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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
534 Reviews
3.6
534 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.  

    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.

  2.  

    A very satisfying career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for 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
  3.  

    Great benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good work culture, amazing benefits

    Cons

    Pay is not great, no job growth for a while, no emphasis on measuring employee performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find better policies to promote the right individuals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great place to learn and grow

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician  in  Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    Good flexibility, Good benefits, a decent amount of work freedom.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than other comparable employers. No upward growth for better positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote your good workers, pay them better when they do very good job.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Easy work culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Flexible timing, easy working culture

    Cons

    Performance bonus are poorly applied

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    As much rope as you want

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for 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
  8.  

    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 for 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
  9.  

    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 for 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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance

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

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Benefits

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

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

    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

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