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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated July 3, 2014
Updated July 3, 2014
546 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees (in 116 reviews)

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment (in 48 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

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    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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Employees, poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees are the soul of the company, great legacy, innovative company.

    Cons

    Management rules with fear of job loss unnecessarily, constant middle management turnover weakens perceptions, layoffs over even slightest dip in forecast results, drive to earn bonuses is employees' perception of management decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees as adults and give them a reason to feel safe and secure. Hard to have self-confident employees who spend time worrying about their jobs, even when they have done little wrong, due to management decisions.

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

    Not much of the old HP culture left

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good amount of vacation time. Several jobs allow you to work from home.

    Cons

    Management no longer seems to value input from its employees. It is very much an "everyone can be replaced culture" now. Too bad it was so much more of a team effort back in the HP days. Compensation is no longer among industry leaders. Not even close.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You might think about listening a little bit more to your subject matter experts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    mediocre salaries and raises and no advancement opportunities

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules allow you to have a good work life balance. I had no problem spending time with my family, making doctors appoinments, kids recitals etc. They provide a great environment for innovation and thinking outside the box. They support you in these efforts and reward you with small trinkets and gift cards. You come up with a way to save them say 50k a year and they give you say a 25 dollar gift card(for example). It took me way too long to realize that I had to get another job so that I could reach my financial and lifestyle asperations. However, they did throw some great employee parties with good food, good music and alcohol on the company premises which made for some awesome times.

    Cons

    Poor pay and raise structure. No advancement for the average Joe. Political/favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic to new hires about the potential for career growth and salary increase opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor managment and work/life balance

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    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
  8.  

    Contractor in Santa Clara office

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Most of the team members are friendly people. Many long term employees

    Cons

    If you are a contractor, then the manager will make sure that you are not invited for group lunch/lunch out paid by the company or not invited for any company events. You will also be denied of getting better computer even if the computer is not working in good condition. Pay is lower than market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep boasting your profit increase while keep outsourcing and making contractors as the second class workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Agilent lost it's focus over the years

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Co-workers were great and very supportive

    Cons

    Agilent lost it's heart when they gave up the principles that Dave and Bill founded the company on (Agilent is a spin off of Hewlett Packard)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the favoritism

  10.  

    It seems like a great place to work. Unfortunately, I didn't have that experience

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The working environment was great here. Everyone was friendly and could answer your questions easily. Most of the people I worked with were very knowledgeable in their respective fields.

    Cons

    My assigned project did not have much relevance to my field of study. I'm more of a hardware person and they had me doing software. On top of that, most of my project was not that difficult to do. It was a lot of copying and pasting. Worst part of my project was to accomplish some impossible tasks in the software. My mentor already tried and knew that it wouldn't work and they had me try it as well. Also, somehow I was stuck with doing some temperature testing of their products when I don't think I was supposed to. My mentor was also MIA a lot of the times so it made asking questions a little harder. At the end of each internship, each intern in the company has to make a presentation to the whole division. Since my project was simple, it made it fairly difficult to present any real meat. In essence, I don't feel like my job position was outlined that clearly and I don't think I learned as much technical knowledge as I could have for future roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's best to keep groups or divisions working within close proximity of each other. I was in one group on paper because that group had the funds to hire that many interns, but I was working in another. It made things more complicated on my end.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many Changes

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment.

    Cons

    Many lay-offs and shrinkage in the legal department and elsewhere in the company; inflexible access to executives, almost a sanctuary environment, needed general counsel, hard to find or talk to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not sure where you are now; it was a great place but changed so much

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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