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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
580 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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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Good culture, but old fashioned

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

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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
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  5.  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Great place to learn new things

    Cons

    Benifits, Micro management and travelling

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very ethical company with highly intelligent and driven colleagues

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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
  7.  

    Very good company

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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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good wages, good people to work with. Company cares about us.

    Cons

    Some entitlement from some long time employees. Managers don't deal with all performance issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone fairly and to the same standards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    smart products, and great learning experience. Management is a revolving door, and little investment in employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Great products, talented engineering team. Accommodates work life balance.

    Cons

    Too many reorganization and management changes. Very little investment on employee growth and mentorship.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Innovative company with a vision and solid management team.
    Great product development life cycle and policies

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    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    technical symposiums.
    innovation through labs.
    benefits and employee programs
    internal training

    Cons

    it is sometimes difficult to works through all departments for coordination

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Genomics Division Review

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    Former Employee - Genomics Marketing
    Former Employee - Genomics Marketing

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

    Pros

    The biggest pro for working at Agilent is the quality of most of the people that work there. There are some dedicated people working in R&D, Tech Services, Sales, and even Marketing. The benefits are nice and compensation is pretty good. There are also opportunities to evolve your position through hard work and making sure the right people notice.

    Cons

    Like most other tech companies, one of the biggest cons is being unofficially on call nights and weekends. I worked on the business side of things and management was going through transition, so it felt like you had to make sure to check email before going to bed and before going into the office. It really wasn't uncommon to get a response from the GM at 10:30pm or to get an all division email sent at 4:00am.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could use a closer relationship to their independent contributors (those who don't manage others) and first line managers. A lot of good, knowledgeable people left because direction changed and management did not communicate the change or the new priorities effectively down the chain.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Old School with out the stability

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    There are many technical challenges and some excellent engineers.

    Cons

    The Board is sprucing up the company just enough to they can sell it ASAP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be honest with us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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