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Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
8,872 Reviews
3.3
8,872 Reviews
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Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also decent work/life balance when compared to other companies in this industry (in 1130 reviews)

  • Flexible hours & You can work from home/remote as long as the job gets done (in 650 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance was horrible: meetings early in the morning or late at night (in 195 reviews)

  • Mid to senior management each day you get more surprised with how incompetent they are (in 317 reviews)

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  1.  

    Mech Designer

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

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Layback, Multi-Cultures, Work-life balance, Easy time-off, No dress code.

    Cons

    Don't care about contract workers. Less orgarnize than any company that I had.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was good in the beginning....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    starting salary was good.
    benefit was good.

    Cons

    change of manager 3 times in a year. my manager didn't know me at all. no meeting had ever been conducted with employees, I don't even know how he looks like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wish u well!

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

    Big and slow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None. I honestly can't think of one.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, huge, slow to develop, resistant to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think like a start up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was bad. I did not get the experience I was looking for.

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    Former Employee - Services Information Developer I  in  Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Services Information Developer I in Plano, TX

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    benefits and time off policies and training

    Cons

    nothing. no perks. promotions without pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give the projects promised to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    So Very Broken In the Software Group

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    Current Employee - Sales Leader
    Current Employee - Sales Leader

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

    Pros

    Great Technology (Software Group), World Class Solutions,

    Cons

    Out of touch leadership (Software Group) who loves to bring in leaders from Symantec and turn a once high earning and proud division into a pile of mediocre under performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring people from Symantec and turning the sales organization into a mediocre sales team. No wonder all of your leadership is leaving.

    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A once great company has lost its way, but is trying to find it again.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Almost anywhere you go within HP you will find that many HP employees share some similarities: very smart, passionate about their work, and they truly care about what they are doing.

    Cons

    It is very bureaucratic, opaque, and extremely political. HP has laid off so many employees over the past ten years that it is almost impossible to find a job where you are not doing what was handled by several to many people in years past. This means that things don't get done that need to be done. Efficiency is a great thing, but not at the expense of quality. Work/life balance can be found in some positions, but many positions will be overworked. At times, you will swear you are Dilbert.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to your roots. The HP Way was a great way to run a company. The HP Way Now is a serious downgrade. Trust has not been earned since all of the board infighting. Demonstrate that upper management lives by the Standards of Business Conduct that you rightly demand of your employees.
    Realize that struggling businesses are largely the result of bad decisions of upper management. Don't penalize (wage increases, bonuses, layoffs) the employees who are trying to help those businesses. They are part of your solution, not the problem. Yet, they repeatedly get slammed.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Supply Chain Operations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Not a lot of good things to say about working at HP these days. IF your in the US and over 40 your a target for downsizing

    Cons

    No stability, constant disruptive change, numerous organization changes and managers. offshoring all their talent that has been loyal to the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Second Time Around

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Meg is outstanding. She gets it, but at nearly every juncture below her things are in serious disrepair.

    Cons

    The constant threat of layoffs sucks. Executives will not/can not listen. They know everything already. Get rid of more executives and less front line people. The corporate culture (from DEC/Compaq which is not 'The HP Way') demands that everyone agrees (you have to be a yes man) to everything. Get rid of all the bureaucratic crap... Useless tests, training, lack of info email, repeat/repackaged presentations...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment for a career not just a paycheck and a jobs. Make me proud to be part of HP once again. LISTEN more. Tell less. Show real respect and not just words. Simplify and eliminate 25% of the management/bureaucratic structure and focus on returning to the old HP Way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Employed at HP for 10 plus years

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    Former Employee - Services Information Developer  in  Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Services Information Developer in Plano, TX

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Overall a good company with longer term potential to grow. Better work place for experienced IT workers.

    Cons

    Company lacks strategic direction in all parts of the business, especially in IT services. Lacks significant partnerships, company's internal automation tools are outdated and expensive.

    Company spends too much wasted effort on hardware investment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aggressive in industry related acquisitions with a software focus.

    Acquisitions have been to much of big bang approach, not very well thought out by C-suite for BOD.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I'm working with HP for more than 10 years in the technical career path, from Software Developer to Program Manager.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Program Manager  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - overall benefits are good
    - there is always a possibility to have "something happening" since the company is huge
    - flexibility and autonomy to do the work

    Cons

    - salary and HR policies are terrible
    - very old minded company
    - middle management prevent all innovation to emerge

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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