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  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees (in 117 reviews)

  • Healthy work environment with work-life balance (in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • Work / Life Balance sometimes out of balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Upper management runs the business based on politics for shareholders, not customers or employees (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Great place to learn

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are very friendly, lots of learning opportunity, sound technology.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than average.

    Advice to Management

    You have great talent, reward employees for it with above average salaries.


  2. Helpful (1)

    This is an ok place to have a job, but not a career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Agilent is a well known company with strong assets. The offer stock programs, and have full health benefits for full time employees. In the call center, there is the ability to have a stable job without much education.

    Cons

    Agilent dropped all educational benefits in 2010. In addition, Agilent plays way too much on the stock market valuations, as opposed to sound business practices. As an example, there is/was a couple that worked in the call center, and both of them have been laid off 3 times, only to be re-hired within the next year. The money they have made on their termination packages has bought them a second home.

    Advice to Management

    While this market is one for treating people like commodities, that shouldn't be made obvious by management. You had a senior manager come right out and tell everybody "we had over 100 applicants for 3 jobs" in reference to why they didn't take better care of their employees.


  3. Helpful (8)

    Politics and Who you Know

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good people, overall, to work with - Pays the bills, and then some - Good experience - This company still gives bonuses (no raises, though)

    Cons

    - Every manager in the upper echelons says "our pay is competitive with the current market". It's a lie, blatant and bold-faced. - Management top-heavy, from the TOP down to team managers. With this many managers running around, often multiple teams are doing the same work without aware of the other. Communication is neither encouraged nor managed. - Maybe a handful of managers actually know what their employees are doing, let alone how to do their job for them. If I want guidance on how to read, why would I want an illiterate looking over my shoulder "coaching" me? - It's obvious it's who you know. If you're friends with someone who's broken into the Management circle, getting promoted is really easy. If not, or worse someone in the inner circle doesn't like you, then good luck advancing beyond un-appreciated drone. - Fluff. They believe that by having silly distractions those who work the front-line will forget that they're a number. Casual dress, community clubs, washable marker walls, etc are pointless if all you're doing is trying to paint over the bullet hole in the wall. No one is fool, and those who are belong flipping burgers - $ oritented. True, what company isn't? However, when opinions are based solely on how much $ was brought in by their team, regardless if they know what they're doing, then there's something wrong. - Movement is like a marathon run with obstacles. Regardless of qualifications, if you don't know the right people, have the right recommendations, and kiss the right back-sides, you're not likely to move anytime soon. And if you're a valuable asset in your current spot, management won't take into consideration about your personal growth. Their numbers and team performance are more important, and if that means you stay in the same spot forever, carrying a majority of work, then that's where you stay. Watch for words like "Super Star" and the like to cover up the truth. - Tools and system resources to perform day to day duties are subpar, at best. And when requests for IT to investigate are done, it's either half-assed or "this is in the pipeline, but not as important as other items, so here's a free coffee coupon instead" - Rather than remove the slackers, parasites, and poor performers, the company keeps them around and either ignores them entirely or shuffles them around. They'd rather keep a rotting branch than risk growing a new tree, often times with those who've been around countless years and truly need to leave. Seriously. In order to be fired, there's either got to be porn on the net involved or you smacked someone on the backside....because if your performance is dragging everyone else down, your job is still safe so long as you've either been here forever or are friends with brass. - Office Space - Every year, a new catch phrase...but don't worry. It will be irrelevant in 8 mths. - If you're in management or one of the Sales reps out in the field, bringing in the big money, you're free to be as rude, disrespectful, back stabbing, deceitful, and all around dispicable as you like....if you're not, be prepared to be on the receiving end of the above, be prepared to be helpless when it happens, and be on the watch for those few people in those positions who DON'T do this and make friends with them quick, because there aren't many. - Freedom of Thought, Fresh Ideas, and Speaking your Mind is not welcome here. Forget rocking the boat, if you so much as shift a finger out of step with the rest, you're immediately under the microscope. If it's a good idea, someone above you will claim it and give you a piece of paper in return. If it's a bad idea, it'll be logged as a complaint and filed under "Coaching Opportunity" - Is your manager a bad person? Are they horrible in their position? Would you sooner follow a blind man off a cliff? Too bad. They're friends with the right people, including their own boss, and when you complain up the chain, you better have that resume updated.

    Advice to Management

    Gut this company. You've got people who've been around 20+ years, yet still believe it's the same world as it was when they started "back in the good ol' HP days". How discouraging is it to have brass visit, show a few figures, and then spend 40 minutes of company time telling us how great the old days used to be? Those who refuse to leave HP behind, refuse to adjust to this decade, refuse to maintain and promote talent rather than the 'old boys club' mentality need to go. And any manager who doesn't think this is happening today is part of the problem. Bill, you're a great guy. It's a pleasure to work for you, to say that my CEO is a friendly, upbeat guy, not some sleezy Enron type. I would happily trade a grandparent or great uncle for you, but they're retired nowadays because they did what they could and were no longer able to keep up. Time to let this company fully move out of the HP household and make our own identity. I would always wish you the best, but it's time you said goodbye, and took quite a few of your upper folks with you.


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  5. It was fine as long as you could help out and didn't ask for career growth

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Denver, CO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people Benefits seems fair and decent work was challenging in order to meet deadlines.

    Cons

    The location I was at did not support career growth nor did they promote it

    Advice to Management

    Why not look to hire and grow talent from within instead of always getting new hires to fill positions. Some of your current employees have great ideas of how to run things for the future of the business.


  6. Agilent Sales Team

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology and industry-leading products. Agilent has the best research and development team in the industry, or so it seems from inside. The team nature of the field sales group is refreshing, and the 'never lose alone' slogan is justified. The pay is competitive, the management is respectful and still retains the open door and 'walk around' style of the old HP from Bill & Dave. In some places there may be too much management; but most are valid.

    Cons

    Communication between divisions and homogeny of resources tends to be lacking. (For example, a website with technical resources from one division may be structured completely differently from another division, and they are not linked together coherently. Too many internal tools and processes overlap and change too often, specifically with the complication of the new 'channel partner' initiative.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a consultant group to cohesively integrate all the points of contact in the sales process; I think you would find a significant amount of time is wasted because teams become 'silo-ed'. Ex; two different teams do the same thing in different ways, causing more work for both, and attempts to compromise just create more processes.


  7. A concerned employee!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People are awesome. Customers are fantastic. Resources available to get the job done are quite extensive. Flexibility of work environment is second to none. Ability to take time of when necessary is valuable to me.

    Cons

    Focus on cash flow and cash reserves at the expense of rewarding people is getting relly old. No pay raise just because I'm at the same level as industry standard does not feel good; regardless of the business reason.

    Advice to Management

    You have not taken the appropriate steps to keep employees loyal to Agilent. The economic environment is truely difficult, but when you treat people like commodities you will suffer when the economy turns around and you lose your most valuable asset.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Spark of Insigt just a dull glow. Bill and Dave would wonder where the real entrepreneurship went!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Still the place to be for test and measurment technology minded engineer. Great place to learn to be an engineer. Close working relationships if you are not remote.

    Cons

    No movement. Most divisions do not know how to work with remote employees Weak achievements touted as great success. Too many excuses for why they are not leadint the market in certain technology areas. Lower level managers not held accountable for being managers of employees. Most employee reviews are the "end of the year" surprises

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at most of the management levels. It is very narrow in experience. Typically they have an HP (TMO) and/or Agilent backgound only. Easy to get frustrated if have career growth plans that bring a new light to divisions



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