Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)

    Quality Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Culture is still strong and positive. Good leadership, but you need to go looking for it. Opportunities exist, but you have to earn them and sell yourself. Performance is rewarded, be willing to work hard for it.

    Cons

    Some really good managers, some really poor managers. With the spin off of Keysight, the new management team is cliquish (strong Chemical Analysis bias). Politics become more important.

    Advice to Management

    While pay for rewards is a great idea -- you need to listen to your top performers more than the management filtered messages. Too many people trying to look good for upper mgmt.


  2. Helpful (6)

    Marketing Program Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, interesting projects

    Cons

    No career opportunities. No pay increases for over 10 years!

    Advice to Management

    Start figuring out how to grow the business and create career opportunities for your people.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Account Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Sales Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Sales Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Flexibility in controlling your own success or failure, a lot of autonomy. Management was mostly focused on bottom line numbers and as long as you produced life was good.

    Cons

    I felt like management didn't really add value, they were always interested in high level meetings but did nothing to get them. For the most part the success or failure at an account happens with first line management at an account not at the GM level.

    Advice to Management

    Stay out of the account managers way.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Arrogant company tap hat doesn

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    A lot of autonomy set your own 14 hour day

    Cons

    Very little help in resolving basic corporate infrastructure complexity

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the bloated middle management by half, put more feet on the street and go out and actually see what a customer looks like.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Overall, a great company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    It was very rewarding

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people there was great

    Cons

    Too many rules to follow

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  8. Helpful (2)

    Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in China, TX
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in China, TX

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment, good managers. People get the resources they need to make achievement. Everyone gets the opportunity to develop and grow.

    Cons

    Big company, sometimes the decision making process is complicated and slow. Slow to competition.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Very results focused, diverse projects, excellent company culture, but no hesitation lay off workers.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fun projects, excellent cross-functional teams, experienced work force and constant innovation. Excellent internal training programs. Very fair layoff packages.

    Cons

    A bit brutalist when they shut down a product line, not a lot of time to find work internally before the layoff takes effect.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Not bad for a large corporation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (8)

    Needs entire revamp for middle management in software

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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