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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
533 Reviews
3.6
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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.  

    Misrepresented

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, vacation schedules

    Cons

    As an Agilent manager, it is frustrating not being able to reward strong employees. Handcuffed, year after yr. resulting in poor attitudes, diminished performance. Too many talented people leave for more rewarding jobs. Constantly training new individuals, only for them to leave after a couple of yrs. Long term employees are leaving at an alarming rate, taking with them a wealth of knowledge. Clear separation of mangers and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To understand that the employee is their greatest asset and should be treated on par with their customers.You take care of your employees they will take care of you. The formula for success does not get any simpler. That is not the case here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Engineering  in  Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Lake Forest, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits. Great employees. Good opportunities. Excellent market and business.

    Cons

    The employees are treated poorly. The work environment is hostile. The management for the Lake Forest and Folsom site looks down on employees. They are not open to any new ideas or suggestions. It is a very closed environment. Employees are afraid of sharing their ideas because of possible harsh consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider employees as the great asset of the company as they should be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    13 Years of Layoffs have left a Toxic Shell

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    Current Employee - Field Marketing  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Field Marketing in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Nice mono-culture
    If you are Female or Gay it is Great
    In the heart of Santa Clara with Easy freeway access

    Cons

    13 years of layoffs and spinoffs have left nothing but a toxic shell dedicated to pulling money out for the shareholders and thereby driving executive bonus plans
    Bill Sullivan sees employees, especially those in the US as a huge liability
    Benefits have been cut to the bone and the cuts keep coming
    Small raises for only the top 5%, everyone else goes begging
    Management cannot make even small decisions quickly
    The environment is actively hostile to non-managers over the age of 40
    The company has been under Reduction In Force (RIF) since 2000 and has "grown" from 51,000 to 17,000 employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and look at your products and employees.

    The product line is stagnent

    The employees are 9-5'ers with no incentive to do anything new because innovation and initiative are CRUSHED.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    No loyalty to IT employees

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great mission. Decent pay. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Constant drive for low cost IT services....to the point that all they do is outsource. Half the price for 1/4th the quality. Very disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make IT accountable to the business and give them the budget to actually add value.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Purchased Former Co Varian Inc talked about increasing manufacturing, instead in 3 years sent all mfg to Mylasia

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Specialist  in  Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in Lexington, MA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    none, always waiting for parts because they kept vendors waiting for payment

    Cons

    no raises, sent jobs overseas, Kept incapable Engineers and Quality Personel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lie to employees to make them think your there for the long run

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Age Discrimination – Outsources Americans, once great … no more!

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    Former Employee - Purchasing
    Former Employee - Purchasing

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good place for entry level straight out of college hires.
    Otherwise, nothing positive.

    Cons

    Age Discrimination:
    If you are over 50 you are at great risk, they will force you to retire if they can. Otherwise they micromanage until they can fire you. If you are over 50 you are held to entirely different standard.

    Ruthless abuse of power:
    Peers in Germany were tricked into crossing the board to a new base office in Switzerland. This made their employment exempt from German law; within 12 months the entire SITE lost their jobs to Singapore.

    Management will lie and falsify records:
    Personal is under staffed and afraid to take a stand. Management will change commitments after they are set and claim you missed them. They’ll use absurd logic and outright lie to move anyone out of the way that is a threat to their advancement.

    No local accountability:
    A manager in the USA might report to someone in Singapore, so the American can be a dictator and tyrant while sucking up to his boss. You would think his boss would meet with the employees and spend at least a few minutes to learn what was going on. Not even three minutes of time in five years, a total disgrace to the founding HP Way.

    Morally and ethically corrupt the oppression is unbelievable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle managers take credit the results and upper management has no clue to the truth. You need to look at the trends of how you are forcing old employees out before you slammed in a major class action law suit. Extremely disappointed with the CEO who was on board during the Hewlett Packard days, if he still believes in those values he need to sick out and remove the bullies in middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    After 13 years of stellar performance, I was brutally laid off

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Up until I was laid off, it was the the best job of my 40 year career. The technology is great and they are doing very interesting things. Most of the rank and file engineers are very smart and great to work with.

    Cons

    The company was just split into the medical ("Life Sciences') and electronics ("Electronics Measurement Group"). The Life Sciences company will keep the Agilent name and who knows what the Electronics Company will be called. I was a master level level electronics engineer who's contributions were in almost all of the microwave and RF products. The "HP" way is so dead and gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Way too much corporate BS. Only thing that you care about is the ROIC to line your own pockets. There are some very evil and incompetent mangers who don't have the skills to work in a high technology company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    It was very unsatisfactory.

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant  in  Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at Agilent Technologies as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    No good reasons to work there.

    Cons

    Unclear goals from management made it difficult to understand job requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees consistently and share corporate goals with staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Used to be a great culture but has turned into a bully culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Work-life balance issues really depend on how your immediate manager or their manager views the topic, for example, can you work from home or are you expected to be in the office. You can be held responsible to be in the office during the day but on calls early in the morning and late at night, again, depends on the work group. Pay is supposed to be among the best, but check it out because the pay is inclusive of a bonus that only is paid out if the company is doing well. You could find a better salary elsewhere. If you are hired in at a high wage, it may be years before you get an increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the wealth to the folks who are doing the work. The pay system gives little reward to the folks who are supporting the few who are deemed exceptional in a statistically biased measure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Agilent: Old School HP + New School Mismanagement

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Liberty Lake, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Liberty Lake, WA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    They pay you in money.

    Cons

    Diminishing opportunities. Penny pinching to the point of failure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside the box. Think long term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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