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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
521 Reviews

3.6
521 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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  1.  

    A nice warm blanket.

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    Current Employee - Expert R&D Hardware Engineer  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Expert R&D Hardware Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA

    Pros

    They still take care of the non-tangibles: yoga classes, soccer field, cafeteria, etc. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Some people aren't motivated to work. Pace can be slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better benefits. 6k family deductible for medical insurance?!?
    Better accountability. Some people have become too good at avoiding hard work.
    Better strategy. With a T&M industry growth rate of 2.5%, you have to be visionary when it comes to product planning.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Agilent splits into two companies in November. Keysight, the new T&M company is a good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people you get to work with have high integrity, work hard, and want to do what is best for the customer.

    Cons

    Just like most high-tech companies, raises are rare, new promotional opportunities are pretty much non-existent, and the drive for innovation is gone. Upper level management takes very calculated risks which limits the opportunities for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start taking more risk. Start looking at how you can grow the business outside your core. That is how Hewlett Packard became great and people loved working there. You have fallen behind the innovation curve and are getting out paced by the younger companies like Google, and Facebook. The only reason for this is management's current mindset.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Agilent Technologies- a good place to work, but struggles a bit to adjust with the volatile market.

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Wilmington, DE

    Pros

    Overall a good company with a nice working atmosphere and facilities, knowledgable experienced employees for most part. Flex hours allow for a nice work/life balance, pension and 401K, profit sharing, and reduced medical benefits.

    Cons

    Pay not the greatest, but comparable. Upper management runs the business based on politics for shareholders, not customers or employees. Gross mismanagement at the upper level with failed acquisitions/outsourcing and corporate greed. Too much emphasis on bean counting and not enough on quality, customer satisfaction, or employee retention. Top share of Life Science marketplace is in jeopardy due to these poor policies and decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that the 'split' is over, turn the focus from cost reductions back to quality, and customer/employee satisfaction. Do more research or investigate fully before any future acquisitions. Profit sharing has been in the toilet since the latest mergers, and wages have been stagnant for some time, but CEO's and boardmembers continue to enjoy ridiculous salaries and bonuses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall would recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    - Great people to work with
    - Overall good values and integrity, at least in the Field Services department
    - Flexible working hours, though lots of overtime

    Cons

    - No clear path for career advancement/promotion
    - Not many valuable leadership opportunities
    - Not too much contact with colleagues in the field (can be considered a pro to some)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Try to promote/value/challenge staff more. Agilent seems to do a great job hiring. I have no complaints about any one I have had to deal with in the organization, but Agilent needs to improve on retaining people because of lack of structure in valuing and challenging their workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great culture and employees. I enjoy coming here everyday.

    Cons

    low pay and benefits are ok. Employees are older so harder to move up.

  7.  

    Great culture and poeple

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dedicated and friendly poeple/envirornment
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    limited pay increases
    quite freq layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on growing company organically

    Recommends
  8.  

    Solid. Honest. Nurturing management team.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Manager  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Manager in Santa Rosa, CA

    Pros

    Managers treat people with respect. A long history and storied culture. A global engineering company that cultivates excellent transferable skills.

    Cons

    Measurement hardware is a hard to defend market. Focus on operations has led to divestitures that may play well to The Street, but lead to challenges for current employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aggressive in growing, not divesting. Espouse a vision that retains talent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great products, dedicated and talented research and development work force

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer

    Pros

    Agilent develops great instrumentation products which make a positive difference in the world supporting the scientific community. Here is an excellent cross-discipinary research and development environment, featuring opportunities to work in teams with excellent mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, software developers, applications chemists, and field product specialists. There are opportunities for reasonable work-life balance, including a flexible time off policy. Benefits include 401(k) employer match, stock purchase plan, family leave, semi-annual Agilent Results Bonus, opportunity for individual performance bonus.

    Cons

    difficult for software developers to advance in a hardware-centric company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    raise the priority of fostering employee development and continuing education; yes, schedule-driven product development environment is crucial for product releases and the bottom line, but make more investments in the continuing education of the engineering workforce

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Working with Agilent/Philips Medical Systems was an exciting and dynamic work environment

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    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative

    Pros

    Agilent/Philips had many strategic sales opportunities which involved many levels of sales contact during the sales process.

    Cons

    One of the cons working there was that I was handling four different sales capacities for them at one time. Sometimes scheduling conflicts would make it difficult to be in two places at one time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    No loyalty to IT employees

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager

    Pros

    Great mission. Decent pay. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Constant drive for low cost IT services....to the point that all they do is outsource. Half the price for 1/4th the quality. Very disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make IT accountable to the business and give them the budget to actually add value.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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