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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
546 Reviews
3.6
546 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees (in 116 reviews)

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment (in 48 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.  

    Contractor in Santa Clara office

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Most of the team members are friendly people. Many long term employees

    Cons

    If you are a contractor, then the manager will make sure that you are not invited for group lunch/lunch out paid by the company or not invited for any company events. You will also be denied of getting better computer even if the computer is not working in good condition. Pay is lower than market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep boasting your profit increase while keep outsourcing and making contractors as the second class workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Agilent lost it's focus over the years

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Co-workers were great and very supportive

    Cons

    Agilent lost it's heart when they gave up the principles that Dave and Bill founded the company on (Agilent is a spin off of Hewlett Packard)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the favoritism

  3.  

    It seems like a great place to work. Unfortunately, I didn't have that experience

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The working environment was great here. Everyone was friendly and could answer your questions easily. Most of the people I worked with were very knowledgeable in their respective fields.

    Cons

    My assigned project did not have much relevance to my field of study. I'm more of a hardware person and they had me doing software. On top of that, most of my project was not that difficult to do. It was a lot of copying and pasting. Worst part of my project was to accomplish some impossible tasks in the software. My mentor already tried and knew that it wouldn't work and they had me try it as well. Also, somehow I was stuck with doing some temperature testing of their products when I don't think I was supposed to. My mentor was also MIA a lot of the times so it made asking questions a little harder. At the end of each internship, each intern in the company has to make a presentation to the whole division. Since my project was simple, it made it fairly difficult to present any real meat. In essence, I don't feel like my job position was outlined that clearly and I don't think I learned as much technical knowledge as I could have for future roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's best to keep groups or divisions working within close proximity of each other. I was in one group on paper because that group had the funds to hire that many interns, but I was working in another. It made things more complicated on my end.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Compromise less than zero

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    Current Employee - Trade Compliance
    Current Employee - Trade Compliance

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Big worldwide company with big project incomes

    Cons

    It keeps reducing its staff constantly and never invests in hiring new professionals; my personal experience is being a subcontractor for the past 2 years. Its main goal is to reduce costs at the maximum, therefore even subcontractor companies are changed regularly, what impacts in the normal functioning of our day to day work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes lowering costs is not the main objective to be bigger...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Agilent Russia

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Moscow (Russia)

    I worked at Agilent Technologies as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Start up for Marketing in Russia for CAG Group

    Cons

    Complete disappointment. No support and no understanding from local management how to do marketing in Russia. No concept and no idea. Additionally - abuse from management, putting people on the stress.No respect from Moscow CAG to the WAD Marketing Organiazation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After acquisition of Varian an Agilent manager from Western Europe was needed to place in Moscow to set up and processes and understand situation in Russia and CIS. As Varian people unfortunatelly are not professional to be put on a high rank to do the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Many Changes

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment.

    Cons

    Many lay-offs and shrinkage in the legal department and elsewhere in the company; inflexible access to executives, almost a sanctuary environment, needed general counsel, hard to find or talk to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not sure where you are now; it was a great place but changed so much

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    this is a decent company to work for

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    ability to work from home, fair pay

    Cons

    Upper management is too far removed from the actual day to day business to make good decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your subject matter experts! Driving change for change sake doesn't mean you are improving anything.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Experience the worst of outsourcing here!

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    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Some very smart engineers, few good technologies

    Cons

    Badly managed outsourcing model has killed the company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of those high paying IT managers who only care to check their emails and don't bother to attend to issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Low Salary and little or no growth opportunity

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    Former Employee - Advanced Software Engineer in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Advanced Software Engineer in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    none, one man shows, costco nearby

    Cons

    Low Salary, No Growth, A lot of politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Pathetic

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Mānesar (India)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Mānesar (India)

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    My team was good & quite cooperative.

    Cons

    Non - cooperative Employees with rude behaviour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It depends that some people gel well but some don't. So you can still try in this Co; as it's a big brand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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