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Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
9,034 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work-life balance due to flexibility of work schedule but that's about it (in 1156 reviews)

  • Flexible hours & You can work from home/remote as long as the job gets done (in 656 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance was horrible: meetings early in the morning or late at night (in 200 reviews)

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

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  1. 3 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 (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
  2. 3 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
  3. 3 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 (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
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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 (more than an 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  

    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 (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
  7.  

    Software Eng

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours,good salary, good vacation and benefits.

    Cons

    Constant changes and Wfh have been removed., no work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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 (less than an 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
  9. 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 (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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    The name stays the same, but everything that made it a great company is gone

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    pay (depending on the area you live in)
    working condition on campus (fair sized cubicles, fairly recent equipment)
    laid back dress code

    Cons

    employees are just expendable commodities to meet Wall Street quarterly expectations.
    individual performance amounts to nothing as raises and bonuses are highly concentrated at the top and whole groups are being cut
    current company OK results just due to massive cost cutting and layoffs.
    No strategy

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

    Senior Program Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Fort Collins, CO

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

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible work schedule(used to be better). Lots of great people in the ranks who want to work hard and focus on adding value.

    Cons

    Senior and Middle Management are out of touch. too much emphasis on cost controls, not enough emphasis on creativity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    walk around and talk with individual contributors. get to know the internal organizations under your direction. Employees want to contribute to success. Sometimes the changes being implemented aren't clear or explained well enough to get the masses onboard. Seems like everyone is covering their tails instead of worrying about doing what is best for HP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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