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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
545 Reviews
3.6
545 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees (in 114 reviews)

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment (in 48 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.  

    Love my work but manager training would be appreciated!

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Folsom, CA

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Generally kind and helpful people to be working with. Technical staff is VERY intelligent and always willing to assist. Competitive pay and people have a very good chance to achieve an excellent work-life balance.

    Cons

    As with most companies, management is based almost purely on politics instead of ability. It seems that some supervisors are only put in place to be puppets for high management and those individuals should be trained more thoroughly on how to interact with their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are happy and want to be happy! Most do their best and are doing great work. There is no need to micromanage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    lives by its values, respect for all employees, collaborative work environment, work life balance

    Cons

    global company - you may need to work at odd hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    accelerate growth, new markets

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, great products, smart people

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with best of the best on leading edge measurement technologies. Long history of continuing to push advancements in spite of size & structure. Culture in the Test & Measurement side of the business is very much the old "HP Way".

    Cons

    Very experienced workforce resulting in limited advancement opportunities. For the stability the pay is good but not at the leading edge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to focus on a compelling vision and taking risks vs expecting everything to always work as planned

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Agilent does interesting projects. Individual contributors tend to be nice, and competent. Management at all levels: not so much.

    Cons

    Agilent tolerates bad managers. There appear to be no repercussions for those that ruin the company, or are imcompetent. Cronyism is tolerated. Mediocre pay. Lays off divisions freely and frequently.

  6.  

    Best in class among competitors

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good products some great people

    Cons

    The bureaucracy is horrific. Too much "anything someone else doesn't want to do" is piled on customer-facing employees, and there are too few of them. Company is very bloated in middle management, perhaps in part as an attempt to make people feel they have a career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fill in the bottom of the pyramid. The company is pear-shaped

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A great company to work for.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    The Culture - people are treated with respect. Management by objective. You are empowered to make decisions.

    Cons

    Not much upward movement. Low attrition rate at the higher levels. Also, could use a little more company-funded fun.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    As much rope as you want

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    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with awesome engineers and chemists - who need Wikipedia when you have people who know what they are talking about and are happy to help you understand. You have a lot of flexibility in solving problems, and if you see someone working on a problem that interests you then "welcome to the team". Management is aware of the 'graying' of the employees and continues to promote college hires. Agilent is one of the dwindling number of employers that still offers a retirement plan in addition to the 401K.

    Cons

    You are responsible for your own development plan, not your manager. Can be good or bad - good if you like challenges and have initiative, bad if you want someone to tell you what to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bill and Dave practiced "management by walking around" to get first-hand knowledge on what was going on. Agilent management does great at that for the first couple levels of management, but higher levels need to get out more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A very satisfying career

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    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent organization with a great technical value added product lines for a key growth market. Good market position and technologies for an ever expanding need.

    Cons

    Too much work being shipped to Asia for all the wrong reasons. Mgmt should focus on how to become more competitive in the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the above comments happen.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    This was the best place I've worked in my career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are surrounded by people doing amazing technology
    Most everyone has a good attitude
    The pressure to get things done is about right: not crazy high, but enough to keep the blood flowing

    Cons

    Working with people on 4 different continents can be trying. It's certainly a big organization. It's really the price you pay for such a rich technical environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to make Agilent more visible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Company Overall

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Support Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Support Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Very talented and intelligent individuals. The company has great high-level management who is leading the company a good direction.

    Cons

    Middle management, GM and VP, leaves something to be desired. Turn-over was very high, and it seemed that the General Managers were setting short-term division goals designed for a quick promotion to VP, rather than planning for long term stability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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