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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
561 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees (in 117 reviews)

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is challenging constant stream of top priority projects keep people working OT non stop (in 13 reviews)

  • Upper management runs the business based on politics for shareholders, not customers or employees (in 16 reviews)

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It use to be good.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    Not up to the mark

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    Current Employee - Finance Coordinator in Mānesar (India)
    Current Employee - Finance Coordinator in Mānesar (India)

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable and great company
    Nice business and less competition.
    Many benifits for permanent employees.

    Cons

    Very slow growth
    No learning even if you spent good time there.
    Highly stressed atmosphere made by espeacially my manager and that too not for actual work but the other things.
    No training at any time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please introduce some good training sessions for everyone after every few months so that everyone keep learning. Due to continous learning the employee can be good asset of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent prior to the split from HP

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work is available to challenge engineers.

    Cons

    Lower than competative wages for most US employees except very high level management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on innovation not on cost cutting. Value employees and pay above average compensation. Rebalance age distribution in US and Europe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very specific to Agilent tools, coding language, narrow, etc

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    less stress, access to resources,no dependency

    Cons

    no career growth, on training, progress is slow, lot of politics in the team.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Employees, poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Employees are the soul of the company, great legacy, innovative company.

    Cons

    Management rules with fear of job loss unnecessarily, constant middle management turnover weakens perceptions, layoffs over even slightest dip in forecast results, drive to earn bonuses is employees' perception of management decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees as adults and give them a reason to feel safe and secure. Hard to have self-confident employees who spend time worrying about their jobs, even when they have done little wrong, due to management decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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