Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. Marketing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment and reasonable benefits

    Cons

    Far too much change and cost cutting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership from the top

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Crazy workpace without letup

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    salary low to average, high work load, bonus can be great if you get both categories but your manager has to love your work

    Cons

    no time to form relationships with colleagues due to work load, moving all jobs to Malaysia that can be moved, all expectations are immediate

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Old School with out the stability

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    There are many technical challenges and some excellent engineers.

    Cons

    The Board is sprucing up the company just enough to they can sell it ASAP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be honest with us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Once great, trending downward

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer

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

    Pros

    Products are well made and usually better than competition. Company is stable, and will be around for a long time, unless they get bought out by a behemoth like Danaher. Given the recent divestitures, this might be coming.

    Cons

    At one time, this was a great company to work for. Over the last decade or so, benefits have gone way down, morale is low, and management does not value individual contributors. Additionally, it has become overly political, and upward mobility is highly dependent on whether or not your direct manager likes you, and what their credibility is with other senior leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to develop employees from the ground up through steady coaching, and providing opportunities in other areas. Listen to your employees, rather than shut them down when you don't like where the discussion is headed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Watch out for politics

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    Former Employee - Product Support in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Product Support in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    GOOD people doing the work. They are dedicated and VERY hard working. It is easy to have them as close friends

    Cons

    Management - too many layers without clear sight of it's employees. Politics is bad if you get in the way. I had false charges placed by a manager I never met

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    STUDY the HP Way again

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    It use to be good.

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented Life Sciences R and D department with good products. Get to work on interesting projects, products and cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    No raise or promotion even after excellent yearly reviews due to cost cutting in everything. Expect frequent layoffs. Contractors are hardly ever hired as permanent employees and are treated unfairly. Unprofessional and incompetent management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need good leaders to promote talent and motivate teams instead of only focusing on short term goals.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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