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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
595 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

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

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is challenging constant stream of top priority projects keep people working OT non stop (in 13 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in China, TX
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in China, TX

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Good working environment, good managers. People get the resources they need to make achievement. Everyone gets the opportunity to develop and grow.

    Cons

    Big company, sometimes the decision making process is complicated and slow. Slow to competition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company with good ethics and work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Good company with good ethics and work/life balance

    Cons

    Entrenched in old processes, some decisions are more political than objective.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very results focused, diverse projects, excellent company culture, but no hesitation lay off workers.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun projects, excellent cross-functional teams, experienced work force and constant innovation. Excellent internal training programs. Very fair layoff packages.

    Cons

    A bit brutalist when they shut down a product line, not a lot of time to find work internally before the layoff takes effect.

    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    a good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, good compensation. Clear objectives and transparent processes.

    Cons

    constant cost cutting. Some decisions take forever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Enjoy working at Agilent

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Work life balance. Great management. Really smart people

    Cons

    Old processes hinder speed to market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not bad for a large corporation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I got to work from home. Adequate compensation. I worked in small multi disciplined group.

    Cons

    Big company, little chance for rapid advancement or feeling like major contributor or having personal choice. Pretty tight purse strings. Poor IT support. Weak management. They extolled work life balance, but actually it was mostly a lot of work. Laid off entire department when they could easily have repurposed a good team of engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value a good team more and keep the rather than disposing to save dollars. Good proven team of engineers has high vlaue.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good culture, but old fashioned

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Agilent's company culture still has remnants of the old HP, where employees are respected, and many managers open to advice and concerns. Management tries to do the right thing, and work/life balance is respected. Co-workers are smart and friendly.

    Cons

    HR is very old fashioned. Promotions dishearteningly rare, salaries below average and stagnant. Relative ranking system devalues most employees, rewards manager favorites rather than rewarding results, promotes competition rather than cooperation, and leaves most employees feeling bitter and demoralized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agilent is a biotech company now, rather than an engineering company, and needs to change its mindset. Upper management needs to hire more executives with real biotech experience and with vision to grow the company. Salaries need to get more inline with Silicon Valley biotech salaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Remarkably innovative company with a beautiful focus on customers, employees and shareholders.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Outstanding colleagues, culture of progress and stunning leadership development.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for advancement due to size of company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Agilent is a large company with the typical tradeoffs one finds in that situation

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive salary, bonus and reward system, plays by the rules as far as I know. Has an ethical culture at the worker level meaning that they treat full time professionals humanely (I can't vouch for contract workers). Lower level managers I have had have been competent and even likeable.

    Cons

    Gradually moving away from the benevolent model to become more like other corporations. Replacing older experienced and expensive older workers with cheap talent without an appreciation of the long term consequences. Focused on the stock analysts and the quarter, blah, blah. It is hard to be a real star at the contributor level. The company is just too big.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very ethical company with highly intelligent and driven colleagues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Hands off management, high business ethics, technical challenges, great colleagues

    Cons

    politics; company is currently re-inventing itself, so there are many changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The recent change in management and the split with Keysight were poorly handled. The changes only fuel speculation regarding the next changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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