Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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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. Application Scientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Big company, lots of resource, and processes to follow. Very friendly work environment. Great people and very much willing to help. Lots of opportunities if you are self motivated.

    Cons

    Doesn't feel that the culture is to nurture new employee and encourage them seeking for professional growth but rather to do their limited duties. That said, you can look out for opportunities within the organization if you are self motivated.

    Advice to Management

    Should invest more on people to promote their personal and profession growth.


  2. Solid company, diverse products.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits and work environment.

    Cons

    Many acquisitions which can make product future uncertain.


  3. Field Service Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Customers are great and so are the co-workers

    Cons

    Changes with internal systems make the administrative portion of the job more time consuming.


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  5. A former agilent employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people and solid products

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities due to strategy change towards a focused business segment, and this business segment happens to be slow growing.


  6. my review

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Decent FTO. Nice Company car.

    Cons

    I do not believe there are many in particular.


  7. Lost in acquisition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work if you were there as a HP employee. Many long term employees who were there from before the spin off from HP.

    Cons

    If you were part of an acquisition, assimilation is difficult. Adaption to Agilent culture can be arduous and can feel as if you are lost in the acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    Find a better way to assimilate acquired employees. Adjust pay scales, commission plans to match existing plans within Agilent in a way that is fair to the acquired employee.


  8. Loved Agilent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Great people - Great technology.

    Cons

    When I was there, layoff every 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    grow.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Intranet Web Developer

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Had freedom to build out new site on Drupal

    Cons

    Very little support, much of staff who've worked there for ten plus years couldn't give a toss about you; an incredibly dull and uninspiring environment


  10. Generally good, could be better

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    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Researcher in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Still has the spirit of innovation and camaraderie that made HP great.

    Cons

    Too much management focus on splitting companies, buying companies, and doing anything but actually running company.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate, engineer, do science, as a means of getting a business advantage.


  11. Helpful (2)

    My take on the situation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bear, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bear, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can work from home frequently (policy changes depending on manager). The salaries are competitive - and they'll negotiate if you actually try to negotiate. They are trying to make it a "fun" place to work now that there are a lot of young people in the company - company-sponsored day trip ("trip" because it's only happened once), intern/new hire "club," improving fitness areas and offerings, etc.

    Cons

    Well, I've noticed a few and they jive with some other reviews. I think the speed at which this places moves isn't mentioned enough. It... Moves... So... Slowly. If management had to make a decision about how to format and synthesize that statement, it would take them three weeks. Keep in mind that Agilent is a huge, global organization. You're always dealing with people in other time zones, and at times employees that don't speak English as a first language. So sometimes there are communication barriers that cause delays as well. Also, because some divisions are so highly regulated, it could take weeks for something to get through the legal department - increasing project delays and postponing deadlines. In addition to the slow pace, a lot of the processes and programs are illogical. They'll eventually get you where you want to be but it'll be a long, winding path filled with strange instructions, training PowerPoints and listening to how other people have "figured out" how to get through/around it over the years. They could really use an update for their CRM (and programs that should work with it). A lot of times you'll end up entering duplicate information into, sometimes, three or four programs because they aren't interconnected. Big waste of time and efforts - and increases likelihood of mistakes. Sometimes, these programs are years old so they run incredibly slowly as well. Slow pace is the theme, guys. Also, now that I'm thinking about advancement... I often hear that they have internal candidates in mind for positions, and will interview other candidates (internal and external) anyway. Those other people never get the job and a lot of times you'll be told you need interview experience for future jobs. You can definitely move around the company, laterally. Moving up is incredibly difficult. Finally, work/life balance. You will only have a balance if you MAKE IT. They are not against taking 60, 70 hours of your week. If you start a position there, be up front about when you're comfortable working. I think anything under 50 is acceptable, hopefully no more than 45. If you want to work hours like that you have to be inaccessible outside of the office (or when you shut your computer down, wherever that is). Don't set a precedence that 50-60 hours is okay because they will not let you forget it. You'll be working 60 hours a week for eternity.

    Advice to Management

    BE TRANSPARENT. I cannot begin to explain how much employees dislike being kept in the dark. Rumors start, people here things. Then, because it takes so long for decisions to be made and no one explains anything to employees below them, people worry. Because no one is ever transparent until a decision is made and publicly posted, no one ever knows if they should be expecting more changes. This applies to many situations: new processes being introduced, organizational changes, project and task changes, etc.



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