Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated August 26, 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. Agilent keeps its employees happy!

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Santa Rosa, CA
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    Pros

    The flexibility. I was able to set my own work hours. I was encouraged by my boss to play sports almost every day at lunch. There was basketball, indoor soccer, ping pong, softball. Being able to do stuff like that during lunch made working 8 hours a day much much more enjoyable. In addition, I found it to be a very family-like atmosphere. I really enjoyed the interactions I had with my coworkers. My boss was awesome. He always asked what he could do to help me do my work better. When I had things to improve on, he was so nice about explaining how he thought I could improve, and would ask what he could do to help me get better.

    Cons

    Some people don't like Santa Rosa, being kinda far from San Francisco, but I like it up there. Very quiet and laid back.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! I really enjoyed working at Agilent and would go back if I could.


  2. Overall, glad to be here

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    Current Employee - Electronic Technician in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Electronic Technician in Santa Rosa, CA
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    Pros

    Relatively stable and diversified company, up to date with latest technologies

    Cons

    Salary could be better. Lack of competition in the area keeps salaries down a bit

    Advice to Management

    A "suggestion box" for new ideas from employees


  3. "Work/Life" balance was invented here. Understand profit sharing bonuses when negotiating base salary.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
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    Pros

    I work for the company that _invented_ the "work/life balance" philosophy. Agilent is more HP than HP itself, in that sense. Flexible work hours and work arrangements, exercise classes during work hours, etc.

    Cons

    Profit sharing bonuses are merely variable pay, in that they allow Agilent to pay you a lower base salary. That way, when you get your profit sharing "bonus," you somehow are made to "feel good" about being given money you should have been making the whole time.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people. Listen to your lower level managers when they say they need people.


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  5. Bleeding Agilent Blue!!!

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
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    Pros

    Agilent employees are very smart and very nice and Agilent provides the best work/life "HARMONY". Agilent does a great job of making the work environment very comfortable and enjoyable with little unnecessary stress. At Agilent, it's much more important to do a great job than to deal with organizational beaurocracy.

    Cons

    The company encourages latteral moves more than vertical advancement. This is great if you want to learn a lot of new things and can focus on doing good work in the job you're currently in, but it could be frustrating if you expect to advance rapidly to a particular senior level position.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! You're awesome!


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    Agilent: A company with many good employees

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Place to develop good technologies. Nice work-life balance. Very nice and hard working coworkers. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Agilent is not giving pay raises. People are not confident about the upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Need to reward the employees more, instead of stock buyback etc. They are a lot of very talented employees who often feel they are not valued. Salary is generally lower that what people expect.


  7. Good, stable company; great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist (last Time I Checked) in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist (last Time I Checked) in Santa Clara, CA
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    Pros

    Some random thoughts in no particular order: It's a great work environment and culture. People really do seem to get along. Management is connected with employees; there's no feeling that you work in a highly tiered company. Results are rewarded. Of all the places I've worked, this place has by far the least politics, and you really feel like good work isn't punished. You are free to stick your neck out without fear of your head being cut off. Some tech companies have that sweat shop feel, but not Agilent. The management goes to great lengths to make its workforce feel valued. When times are good, we have keggers; when times are bad, management bends over backwards to keep from having to make layoffs.

    Cons

    For a serious scientist, opportunities for career advancement can be limited. If you're a PhD research scientist, keep in mind that you most likely won't be doing cutting-edge research if you sign on. Like most companies, R&D investment is just enough to try to keep up with the flood of innovation coming out of national laboratories &c. There are many interesting problems to work on but sometimes it's just scattershot.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pass up the opportunity to take a leadership role in key technologies. Too often, we play catch-up because we don't are afraid to invest in risky far-thinking ideas, unlike our competitors.


  8. Agilent is pretty good place to work, but they need to be more aggressive vs. competition.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Marketing Applications Engineer
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, people, culture and educational

    Cons

    Short term vision. Stale stock price. Me to products.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risk, be more aggressive roadmap to beat competion. Currently it is like a wait and see approach.


  9. Great people, great place to work, but concerned about the future.

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with. Very laid back and casual environment - management is supportive of flexible work arrangements, e.g. telecommuting, part-time, etc. Also supportive of continuing education. Great benefits. Good growth in the Life Sciences side of the business.

    Cons

    Electronics side of the business is not growing. In fact, that side of the business seems to shrink every year, either by divestiture, spin-off, or layoff. The executives seem concerned only with its quarterly numbers. Where is the vision for the future, especially for the EMG side of the business?

    Advice to Management

    Have some vision - don't be driven just by what last quarter's numbers show. Invest in R&D, innovation, and take more risks.


  10. Great place to work...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
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    Pros

    Company values, market position, technology portfolio, competency of senior leaders and most colleagues. Company has a strong benefits package including a 401K with match AND a company funding defined benefit pension plan

    Cons

    No longer leading the way for employment practices as HP was...Consolidating physical locations so fewer options for working out of an Agilent office.

    Advice to Management

    Nice job navigating the downturn. Also like the 'no nonsense' communication with employees about the direction and challenges facing the company. One caution if I may: Don't make EMG an 'orphan' within the company while putting all the attention on CA and LS. The EMG employees are feeling vulnerable to a sell-off


  11. Great culture. hard to break in and stay in.

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    Current Employee - Business Process Analyst in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Business Process Analyst in Santa Rosa, CA
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    Pros

    Very nice group of talented and committed individuals. All focused and willing to do the job correctly. Open communication and sharing of ideas to approaching problem solving.

    Cons

    Limited assurance by the company to commit long-term to employees. Approach to staffing is on an as needed basis - very quick to dis-engage... and then re-engage. That fluid dynamic causes angst at all levels.

    Advice to Management

    Mid-Management is very professional, and treats all personnel in operations and production with respect. The hard choice of cutting away staff is done often and quickly. In such a specialized field as Agilent operates, I would think the time spent re-hiring could be better exploited by cross utilization or even down grading work assignments, until such time production grows once again.



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