Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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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. Overall, a great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Santa Rosa, CA

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

    Pros

    I've enjoyed working for Agilent for the past 14 years. Company values and employee culture were two of the strongest assets for me, personally.

    Cons

    Rough times during the company restructuring periods. It was tough, but overall I believe the company did everything they could first before deciding to implement a workforce management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the business a fun place to work. Retaining key contributors is easier when they like coming to work. Keep the benefits strong and keep the open door policy alive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Good working environment and flexible office hours.

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people, good office culture, and flexible that provide work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not a good choice to work as contractor here, there are a big different between permanent and contract worker in term of benefits. Limited chance for contractor convert to permanent, so don't as contractor at the beginning, get a permanent job here will good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Convert the contract worker that have good performance, instead of re-new their contract for years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Trying to keep the culture and vision alive...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Agilent's biggest strength so far has been its roots in the HP culture. Employees are given the freedom and flexibility to do their best work. There are still some very good employees and managers.

    Cons

    In India, strongly in need of better salary structure esp. in teams outside of Finance. Expenses should be balanced throughout the year instead of sudden spending and sudden freeze.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee performance evaluation needs to be more objective!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Needs entire revamp for middle management in software

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    work life balance, some really smart individual contributors however they are doing all the work on their own quietly as the middle management is very political, confused and without real technical knowledge

    Cons

    Needs serious revamp for entire middle management layer in software including integrating mgrs,directors,some tech leads. Pretty lot of politics in this area and lot of confusion is created. They are just behind taking credit without doing actual work, hence responsibilities are just pushed to one another/another team

  6. It was very rewarding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    The people there was great

    Cons

    Too many rules to follow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. great place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    perks , office culture , company values , good pay, employee friendly

    Cons

    None , none , none , none , none

  8. Manufacturing Engineer ( Agilent Technologies Inc, Gurgaon India.
    Nice place to work. People are friendly.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Open environment. Ample leaves. Nice people working around. Too many celebrations. flexible timing. In short good place to work in your old days.

    Cons

    Routine jobs. After working few months you will feel there is nothing new you are learning.A lot of management hierarchy which is actually redundant. Mostly you will spend time in doing meetings and meetings and meetings.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Manager

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great place to work, committed people, well managed by the executives.

    Cons

    Middle management hides behind rules to not take the necessary risks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the manager that do not take risks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Intern Experience

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    Former Employee - Intern in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Independence and trust with all aspects. No pressure from managers yet you still have responsibility. There was no making coffee's or tedious jobs, they were real projects that had an impact on the business.

    Cons

    Sometimes it was difficult to get in contact with managers as they were away and busy. This was also understandable and was not a serious con as there were no circumstances where I was in desperate need for advice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to talk regularly as different sectors of the business felt like they had different ways of working. It seemed to me there were some micro cultures within the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Not bad for a large corporation

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    Former Employee - R&D Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I got to work from home. Adequate compensation. I worked in small multi disciplined group.

    Cons

    Big company, little chance for rapid advancement or feeling like major contributor or having personal choice. Pretty tight purse strings. Poor IT support. Weak management. They extolled work life balance, but actually it was mostly a lot of work. Laid off entire department when they could easily have repurposed a good team of engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value a good team more and keep the rather than disposing to save dollars. Good proven team of engineers has high vlaue.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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