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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
521 Reviews

3.6
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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.  

    Individual contributors review

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Expert Field Systems Engineer  in  Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Expert Field Systems Engineer in Bridgewater, NJ

    Pros

    The people and the knowledge of the resources is great . The passion all employees have for the work they do is very contagious.

    Cons

    The strategy being pushed to local district is not being delivered due to field managers being over worked . Managers not being technically educated on our own products as well as the trend of the industry and not having a true understanding how to build loyal from customer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    R&D Hardware Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Hardware Engineer  in  Hachiōji (Japan)
    Former Employee - R&D Hardware Engineer in Hachiōji (Japan)

    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
  3.  

    Great place to work with

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rapidly becoming "just another big tech company"

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    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
  6.  

    Good environment and work life balance.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    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
  7.  

    Mainstream big company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  8.  

    Overall company is good but .....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Mumbai (India)

    Pros

    Great products, work culture and values

    Cons

    regular salary increments are not fine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Agilent is OK, but not a career enhancer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The work is relatively easy and working environment is calm and quiet. For the most part, taking initiative is appreciated, except by bosses that don't appreciate that quality in their people.

    Cons

    Managers are not real managers -- completely unskilled at managing people. Evidently managerial training is nonexistent. If you are looking to work for a "Leader" in the true sense, this is the not company you will find them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First and foremost, bring back business HR and train managers on people management and Leadership. Secondly, tear down all the internal organizational barriers so you can serve the customers instead of bickering over who is supposed to 'own' this or that or pay for fixing the customer you broke. Lastly, create some excitement in the atmosphere. Go watch people as they walk around the site -- they seem 'dead'. people don't smile here. Whats up with that?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Agient IT

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    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Great gym, good location - center of Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Everyone is on their own, very protective of what they do. Many old-timers that formed their own groups, hard to join in or get rewarded. Campus around the world and people are not very sensitive on meeting time - east coast team insisted 6:00AM PST meeting 4 times a week because east coast starts their work at 9am; however, no more meeting after 2PM PST because they are off by then. IT team too cheap to fly everyone together even for implementation, making it very difficult to run projects.
    You only get hired if you know someone in the house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management changes their minds a lot - one day you are a project manager and one day you should be a technical lead, you should be hand-off unless you need to be hand-on. People cannot switch this fast!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Somewhere between "Good" and "Meh"

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

    Pros

    Agilent has a pretty good work-life balance (as everyone is so fond of repeating whenever they give a chance). Flexible working hours, on-site workout facilities and classes, and plenty of places to go and chat with coworkers outside of your cubicle. Everyone I've met has been amiable, and I've never come across any "slave-driving" managers.

    Cons

    Not the best pay given the cost of living, and profit-sharing is a joke. Management is very focused on shareholder value above employee compensation (or morale, in some cases), leading to some friction between the different levels of the workforce. Also, there are cubicles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit trying to play coy and just admit that stock price is the most important part of your job. Stop pretending that employees come first. Also, get rid of stack ranking; all it does is destroy employee morale while providing nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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