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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
534 Reviews
3.6
534 Reviews
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Agilent Technologies CEO and Director Bill Sullivan
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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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  1.  

    Good Company Overall

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

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

    Pros

    Very talented and intelligent individuals. The company has great high-level management who is leading the company a good direction.

    Cons

    Middle management, GM and VP, leaves something to be desired. Turn-over was very high, and it seemed that the General Managers were setting short-term division goals designed for a quick promotion to VP, rather than planning for long term stability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cares about employees but limited opportunities for advancement post company split. Existing management now overpaid.

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

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

    Pros

    Your experience at Agilent is dependent on your immediate manager. The company allows a lot of freedom for managers to dictate the environment for the staff. Some allow freedom to work from home others do not. work/life balance is fair, but with back office operations in South East Asia, there is a lot of work done outside of 'normal' work hours.

    Cons

    Pretty tight expense controls. No frills and the old HP employee perks are gradually going away one by one (retirement etc).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop selling and splitting the company and try to grow it!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Pension plan is a huge plus, 401k a plus, good medical plan offerings, stock reward been shrinking over the years for everyone but C level

    Cons

    Work life balance is challenging constant stream of top priority projects keep people working OT non stop. Cost cutting does not help

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward top performers. Mgmt does not walk the talk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    good company searching for direction

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

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

    Pros

    Great company and coworkers and solid products

    Cons

    Have been cost saving mode the last few years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good mid-sized company

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

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

    Pros

    Stability, and flexible work hours. Good benefits, still contributes to a retirement pension account. Good colleagues to work with.

    Cons

    Global company means out of normal workday hours. Outsourcing to offshore model can be challenging. Offshore vendor resources make aggressive schedules difficult to meet on some projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Aging Company

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

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As a young engineer in sales, there is a lot of opportunity in the older generation retiring. There is a lot of expertise and experience available

    Cons

    The company has an aging mindset and doesn't seem to be able adjust to getting, cultivating, and keeping young talent. The people that stay are complacent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open with employees about career planning

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Agilent Technologies- a good place to work, but struggles a bit to adjust with the volatile market.

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

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

    Pros

    Overall a good company with a nice working atmosphere and facilities, knowledgable experienced employees for most part. Flex hours allow for a nice work/life balance, pension and 401K, profit sharing, and reduced medical benefits.

    Cons

    Pay not the greatest, but comparable. Upper management runs the business based on politics for shareholders, not customers or employees. Gross mismanagement at the upper level with failed acquisitions/outsourcing and corporate greed. Too much emphasis on bean counting and not enough on quality, customer satisfaction, or employee retention. Top share of Life Science marketplace is in jeopardy due to these poor policies and decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that the 'split' is over, turn the focus from cost reductions back to quality, and customer/employee satisfaction. Do more research or investigate fully before any future acquisitions. Profit sharing has been in the toilet since the latest mergers, and wages have been stagnant for some time, but CEO's and boardmembers continue to enjoy ridiculous salaries and bonuses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall would recommend

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

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great people to work with
    - Overall good values and integrity, at least in the Field Services department
    - Flexible working hours, though lots of overtime

    Cons

    - No clear path for career advancement/promotion
    - Not many valuable leadership opportunities
    - Not too much contact with colleagues in the field (can be considered a pro to some)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Try to promote/value/challenge staff more. Agilent seems to do a great job hiring. I have no complaints about any one I have had to deal with in the organization, but Agilent needs to improve on retaining people because of lack of structure in valuing and challenging their workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great culture and poeple

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Dedicated and friendly poeple/envirornment
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    limited pay increases
    quite freq layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on growing company organically

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great products, dedicated and talented research and development work force

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

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

    Pros

    Agilent develops great instrumentation products which make a positive difference in the world supporting the scientific community. Here is an excellent cross-discipinary research and development environment, featuring opportunities to work in teams with excellent mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, software developers, applications chemists, and field product specialists. There are opportunities for reasonable work-life balance, including a flexible time off policy. Benefits include 401(k) employer match, stock purchase plan, family leave, semi-annual Agilent Results Bonus, opportunity for individual performance bonus.

    Cons

    difficult for software developers to advance in a hardware-centric company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    raise the priority of fostering employee development and continuing education; yes, schedule-driven product development environment is crucial for product releases and the bottom line, but make more investments in the continuing education of the engineering workforce

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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