Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Commodity Shop

    Current Employee - Technology Consultant IV in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant IV in Herndon, VA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

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

    Pros

    Always has positions on offer. Has very active proposal team, hence creates contract-specific openings on a continuing basis.

    Cons

    In the event H-P does not win the proposal, the employee runs a real risk of being let go without any notice whatsoever. Management puts little effort into "re-homing" already vetted employees. They are plug-and-play modules.

    Advice to Management

    You compete for talent in a market that places a premium on capable performers. Why treat them as disposable?


  2. 401K is a shadow of what it used to be

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Senior Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Freelancer - Senior Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    They are unlikely to go out of business in the next 10 years.

    Cons

    Instead of trying to be the best of class to work for, HP is now trying to be "average" which means continually reducing benefits and salary to be "competitive." Back in the day, after eliminating pensions for new employees in the early 2000's, the 401K matching was 4% if you were eligible for a pension and 6% if you were not. Now there are no pensions, no retiree medical, and pitiful 401K matching. The quality of new employees match the benefits. My kids and their contemporaries (CS from Stanford) are totally uninterested in working for HP - which used to be the first choice of many highly qualified college graduates. So sad to see such a phenomenal company to work for become just "average." I retired from HP after 20 years in the last decade, sorry to see the company become a shadow of its former self as an employer.

    Advice to Management

    Go back and read the HP Way and other books by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard. You could learn a lot by studying their management philosophy, which is still relevant today. If you would consider employees as an asset instead of a liability and easily replaceable, perhaps HP's reputation as a great place to work, could be restored, instead of just being average.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Provider relations representative

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington, CT

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great learning expericne. Small account and set hours. Great parking and there is a snack table that donations contribute towards a Christmas party.

    Cons

    There is no formal training, sink or swim dynamic. You learn alloy on your own. No to for growth or raises. In fact there were pay cuts across the board one year. No room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Recognize great employees, give raises, and stop the politics. Give everyone the same chance. Upoer management shouldn't turn thier cheek when they see a manger treating an employee poorly or bullying them


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Got by until recent policy changes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Info Svc Dev III in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Info Svc Dev III in Pontiac, MI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice benefits, it's a job.

    Cons

    No longer allowed to telecommute, based on the whims of a rich, out-of-touch CEO. Culture of "old boys network" alive and well.

    Advice to Management

    Stop penalizing your engineers. We are the backbone of this company, and we get treated like dirt compared to sales and account execs.


  6. Strategic Sales

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Sales
    Former Employee - Strategic Sales

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big Company, 401K, customer access is good, products generally work as advertised, many benefit plans available for the employees, company culture

    Cons

    Big Company, still trying to correct years of mismanagement

    Advice to Management

    Don't give up


  7. Average employer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    HP treat employees well, invests in learning and provide growth opportunities. Good work life balance. Ample opportunities to learn new technologies and work with smart people.

    Cons

    Average medical benefits, can be better for a company of the size of HP Too many processes which block overall progress on the technical initiatives. Unclarity in overall direction due to the company split

    Advice to Management

    Provide more transparency on the company and product roadmaps. Too many managers - reduce management overhead. Offer better bonus and RSUs to retain top talent.


  8. Program Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseville, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard (More than 10 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are amazing - the quality of work, the dedication, the commitment is second to none.

    Cons

    Broad cuts of employees fail to consider significant loss of knowledge and expertise. Short sighted. Don't feel valued by the broader company management.


  9. HP has changed a lot

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA

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

    Pros

    Good people and great teams

    Cons

    No longer an innovative company


  10. Helpful (2)

    Life at HP

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

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

    Pros

    I work with some of the smartest and top talent that I've worked with in my career. HP has some fantastic legacy relationships with channel partners

    Cons

    Very segmented and constantly changing their story


  11. Helpful (1)

    With recent perspective of distance.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Demand Planning Manager in Lunenburg, MA
    Former Employee - Demand Planning Manager in Lunenburg, MA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a large company, Hewlett Packard should be able to leverage their size when negotiating with both vendors and customers, while providing employees with many career opportunities.

    Cons

    They fail to take advantage of their size with their partners. Benefits are merely adequate and opportunity for cross-pollination are underutilized. Needs of the smaller, growth-potential business units are overshadowed by the larger ones.

    Advice to Management

    While Meg seems to have a reasonable vision and strategy, that fails to filter down, especially within the Americas. Pay attention to the smaller (acquired) businesses. Allow some independence so they can realize more of their potential.



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