Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good People, Great Management, Excellent benefits/perks

    Cons

    Not many. Usual work stresses


  2. Helpful (9)

    The old HP is dead

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits: 401K matching, pension if you have been working there before they got rid of it, health, dental, vision. Can be a great place to work if your immediate manager is good Your experience in this company highly depends on which group you are in

    Cons

    Everyone is nice on the surface, but there is a lot of back stabbing and territorialism going on. This place is not a good place for women to work. There are very few women in upper management. It's still an old boys network.

    Advice to Management

    Please take steps to bring women in and promote them if they deserve it.


  3. Helpful (9)

    IT

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    flexible, people really great. Work hard, dedicated

    Cons

    management was more concerned about their bonuses than doing the right thing.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Horrible management, but some good benefits

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Matching 401K* Pension Plan* *Anyone hired after Nov, 2014 does not qualify for pension plan. Instead those people qualify for an extra 1% match.

    Cons

    Management: Seems like there are no good managers. There is too much back and forth discussion without decisions being made by the decision makers. For a Silicon Valley company, this really isn't an employee friendly company, especially with the removal of the pension plan. Vacation time: 15 days to start, but you HAVE to take Christmas week off. It makes it feel like you really only have 2 weeks of vacation. Bonus: Calculated based on Operating Margin. I don't think Agilent will ever have a >20% OM in order for the employees to get a decent bonus. Not after splitting off KeySight.

    Advice to Management

    Add benefits, don't remove them. Make decisions quickly. I realize this can be tricky to get right, but rather make a decision and correct course later instead of taking MONTHS to decide on a bad course.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good company overall

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Above average compensation, good benefits package, flexible work hours

    Cons

    There has been frequent management turnover


  7. Helpful (3)

    NA

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Lexington, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Vast resources you can pull from.

    Cons

    Working there is like getting loss in a company automated phone network.

    Advice to Management

    Keep Manufacturing Jobs in the USA


  8. Helpful (4)

    Great people and culture drive this company forward.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager
    Recommends

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people who are always willing to lend a hand; excellent work-life balance with the ability to work from home and take time off when needed; amazing company culture

    Cons

    Lots of politics and bureaucracy; technology adoption is very slow, we use some very old platforms and software

    Advice to Management

    Some unrealistic expectations, especially given the very old technologies we use to do our jobs.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Okay

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Not much scope to grow, no space

    Advice to Management

    Need better communication, listen to people who do the work on the floor, rather than making decisions off handed


  10. Helpful (5)

    Product Marketing Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Loveland, CO
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Loveland, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent company culture - still have some of the old HP way (but not all) and there are still lots of smart people to learn from.

    Cons

    Not a lot of things change. Nice if you like stability but frustrating if you want to move things forward.

    Advice to Management

    The company is what it is. The constant splitting (now there is Keysight) just seems like financial optimization rather than any real focus on company growth.


  11. Helpful (7)

    a comfortable place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Agilent has excellent work-life balance. If you read the reviews, pretty much everybody says that. As an individual contributor, the management and your co-workers are all pretty much team-oriented. People for the most part get along with one another (relative to other companies), the company treats you well even if you get laid off (severance etc), and at least in the technical fields, your co-workers will for the most part be pretty good at what they do. In some cases, brilliant, in fact.

    Cons

    What does "work-life balance" really mean, if you think about it? Yes, it's great if you have kids. But what it really means is, Agilent doesn't pay well and there are few upside benefits (like chances for promotion), so they make up for that by at least not being a crummy place to work. That's pretty much it. Agilent has no idea who or what it is or where it is going. In the chemical analysis field in particular, Agilent just milks the cash cow known as the gas chromatogram (GC), which it hasn't bothered to re-engineer in, oh, decades. Entrenched interests there in the form of old-guard boomers who designed it in - what, the Nixon administration? - have never seen a new idea they didn't hate because they already tried it and it didn't work. Most other divisions suffer from the same atherosclerosis. In fact, the only real innovation Agilent has done in years has been in the form of acquisitions. Outgoing CEO Sullivan was well-liked but mainly that's because he was a likable guy, when you get down to it. Workforce is demoralized from endless layoffs. The main campus looks like a ghost town now. Meanwhile customers have complained about quality ever since many of the big product lines' manufacturing was moved to SE Asia. Not to mention the various customers that A has screwed over, not just counting in the NMR business. Current plan seems to be to keep pumping the ticker up by inflating returns by cutting all costs including investment in R&D and new product lines. Hmm, where have we seen this play before? The classic pump-and-dump.

    Advice to Management

    Have you read Larry Fink's recommendation to public companies? He said stop listening to Wall Street so much, they only focus on the next quarter. This isn't really rocket science, but oh the irony of a Wall Streeter basically saying American companies are too beholden to their (stock) owners, and that your stock would perform better in the end if you started thinking longer-term. Finally, somebody on Wall Street that you should pay attention to, instead of the high-cost consultants you love to fly in every year or two to figure out the next group of dedicated employees to ax.



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