figures, and then spend 40 minutes of company time telling us how great the old days used to be? Those who refuse to leave HP behind, refuse to adjust to this decade, refuse to maintain and promote talent rather than the 'old boys club' mentality need to go. And any manager who doesn't think this is happening today is part of the problem.
    Bill, you're a great guy. It's a pleasure to work for you, to say that my CEO is a friendly, upbeat guy, not some sleezy Enron type. I would happily trade a grandparent or great uncle for you, but they're retired nowadays because they did what they could and were no longer able to keep up. Time to let this company fully move out of the HP household and make our own identity. I would always wish you the best, but it's time you said goodbye, and took quite a few of your upper folks with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Agilent (Test Equipment portion) is in "cost cutting" mode, not growth mode

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

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Agilent is working on growth technologies

    Cons

    The test equipment side of the business is no longer a company who cares about their employees or customers like "Bill and Dave" did.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to work a day in the place of your sales team and truly experience all of the internal obstacles for us to create a positive experience for our customers and for us to get our job done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Driven by bean counters and surveys

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Great people for the most part, very technical, very respectful. Good work life balance if you have a family. Management is pretty flexible in this regards. Great for life sciences and chemical analysis since they seem to be heavily investing in it.

    Cons

    No career path especially if you're not in Life sciences or Chemical analysis. Salaries are claimed to be on par with the industry, not sure which industry they are comparing with. Bean counters rule the place with cost cutting as the mantra. The semi-annual employee survey is the only thing that seems to jolt managers into movement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't mistake powerpoint slides for actual strategy, take some bold steps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Agilent feedback

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

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Strong, experienced engineers. Interesting projects

    Cons

    Nearly exclusive emphasis on short-term financials

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better balance of messaging rather than mostly financials
    Develop leaders from within rather than depending on so much outside hiring

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very stressful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Consultant
    Current Employee - IT Consultant

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Benefits are better than some companies its size (although not as good as it once was as the original HP.) Some managers still remember and try to observe the HP Way--respect employees and help them be successful, to ensure the company is successful. Some employees are very dedicated to their customers in spite of Agilent internal limitations.

    Cons

    Some of Agilent's best people have been forced to retire or been laid-off. Company morale is at a all time low--there is no trust in upper management and their decision making strategies. There is no appreciation of employees and there is little room for career advancement or growth. Agilent recently laid-off 30% of its people from the T&M business group. Regardless of skill and/or experience, it appeared that most laid-off employees were long-time HP/Agilent employees who knew the real HP Way--it is sad that those HP Way days are over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are hurting the people that you need to make you successful; stop the favoritism and nepotism of management--there are too many managers and not enough workers to do the actual work.

    Disapproves of CEO

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