Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Good mid-sized company

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

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stability, and flexible work hours. Good benefits, still contributes to a retirement pension account. Good colleagues to work with.

    Cons

    Global company means out of normal workday hours. Outsourcing to offshore model can be challenging. Offshore vendor resources make aggressive schedules difficult to meet on some projects.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Aging Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX

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

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

    Pros

    As a young engineer in sales, there is a lot of opportunity in the older generation retiring. There is a lot of expertise and experience available

    Cons

    The company has an aging mindset and doesn't seem to be able adjust to getting, cultivating, and keeping young talent. The people that stay are complacent.

    Advice to Management

    Be open with employees about career planning

  3. Good Company to work for, not great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Established, well-known company that looks good in resume
    Nice campus and work environment
    Many interesting projects, though not many technical challenges

    Cons

    Not much Career Growth
    Workforce very mature

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    Agilent Technologies- a good place to work, but struggles a bit to adjust with the volatile market.

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

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Overall a good company with a nice working atmosphere and facilities, knowledgable experienced employees for most part. Flex hours allow for a nice work/life balance, pension and 401K, profit sharing, and reduced medical benefits.

    Cons

    Pay not the greatest, but comparable. Upper management runs the business based on politics for shareholders, not customers or employees. Gross mismanagement at the upper level with failed acquisitions/outsourcing and corporate greed. Too much emphasis on bean counting and not enough on quality, customer satisfaction, or employee retention. Top share of Life Science marketplace is in jeopardy due to these poor policies and decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Now that the 'split' is over, turn the focus from cost reductions back to quality, and customer/employee satisfaction. Do more research or investigate fully before any future acquisitions. Profit sharing has been in the toilet since the latest mergers, and wages have been stagnant for some time, but CEO's and boardmembers continue to enjoy ridiculous salaries and bonuses.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Overall would recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    - Great people to work with
    - Overall good values and integrity, at least in the Field Services department
    - Flexible working hours, though lots of overtime

    Cons

    - No clear path for career advancement/promotion
    - Not many valuable leadership opportunities
    - Not too much contact with colleagues in the field (can be considered a pro to some)

    Advice to Management

    - Try to promote/value/challenge staff more. Agilent seems to do a great job hiring. I have no complaints about any one I have had to deal with in the organization, but Agilent needs to improve on retaining people because of lack of structure in valuing and challenging their workforce.

  7. Great culture and poeple

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Dedicated and friendly poeple/envirornment
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    limited pay increases
    quite freq layoffs

    Advice to Management

    focus on growing company organically

  8. Solid. Honest. Nurturing management team.

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Managers treat people with respect. A long history and storied culture. A global engineering company that cultivates excellent transferable skills.

    Cons

    Measurement hardware is a hard to defend market. Focus on operations has led to divestitures that may play well to The Street, but lead to challenges for current employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be aggressive in growing, not divesting. Espouse a vision that retains talent.

  9. Working with Agilent/Philips Medical Systems was an exciting and dynamic work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Independent Sales Representative
    Former Contractor - Independent Sales Representative

    I worked at Agilent Technologies as a contractor (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Agilent/Philips had many strategic sales opportunities which involved many levels of sales contact during the sales process.

    Cons

    One of the cons working there was that I was handling four different sales capacities for them at one time. Sometimes scheduling conflicts would make it difficult to be in two places at one time.

  10. Great products, dedicated and talented research and development work force

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

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Agilent develops great instrumentation products which make a positive difference in the world supporting the scientific community. Here is an excellent cross-discipinary research and development environment, featuring opportunities to work in teams with excellent mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, software developers, applications chemists, and field product specialists. There are opportunities for reasonable work-life balance, including a flexible time off policy. Benefits include 401(k) employer match, stock purchase plan, family leave, semi-annual Agilent Results Bonus, opportunity for individual performance bonus.

    Cons

    difficult for software developers to advance in a hardware-centric company

    Advice to Management

    raise the priority of fostering employee development and continuing education; yes, schedule-driven product development environment is crucial for product releases and the bottom line, but make more investments in the continuing education of the engineering workforce

  11. Great 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 full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities. Agilent gives you all the tools to succeed.

    Cons

    Many employees work from home which limits networking possibilities.

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