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Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
10,127 Reviews

3.3
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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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Don't care for the employees, very poor pay and never will get an increase.. especially employees in ES IDS

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    Current Employee - Svc Developer  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Svc Developer in Detroit, MI

    Pros

    laid back, good benefits, support diversity.... allow work from home from time to time...

    Cons

    poor pay, no increases even after promotion, do not help employee improve in their career.. for entry level they never allow employee to work in development and just keep them in same low level jobs like data entry and excel work....
    if employee dont have assignment for 3-4 weeks they laid him off.. this is the worse part about it... why would you hire employees and then put them on the hot plate asking them to look for an assignment after they leave their job, if they dont find one you laid them off!!!?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care of your people and be equal with your employees, be fare with the IDS employees...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Focus on bottom line not employees who contribute to the bottom line

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Princeton, NJ

    Pros

    Positive experience with EDS prior to acquisition by HP. People care, career progression, compensation, flexibility

    Cons

    Constant reductions in staff; doing more without any recognition, employees are just a number, no value for services provided

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company is on a downward spiral, need to focus on the most important asset, people.

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

    The HP Way is Gone

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    HP is a big, established company with employees (i.e., non-executive) who are of high quality, intelligent, and dedicated.

    Cons

    It's all about the bottom line and lining the pockets of the CEO and executive leadership team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    US Citizens need not to apply

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in El Paso, TX

    Pros

    Not much. BEWARE THEY HIRE JUST TO FIRE IF YOU ARE AMERICAN!!!!

    Cons

    Pay is not good, that is because they hire Mexicans to do the work for nearly nothing so Americans get the lousy pay as well. They hire just fire. Was with them for one year they laid me off because they had no projects for me, yet they had a ton of people on visa's still working there so they say. They all went to the lunch room to watch Mexico play during soccer play offs. Every one speaks lousy English, ye they managed to keep their jobs. Managers only keep their friends on. Perfect place for non citizens to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire Americans that speak perfect English. Keep Americans hired in American facilities DON'T BE SO CHEAP!!! STOP THE BUDDY SYSTEM, AND WORK NOT JUST FOOL AROUND AND GO TO LUNCH ROOM TO WATCH YOUR MEXICAN CHANNELS. WE ARE IN AMERICA....ACT LIKE IT!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not like the old HP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay and benefits can be good, but that may be changing

    Cons

    Understaffed, under-resourced, and underfunded. Too focused on image and padding the bank accounts of the executives. Most executives know nothing about the business they are in. Someday soon it will just be a Chinese company run by grotesquely overpaid suits in the U.s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you can't make it a decent place to work, sell it to somebody who can. Sending the jobs to China only helps the Chinese and the HP executives; it hurts American workers.

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

    RUN!! HP Management has no clue and should be first laid off

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    Pros

    - Great Starter company for those wanting to have "Hewlett-Packard" on your resume.
    - Benefits are okay to a point, but have decreased over the years and others are better nowadays.
    - Salary is okay if you get a good one up front, but don't expect it to move after that initial amount for years.
    - Working from home is nice, but appears will not last much longer for many folks.
    - I'm lucky to have a good HR Manager and his boss is actually decent as well, but I'm assigned to a crappy contract that is run by dingbats with no idea how to run a cost efficient contract without knee jerk reactions to things.

    Cons

    - Lack of Salary increases for long periods of time with laid off workers work load dumped on staff with no bump in pay.
    - No Bonus Programs for Non-Managers and in fact they still seem to be getting bonus checks
    - Got a bonus last year instead of raise, but that might have been a fluke I'm hearing from long term HP staff.
    - Contract I'm on has a complete mess with less than valued people running the contract into the ground from the UK. People ask them questions on contractual items and get the run around or no response. People ask them questions on new process issues and they get pulled aside and told to sit down and shut up. I bring this up because it shows where HP values have gone. They sign up to terrible contract terms and then squeeze the staff when they find out the due diligence they should have done up front is costing them too much to actually make good margin as promised.
    - Top contributors are those people asking questions and seem to be the first out the door for many reasons.
    - Promotions seem very rare, good ole boy network type, and when they do show up have no value like a simple raise attached to them. If you don't take them then it's highly likely you will not see one again. More responsibility, no more pay, more headache and managers above you still keep all the bonus money.
    - Talented staff walk out the door, while we have non-contributors just laying around not getting any productive work done. In the last year I've seen four awesome resources willingly (Not laid off) leave the contract that could have been kept if UK management knew how to balance offshore and onshore resources. Sadly I'm sure more will follow as we are seeing new resources flooding into the contract and using unbillable budgets to learn contract as it's a mess from UK management reinventing the PM model used in the rest of HP that is tried and true.
    - Management turn over on my contract is never ending it seems. Like a revolving door almost and people are just moving to other Management roles in the company. Which scares me because half them should be laid off instead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Head count cutting only goes so far and then its no longer beneficial to the organization in whole. I'd seriously suggest that you cut 50% of the management staff across the board and promote from within. I know many people in the ranks that would step up if they had incentive and the means without being part of the good ole boy network.

    I truly believe that HP needs to refocus on Management at HP and revisit the organizational model. Just on my contract I have to look constantly on who reports to who and it's a fairly small contract compare to many in HP. HP wide we still have too many managers and too many silos. Seems like every time a new VP is announced they want to reinvent the wheel and leave a mark on the company and force all the other silos to use this "new process" all the while saying we are doing this to meet Meg's goals. STOP.. Fix what we have first then reinvent something. Please do away with multiple timecard systems and every manager requiring a spreadsheet to be filled out to get work done.

    To Meg - I think you have a great road map to make things happen. I think the minute it leaves the executive wing the message is scrambled and implementation goes sideways. Cost cuttings I think need a closer look and management at all ranks should get a complete revisit of roles/salaries/bonus/staffing impact. I see lots of wasted management time trying to figure out what people are doing instead of managing them. When I say that I mean they are too busy until it's time to prove they need to keep the jobs they have first and who to sacrifice to cuts. If they manage them then they shouldn't have to scramble each time we lay people off to figure out WHO is working more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Does not appreciate their employees

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst  in  Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Detroit, MI

    Pros

    It is hard to find a pro working for HP as they run their business based on cutting heads to meet their bottom dollar.

    Cons

    Entirely too many work force reductions over the years - especially the older seasoned experienced individuals. One could conclude the work force reductions are based on age, but trying to prove that legally would be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find someone to run HP that actually cares about the employees and not how much money goes into their own personal bank accounts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    STAY FAR AWAY FROM THE MIRAMAR, FL OFFICE!!!!!

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    Former Employee - Fraud Investigator  in  Miramar, FL
    Former Employee - Fraud Investigator in Miramar, FL

    Pros

    Friday evening on your way home is the only pro about this place.

    Cons

    EVERYTHING!!! New management took over the Miramar office and this place is now a nightmare to work at. They layoff people left and right due to "budget cuts", but yet post job ads almost every day seeking new hires??They also fire people left and right and just pass the former employee's case load to investigators who are already drowning in work. If you complain, upper management will pretty much tell you to suck it u. If you are unable to keep up with the work load some investigators are placed on a work performance review. Most times those people are fired and escorted out of the building like a criminals. Don't expect any type of raise, most investigators haven't seen a dime in increase in over 4 yrs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire real managers to run the Miramar office. When the office use to have about 200 employees from 2009 to 2011 and now maybe there are only 60 people left, not a good sign at all!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    It is OK, but depends on your team

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    Former Employee - IT Developer/Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - IT Developer/Engineer in Austin, TX

    Pros

    I personally didnt have a great experience, but here are my PROs:

    -Awesome people to work with
    -Depending on your project, you can learn a lot and contribute to the cause
    -Flexible schedule although now they want you to work from the office90% of the time

    Cons

    -Salaries are usually not good, under the industry average
    -little to no raises
    -very little bonuses
    -no promosions
    -Managers dont usually listen to your career goals
    -Executive stuff is doing random decisions that only benefits them
    -there is never money for training, traveling, etc..although they say we need to do training and reserve days for that and tell the manager if we need to travel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and recognize them for their hard work (give raises better bonuses etc) , there is a high employee turn over rate because of low salaries and no promotions, no recognitions, etc. HP wont be able to keep the good employees if they dont improve these items. Also, employees need your support, which means traveling and training needs to happen and budget better allocated. My manager travels, in my opinion, too much, but when the team needed to travel to also work there wasnt any money surprisingly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't bother

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    none to speak of.

    Cons

    No growth opportunities, no management support, management makes poor decisions and employees pay the price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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