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Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
8,800 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also decent work/life balance when compared to other companies in this industry (in 1045 reviews)

  • Flexible hours & You can work from home/remote as long as the job gets done (in 626 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance was horrible: meetings early in the morning or late at night (in 176 reviews)

  • Mid to senior management each day you get more surprised with how incompetent they are (in 313 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lack of work life balance during my last job assignment, there was enough work for 2+.

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    Former Employee - Account Delivery Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Account Delivery Manager in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    There are so many great hard working people. There is also so much great diversity and experienced from employees of the companies like DEC, Compaq, Tandem. Have met co-workers who will be lifetime friends and colleagues. Company has so much potential to do more for their employees and therefore customers..

    Cons

    To much focus on cutting expenses and Work Force Reduction. This causes employees to not do the best they can because they get distracted because of job searches or lack of confidence in job security. Business units are disconnected and don't seem to know what the other does. Classic example is the ES & TS organization. They don't know what each other does and finger pointing happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the use it or lose it vacations. Allow at least 1-2 weeks of rollover. I had lost vacation days because of the workload. Truly value your employees, walk the talk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be the greatest company in the world, now just another typical big company.

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    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Consultant
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Consultant

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

    Pros

    Somehow, HP still has brand equity in certain sectors and certain parts of the world. Pockets of the real HP Way still exist.

    Cons

    Compensation is strictly middle-of-the-road. The only way to get a significant correction is to leave and come back. Product-based company, rather than solutions-based. Leaders brought in from the outside that have no clue as to how to deliver the services they are supposedly managing, then leave after a short time. No loyalty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take stock of the vast resources you have at your disposal and develop go to market solutions that no other company on Earth can offer. Crush fiefdoms and replace with leaders that believe the whole is much greater than the sub of the parts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    At least they give you a nice chair to sit in...

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Pay is reasonable, the bigger campuses have some nice amenities, the work is interesting if you're in the right group. Work/life balance depends very much on your direct management - some groups are more accommodating than others.

    Cons

    Vague goals; unrealistic assignments; too much time spent in 'firefighting' mode; raises and promotions are nearly non-existent. Seemingly endless re-orgs and layoffs can make it a stressful place to work.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mech CAD

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

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

    Pros

    Relax work environment. Mutual cultures experience. No dress code implement.

    Cons

    Managers don't care much about employee's status nor able to promote 'cause by budget cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much to themselves without notice loosing good employees by other firms.

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

    Overall, not the most positive experience of my career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company is so large there are plenty of opportunities to move around, develop new skills and expand your work experience. The work environment is family friendly.

    Cons

    My impression is that many of the people at HP are simply waiting on retirement and are not terribly motivated. They are not bad people -- they are simply looking to avoid getting fired whenever the next reduction in force takes place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    merge with SAP to compete better with Oracle

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Provides good opportunity to move around in the company and get a wealth for experience in a lot of different areas

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager

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

    Pros

    there is flexibility to manage your work-life balance

    Cons

    The environment is in constantly changing and you continuously get push to do more

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

    HP Uses Its Employees then Throws Them Away

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Benefits, time off, volunteer time

    Cons

    Broad and often vague job descriptions that allow HP to add more accountability and responsibility without having to promote people or increase salaries. They just use people until they are ready to throw them away (and by that I mean workforce reduction with no notice). Internal position transfers are taken as a lateral moves regardless of the title or pay level of the new position...no increase in pay, hardly any room for advancement in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start taking stock of your great employees and do something about retaining them by compensating them equal to the competitive market. Stop using people by making them work well over 40 hours a week with no extra time off, bonuses or promotions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be, only continuing to decline

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    It is a good learning ground in many fronts - technical, business cases (many of what not to do), variety of industries covered, etc. Diverse workforce.

    Cons

    Below industry standards of salary for majority, declining quality, rotating workforce, constant reorganization, HUGE lack of quality management (thus all the prior items)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The mentality that "people are replaceable and interchangeable assets", the international outsourcing of everything, and the lack of quality leaders throughout the deep hierarchy, has left a very un-loyal, un-motivated, less efficient, less effective workforce that is costing you and your customers TONS. I'm sure Bill and Dave are rolling over in disgust and disappointment.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Its good company to work for if your starting off your career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Great started company for graduates.

    Cons

    Not a steady job. Cut when to many hours.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Product Marketing Manager - Services

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing
    Current Employee - Product Marketing

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

    Pros

    The services side of HP is much like HP years ago. People work together, are motivated, smart and it's fun.

    Cons

    HP is in the process of reducing it's workforce and will for some time. They need to figure out where they fit in the world of high-tech.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to be innovative and bring life back to your workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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