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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
546 Reviews
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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.  

    Aging Company being carved out for shareholders

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

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

    Pros

    Great brand and history.

    The HP legacy is still there despite Bill Sullivan's best efforts to kill it

    Cons

    Agilent has gone from 7+ divisions and 51,000 employees in 2001 to 5700 employees and three divisions in 2014. That is a 90% reduction in employees

    The constant downsizing means there is NO growth for rank & file. It is NOT a career, it is just a job unless you sit on executive row.

    Management is rewarded for continually splitting chunks of the company off and selling them. Keysight is just the latest chunk to be whittled out for the benefit of the shareholders and the board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about Customers, Employees and Product before your personal enrichment (ha!)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits - Hospital claims, medical clinic coverage

    Cons

    Too many red tape, bureaucratic, unhelpful team mates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be great if there is a free flow of communication... Freedom of speech without intimidation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
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  5. 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 (more than an 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
  6.  

    People change MANAGERS and not such good Companies.

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    Current Employee - ICa in Mānesar (India)
    Current Employee - ICa in Mānesar (India)

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is a good company to work with in terms of work life balance and the work.

    Cons

    But the dsiheartening part is people Managers think that they are God and they exploit the expertise and efficiency of lower band levels by not utilizing it to the core. Esp in ABRT Finance, male managers are authoritative, dominating and does not even have the etiquettes to talk to their peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please create a concept called FEEDBACK and seriously do something for the less privileged ones left out in the organization left at the mercy of such God called managers. Thanks !!
    People change managers and not companies.. N managerial support is pathetic.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Leader in some market space. If you work in R&D or sales in those you are ok. Otherwise the organization will prevail and your chances to succed are very limited

    Cons

    Very beurocratic, centrally managed, political management style. A yesman kind is the perfect profile for career opportunities here. If you like to just execute, this is the job for you, but if you want to think and express your thoughts life is going to be difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change style and the overall organizational model

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 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 (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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Purchasing
    Former Employee - Purchasing

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (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
  11.  

    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 (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

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