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Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
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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  

    Just a Very Few Perception-Game Card-Tricks will Get You Ahead at HP ETD Houston

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    Current Employee - HP ETD Verilog Code Writer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - HP ETD Verilog Code Writer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The good news here is two-fold:
    ‘1) There are still some work-groups in HP at large (excluding HP ETD in Houston; the job opening numbers here to avoid are 1286505 and 1317005, if your sense of ethics is well-enough developed, such that you wish to avoid playing perception games, and prefer real teamwork)… There are still groups at HP that believe in ethical work practices.
    ‘2) If you are NOT burdened by a set of decent ethics, then there’s a short, well-tested list of “perception-game card tricks” that you can play on your co-worker(s) and ETD management, which (if the future in any way resembles the past) is near-guaranteed to work for you! … The list goes as follows:
    ‘A) Pick a Scapegoat or goats… Anyone who looks vulnerable. Sniff the political winds; there usually is one or more in existence already… Anyone who cannot or will not fight back. Finding an ally who’s been there a long-long time, and inquire discreetly, may work, for picking an appropriate scapegoat.
    ‘B) Constantly repeat to the boss, that your work is extremely hard, and so it makes sense that it should take you a few years to get it done, while the scapegoat or scapegoats has / have a way-easy-peasy job(s), and it just makes no sense that the scapegoat or scapegoats is / are so super-slow.
    ‘C) When you and your work-place ally help each other, call it “collaboration”. When you help a scapegoat, call it “doing his job for him”. When a scapegoat helps YOU, on the other hand, ignore it, do not even mention it in your work reports… Because a scapegoat’s help is insignificant, easy-peasy work, like that of the janitors who clean your lab floor.
    ‘D) Trap the scapegoats in circular-logic loops, where you get to 0.5-prove or single-prove your work, at best, but (since scapegoats have no credibility, since they are slow) they have to triple-prove their work. Insist on them triple-proving their work, management will back you up! Since they have to triple-prove their work, they will be slow, and since they are slow, they have no credibility, and round and round she goes! The scapegoats may explain the unfairness of all of this to management… But management will listen to YOU, and not to the scapegoats, since, after all, you have credibility, and they do not!
    ‘E) Do not do even a half-decent job of documenting your code. You know how it works; that’s all that matters. If the scapegoats or other newbies have a hard time following it, that just shows how stupid they are, and how smart you are.
    ‘F) If you MUST help or advise someone (who is not you job-place ally), then be sure to complain to the boss, how you can’t get your work done, since you are always doing other people’s jobs for them. When you do help, use the “Socratic Method” of “teaching” others by asking questions, since this has a big advantage: It shows that you know all the answers, and that they don’t. Using the “Socratic Method” of “teaching” others in front of large meetings is especially effective.
    ‘G) Make repeated sarcastic “jokes” about selected co-workers’ lack of tech skills. Management, having been selected for humorlessness, will not realize that the “jokes” are all just in good, clean fun, and will turn the jokes into performance reviews! Thus, you can write the performance reviews of your co-workers, which, under “forced distribution”, can get you a bigger paycheck!
    (Note that a scapegoat is chosen by some mysterious, inscrutable method, but is highly correlated to the new-guy-on-the-block, so job opening 1286505 is highly likely to be a target; 1317005 is management, and power repels scapegoat-magnet… Offers protection from those lower on the pecking order, at least).

    Cons

    The bad news is, the perception-game card-tricks are reserved for those who already have the credibility. They know the codes, and the new-guy-on-the-block will not, for a long time… The new-guy-on-the-block will be very low on the pecking order of the henhouse. Plus, the circular-logic trap is sort of like a quasi-black-hole: Just like in the science fiction of “Planet of the Snorgons”, there just is near-absolutely no escape at all… You can check out, but you cannot leave! Not now, not ever, short of the next round of layoffs! Too bad for the new-guys-on-the-block! The true function of this job slot 1286505, is to serve as the departmental scapegoat, to attract the next “hit” in the never-ending rounds of layoffs at HP… The scapegoat(s) will take the hit(s), to protect the others…

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of paying salaries to the departmental scapegoat(s), in departments like HP ETD Houston, such sacrificial job slots could be filled by inanimate effigies, which would not need to draw any salaries at all! Then the scapegoat-effigy would be the one to be laid off, and the remaining workers could be encouraged to put aside their layoff fears, and maybe even to work on developing genuine teamwork skills and ethics, instead of fighting each other with office-politics card-game tricks.

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

    Too Political, Very Few Career Growth Options

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent work/life balance most of the time.

    Cons

    Constant political games/reorganizing, management is generally less interested in supporting team career growth and more interested in looking good, compensation/benefits below market average across the board, internal processes are cumbersome and woefully inadequate for dealing with regular issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start worrying less about your political standing and focus more on supporting the people you work with. There is great truth in the phrase "We all win when we all win".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
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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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Big, old and stodgy

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst Place ever!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  11. 5 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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