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Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
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Pros
  • Decent work-life balance due to flexibility of work schedule but that's about it (in 1209 reviews)

  • Being able to work from home is also great so you are never behind in work (in 684 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance was horrible: meetings early in the morning or late at night (in 211 reviews)

  • You can hear people want to fix issues but the senior management just doesn't get it (in 319 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad for your heath, toxic for your mind--and they're tracking your badge swipes

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    Former Employee - Communications Professional
    Former Employee - Communications Professional

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    There are many decent people working at HP who are doing the best they can. ... HP operates globally, so that provides valuable experience.

    Cons

    HP has lost its way. ... The leadership under CEO Meg Whitman has begun to secretly track employees' badge swipes into buildings, with a undisclosed plan to fire anyone who works remotely a majority of the time. Never mind the fact that those employees who do work from home were forced out of their offices during the Mark Hurd era and actually rate higher in performance reviews, according to an internal study. This is the kind of thing HP spends its time on .. The company also spends an exhaustive amount of time overseeing perpetual reorgs, strategy shifts and layoffs. The resulting dynamic inside the company is one of fear, loathing antagonism. Poor leadership in Global Communications has resulted in a mass exodus/brain drain in that department, with numerous key communications leaders leaving the company .... Meanwhile, the CEO's key folks in marketing and communications are primarily concerned with protecting and growing the CEO's personal legacy/brand--HP is secondary for them. ... The ethics within in the Global Communications team is rotten ..... As is the case with nearly anyone who leaves HP--voluntarily or involuntarily--I am exponentially more happy these days--there is a life (a healthier life) outside the shrinking walls of HP. ...... If you are approached by HP, my advice is: Keep walking, don't look back, and start running if you have to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the CEO

    Innovate

    Invest in employees

    Lead by enforcing your state values

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big, old and stodgy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    it's big. been around for years.

    Cons

    I was only there for a year and it was awful. The only reason this company lets go of a nickel is to get a better grip on it. I've worked in high tech my entire career and never seen anything quite like it. HP has no heart and employees are nothing but line items on a budget spreadsheet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to love your people. It's people that make a company great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    HP in General? Still SOME Good Slots Left… ETD Houston, Though, is an Alienating Experience; Avoid it!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    In some groups at HP, I KNOW this for a fact: Your immediate supervisor will care about you as a person. Your immediate supervisor, when made aware of your over-time efforts, will give you “comp time”… Vacation time that you need not declare (“bonus” vacation time). Not in the Houston ETD group! I worked half a day or more of overtime for 2 & ½ months straight, once, Saturday and Sunday both, and mentioned this to TWO bosses (They change managers on you sometimes as often as a baby needs diapers changed), and neither one of them gave me a single hour of “comp time” (I wasted my vacation time as well, and was not paid for it when laid off). However, I do not suggest that you mention your overtime to any HP Houston ETD boss… Do not mention it w/o good cause, because your co-workers can use this as “ammunition” to score points against you, so that they can look good, under the “forced distribution” rankings, at HP. “See, so-and-so has to work overtime just to get his easy-peasy job done; He must be some kind of technical incompetent”. If, however, the demands from your technical lead (competitor who has incentive to make you look bad) go on and on and on, for you to double-prove and triple-prove your work, that is when you might mention your over-time, as I did. It didn’t help anything, actually, but at least it made me feel better. No, of course my tech lead did not show up on the weekends to help me, while he was demanding ever higher levels of proof, that my correct approach was really, actually correct! … My boss flat-out denied that there are “forced distribution” rankings at HP, but everyone knows that this is a lie… Search the internet, and you will see that the business community in general, knows and acknowledges that HP is one of the companies that ranks their employees this way. And HP management has yet to make any acknowledgement of the fact that at places like ETD Houston, the top-ranking employees “game” the system, by means fair or foul, to make others look bad, so that they can look good. HP’s job opening numbers 1317005 and 1286505 are the ones to avoid. … But this is supposed to be the “pro” side here… OK, so the “pro” side of HP in general, is that there are SOME remaining parts of HP, where the managers treat employees as if they cared. “Pro” for ETD Houston, specifically? If you dislike spending time at home with your significant other, and/or kid(s), and/or pet(s), then ETD Houston is for you, because your skilled-at-playing-favorites management will join your smarter-than-you co-workers in mercilessly hounding you for more-more-more, faster-faster-faster, so you will have a perfectly good excuse for spending more time at the office!

    Cons

    So HP in general has some managers, in some slots, that will care for you as a person… Not ETD Houston, though! They are all about their bottom line… How does ETD’s budget look this next quarter? How many employees are stressing out so much, that they drink too much alcohol? That doesn’t matter, because the budget for that extra booze comes from the employee’s wallet, not theirs… As long as you can show up for work w/o being too hung over, it’s all OK… Stressing out so much that you need heart surgery? Or you have to see the psychiatrist a lot, because of work stress? That comes out of the HR budget for health care costs, so ETD management will not care… Not their budget, not their concern… You stress out so much that you commit suicide? Once again, not their concern, that comes out of your life insurance costs, not their budget. Money, my budget, money, my budget… That is all that I get my performance review based on, so that is all I care about. But if I can steal credit for your work, that’s OK, too, at ETD, at least. … Anyway, avoid ETD… The lower-ranking people there are nice, but they’re not the ones running the place. Overall, ETD is an alienating place to be an engineer… Not human, not humane… Sort of like living in a space-alien, ET (Extra-Terrestrial) culture… It reminded me of “The Planet of the Snorgons”, actually, it was that alien, and alienating. Oh, and by the way, extremely poorly commented source codes run rampant in ETD as well. It is a way for the long-time-there job veterans to make the newbies look stupid… Yet another way that the “forced distribution” system yields some very perverse, unintended consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing short of a thorough house-cleaning of your management, and possibly your higher-ranking engineers as well, in ETD, is going to fix the problems there. Your forced-distribution rankings policy is a root cause, but higher-ranking people lacking a conscience in ETD are a root cause as well. Leopards are not known for changing their spots, especially if they are not given any incentive for changing their spots. Give them some very strong incentives to change… And if they will not, replace them with managers and workers who have a conscience, and who believe in genuine and sincere teamwork.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worst Place ever!!

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    Current Employee - HP Helpdesk in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - HP Helpdesk in Pontiac, MI

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    None/ worst company ever! No pay raise in 2 years. no advancement

    Cons

    favortism, there are cliques like in highschool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leave the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    They do not keep their commitments to former employees (DEC)

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    Former Employee - Retired DEC Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Retired DEC Employee in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    My medical insurance was provided as required for many years

    Cons

    I enrolled in the HP provided United Healthcare Group Medicare advantage PPO plan in early November as required. I received a confirmation of enrollment in late November. The Plan I selected included prescription drugs plan. I received a letter yesterday from United Healthcare saying that HP would no longer fund prescription drugs and that I had to go get another Medicare plan D at a cost of approximately $40 per month. Medicare enrollment closed on December 7th. If HP cannot keep their commitments to former employees, can they be trusted to keep their warranty commitments to their customers or employees?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your legal and ethical responsibilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Hell on earth, Used and abused, thank God it's over.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley Heights, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley Heights, NJ

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Good benefits but get more expensive each year and slowly hp has been reducing or eliminating benefits like pensions 401k contributions vision and dental care. Employee comraderie is the main reason to stay.
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    Cons

    Horrible management, treat everyone like dirt on their shoes. Bully mentality to "motivate", poorly trained managers who contribute nothing to the organization. No one open to new ideas and the airhead middle management will steal your ideas. Nepotism abounds. If your friend, husband, or son needs a job, lay off a top performer to make room for the unqualified twits. The place is so full of poor performing employees, it's amazing they are making any money at all. They are living in the stone age in terms of technology as well. The founding fathers of HP are probably rolling over in their graves at the debaucle their company has become.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue and train your people and get with the 21st century. Stop Meg from continuing to destroy the company with outsourced foreign inept workers and eliminating anyone over 40. She should look in the mirror as the sister is WAY OVER 40 herself!!! Stop forcing slave labor mentality with colleagues working 60-80 hours a week just to keep up with the workload.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Horrible experience...Do you due diligence before accepting job offer!

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible work schedule
    Good vacation and PTO

    Cons

    Poor leadership...have no concept of goal setting or strategizing
    Leaders micro manage staff and do not know how to develop staff
    Extremely virtual...no idea how to work and collaborate as team
    Employee satisfaction and morale was extremely low in my organization
    Very difficult for experience hires to assimilate into culture of "this is how we've always done things"
    Organization was not receptive to process improvements or change initiatives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in manager training programs and hire leaders that understand how to strategize not just execute.
    Talk to your employees in staff and just don't sit in your office all day with the door shut.
    Establish a culture of collaboration, knowledge sharing and place more emphasis on talent development.
    Create organization values and goals and communicate to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Losing the HP Way

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    When I first join, it was fantastic. A small start-up can-do mind-set within a large company. The people from top management down embraced the HP Way with a true open-door policy.

    Cons

    Erosion of the culture, innovation, benefits, etc... and HP being continuously acquired by smaller companies from a culture perspective. Eventually, everyone becomes a number and each manager building their own kingdom. There was no more team. Just how to reduce cost, focus on marketecture vs quality products, buying companies vs innovating, hiring poor management every 6 months. HP is no longer a place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics. Live up to the HP Way vs lip service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    From Innovation to self destruction!

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    Current Employee - Software Support/Account Manager/Software Sales in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Support/Account Manager/Software Sales in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You are associated with the names of true visionaries and innovators, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.

    Great if you are living in a LCG (LOW COST GEOGRAPHY) Yes, that is what they call Offshoring...

    Cons

    You are only associated with those innovators and visionaries based on the companies name. It is no longer the "people come first" company it was once known to be.
    No recognition of any real value, you can get 'e-award's, and 300 of them might get you a pen, a HP pen at that...
    No wage increase, no stock (unless you are anointed as one of the inner circle) and of course no profit sharing like there should be...
    If you like lying through your teeth, have no morals, and do not care what happens to your accounts or customers, this might be the place for you...especially if you like selling software that is junk. The reason it is junk?? Well that is simple, HP buys a smaller competitive company that makes a fairly solid product. They then proceed to assimilate this product into their so called "Enterprise Software Solution". Once the sales start, they HP, layoff (WFR in their world..Work Force Reduction) the developers, support engineers and anyone that goes above and beyond normal 9~5 customer support, and replace them with people in LCG's based soley on the premises that they HP, will be able to get the same results from people in lower cost geographies. Well that was a great thesis...but unfortunately, not even close to what has happened in reallity. The LCG's first issue was attrition, 400% OVER what was originally forecasted. Some LCG's worked for HP more than a year, and never once talked to a customer. Numerous instances of a person or even whole groups of people that were suppose to 'go-live' and start taking support cases, only to not show up for work that day, leaving a message stating they were offered a few pennies more from the competitors that are right next door. Again, this is after a year of technical, language, and customer centric skills were provided by the company. I could go on but it only gets worse and you should have the point by now.
    So one last item...The leadership (not first level management but the levels above that) are so lost in being "yes-men" that they literally lie to the customer on-site then after the fact, they try to cover their gross negligence by having what is left of the North American workforce smooth it over with the customer, or actually change their original stance (now that they are not face to face with the customer) leaving the Account Manager in the middle trying to do the best they can for the customer. Just ask any HP Software customer about the recent security certificate issue. What was really a very minor issue, and could have been resolved with minimal customer anxiety, if only the Director abd VP, would have listened to their people who thought they should be proactive and honest with their customers...Oh no, they could not do that, they made it top secret, and tried to hide (what was not an HP problem to start with) From the customers. Well if course the media got it, and look what it did, it made HP look bad and again, it was not an actual problem HP caused or was responsible for...what are these people thinking. Who wants to do business with someone willing to lie, and try to cover up issues. Just poor decision making and bad leadership, period...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking soley about quarterly reports, even the investors have said they would rather have short-term loss, if it meant HP would be more stable for long-term growth. Greed will destroy this company...!!! Sometimes you really do get what you pay for! Ask yourselves why all the competition is snapping up the support, software, and account managers you have WFR'D. Are all of those companies wrong, and only HP is right, or is it more likely they have already seen the light, and realized the grass was not greener...Sad to see this happen...! What happens when you no longer have employees that are willing and able to go above and beyond??? This issue with security certificates should have opened your eyes. Employees (what is left) From North America, were asked to cancel time off, vacations, etc...and work weekends to offset the number of support cases coming in...your LCG's didn't participate, why??? They are disconnected, do not have same work ethic, and honestly don't care...why do you think they stop taking cases an hour and a half before their shift is over? Cause their not gonna miss the HP bus home...And if you did have to rely on then to work after hours, what was it going to cost??? Between government regulations, and then finding any that would actually do it, you would have paid well beyond what it costs to already have that built into your work force. What was it like during Y2K, we all worked and we're on standby, (ON NEW YEARS EVE) and it cost you nothing...GREED.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's all about maximizing shareholder value and executive pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you're an executive, you'll get rich no matter how poorly you do. Golden parachutes for all!

    Cons

    Where does one start with this sad company, once a bellwether of the industry, that has devolved into a "me too" firm that focuses on spending money on stock buyback and executive bonuses to the exclusion of all else?
    - Work in Western Europe / United States? Not for long unless you are an executive. Company cutting those jobs as rapidly as it can and hiring dullards in "low cost" locations who both can't do the job and leave the company at the drop of a hat.
    - Over 40? HP doesn't care about you any more. Programs almost exclusively focused on millennials - just wait until you get older, guys.
    - Literally billions of dollars flow out the door for totally unnecessary stock repurchases while employees haven't seen any kind of rise in the last decade. You do well if you get 1% annually. most of the time you get nothing. Company has billions of dollars to "return to shareholders" but nothing for the people who make the money in the first place.
    - Lip service to "Voice of the Workforce" survey. Execs find the things employees are unhappy about that they wanted to work on anyway, partially address those, ignore ever-decreasing job/pay satisfaction.
    - Work continues even while your team loses half its resources, so you get to work on your holidays for no compensation or get hopelessly behind.
    - Back to bringing in execs from outside the company rather than promoting from within
    - Running metrics to ensure you come into the office. No actual measure of real productivity, it is assumed that if you are not in the office on a daily basis that you are not productive.
    - Benefits continue to erode over time; HR is a joke as you can be on a site with thousands of people but still have to deal with Marcela the Hatchet's legacy of an HR based in Costa Rica - no onsite HR.
    - IT has coasted without direction (except cost-cutting) ever since previous (deservedly hated) CIO left the company. New CIO is a figurehead who is basically invisible and doesn't even report to CEO.
    - the new "HP Way Now" can basically be summarized as "do what we want, shut up, and be thankful you have a job."

    The scariest thing of all is that the company is going to divide itself in two, but they have no real plan or idea how this is going to happen other than cutting more headcount when they do it. 55,000 have already been purged in the latest effort and nobody would be surprised if that number is doubled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regain your soul, but it's rare that the devil will give one back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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