Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Agilent Technologies President/CEO Mike McMullen
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Pros
  • 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. Helpful (2)

    HR Representative

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Representative in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Representative in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great, great people to work with. Management at the business level is solid.

    Cons

    Bonus program for high level managers (senior and above) is rich but for the rest of the company bonus program has paid out extremely low.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

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

    Pros

    Good People, Great Management, Excellent benefits/perks

    Cons

    Not many. Usual work stresses


  3. Helpful (6)

    The old HP is dead

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits: 401K matching, pension if you have been working there before they got rid of it, health, dental, vision.
    Can be a great place to work if your immediate manager is good
    Your experience in this company highly depends on which group you are in

    Cons

    Everyone is nice on the surface, but there is a lot of back stabbing and territorialism going on. This place is not a good place for women to work. There are very few women in upper management. It's still an old boys network.

    Advice to Management

    Please take steps to bring women in and promote them if they deserve it.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good company overall

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Above average compensation, good benefits package, flexible work hours

    Cons

    There has been frequent management turnover


  6. Helpful (8)

    IT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    flexible, people really great. Work hard, dedicated

    Cons

    management was more concerned about their bonuses than doing the right thing.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Horrible management, but some good benefits

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Matching 401K*
    Pension Plan*

    *Anyone hired after Nov, 2014 does not qualify for pension plan. Instead those people qualify for an extra 1% match.

    Cons

    Management: Seems like there are no good managers. There is too much back and forth discussion without decisions being made by the decision makers.

    For a Silicon Valley company, this really isn't an employee friendly company, especially with the removal of the pension plan.

    Vacation time: 15 days to start, but you HAVE to take Christmas week off. It makes it feel like you really only have 2 weeks of vacation.

    Bonus: Calculated based on Operating Margin. I don't think Agilent will ever have a >20% OM in order for the employees to get a decent bonus. Not after splitting off KeySight.

    Advice to Management

    Add benefits, don't remove them.
    Make decisions quickly. I realize this can be tricky to get right, but rather make a decision and correct course later instead of taking MONTHS to decide on a bad course.


  8. Helpful (2)

    NA

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Lexington, MA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Vast resources you can pull from.

    Cons

    Working there is like getting loss in a company automated phone network.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Manufacturing Jobs in the USA


  9. Helpful (3)

    Great people and culture drive this company forward.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people who are always willing to lend a hand; excellent work-life balance with the ability to work from home and take time off when needed; amazing company culture

    Cons

    Lots of politics and bureaucracy; technology adoption is very slow, we use some very old platforms and software

    Advice to Management

    Some unrealistic expectations, especially given the very old technologies we use to do our jobs.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Okay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Not much scope to grow, no space

    Advice to Management

    Need better communication, listen to people who do the work on the floor, rather than making decisions off handed


  11. Helpful (4)

    Product Marketing Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Loveland, CO
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Loveland, CO

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

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

    Pros

    Decent company culture - still have some of the old HP way (but not all) and there are still lots of smart people to learn from.

    Cons

    Not a lot of things change. Nice if you like stability but frustrating if you want to move things forward.

    Advice to Management

    The company is what it is. The constant splitting (now there is Keysight) just seems like financial optimization rather than any real focus on company growth.



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