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Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
9,490 Reviews
3.3
9,490 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great work life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours for most job categories - great for a young family with kids.

    Cons

    May have to put in time from home after hours to meet deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need attention on retaining high-performing employees via competitive compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great company with some issues

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    People, HP way (now that it's coming back), growing company (finally), reasonable work vs life balance (except in some units), CEO Meg Whitman lets us do our job and invests (the split is irrelevant and even welcome, we were already different companies, more splits may be needed. Great company for a long career, with possibilty to explore different areas and countries

    Cons

    Avoid ES. That is not HP.
    Terrible CEOs and board (except perhaps Meg)
    Mid level meddling, micromanaging management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train the managers
    Drastically reduce number of fully dedicated managers. Trust senior employees and use systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive

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

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

    Pros

    Good cafeteria, though it wasn't always good

    Cons

    Bad parking, but it wasn't always good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Merge with more companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. For internship a lot of activities to learn about the company and get to know other interns. Good pay and travel reimbursement.

    Cons

    There isn't much of a young feel or employees outside of interns.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Lead Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity
    Good People
    Godd Technology

    Cons

    Struggling to find a direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It was pleasant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Had opportunity to work various jobs

    Cons

    I do not have any Cons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Company in Recovery Mode

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Architect in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Process Architect in Pontiac, MI

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

    Pros

    Nice corporate attitude and values. Good benefits and above average work environment and atmosphere. Office environment is above average with many conveniences. HP's technology integration of office tools allow working from anywhere with world-wide teams. Has nice perks for employees like discounts for HP products and some of the HP partners. Under Meg we can feel the positive changes in the PPS division and the substantial improvements in their products competitiveness on the market.

    Cons

    Salaries on the low side of competitiveness. While training and research tools are available - there is no allocated time for it. Schedules are stretched to their limits to compensate for the lack of investment in resources and money... The considerations below may be one of the root causes. Unfortunately, at least for the subset of ES I was involved in the mid-level management appears to be lacking vision and in-depth understanding of the market state and opportunities for the technologies they are trying to develop. Worse, from the technical standpoint,it is the same... Most of the managers, directors and VPs I was involved with appear to be more impressed by appearances over substance, favoring syllogisms and spins over the scientific assessments and realism,.Based on the above poor i.e negative() results are easily explained how can one take calculated risks and decide where to invest in order to win on the market? Calculate risks would require understanding the technology and the market's evolution, as well as possessing sufficient creativity to devise winning strategies... Blinded by certifications over real capabilities, they often ignore top level people, promoting more of the same type in leadership positions. The military approach to management is perfect for military institutions - not for companies involved with high-technology. Critiques, bright ideas and solutions are perceived as threats appear to cause bad performance evaluations and even sometimes lead to repercussions. I met with many very bright people within HP, people that can restore HP to it former reputation and market leadership, but because of the above they are not heard - worse, many have given up!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This advice is for the top level HP management: keep doing what you do: this is the right direction! Have a closer look at mid-level management. It is hard to lead without vision, technological understanding and clear definitions of the target market slices HP is going after and why. HP has in-house most of the components needed to not only be a leader, but be THE leader of the ES IT and Cloud markets. A position almost no other competitors have - yet the company does not appear to leverage this! Find a way to listen to your brightest people - many of them are still in HP! The say: "if you can't build it buy it" is merely a stop-gap measure... Get to the root cause of why "you can't build it"... Also why does it sometimes take months to find that one ore more groups are developing the same technologies your group is?. Some having more than a year lead... Communications, intelligence and resources pooling is still far from ideal in ES.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Positive Experience

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    - Good Exposure Technically
    - Good Project Management Experience

    Cons

    - Management needs to take care of their people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Developer/Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - IT Developer/Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Good mange net . Explore new things, independence

    Cons

    Less vacation. One week is forced shutdown so need to make use of vacation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more time off so employees are relaxed

  11.  

    Contractor at HP

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Easy work
    Very flexible schedule
    Nice work environment

    Cons

    No much to learn
    Constantly changing
    Sometimes pointless assignments that they will not consider in future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define better the scope of projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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