Agilent Technologies
3.6 of 5 510 reviews
www.agilent.com Santa Clara, CA 5000+ Employees

Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.6 510 reviews

                             

68% Approve of the CEO

Agilent Technologies CEO and Director Bill Sullivan

Bill Sullivan

(332 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "The work-life balance is so ingrained in the culture that it's just "how we do things""
    in 102 reviews
  • "Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment"
    in 43 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work / Life Balance sometimes out of balance"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Upper management runs the business based on politics for shareholders, not customers or employees"
    in 15 reviews
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    Great products, dedicated and talented research and development work force

    R&D Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsAgilent develops great instrumentation products which make a positive difference in the world supporting the scientific community. Here is an excellent cross-discipinary research and development environment, featuring opportunities to work in teams with excellent mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, software developers, applications chemists, and field product specialists. There are opportunities for reasonable work-life balance, including a flexible time off policy. Benefits include 401(k) employer match, stock purchase plan, family leave, semi-annual Agilent Results Bonus, opportunity for individual performance bonus.

    Consdifficult for software developers to advance in a hardware-centric company

    Advice to Senior Managementraise the priority of fostering employee development and continuing education; yes, schedule-driven product development environment is crucial for product releases and the bottom line, but make more investments in the continuing education of the engineering workforce

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Working with Agilent/Philips Medical Systems was an exciting and dynamic work environment

    Independent Sales Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsAgilent/Philips had many strategic sales opportunities which involved many levels of sales contact during the sales process.

    ConsOne of the cons working there was that I was handling four different sales capacities for them at one time. Sometimes scheduling conflicts would make it difficult to be in two places at one time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of learning opportunities. Agilent gives you all the tools to succeed.

    ConsMany employees work from home which limits networking possibilities.

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    No loyalty to IT employees

    IT Project Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat mission. Decent pay. Good people to work with.

    ConsConstant drive for low cost IT services....to the point that all they do is outsource. Half the price for 1/4th the quality. Very disappointing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake IT accountable to the business and give them the budget to actually add value.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Research Scientist (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsAgilent scientists are smart, creative people, who work well together. The environment fosters intellectual freedom by allowing room for long term, high risk projects, while maintaining a balanced research portfolio that supports product lines in the near term.

    ConsCompensation is mediocre. Yearly raises in base salary and/or promotions are hard to come by. Company boasts a 10% bonus on average as part of compensation package, but recent changes to payout structure effectively bring the average payout closer to 2-3%. Workforce is largely older, and young scientists perceive little chance at upward mobility.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStrategy to focus more on life science markets for long term growth is sound.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Research Scientist (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    Pros- Good work/life balance
    - Cutting edge technology
    - Extremely smart engineers as co-workers

    Cons- Low salaries
    - Big company - hard to gain recognition
    - Long and tedious product cycles - due to complex org structures

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Extremely professional and well-run organization

    Process Development Chemist (Former Employee)
    Boulder, CO

    ProsNo drama from supervisors, great salary, great support teams, friendly workforce

    Conssome employee burnout from routine tasks. some employees were frustrated with no being moved around to work on different tasks.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Field Service Engineer (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsMake your own schedule. Overtime pay is nice.

    ConsNeed to work overtime. May have to stay in one location.

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    Hard to beat Agilent for a solid long term place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Wilmington, DE

    ProsGrowth is due both to acquisition and organic growth. Everyone will agree that it is the individuals that make working together the best. There is solid history from HP and Agilent both that contribute to a deep corporate memory. We really do make the best in the industry.

    ConsNot to say there haven't been downsizing and early retirement programs in the past.
    While the benefits are reported as being "among the leaders", it is not Lake Woebegon, and it seems like many of the best benefits are eroding. The gap between rich and poor in society is reflected in bonus pay and salary between management and individual contributors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOutsourcing corporate services leads to poor service and distributes inefficiency making up the difference among all the workers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    production, shipping and receiving

    Assembler (Former Employee)
    Santa Rosa, CA

    Proscompany with a lot of opportunities to demonstrate I want to grow up

    ConsI don't have comments for this question!

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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