Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Agilent Technologies President/CEO Mike McMullen
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Pros
  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees (in 117 reviews)

  • Healthy work environment with work-life balance (in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • Work / Life Balance sometimes out of balance (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. Product Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Agilent has a good work / life balance atmosphere, as well as a collaborative culture. Many people have been there for many years and are very knowledgeable. They are happy to share their insights.

    Cons

    Because Agilent is an older, larger and established company, sometimes it tends to be a little slow moving. Decisions and actions can take a while.


  2. Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Treats employees well and stable company to work for.

    Cons

    Average salaries and average opportunities.


  3. Helpful (2)

    HR Representative

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Representative in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Representative in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great, great people to work with. Management at the business level is solid.

    Cons

    Bonus program for high level managers (senior and above) is rich but for the rest of the company bonus program has paid out extremely low.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Barcelona (Spain)
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in Barcelona (Spain)

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, bénéfice, incentives, business trips, salary

    Cons

    Evolution takes Time except if you know a manager


  6. Helpful (2)

    NA

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Vast resources you can pull from.

    Cons

    Working there is like getting loss in a company automated phone network.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Manufacturing Jobs in the USA


  7. Helpful (2)

    Work-life balance is good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance, fair pay, fair benefit, harmonious working environment, typical MNC, result-oriented, company canteen, shuttle bus transport, training opportunities.

    Cons

    Too big to change, working in silos, poor communication between departments, recently management direction changes fast, senior management moves without convincing reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Care your employees, trust your employees, listen to your employees, consult your employees, facilitate inter-departmental exchange, combine a few geographical regions into bigger reporting units.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Great people and culture drive this company forward.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people who are always willing to lend a hand; excellent work-life balance with the ability to work from home and take time off when needed; amazing company culture

    Cons

    Lots of politics and bureaucracy; technology adoption is very slow, we use some very old platforms and software

    Advice to Management

    Some unrealistic expectations, especially given the very old technologies we use to do our jobs.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Software Qa

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible working environment and management is good

    Cons

    Growth is slow and you need to update your skills yourself no training provided from company

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on employee training


  10. Helpful (5)

    Quality Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Culture is still strong and positive. Good leadership, but you need to go looking for it. Opportunities exist, but you have to earn them and sell yourself. Performance is rewarded, be willing to work hard for it.

    Cons

    Some really good managers, some really poor managers. With the spin off of Keysight, the new management team is cliquish (strong Chemical Analysis bias). Politics become more important.

    Advice to Management

    While pay for rewards is a great idea -- you need to listen to your top performers more than the management filtered messages. Too many people trying to look good for upper mgmt.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Overall, a great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Santa Rosa, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've enjoyed working for Agilent for the past 14 years. Company values and employee culture were two of the strongest assets for me, personally.

    Cons

    Rough times during the company restructuring periods. It was tough, but overall I believe the company did everything they could first before deciding to implement a workforce management.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the business a fun place to work. Retaining key contributors is easier when they like coming to work. Keep the benefits strong and keep the open door policy alive.



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