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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
536 Reviews
3.6
536 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 110 reviews)

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is challenging constant stream of top priority projects keep people working OT non stop (in 12 reviews)

  • Upper management runs the business based on politics for shareholders, not customers or employees (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great benefits

    • 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

    Good work culture, amazing benefits

    Cons

    Pay is not great, no job growth for a while, no emphasis on measuring employee performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find better policies to promote the right individuals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a good paymaster, suitable for those seek for stagnant and stable working environment

    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Very Structure and organised company , but sometimes cannot be very rigid, lack of innovation

    Cons

    Even though work life balance was emphasised, but somehow in certain department, we have to work numerous OT especially month end to hit the target. Moreover, with the strict and regid compliance rule and regulation, especially with the monthly internal audit, life can be upside down and loss it's balance.

    And to my surprise, the variable bonus was paid twice a year, every 6 months.
    and i found out that the variable bonus ( generally) for perm staff, is not even up to half a month of salary, i mean this make no difference between the contract and perm staff! and there is no D&D end of the year or any welfare funding for each department. My manager eventually need to spend their own money for the quarterly welfare of the staff. ( strange)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    instead of feeding the shareholder, appreciate your staff and increase the bonus,/ welfare.
    Work hard and play hard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to learn and grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician  in  Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good flexibility, Good benefits, a decent amount of work freedom.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than other comparable employers. No upward growth for better positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote your good workers, pay them better when they do very good job.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Easy work culture

    • 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

    Flexible timing, easy working culture

    Cons

    Performance bonus are poorly applied

  6.  

    R&D Hardware Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Hardware Engineer  in  Hachiōji (Japan)
    Former Employee - R&D Hardware Engineer in Hachiōji (Japan)

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

    Pros

    Working this company is best to get technology about measurement and development measurement equipment! And, engineer can evaluate latest devices.

    Cons

    Target market is niche. But, if the market will not be able to grow, they will sale the division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your employee motivating high.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work with

    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    work life balance, fleet, good people, no work pressure, overall good for married ppl

    Cons

    Not a good pay master, Manager politics, open door policy only on saying reality is different

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a close look on your managers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Rapidly becoming "just another big tech company"

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

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

    Pros

    This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees. In many divisions there is a strong emphasis on allowing employees to work from home a couple days a week, and other flexible work schedules. Benefits are solid (but not great) with a 401k plan, mediocre health insurance, and even a small pension.

    Within select divisions, some solid managers remain, and strive to make decisions that benefit both the customer and the employees working under them (more on this in "Cons"). There is a good opportunity for development and career progression here, but it has just as much to do with playing the "political" game as it does with developing your skill-set. That said, if you work hard, express interest in moving to a new role, most middle-managers do a good job of helping you get there!

    Cons

    This company has begun to slide - many of the old HP family have begun to retire, and have been replaced by management that has lost sight of "innovation." Instead, they have opted to go the way of many other big corporate tech entities, they simply purchase their new technologies and loosely integrate them into the "Agilent" brand.

    When I was hired 3 years ago, there was a sense of stability, family, and shared pride in the company. Traditionally, Agilent had viewed itself a "flat" organization, where even someone working as a low-level individual contributor could voice their concerns to a Vice President, or even the CEO, and feel their voice was heard. Those days are long gone. The culture has been rapidly sliding to one of bitterness, where individual contributors see very little appreciation for their efforts and upper management cares only about padding their own bonuses and the bottom line/shareholders.

    The company is re-organizing itself into a more industry-standard corporate hierarchy of "managers-managing-managers" with very few individual contributors at the bottom actually doing any work. This extremely top-heavy set-up leaves most managers more concerned with justifying their own existence, rather than actually managing their teams, leaving the individual contributors feeling lost, and fearing for their jobs.

    Upper management (VP-level and above) is only concerned about wall street/stock value. They have completely lost site of the customer, and their employees. The company is very "lean" on individual contributors, leaving those in these roles overworked, and stretched too thin to really provide the customer with a good experience or solution. The result is that customer satisfaction is slipping, which will ultimately affect sales, and the stock price that they hold so dear.

    3 years ago, I would have recommended this company to a friend in a heartbeat. I'd be less and less inclined to do so in the current climate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I agree that shareholder value is important, but so is maintaining a talented and motivated employee base. Be aware that your corporate culture is shifting from one of pride in Agilent's accomplishments, to one of bitterness, lack of job security, and under-appreciation. This will result in a revolving door down the road, where you will be unable to maintain solid workers. Sometimes, sweeping changes are necessary to move a company forward and maintain relevance in the business world, but when the changes involve a massive overarching management structure with layoffs at the bottom, you will lose talent where it matters most - in your customer facing roles.

    My advice is to look inside your company, and address the rapidly developing internal issues before a lack of pride in the company and a lack of innovation hurts Agilent where you will feel it - in market share, and stock price.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good environment and work life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Good environment and work life balance.
    Cross functional can be easily engaged. Training is ample for skill enhancement.

    Cons

    Management plays favouritism and unethical on retaining permits holders, not a fair and equal opportunities as described in job career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Favouritism and unethical behavior will not bring good to the organization.
    Talents will be lost before retention process takes place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Mainstream big company

    • 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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits at reasonable cost
    Opportunities
    Facilities

    Cons

    Bureaucracy - company moves at a snail's pace
    Highly political
    Adverse to change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall company is good but .....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great products, work culture and values

    Cons

    regular salary increments are not fine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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