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Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.0 8,325 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman

(3,064 ratings)

49% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pretty flexible work schedules, reasonable work life balance for R&D environment(in 1040 reviews)

  • Flexible hours & You can work from home/remote as long as the job gets done(in 620 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance was horrible: meetings early in the morning or late at night(in 173 reviews)

  • 2 - Senior management doesn't listen to employees' concern even though they say to do(in 311 reviews)

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Work Location Strategy is POOR

    Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsWork life balance is possible, great people

    ConsAlthough there is much talk about career development at HP, there is an undocumented policy that only those who are currently based in an HP hub location (California, Texas, UK, etc.) are eligible to be promoted to executive levels. The company is also moving to eliminate all teleworkers from its ranks, regardless of the role that the employee has (global, etc.). This is very disappointing to employees who live 2+ hours away from the nearest HP location and are being forced to commute to the office (where they don't have any colleagues that they collaborate with at that location).

    Advice to Senior ManagementRethink the company's work location strategy. It is causing some of HP's best employees to reconsider employment there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Great if you work in a low-cost country

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    Pros- Line management supports employees
    - Benefits decent (in the US, anyway) but declining

    Cons- Work in the wrong place, you'll get laid off and the severance package in the US is eroding rapidly; the Technology & Operations unit might as well be called HP-Bangalore because US/Europe employees are being shown the door with increasing frequency in favor of less expensive outsourced employees who are as innovative as a rock
    - Bending over backwards for the millennials while canning experienced employees ASAP; cheap doesn't mean good
    - Constant reorganization for the sake of reorganization
    - Got rid of pensions a while back, promised 6% 401-(k) match, now cut to 4%, who knows what's next
    - Raises? We don't need no stinking raises, at least that must be management's perspective as raises, even for top performers, may be a couple of percent. More often over the last ten years: nothing.
    - Mandatory work in the office policy even if you have no team members in the same state or country (and they run butt-in-the-seats metrics)
    - New senior management is once again being hired from outside rather than being developed from within
    - Employee development - only if you pay for it or want to watch stiflingly boring canned courses
    - Reward structure is heavily tilted in favor of the director level and above as they have a separate, far superior bonus structure. Line mgmt/employees *might* see an annual bonus of 2-4%; directors can easily see 10x that much, and VPs and above evem more. Crushing internal politics mean you have to be a savage with no concern for individuals to be promoted to these levels.
    - A lot of lip service is paid to recognition; employees are encouraged to go to a web site to recognize co-workers, but your 'reward' is a PowerPoint certificate. Even major functions have recognition programs that provide nothing more than a plaque or some other small physical award in lieu of any financial remuneration. They seem to think attaboys are totally sufficient in and of themselves.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNotice how more and more HP reviews are coming from people in low-cost countries? That's because Bill & Dave's legacy is nowhere to be seen, and it's all about the bottom dollar to the exclusion of all else. The company's focus is all about the shareholder and the executive ranks, and the individual contributor be damned. The company is now up to 50,000 layoffs this round, almost exclusively in the US and Europe, while numbers in India, China, Singapore, and Costa Rica continue to grow. If you don't work near a core location, you're subject to being laid off with a whopping two week notice; same goes if you work in a high-cost location like Palo Alto - well, unless you're an executive, in which case you can work wherever you want. Whitman recently announced an additional 16,000 layoffs to save the company a billion dollars a year in cost, but the company doesn't have any problem throwing nearly that much money out the door quarterly on stock buybacks and dividends to prop the share price up. Tell us again, what does share price have to do with innovation, customer satisfaction, product quality, or sales?

    Unless you're in sales, US/European employees should run away from this company. You may last a few years, but the goal is to replace you with someone making one-fifth your salary or less.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Frustrating and Hurtful

    IT Developer/Engineer (Current Employee) Roseville, CA

    ProsI'm sorry.....I honestly don't have anything good to say about the company anymore. It used to be the most amazing place to work. Now it's hurtful and depressing and frustrating. We sit and watch our teammates get laid off without warning and then we get to handle their workload. It happens over and over and over. Very very sad.

    ConsPeople managers for the most part are a thing of the past. If you can get one to really get to know your work you are one of the very very few and lucky. Raises don't exist unless you are the tippy top achiever. Unfortunately, there is no longer any work/life balance due to the 1000s of layoffs. And there doesn't seem to be any end in sight to those lay-offs. They are hitting every level of expertise as well: from college-hires to very experienced employees. Also, HP is looking to pull out of California so don't even torture yourself and think about hiring on to HP in California. If you do you'll soon be out of a job or moving to Texas (on your own dime of course).

    Advice to Senior ManagementSomeone needs to acknowlege that laying off all your expertise is NOT the way to cut company costs in order to make mgmt's numbers. In addition, it doesn't pay to outsource all your expertise. You need in-house resources that ensure that your contract employees are doing things the "right" way. In IT there are 1000 ways to do everything but considerably fewer that fulfill all the requirements, is easily maintainable and provides for future growth. At HP all mgmt cares about is speed and $$ at any cost. That cost can be employees, expertise or quality (or all 3)!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The motionless roller coaster

    Services Information Developer (Current Employee) Indianapolis, IN

    Pros* Good experiences
    * Great people to work with
    * Flexible work-life
    * Plenty of work to keep yourself busy

    Cons* Bad experiences
    * Not so great people to deal with
    * Slow decision making, with a development schedule that doesn't change accordingly
    * Idle Career, no progression
    * Don't expect raises, bonuses / pat on back is what you look forward to.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more incentives for employees. Retain employees that show they can perform.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor benefits and compensation

    Program Security Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsWork life balance is outstanding at HP.

    ConsThis company attracts underperformers. Ambitious and talented workers leave the company because of the lack of career progression and poor compensation and benefits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInnovate. Provide incentives to attract and retain top talent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor Compensation Policies

    ASIC Design Engineer (Former Employee) Fort Collins, CO

    ProsGood discounts with other companies. Some of the lower management and co-workers do create a good work environment. Work life balance was good in many places. If you make the right friends you will do great.

    ConsYour pay is mostly influenced by what others are paid in your group. If you have new people or under paid people in the group all the raise money goes to them. If you have top performers in your group, all the bonus money goes to them for retention. There is too much freedom (or not enough money) given to managers to control compensation. Your current pay/performance vs company targets has less to do with your compensation. The only way to get a good raise at HP is to leave the company or threaten to leave. If you stay, the money given to you will most likely be taken from the pool of money given to your group, screwing your friends in the process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStand up to upper level management. Too many managers know what is right, but are too scared to stand up for their employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    17 years and out the door

    Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible schedule. Good people (at least the normal humans that you work with in the trenches--once you become a manager, they take away your humanity card).

    ConsNo loyalty to employees. No ability to move up (in the US, anyways). No tuition reimbursement. They are forcing employees to come back into the office even if your entire team is spread throughout the world. Middle and upper management consists of bean counters who have no clue about innovation and cutting edge technology. HP is getting rid of all their in-house engineers and is acquiring starts up's because they no longer know how to innovate from within. This might be a good long term strategy, but it's sad to see the company that started innovation in silicon valley simply become another behemoth bureaucratic bloated acquisition engine.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNow that you've outsourced all of your engineering to Chinese companies, good luck counting those beans!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Value your employees because other companies do!

    Senior Business Analyst (Former Employee) Madison, WI

    ProsCoworkers. Worked with alot of talented people. Was able to gain alot of valued experience in Medicaid which is highly respected in the HealthCare IT industry.

    ConsTOO many managers! They could get rid of more than half the management staff and increase employees wages to be market place competitive. I left this job after 8 1/2 years and literally doubled my salary, because they do not keep up with consistenet raises.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue the experience and knowledge of your more senior staff, other companies do and are willing to pay highly for it. Too many managers!!! Management needs to be trimmed greatly to be more efficient.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Vision of the company is lost

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Plano, TX

    ProsSome leaders are actually good and some work teams are good too

    ConsWorklife balance is not there
    Overall focus of the company is lost

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    More lipstick for this pig

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsAustin location, Austin location, Austin location, Austin location, Austin location, Austin location, Austin location... See where I'm going with this...?

    ConsWorn-out facilities, worn-out equipment, open/noisy work environment, lack of flexibility regarding work arrangements, glacially-paced advancement opportunities, and zero training.
    While many of the newer hires are bright and talented, there are still too many corporate leeches hanging around drawing a check and obstructing progress.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFinish the purge quickly, establish the new culture and then start giving back some of the perks (flexible work arrangements, better equipment, etc...) that might make the place more attractive.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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