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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
521 Reviews

3.6
521 Reviews
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Agilent Technologies CEO and Director Bill Sullivan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees (in 108 reviews)

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment (in 45 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 16 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cares about employees but limited opportunities for advancement post company split. Existing management now overpaid.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance

    Pros

    Your experience at Agilent is dependent on your immediate manager. The company allows a lot of freedom for managers to dictate the environment for the staff. Some allow freedom to work from home others do not. work/life balance is fair, but with back office operations in South East Asia, there is a lot of work done outside of 'normal' work hours.

    Cons

    Pretty tight expense controls. No frills and the old HP employee perks are gradually going away one by one (retirement etc).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop selling and splitting the company and try to grow it!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Pension plan is a huge plus, 401k a plus, good medical plan offerings, stock reward been shrinking over the years for everyone but C level

    Cons

    Work life balance is challenging constant stream of top priority projects keep people working OT non stop. Cost cutting does not help

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward top performers. Mgmt does not walk the talk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Best work environment !!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Wilmington, DE

    Pros

    Very consistent in terms of hiring people with good attitudes. You will work with very smart people and learn a ton ! They believe that a happy employee will perform well ...... and they are right !

    Cons

    There are limited growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company greatest assets is called "employees"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    good company searching for direction

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Great company and coworkers and solid products

    Cons

    Have been cost saving mode the last few years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good mid-sized company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Specialist
    Current Employee - IT Specialist

    Pros

    Stability, and flexible work hours. Good benefits, still contributes to a retirement pension account. Good colleagues to work with.

    Cons

    Global company means out of normal workday hours. Outsourcing to offshore model can be challenging. Offshore vendor resources make aggressive schedules difficult to meet on some projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Individual contributors review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Expert Field Systems Engineer  in  Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Expert Field Systems Engineer in Bridgewater, NJ

    Pros

    The people and the knowledge of the resources is great . The passion all employees have for the work they do is very contagious.

    Cons

    The strategy being pushed to local district is not being delivered due to field managers being over worked . Managers not being technically educated on our own products as well as the trend of the industry and not having a true understanding how to build loyal from customer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Aging Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    As a young engineer in sales, there is a lot of opportunity in the older generation retiring. There is a lot of expertise and experience available

    Cons

    The company has an aging mindset and doesn't seem to be able adjust to getting, cultivating, and keeping young talent. The people that stay are complacent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open with employees about career planning

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering  in  Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Lake Forest, CA

    Pros

    Good benefits. Great employees. Good opportunities. Excellent market and business.

    Cons

    The employees are treated poorly. The work environment is hostile. The management for the Lake Forest and Folsom site looks down on employees. They are not open to any new ideas or suggestions. It is a very closed environment. Employees are afraid of sharing their ideas because of possible harsh consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider employees as the great asset of the company as they should be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rapidly becoming "just another big tech company"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees. In many divisions there is a strong emphasis on allowing employees to work from home a couple days a week, and other flexible work schedules. Benefits are solid (but not great) with a 401k plan, mediocre health insurance, and even a small pension.

    Within select divisions, some solid managers remain, and strive to make decisions that benefit both the customer and the employees working under them (more on this in "Cons"). There is a good opportunity for development and career progression here, but it has just as much to do with playing the "political" game as it does with developing your skill-set. That said, if you work hard, express interest in moving to a new role, most middle-managers do a good job of helping you get there!

    Cons

    This company has begun to slide - many of the old HP family have begun to retire, and have been replaced by management that has lost sight of "innovation." Instead, they have opted to go the way of many other big corporate tech entities, they simply purchase their new technologies and loosely integrate them into the "Agilent" brand.

    When I was hired 3 years ago, there was a sense of stability, family, and shared pride in the company. Traditionally, Agilent had viewed itself a "flat" organization, where even someone working as a low-level individual contributor could voice their concerns to a Vice President, or even the CEO, and feel their voice was heard. Those days are long gone. The culture has been rapidly sliding to one of bitterness, where individual contributors see very little appreciation for their efforts and upper management cares only about padding their own bonuses and the bottom line/shareholders.

    The company is re-organizing itself into a more industry-standard corporate hierarchy of "managers-managing-managers" with very few individual contributors at the bottom actually doing any work. This extremely top-heavy set-up leaves most managers more concerned with justifying their own existence, rather than actually managing their teams, leaving the individual contributors feeling lost, and fearing for their jobs.

    Upper management (VP-level and above) is only concerned about wall street/stock value. They have completely lost site of the customer, and their employees. The company is very "lean" on individual contributors, leaving those in these roles overworked, and stretched too thin to really provide the customer with a good experience or solution. The result is that customer satisfaction is slipping, which will ultimately affect sales, and the stock price that they hold so dear.

    3 years ago, I would have recommended this company to a friend in a heartbeat. I'd be less and less inclined to do so in the current climate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I agree that shareholder value is important, but so is maintaining a talented and motivated employee base. Be aware that your corporate culture is shifting from one of pride in Agilent's accomplishments, to one of bitterness, lack of job security, and under-appreciation. This will result in a revolving door down the road, where you will be unable to maintain solid workers. Sometimes, sweeping changes are necessary to move a company forward and maintain relevance in the business world, but when the changes involve a massive overarching management structure with layoffs at the bottom, you will lose talent where it matters most - in your customer facing roles.

    My advice is to look inside your company, and address the rapidly developing internal issues before a lack of pride in the company and a lack of innovation hurts Agilent where you will feel it - in market share, and stock price.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Agilent encourages employees to learn and improve. They provide educational assistance for any skill job related. The leadership has an open door policy and makes themselves available for any concerns. Work-life balance is respected.

    Cons

    There are no cons at Agilent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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