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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
565 Reviews
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Pros
  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees (in 117 reviews)

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment (in 49 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.  

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

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    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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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    RealSoonNow!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Driven by bean counters and surveys

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    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

    Pros

    Great people for the most part, very technical, very respectful. Good work life balance if you have a family. Management is pretty flexible in this regards. Great for life sciences and chemical analysis since they seem to be heavily investing in it.

    Cons

    No career path especially if you're not in Life sciences or Chemical analysis. Salaries are claimed to be on par with the industry, not sure which industry they are comparing with. Bean counters rule the place with cost cutting as the mantra. The semi-annual employee survey is the only thing that seems to jolt managers into movement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't mistake powerpoint slides for actual strategy, take some bold steps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Test Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Compensation and work/life balance is good. Company seems to be well managed and have excellent prospects for growth. Benefits are fair comp. to rest of industry.

    Cons

    Management treats employees with a lack of respect. No encouragement for training. Resources are poor - no office or phone for some employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make life better for your employees by improving fringe benefits. Increase spending in research and developement since now is a great time to press the competition.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Management is clueless

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    good salary
    good benefits
    flexible work hours
    smart coworkers
    challenging and varied types of work
    the company will pay education benefits

    Cons

    Not even sure where to begin on this...upper management is only worried about the stock price and seems to be enclosed and attentive to their own set of issues. This really hurts morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership needs to realize that employees are people...not just numbers. Outsourcing to save a few extra dollars is not innovative. Laying off much of the U.S. workforce is very shortsighted and will weaken the company.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Agilent feedback

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Strong, experienced engineers. Interesting projects

    Cons

    Nearly exclusive emphasis on short-term financials

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better balance of messaging rather than mostly financials
    Develop leaders from within rather than depending on so much outside hiring

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very stressful

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant
    Current Employee - IT Consultant

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Benefits are better than some companies its size (although not as good as it once was as the original HP.) Some managers still remember and try to observe the HP Way--respect employees and help them be successful, to ensure the company is successful. Some employees are very dedicated to their customers in spite of Agilent internal limitations.

    Cons

    Some of Agilent's best people have been forced to retire or been laid-off. Company morale is at a all time low--there is no trust in upper management and their decision making strategies. There is no appreciation of employees and there is little room for career advancement or growth. Agilent recently laid-off 30% of its people from the T&M business group. Regardless of skill and/or experience, it appeared that most laid-off employees were long-time HP/Agilent employees who knew the real HP Way--it is sad that those HP Way days are over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are hurting the people that you need to make you successful; stop the favoritism and nepotism of management--there are too many managers and not enough workers to do the actual work.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not the company it used to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Good location in the South Bay. Campus is much nicer now that corporate has moved down to the Santa Clara site. Almost all of the benefits have been taken away in these days of cost cutting.

    Cons

    The company expects you to work long hours and weekends. This company used to have a great work/life balance philosophy. Now they only want to know "what have you done for me lately?" The managers from the HP days were wonderful. They cared about mapping out your career and which skills were your best assets. Sadly, those sorts of mangers don't exist at Agilent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to compensate employees better or all the good ones will leave.

    Approves of CEO

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