Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    OK for starters or folks waiting to retire, but not for anyone else

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Intresting technologies to work for; good prospects for continuing education. Had chance to work with some really bright engineers when I joined, and maybe you too will get the same, if placed in the right group. Headquarters seems to be a better place than folks in remote outposts.

    Cons

    Poor career growth propsects, management head in the sand. Older engineers with limited intrest in modern technologies get to make all the decisions; lots of political infighting. Lots of groups are resource hogs with no productive output, but manage to get funded because of the close ties with upper management (in most cases those guys rose from the same groups). Very hard to shine technically. Stopped access to IEEE/ACM libraries as part of cost cutting, and still have the gall to call themselves an engineering company

    Advice to Management

    Identify skills and talents of engineers and utilize them efficiently; cull bloated engineering workforce at the top. Restore engineering as the prime focus for the company instead of being soley sales-driven


  2. Helpful (1)

    Agilent - not the best place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some good engineers you can learn from.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs in the US. Senior Management clearly wants to get only cheap asian labor. A ridiculous ranking system with quotas which makes it impossible for young engineers to climb up the lader.

    Advice to Management

    Try to please the employees for once.


  3. Agilent Technology Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Santa Rosa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Teamwork and the people are extremely friendly. Which also means it's hard to find out the true meaning behind certain actions.

    Cons

    Just get the work done and really not an atmosphere that encourages career management or advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage people for career development and taking on more leadership positions.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Used to be a good place to work at

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were good in the past, old HP values, flexible work schedules. We used to have positive outlook, openness, freedom and collaboration, great attitude from upper and lower management that did drive innovation.

    Cons

    Very limited growth opportunities, excessive outsourcing, off shoring, too much cost cutting in recent years. There was no growth in US recently, instead office closings, multiple rounds of workforce reductions. The US jobs are going offshore - India, Malaysia, China and good people are leaving the company. The upper management does not seem to care and is just looking at the numbers while parts of the company are getting decimated - especially in US.

    Advice to Management

    drive better growth by expadning porfolio. value people more, provide career growth opportunities and do more things in-house


  6. Helpful (3)

    Not the company it used to be.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good location in the South Bay. Campus is much nicer now that corporate has moved down to the Santa Clara site. Almost all of the benefits have been taken away in these days of cost cutting.

    Cons

    The company expects you to work long hours and weekends. This company used to have a great work/life balance philosophy. Now they only want to know "what have you done for me lately?" The managers from the HP days were wonderful. They cared about mapping out your career and which skills were your best assets. Sadly, those sorts of mangers don't exist at Agilent.

    Advice to Management

    You need to compensate employees better or all the good ones will leave.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Very stressful

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Consultant
    Current Employee - IT Consultant
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are better than some companies its size (although not as good as it once was as the original HP.) Some managers still remember and try to observe the HP Way--respect employees and help them be successful, to ensure the company is successful. Some employees are very dedicated to their customers in spite of Agilent internal limitations.

    Cons

    Some of Agilent's best people have been forced to retire or been laid-off. Company morale is at a all time low--there is no trust in upper management and their decision making strategies. There is no appreciation of employees and there is little room for career advancement or growth. Agilent recently laid-off 30% of its people from the T&M business group. Regardless of skill and/or experience, it appeared that most laid-off employees were long-time HP/Agilent employees who knew the real HP Way--it is sad that those HP Way days are over.

    Advice to Management

    You are hurting the people that you need to make you successful; stop the favoritism and nepotism of management--there are too many managers and not enough workers to do the actual work.


  8. Agilent feedback

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong, experienced engineers. Interesting projects

    Cons

    Nearly exclusive emphasis on short-term financials

    Advice to Management

    Provide better balance of messaging rather than mostly financials Develop leaders from within rather than depending on so much outside hiring


  9. Helpful (1)

    Senior Management is clueless

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

    Pros

    good salary good benefits flexible work hours smart coworkers challenging and varied types of work the company will pay education benefits

    Cons

    Not even sure where to begin on this...upper management is only worried about the stock price and seems to be enclosed and attentive to their own set of issues. This really hurts morale.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to realize that employees are people...not just numbers. Outsourcing to save a few extra dollars is not innovative. Laying off much of the U.S. workforce is very shortsighted and will weaken the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Test Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation and work/life balance is good. Company seems to be well managed and have excellent prospects for growth. Benefits are fair comp. to rest of industry.

    Cons

    Management treats employees with a lack of respect. No encouragement for training. Resources are poor - no office or phone for some employees.

    Advice to Management

    Make life better for your employees by improving fringe benefits. Increase spending in research and developement since now is a great time to press the competition.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Driven by bean counters and surveys

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people for the most part, very technical, very respectful. Good work life balance if you have a family. Management is pretty flexible in this regards. Great for life sciences and chemical analysis since they seem to be heavily investing in it.

    Cons

    No career path especially if you're not in Life sciences or Chemical analysis. Salaries are claimed to be on par with the industry, not sure which industry they are comparing with. Bean counters rule the place with cost cutting as the mantra. The semi-annual employee survey is the only thing that seems to jolt managers into movement.

    Advice to Management

    Don't mistake powerpoint slides for actual strategy, take some bold steps.



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