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Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
10,135 Reviews

3.3
10,135 Reviews
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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  

    Great products with poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefit package

    Cons

    unorganized and too report heavy. Poor communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice if communication was positive and everyone was on the same CRM platform. The Autonomy division is a train wreck.

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

    It was fun while it lasted

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Used to be family-friendly, but now they are enforcing rules that dont make sense

    Cons

    Bad compensation model, uninspired/demoralized workforce. Way too many layoffs. Always seems to be in turmoil.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much, except dont screw up anymore

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA

    Pros

    Nice people, nice location in Herndon,VA

    Cons

    Once HP took over EDS they destroyed it, loss all sense of mission

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Off shore and cheap

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    Current Employee - SAP Security
    Current Employee - SAP Security

    Pros

    Large company with lots of toys.

    Cons

    Upper management has no clue on what the workers really do. They live in a different world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop listening to the drones of middle management. A large part of the work force is growing due to favoritism and yes men. Not through skill and dedication. The company is broken.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The cultural change was dramatic in coming from another company HP bought and seemed to provide less client delivery.

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    Former Employee - Business Consultant  in  Pontiac, MI
    Former Employee - Business Consultant in Pontiac, MI

    Pros

    Exposure to large scale systems and clients while daunting at times, provided the potential for a solid and professional growth path in numerous areas.

    Cons

    The constant worry over the next down-sizing and difficulty in finding internal positions due to budget constraints which affects morale, work product and work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is another side to an employee's value than just the real revenue they bring in, such as in the value of cost avoidance projects and not the RIF type. Besides reducing overall corporate costs in the long run, they can increase customer satisfaction, improve the effectiveness, delivery and timeliness of internal systems, etc. which can positively affect the bottom line as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 10 people found this helpful  

    Great if you work in a low-cost country

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX

    Pros

    - Line management supports employees
    - Benefits decent (in the US, anyway) but declining

    Cons

    - Work in the wrong place, you'll get laid off and the severance package in the US is eroding rapidly; the Technology & Operations unit might as well be called HP-Bangalore because US/Europe employees are being shown the door with increasing frequency in favor of less expensive outsourced employees who are as innovative as a rock
    - Bending over backwards for the millennials while canning experienced employees ASAP; cheap doesn't mean good
    - Constant reorganization for the sake of reorganization
    - Got rid of pensions a while back, promised 6% 401-(k) match, now cut to 4%, who knows what's next
    - Raises? We don't need no stinking raises, at least that must be management's perspective as raises, even for top performers, may be a couple of percent. More often over the last ten years: nothing.
    - Mandatory work in the office policy even if you have no team members in the same state or country (and they run butt-in-the-seats metrics)
    - New senior management is once again being hired from outside rather than being developed from within
    - Employee development - only if you pay for it or want to watch stiflingly boring canned courses
    - Reward structure is heavily tilted in favor of the director level and above as they have a separate, far superior bonus structure. Line mgmt/employees *might* see an annual bonus of 2-4%; directors can easily see 10x that much, and VPs and above evem more. Crushing internal politics mean you have to be a savage with no concern for individuals to be promoted to these levels.
    - A lot of lip service is paid to recognition; employees are encouraged to go to a web site to recognize co-workers, but your 'reward' is a PowerPoint certificate. Even major functions have recognition programs that provide nothing more than a plaque or some other small physical award in lieu of any financial remuneration. They seem to think attaboys are totally sufficient in and of themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Notice how more and more HP reviews are coming from people in low-cost countries? That's because Bill & Dave's legacy is nowhere to be seen, and it's all about the bottom dollar to the exclusion of all else. The company's focus is all about the shareholder and the executive ranks, and the individual contributor be damned. The company is now up to 50,000 layoffs this round, almost exclusively in the US and Europe, while numbers in India, China, Singapore, and Costa Rica continue to grow. If you don't work near a core location, you're subject to being laid off with a whopping two week notice; same goes if you work in a high-cost location like Palo Alto - well, unless you're an executive, in which case you can work wherever you want. Whitman recently announced an additional 16,000 layoffs to save the company a billion dollars a year in cost, but the company doesn't have any problem throwing nearly that much money out the door quarterly on stock buybacks and dividends to prop the share price up. Tell us again, what does share price have to do with innovation, customer satisfaction, product quality, or sales?

    Unless you're in sales, US/European employees should run away from this company. You may last a few years, but the goal is to replace you with someone making one-fifth your salary or less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Work Location Strategy is POOR

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    Pros

    Work life balance is possible, great people

    Cons

    Although there is much talk about career development at HP, there is an undocumented policy that only those who are currently based in an HP hub location (California, Texas, UK, etc.) are eligible to be promoted to executive levels. The company is also moving to eliminate all teleworkers from its ranks, regardless of the role that the employee has (global, etc.). This is very disappointing to employees who live 2+ hours away from the nearest HP location and are being forced to commute to the office (where they don't have any colleagues that they collaborate with at that location).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink the company's work location strategy. It is causing some of HP's best employees to reconsider employment there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating and Hurtful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Developer/Engineer  in  Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - IT Developer/Engineer in Roseville, CA

    Pros

    I'm sorry.....I honestly don't have anything good to say about the company anymore. It used to be the most amazing place to work. Now it's hurtful and depressing and frustrating. We sit and watch our teammates get laid off without warning and then we get to handle their workload. It happens over and over and over. Very very sad.

    Cons

    People managers for the most part are a thing of the past. If you can get one to really get to know your work you are one of the very very few and lucky. Raises don't exist unless you are the tippy top achiever. Unfortunately, there is no longer any work/life balance due to the 1000s of layoffs. And there doesn't seem to be any end in sight to those lay-offs. They are hitting every level of expertise as well: from college-hires to very experienced employees. Also, HP is looking to pull out of California so don't even torture yourself and think about hiring on to HP in California. If you do you'll soon be out of a job or moving to Texas (on your own dime of course).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Someone needs to acknowlege that laying off all your expertise is NOT the way to cut company costs in order to make mgmt's numbers. In addition, it doesn't pay to outsource all your expertise. You need in-house resources that ensure that your contract employees are doing things the "right" way. In IT there are 1000 ways to do everything but considerably fewer that fulfill all the requirements, is easily maintainable and provides for future growth. At HP all mgmt cares about is speed and $$ at any cost. That cost can be employees, expertise or quality (or all 3)!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    The motionless roller coaster

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Services Information Developer  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Services Information Developer in Indianapolis, IN

    Pros

    * Good experiences
    * Great people to work with
    * Flexible work-life
    * Plenty of work to keep yourself busy

    Cons

    * Bad experiences
    * Not so great people to deal with
    * Slow decision making, with a development schedule that doesn't change accordingly
    * Idle Career, no progression
    * Don't expect raises, bonuses / pat on back is what you look forward to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more incentives for employees. Retain employees that show they can perform.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor benefits and compensation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Security Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Security Manager in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Work life balance is outstanding at HP.

    Cons

    This company attracts underperformers. Ambitious and talented workers leave the company because of the lack of career progression and poor compensation and benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovate. Provide incentives to attract and retain top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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