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Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
9,451 Reviews
3.3
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Experience was mostly positive although favoritism demonstrated with some management groups.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity for advancement, lots of good people to ally with, training good, work/life balance was acceptable.

    Cons

    Pay was below significantly below what was promised with no outlet to correct, threat of layoff constant, upper managment never seems to have the plan that will get company back on track. They seem to offer one direction, work at it for awhile and then regroup with another plan when the prior plan falls through. Top managment has a clique feel that is VERY well compensated and have a fake facade or arrogance when talking to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together and find a vision. You are being paid to lead - if you can't, go somewhere else. People have their life careers invested in HP with no HP golden parachutes to catch us.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to have great people, now its all about the bottom line.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to move into different roles, under same level or same salary
    Flex time, work at home possibilities (being eliminated in the near future)
    Web Based online training on many areas.

    Cons

    To many re-organizations, most people do not help each other , a lot of competitiveness. Executive care only on the bottom line, no work life balance. Many people work on weekends at the point that it makes you feel guilty if you don't. Benefits get reduced year after year. Salaries never increase more that 2%-3% a year, with few exceptions. For sales, even if you make quota, you may be given a below average performance review if you are the lowest quota against your peers. A lot of effort to put in place a Voice of the workforce but no real effort to fix the issues that have more weight in employee dissatisfaction. Initially HP stated would pay for F2F training, most of the time it never gets approved (1 F2F training given in the last 7yrs). Travel is limited, so no opportunity to have team building activities for global positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read cons ad take some real action!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost it's way

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Employee respect and work flexibility. Not hierarchal.

    Cons

    Work-life balance. BoD and senior leadership poor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place, needs an innovation culture.

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Established. Several profitable businesses. Rich heritage/legacy. Great channel strength.

    Cons

    Serious lack of innovation - maybe something is in the works that no one knows about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company

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

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

    Pros

    -Flexible work-environment (although there is a recent initiative to come to the office everyday--its a good thing for team collaboration, but they track you like you're a child)
    -Lots of challenging work
    -Good benefits
    -Potential for advancement if you are Jr. level
    -A lot of great products/projects to work on (if you're lucky)

    Cons

    --Work/Life balance can be hard to achieve sometimes, projects may be behind, fires are burning, you'll be required to work until it's done
    --Too many initiatives and Projects going on. Sometimes seems there is a lack of direction, or direction is only known to the executives. People on the ground and just working on the assignments given. Company vision is somewhat clear, but gets lost when you zoom into the people on the ground
    --Old technologies, Process and too much red tape or politics for meaningful innovation (Internal applications/process)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    --Support your employees, follow process, communicate standards for a clear direction forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Used to be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enterprise Service Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Enterprise Service Manager in Cupertino, CA

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

    Pros

    Hard to say these days. Moral is low and everyone is just watching their back. Open Door was great. If it still exists.

    Cons

    Dropped work at home, lost technical chops, focused on stock price at expense of common sense and long ter growth, cut vacation, bennies, and fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on. Goal, not "reinventing" every 3 years. Fire board and CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    One of my better jobs, but it has its limits.

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    Current Employee - ITO Service Delivery Consultant IV in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - ITO Service Delivery Consultant IV in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Massive company with sites worldwide, employing hundreds of thousands of employees. Plenty of potential for growth so long as you're looking for it. Generous benefits and PTO.

    Cons

    The pros are also the cons of HP. With HP being such a large corporation with an enormous amount of employees, you feel like you're lost among a sea of people performing the same job. Management has no clear-cut way to see through the waves of people that they oversee whatsoever. A lot of the positions are grossly underpaid in regards to industry averages.

    The company also suffers from not knowing what they want to be. HP started off as a Computer company and then a PC and peripherals company. Then they started buying company after company to try and get in to every part of corporate business that they cannot focus their concentration to any one group. Instead of innovating in an area, they just buy a company that does it and slaps their logo on it (i.e. EDS, Palm).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hang in there... It's gonna be a bumpy ride.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Engineering Program Manager

    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Cupertino, CA

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

    Pros

    The culture. Work life balance

    Cons

    benefits and compensations. lots of changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring back the old HP culture! get back to innovation!

  10.  

    Innovative Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time

    Pros

    just started working HP over last 2 12 months

    Cons

    tough company work for. every single day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend time understand value and benefit employees provide.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People with Under performing and too much management levels

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    Former Employee - Systems/Software Engineer V in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Systems/Software Engineer V in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    I worked in a company they brought so that team was great...innovative I still talk with these guys

    Cons

    Macro-HP had no idea what it was doing and only choose scrum for the burn-down chart...but when you coming up with a new product...newsflash you don't have anything to burndown on yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop reacting and realize the world does not revolve around HP

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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