Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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  1. Experience the worst of outsourcing here!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some very smart engineers, few good technologies

    Cons

    Badly managed outsourcing model has killed the company!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of those high paying IT managers who only care to check their emails and don't bother to attend to issues.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Low Salary and little or no growth opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advanced Software Engineer in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Advanced Software Engineer in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    none, one man shows, costco nearby

    Cons

    Low Salary, No Growth, A lot of politics


  3. Helpful (8)

    Politics and Who you Know

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good people, overall, to work with
    - Pays the bills, and then some
    - Good experience
    - This company still gives bonuses (no raises, though)

    Cons

    - Every manager in the upper echelons says "our pay is competitive with the current market". It's a lie, blatant and bold-faced.
    - Management top-heavy, from the TOP down to team managers. With this many managers running around, often multiple teams are doing the same work without aware of the other. Communication is neither encouraged nor managed.
    - Maybe a handful of managers actually know what their employees are doing, let alone how to do their job for them. If I want guidance on how to read, why would I want an illiterate looking over my shoulder "coaching" me?
    - It's obvious it's who you know. If you're friends with someone who's broken into the Management circle, getting promoted is really easy. If not, or worse someone in the inner circle doesn't like you, then good luck advancing beyond un-appreciated drone.
    - Fluff. They believe that by having silly distractions those who work the front-line will forget that they're a number. Casual dress, community clubs, washable marker walls, etc are pointless if all you're doing is trying to paint over the bullet hole in the wall. No one is fool, and those who are belong flipping burgers
    - $ oritented. True, what company isn't? However, when opinions are based solely on how much $ was brought in by their team, regardless if they know what they're doing, then there's something wrong.
    - Movement is like a marathon run with obstacles. Regardless of qualifications, if you don't know the right people, have the right recommendations, and kiss the right back-sides, you're not likely to move anytime soon. And if you're a valuable asset in your current spot, management won't take into consideration about your personal growth. Their numbers and team performance are more important, and if that means you stay in the same spot forever, carrying a majority of work, then that's where you stay. Watch for words like "Super Star" and the like to cover up the truth.
    - Tools and system resources to perform day to day duties are subpar, at best. And when requests for IT to investigate are done, it's either half-assed or "this is in the pipeline, but not as important as other items, so here's a free coffee coupon instead"
    - Rather than remove the slackers, parasites, and poor performers, the company keeps them around and either ignores them entirely or shuffles them around. They'd rather keep a rotting branch than risk growing a new tree, often times with those who've been around countless years and truly need to leave. Seriously. In order to be fired, there's either got to be porn on the net involved or you smacked someone on the backside....because if your performance is dragging everyone else down, your job is still safe so long as you've either been here forever or are friends with brass.
    - Office Space
    - Every year, a new catch phrase...but don't worry. It will be irrelevant in 8 mths.
    - If you're in management or one of the Sales reps out in the field, bringing in the big money, you're free to be as rude, disrespectful, back stabbing, deceitful, and all around dispicable as you like....if you're not, be prepared to be on the receiving end of the above, be prepared to be helpless when it happens, and be on the watch for those few people in those positions who DON'T do this and make friends with them quick, because there aren't many.
    - Freedom of Thought, Fresh Ideas, and Speaking your Mind is not welcome here. Forget rocking the boat, if you so much as shift a finger out of step with the rest, you're immediately under the microscope. If it's a good idea, someone above you will claim it and give you a piece of paper in return. If it's a bad idea, it'll be logged as a complaint and filed under "Coaching Opportunity"
    - Is your manager a bad person? Are they horrible in their position? Would you sooner follow a blind man off a cliff? Too bad. They're friends with the right people, including their own boss, and when you complain up the chain, you better have that resume updated.

    Advice to Management

    Gut this company. You've got people who've been around 20+ years, yet still believe it's the same world as it was when they started "back in the good ol' HP days". How discouraging is it to have brass visit, show a few figures, and then spend 40 minutes of company time telling us how great the old days used to be? Those who refuse to leave HP behind, refuse to adjust to this decade, refuse to maintain and promote talent rather than the 'old boys club' mentality need to go. And any manager who doesn't think this is happening today is part of the problem.
    Bill, you're a great guy. It's a pleasure to work for you, to say that my CEO is a friendly, upbeat guy, not some sleezy Enron type. I would happily trade a grandparent or great uncle for you, but they're retired nowadays because they did what they could and were no longer able to keep up. Time to let this company fully move out of the HP household and make our own identity. I would always wish you the best, but it's time you said goodbye, and took quite a few of your upper folks with you.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Can't believe they are still in business

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Free coffee
    Lots of parking spaces in the parking lot. Layoffs do have a benefit

    Cons

    Many project cancellations.
    No innovation, just add some lipstick to the pig products and call it something new
    Management created an atmosphere where people no longer cooperated with each other.

    Advice to Management

    Please retire and get some people with an innovative streak in place.


  6. General management changes like the wind, this storm taking a while to pass

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Broad tecnology available accross company
    Some good market leading genomics products
    Agilent labs has good scientist doing interesting work
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Genomics division is a toxic work environment with high turnover rate
    Antiquated IT systems require too much time to accomplish simple tasks

    Advice to Management

    1. Remove Genomics General Manager to improve employee morale and restore productivity
    2. Modify quarterly/semi-annual management survey to ask questions that actually assess managers' effectiveness and employee's engagement.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Spin off, closing and closing moving oversea that's what happen

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people and talent there. Lots of resource both hardware and software readily available. Everybody work hard with long hours spent at work is a plus. I don't have to wait for people to show up tomorrow because they left the office at 4 pm.

    Cons

    It was a good company to work with. When it still has HP open door policy. But it turned into outsourcing company

    Advice to Management

    Stop shipping technical work to oversea. You need the top mind and talent here in the US to continue Agilent inovation


  8. Heard a lot about how good things used to be when it was HP

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company culture left over from HP days is very strong. Good people for the most part are still pulling the cart for a lot of free loaders

    Cons

    Lot of dead wood that needed to be trimmed, no one wanted to swing the ax. Company would rather park a non-producer into a meaningless job than to actually let them go. Conversely, they had no problem letting people go that were actually producing revenue

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your field people, they see your customers every day and know what the obstacles to success are.


  9. Agilent (Test Equipment portion) is in "cost cutting" mode, not growth mode

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Major Account Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Major Account Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Agilent is working on growth technologies

    Cons

    The test equipment side of the business is no longer a company who cares about their employees or customers like "Bill and Dave" did.

    Advice to Management

    Try to work a day in the place of your sales team and truly experience all of the internal obstacles for us to create a positive experience for our customers and for us to get our job done.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Agilent used to be great when it was HP, but not any more, unless you can land a job in Life Sciences

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Various Engineering and Marketing Positions In Test and Measurement in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Various Engineering and Marketing Positions In Test and Measurement in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great to work with hard-working intelligent people. Good tuition support. Great to work with hard-working intelligent people. Good tuition support.

    Cons

    Management gets its inspiration from in-flight magazines guiding principle-of-the-day. Will euthanize any investment or assets to appear to make a buck. Reckless abandonment of quality and customer loyalty to "price position" products. No long term committments to anything at all except CEOs.

    Advice to Management

    Go ahead and sell Test and Measurement and be done with it. You don't want it. Sell it to someone who wants it, like the employees! Then you can be a "pure play" life sciences company like you want.


  11. Helpful (2)

    RealSoonNow!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fairly good (but shrinking) benefits. Hewlett Packard spin-off technology leader -- doesn't hurt on a resume. Excellent tech mentoring from 30-year "old hands."

    Cons

    10 years of stagnation. 10 years of shrinking product lines and shrinking workforce. 10 years of
    accelerated off-shoring. 10 years of "one more for the gipper." 10 years of gipper-only prosperity.

    Advice to Management

    Can't shrink to greatness. Can't expect stockholders and employees to wait forever for "ROI" to
    translate to higher stock prices and/or salaries. Good riddance to Adrian.



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