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Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
10,135 Reviews

3.3
10,135 Reviews
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Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman
Meg Whitman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also decent work/life balance when compared to other companies in this industry (in 1045 reviews)

  • Flexible hours & You can work from home/remote as long as the job gets done (in 626 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance was horrible: meetings early in the morning or late at night (in 176 reviews)

  • Mid to senior management each day you get more surprised with how incompetent they are (in 313 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Might be good for stock holders, but killing off great talent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Good people. Solid benefits. Facilities in bay area are improving to be competitive with other bay area companies. Work life balance is good. HP charitable giving opportunities are top notch.

    Cons

    Meg has recently instituted a new policy to "bring everyone back to the office". This means that if you are within an hour drive of an HP office, you are expected to be in the office everyday that you're not traveling on business. The only exception is sales and services professionals. Folks who don't have a field role or aren't within an hour drive of an office should be actively looking for their next job outside of HP.
    In addition, a new policy restricts the rehire of anyone laid off in the last couple years, while looking to hire "more early career talent". So in a nutshell, don't expect to retire from HP.
    Leadership is in turmoil at the moment, seems to be lots of external/unknown leaders coming into the company - uncertain about their impact yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The smartest talent isn't in silicon valley, while I approve the idea of greater interaction between employees, your plan to bring everyone back to the office is short sighted and will ultimately kill the values that Dave and Bill built the organization around (IMHO).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great first two years, although lots of changes with new managers

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    Pros

    Very little travel in my particular position, lots of autonomy overall it had been my favorite job until the WFR hit see below.

    Cons

    When the 'WFR' work force reductions hit, its every one for himself! Some managers helpful, but other suddenly show their true colors. I recruited a great employee for my former manager and when the WFR hit my former manager wouldn't give this person a letter of recommendation - even though she was an outstanding, although new employee. Fortunately this employee still works for HP, and unfortunately so does that manager. The legacy HP managers for the most part only look out for themselves, new employees beware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of some of these self-serving managers who always seem to be one-step ahead of WFR. There is a lot of old fashioned cronyism and not enough new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the same company...

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Columbus, OH

    Pros

    Great products, good life-work balance, good pay

    Cons

    Weak mid-level managers and poor direction from top management. Every six months you are wondering if you will have a job due to restructuring and attempts to "mask" or mislead financials. Hiring "B" level staff to lower costs. Always chasing your compensation...if you can even figure out how you are paid each half.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clear direction and stick with it for longer than six months. Stop operating in the "gray"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    At least they give you a nice chair to sit in...

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

    Pros

    Pay is reasonable, the bigger campuses have some nice amenities, the work is interesting if you're in the right group. Work/life balance depends very much on your direct management - some groups are more accommodating than others.

    Cons

    Vague goals; unrealistic assignments; too much time spent in 'firefighting' mode; raises and promotions are nearly non-existent. Seemingly endless re-orgs and layoffs can make it a stressful place to work.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mech CAD

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Design  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Relax work environment. Mutual cultures experience. No dress code implement.

    Cons

    Managers don't care much about employee's status nor able to promote 'cause by budget cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much to themselves without notice loosing good employees by other firms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall, not the most positive experience of my career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company is so large there are plenty of opportunities to move around, develop new skills and expand your work experience. The work environment is family friendly.

    Cons

    My impression is that many of the people at HP are simply waiting on retirement and are not terribly motivated. They are not bad people -- they are simply looking to avoid getting fired whenever the next reduction in force takes place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    merge with SAP to compete better with Oracle

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Tortured Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Services Information Developer  in  El Paso, TX
    Current Employee - Services Information Developer in El Paso, TX

    Pros

    - Decent benefits (Medical, Dental, etc).
    - In the past company used to be flexible.

    Cons

    - Payment is extremely below under market price.
    - Micro management, Micro management, and Micro management.
    - Closed minded people.
    - People still think that they are working in the 70's or 80's.
    - No raises.
    - Few promotions.
    - Work Life Balance sucks (what is work life balance).
    - Hire inexperienced people because they try covering positions.
    - People is old like Methuselah, I do not have anything against old people, I believe that they bring a lot of experience, but here people do things like they did 20 years ago and they refuse to change.
    - Like big companies there is a lot of bureaucracy.
    - Cost reduction strategy is ridiculous, Software Engineers should collect requirements, test software (they fired all testers), implement changes (they fired configuration management team), dig into issues, promote changes, and do architecture tasks.
    - Old people that are friends of management team usually have architect positions even if they do not have an idea of the roles of the position.
    - People is afraid of changes and they refuse to them because they claim that changes jeopardize project tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to reduce costs, I believe that there are more efficient ways to reach that. I guess that micro management is not the best way to reach project goals. Do not be close minded. Working under pressure is not the same as working under menace. Hiring cheap workforce does not mean that you must hire the first person that you found in the street and he / she accepts any offer because he / she needs some bucks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Provides good opportunity to move around in the company and get a wealth for experience in a lot of different areas

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager

    Pros

    there is flexibility to manage your work-life balance

    Cons

    The environment is in constantly changing and you continuously get push to do more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Lack of work life balance during my last job assignment, there was enough work for 2+.

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    Former Employee - Account Delivery Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Account Delivery Manager in Portland, OR

    Pros

    There are so many great hard working people. There is also so much great diversity and experienced from employees of the companies like DEC, Compaq, Tandem. Have met co-workers who will be lifetime friends and colleagues. Company has so much potential to do more for their employees and therefore customers..

    Cons

    To much focus on cutting expenses and Work Force Reduction. This causes employees to not do the best they can because they get distracted because of job searches or lack of confidence in job security. Business units are disconnected and don't seem to know what the other does. Classic example is the ES & TS organization. They don't know what each other does and finger pointing happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the use it or lose it vacations. Allow at least 1-2 weeks of rollover. I had lost vacation days because of the workload. Truly value your employees, walk the talk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Too much change, too little clear direction

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    Former Employee - Business Consultant  in  Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Business Consultant in Corvallis, OR

    Pros

    Lots of committed people with good ideas. A healthy work-life balance and a genuine interest in partnering for growth.

    Cons

    Goals and job security changed week to week. Contractors were often left in the dark about major company decisions. Progress and momentum was often inhibited by leadership changes and unclear direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsourcing U.S. jobs looks bad and feels bad. A smaller, more secure workforce could foster success and be a shining example of investing in the American workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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