Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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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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  1. Helpful (1)

    Quality Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Culture is still strong and positive. Good leadership, but you need to go looking for it. Opportunities exist, but you have to earn them and sell yourself. Performance is rewarded, be willing to work hard for it.

    Cons

    Some really good managers, some really poor managers. With the spin off of Keysight, the new management team is cliquish (strong Chemical Analysis bias). Politics become more important.

    Advice to Management

    While pay for rewards is a great idea -- you need to listen to your top performers more than the management filtered messages. Too many people trying to look good for upper mgmt.

  2. Amazing company for interns

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    Former Intern - Bioinformatics Intern
    Former Intern - Bioinformatics Intern

    I worked at Agilent Technologies as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best projects, benefits, activities and learning opportunities for interns, opportunity to meet the CEO

    Cons

    Most of the people in the company have been associated with it for a long time. You won't be able to find young talent that often (esp. in R&D). Marketing and sales teams are full of college graduates.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Overall, a great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've enjoyed working for Agilent for the past 14 years. Company values and employee culture were two of the strongest assets for me, personally.

    Cons

    Rough times during the company restructuring periods. It was tough, but overall I believe the company did everything they could first before deciding to implement a workforce management.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the business a fun place to work. Retaining key contributors is easier when they like coming to work. Keep the benefits strong and keep the open door policy alive.

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  5. It was very rewarding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people there was great

    Cons

    Too many rules to follow

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  6. Good Company

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in China, TX
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in China, TX

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

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

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    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.

  8. Helpful (4)

    Needs entire revamp for middle management in software

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    work life balance, some really smart individual contributors however they are doing all the work on their own quietly as the middle management is very political, confused and without real technical knowledge

    Cons

    Needs serious revamp for entire middle management layer in software including integrating mgrs,directors,some tech leads. Pretty lot of politics in this area and lot of confusion is created. They are just behind taking credit without doing actual work, hence responsibilities are just pushed to one another/another team

  9. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    constant cost cutting. Some decisions take forever.

  10. Not bad for a large corporation

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company with good ethics and work/life balance

    Cons

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

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