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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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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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    Electronics Eng

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    not bad accomodation, new building

    Cons

    lousy pay, lousy bunch of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sack the management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Used to be a great culture but has turned into a bully culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Work-life balance issues really depend on how your immediate manager or their manager views the topic, for example, can you work from home or are you expected to be in the office. You can be held responsible to be in the office during the day but on calls early in the morning and late at night, again, depends on the work group. Pay is supposed to be among the best, but check it out because the pay is inclusive of a bonus that only is paid out if the company is doing well. You could find a better salary elsewhere. If you are hired in at a high wage, it may be years before you get an increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the wealth to the folks who are doing the work. The pay system gives little reward to the folks who are supporting the few who are deemed exceptional in a statistically biased measure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    good paying company but unpredictable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    good pay check and good work environment

    Cons

    Unpredictable. business unit was closed down in very short notice and employees asked to go

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There will be definitely harsh decisions based on companies performance, but layoffs can be done in more supportive manner with reasonable compensation benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing Experience in terms of career growth.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The have a very good tool in RF & Microwave FE

    Cons

    Lack of Vision & the Management has no idea of how the tools, Back End tools, they are selling need a lot of improvement. They sell their tools based on lies!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get Real!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A shadow of old HP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    people, flex time, plant locations

    Cons

    outsourced most jobs to Asia, killed HP Way, layed off most experienced workers who had higher salaries, most people just happy to have a job, only the top 5% are rewarded,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring manufacturing jobs back

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Agilent: Old School HP + New School Mismanagement

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Liberty Lake, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Liberty Lake, WA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    They pay you in money.

    Cons

    Diminishing opportunities. Penny pinching to the point of failure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside the box. Think long term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    its a job, not a career

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    Current Employee - Technician
    Current Employee - Technician

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    -there are some good people left here if you can find them
    if you find one, i'm told their guidance is priceless for navigating the politics

    Cons

    -politics rules everything its who you know not what
    -low pay
    -very low morale
    -management uses the stick instead of the carrot for motivation
    -little recognition
    -quality comes second to quantity (profit)
    -most employees are new 0-5 or old 20+

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of you must go. Some of HPs cultural attributes must be recaptured and retained for this company to remain viable as it is rotting from within. You are not rewarding some of your best people. Your subordinates are not slaves. Stop sending jobs out of the USA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    loyalty is not a considered employee asset.

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    always fresh technology to learn with.

    Cons

    offshoring efforts didn't take into account the effect on the people that made the company what it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    appreciate the loyalty of the employees when you think about layoffs. People suffer, and you keep getting your bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Agilent, not innovating the H-P way

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Being able to work in Sonoma County is a pleasure, as it is a lovely area in which to live.
    Technical abilities of coworkers and project engineers is outstanding

    Cons

    Layoff culture
    Mismanagement of product lines and growth
    Mismanagement of time to market
    Problems with non-technical managers managing technical groups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please show some back bone and spin EMG off, and stop dragging it around and not adequately funding product development.
    For technical positions, you cannot just manage by people principles. You have to understand what they do, and not just the concept. Management is more than just a Powerpoint slide presentation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good pay to new hire but annual increment for existing employee is poor

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Could learn a lot if you are hard working

    Cons

    Some employee misuse the working hours flexibility, management to employees ratio is high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair to existing employee when management willing to pay higher for new hire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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