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Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    It's a job. Looks good on resume. Good place to start and end career

    Cons

    Where do I begin. Low pay. Cooperation among business units is weak. Hp should not be in it outsourcing industry. Constant threat of layoffs and over seas outsourcing. Hp is a dying company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of it outsourcing business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    HP was a wonderful company for many years but they've lost their soul.

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    Former Employee - Customer Support Representative in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Support Representative in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Some great people work and have worked for HP.

    Cons

    Terrible management for the past 15 years - constant worry about downsizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the good values of HP.

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

    Good Place. No Growth. No Rewards. No Appreciation for your work, Tons of Politics

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    Current Employee - Applications Architect in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Applications Architect in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Branded Company. Good volunteer work

    Cons

    No Growth. No Rewards. No Appreciation for your work, Tons of Politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for the Valubale employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic company that does not value employees and has lost the values that once made it great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time

    Pros

    Still has some top-notch engineers, but their numbers are steadily dwindling. Some interesting projects. Pay is good. Chance to design products.

    Cons

    Extremely political and bureaucratic. Takes years to make small decisions and it is nearly impossible to get new projects started. Lots of vice presidents work remotely, but other employees are laid off if they are not willing to move. Limited opportunities to progress since you have to be local to a team to join it. Be careful about locations where HP is the only tech employer. Top heavy with too many managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are not interchangeable and need to be treated with a lot more value than you have been. Political, back-stabbing leaders are winked at, even when they are destroying the morale of good employees. You can say what you want about the new HP way, but employees are looking at how you are treating them and forcing them to move to be colocated. It look like you are moving employees to places where there is less tech employer competition rather than trying to be a good employer.

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

    Worst Management I have ever seen

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Company used to be good with excellent atmosphere to work couple of years back but since 2009 has lost its focus and vision. Used to have excellent Benefits / culture and perks but they have significantly gone down since after 2009.

    Cons

    No Promotions, personal growth. No company values / ethics left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Low innovation; Low employee engagement; Low rewards and recognition; Low career opportunities

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Pontiac, MI

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

    Pros

    High probability to have jobs best shored. If you are senior management stock buy back program so maybe stock option potential.

    Cons

    Low innovation; Low employee engagement; Low rewards and recognition; Low career opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider everything with you decision to split really set up the tools and process to have visibility to move the company forward. Get a innovative strategy and stop following the pack and copying others. Great opportunity to really drive growth in the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Service Business. If you do it right it could be a great move. Also if 2015 is the year to accelerate growth then why are we buying back shares instead of growth opportunities or investing in our tools process and rewards and recognition of employees?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice place, people work hard, but no strategy, poor execution, constant reorgs

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    Former Employee - Vice President and GM in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President and GM in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are nice, sincere, and generally work very hard.
    Great brand name with storied history is a nice calling card in most of the world.
    Strong channel partners.

    Cons

    It is not a technology company nor a product company, with the inkjet printer group a notable exception. Their PC business -- consumer, commercial, and servers -- is mostly complete crap. This is not deliberate, because the people that make them want it to be better, including the executives. They just don't know how and don't have the systems or culture to fix that.

    They were and remain behind in mobile computing. It is mind blowing that this is still the case and internally, they just do not "get it" and want to. They've brought in superb people with great backgrounds, all of whom have failed. This is more about HP than those people. Contrast this with Lenovo, who are now the 3rd largest mobile company in the world, after acquiring Motorola...an American company (hello HP!?!)!!!

    The company undergoes constant reorganizations, resulting in little to no continuity. Strategy is a word often used and poorly understood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on making great products! Please understand you do not. I worked there and could not even give our stuff away to my family. I purchased my son a laptop with my employee discount and he cried (not out of joy). He instead saved up his allowance and mowed lawns to purchase an Apple Macbook. It's like working at GM in the 1970's...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware of Enterprise Services

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    relaxed office culture, many employees work remotely, plenty of benefit options, 401 k is available, average salary
    extra vacation can be purchased from company.

    Cons

    Employees send set up emails on things they already have answers to. They do anything to blame the next person for their lack of understanding of tools. Since layoff many are doing two to three jobs with same pay. When they out to get you they start off meeting with actions items with your name on it that you wasn't even aware of. One set of rules for some employees and a whole different set for the others. Many of the same ideas you suggest is denied, but repeated later and accepted when by different employee. Lync is a waste of time since there are always issues trying to use it. Furthermore the same people that speak to you are same ones setting you up and talking about you on other conference calls. The managers has a blind eye to everything like they don't know what is going on.
    There is much resistance in other regions to adopt change. Then the existing regions keep up allot of mess.
    Every issue people threaten to escalate to your manager cause they cowards and like to keep up the commotion.
    Train to trainer model doesn't work since employees refuse to add any more responsibilities. People hate when you know more about applications and then say you not a team player. Any excuse to not get things resolved. Most look for a scapegoat. Best to keep the peace in this company, get experience, and then find something better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please change the values and provide a better product. Add additional training to those that need it. Stop allowing employees to threaten you on emails. End the layoffs and keep the staff. Find common ground with employees on salaries as well. If all this fails split the company into four areas. Those areas would be Greed, Liars, Instigators, and Threats.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Had great expectations of a long relationship with HP as a trusted contractor and future employee but did not happen...

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    Former Employee - Devops Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Devops Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Had a national contract company hit me up for this cool sounding uber printer product / project at HP in San Diego. Went and interviewed with the product team. Direct manager I would work for seems to be trying really hard to be patient during the interview and to be nice. That was a red flag. But I disregarded it.

     A one month long required background check by the contract company ensued whereas I had to provide W2's and IRS tax returns back 10 years to prove income and employment. And sadly, this was a precursor to the real experience. I almost told the contract company to forget it as the background check was worse then even a government security check I had.

    Was unclear if the background check was required by HP or the contract company. Totally unreasonable.
    Spent about 10 to 20 hours locating documents for the background check. Had to even get documents - W2's from the IRS to prove wages. For a background check.

    That was my 2nd sign to pull the rip cord and eject from the cockpit.
    I did not.

    I hung on.

    It did not get better.

    On the first day at HP in San Diego I was put into a cube with two desks in it. And I was told a new contractor would start in two weeks and share the opposite desk in my cube.

    I am like - thank goodness that guy is not here yet. I don't need to train that guy when I am just starting a new job.

    On the first week I was digging through the other desk in my cube. Figured I would throw out all the old food and junk in the desk. Found a box with a UPS shipping label with this guys name on it. Humm, so this guy used to sit here. Wonder who he is?

    Box had a ship date on it only a month ago.

    I asked my trainer (who had left and gone to another HP location) who the guy was with his name on the box.
    "Oh don't worry about him. We fired him and he is gone". "He lasted three weeks".
    "He did not even know how to use a computer".. I am like WHAT?

    What kind of interview and selection process did they use on this guy?

    Uh oh. "I thought". This is "That kind of place"

     The first week of the job was learning by being trained by a remote expert on the cloud based product.

     The 2nd week I learned on my own. I found there was not a lot written down but all knowledge was tribal and kept in people's heads.

    At the end of the 2nd week I was approached by a contractor who worked in HP;s HR department.
    They said "We would like you to interview for a job".
    I said - "what job is that?"

    They described the job. "

    I said "This is my job. I am a contractor and I am already doing the job". I said "I already interviewed
    for this job a month and a half ago".

    And that is the last I heard from HP HR.
    Little did I know that this was an ominous sign that budget constraints had been triggered on my
    contract rate.

     On the third week another contractor joined the company and I had a cube mate. I found this new guy was snide and arrogant and would never be easy to work with. I found the age differential of 25 years would also be a problem as it is always assumed by younger technical folks that those with grey hair should just die off.

    When I asked this guy one question when he had been on the job 4 days and me 2 and a half weeks this guy barked: "you should have figured that out two weeks ago".

     How to work with someone already hostile who lives in your cube? And of course my cube mate believed in telling me as little as I needed to know. Fine. Guess he is a team player.
    I figure my ex cube mate will get tripped up by his personality eventually at HP. Just a matter of time.

     My third week had intense training. At the end of the third week, HP HR approached me about "interviews". on Friday.
    I told HP HR "Interviews"? For what job? HP full time job? That's fine but I am already hired and working in that job capacity....
    Already interviewed.

    And after three weeks, the employer still will not know if you are a good fit or not. Takes months...

    I am thinking - "Well, never heard this was coming". Contract company claimed no knowledge of this.

    And dear readers - it gets even more strange:

    One the 4th week around 2pm I am summoned by my boss into a private Focus room. I am told "You are the most expensive contractor on the team". I was told that my contract rate and expense "has visibility up and down the entire HP management executive chain". I am further told I must LEAD the product cloud effort. After that pleasant warning, I ramp up my work and activity to the max.

    But from this time I had my game face on.
    I am no longer nice.
    I have nothing to lose.

     The next day I tell the boss that I have added more stories to the Agile Pivotal tracker and completed them. I am given a large responsibility which I had never done as this was my 4th week and of course the Capristrano deploy commands break due to my account not being added to some LDAP authorization.

     On Friday my time was up The boss did not get enough velocity in 1.5 days since his warning.

    Or did my cube mate throw me under the bus?
    I'll never know.

    Contracting is dog eat dog. Perhaps he figured it was his survival at HP vs mine.

    Contract company would provide no explanation.

    But HP fired the guy before me in the same role. At the same desk.
    Past behaviour predicts future actions.

    Time to leave.

     Bruised ego. But don't miss hostile co worker in my cube or boss making mean faces when I talk to him.

    Too bad I signed a lease on a new house to rent - that I am not even moved into yet - just because this job came up
    Thanks HP. Now I have $4,500 house deposit I will not get back as I probably have to leave San Diego now.
     I figured HP had just a little more integrity.

    In many ways HP was still the same place I had seen in my other times at HP as a contractor and as an employee.
    There were guys with grey hair doing their jobs, young people full of vibrancy. Really smart people.

    The campus is going through a compression as Building 65 is being decommissioned and all the people are being compressed into the other two remaining buildings - 61 and the other.
    Two in a cube will be the rule.

    Still it was cool to still see bits of the old HP around.
    The buildings seem really ancient now..

    HP is a huge company and has lots of resources.
    if you can get a job up the food chain a few levels, it would be a great place to work.

    It was fun to be at HP again.
    I was just hired into the wrong wrong group.

    Don't think I would ever want to go back to HP as en engineer ever again and never ever as a DEVops person.

    Cons

    If you are a contractor - know your contract rate may by under great scrutiny if your rate is too high.
    Management knew my rate when they hired me. And later decided the rate was too high for them.

    Two in a cube. You had better like who is in your cube. You have no choice.

    Office has fork lifts crawling along the perimeters.

    Noise noise noise. Marketing and product managers yap loudly and incessantly. It is so loud in the offices - they have FOCUS rooms where you can work in silent conditions.

    You need to put on headphones to drown out all the noise. Then you look antisocial to your team and not a team player.

    Arrogant and dysfunctional managers who would rather interview hasty and then fire you.

    No proper on-boarding for highly technical / social jobs. Not much written down which is up to date.
    Not much written down at all.

    If you get a bad manager at HP - you'll not have a happy life.

    If you like Agile - then fine.

    But like High school home room attendance - Agile requires you to be at a daily Standup meeting.
    If you miss that meeting - heaven help you.

    Have a doctors appt or even two of them? Good luck with getting permission to leave the office.
    Better off just going to the doctor and taking your chances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't rely entirely on Agile.
    Bill and Dave did not use Agile or need it.
    Agile is a passing fad, results in no documentation and sloppy throw it against the wall and see if it sticks design.

    Put your management through required sensitivity training toward contractor and your reports. You sorely need it.

    Put managers through training on HOW to manage and be good managers and not nasty.

    Refine your interview process.

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

    Aweful place to work. No training and bad management.

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    Current Employee - Business Planning Analyst II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Planning Analyst II in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work Experience. First Buyer job out of college

    Cons

    Had to self training and figure out my job on my own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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