Agilent Technologies

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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.  

    Agilent splits into two companies in November. Keysight, the new T&M company is a good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    The people you get to work with have high integrity, work hard, and want to do what is best for the customer.

    Cons

    Just like most high-tech companies, raises are rare, new promotional opportunities are pretty much non-existent, and the drive for innovation is gone. Upper level management takes very calculated risks which limits the opportunities for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start taking more risk. Start looking at how you can grow the business outside your core. That is how Hewlett Packard became great and people loved working there. You have fallen behind the innovation curve and are getting out paced by the younger companies like Google, and Facebook. The only reason for this is management's current mindset.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    No loyalty to IT employees

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Great mission. Decent pay. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Constant drive for low cost IT services....to the point that all they do is outsource. Half the price for 1/4th the quality. Very disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make IT accountable to the business and give them the budget to actually add value.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Scientist's Experience

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Agilent scientists are smart, creative people, who work well together. The environment fosters intellectual freedom by allowing room for long term, high risk projects, while maintaining a balanced research portfolio that supports product lines in the near term.

    Cons

    Compensation is mediocre. Yearly raises in base salary and/or promotions are hard to come by. Company boasts a 10% bonus on average as part of compensation package, but recent changes to payout structure effectively bring the average payout closer to 2-3%. Workforce is largely older, and young scientists perceive little chance at upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategy to focus more on life science markets for long term growth is sound.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Research Scientist

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    - Good work/life balance
    - Cutting edge technology
    - Extremely smart engineers as co-workers

    Cons

    - Low salaries
    - Big company - hard to gain recognition
    - Long and tedious product cycles - due to complex org structures

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely professional and well-run organization

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    Former Employee - Process Development Chemist in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Process Development Chemist in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    No drama from supervisors, great salary, great support teams, friendly workforce

    Cons

    some employee burnout from routine tasks. some employees were frustrated with no being moved around to work on different tasks.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Field Service Engineer

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Make your own schedule. Overtime pay is nice.

    Cons

    Need to work overtime. May have to stay in one location.

  8.  

    Great products, dedicated and talented research and development work force

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    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Agilent develops great instrumentation products which make a positive difference in the world supporting the scientific community. Here is an excellent cross-discipinary research and development environment, featuring opportunities to work in teams with excellent mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, software developers, applications chemists, and field product specialists. There are opportunities for reasonable work-life balance, including a flexible time off policy. Benefits include 401(k) employer match, stock purchase plan, family leave, semi-annual Agilent Results Bonus, opportunity for individual performance bonus.

    Cons

    difficult for software developers to advance in a hardware-centric company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    raise the priority of fostering employee development and continuing education; yes, schedule-driven product development environment is crucial for product releases and the bottom line, but make more investments in the continuing education of the engineering workforce

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard to beat Agilent for a solid long term place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Growth is due both to acquisition and organic growth. Everyone will agree that it is the individuals that make working together the best. There is solid history from HP and Agilent both that contribute to a deep corporate memory. We really do make the best in the industry.

    Cons

    Not to say there haven't been downsizing and early retirement programs in the past.
    While the benefits are reported as being "among the leaders", it is not Lake Woebegon, and it seems like many of the best benefits are eroding. The gap between rich and poor in society is reflected in bonus pay and salary between management and individual contributors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsourcing corporate services leads to poor service and distributes inefficiency making up the difference among all the workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities. Agilent gives you all the tools to succeed.

    Cons

    Many employees work from home which limits networking possibilities.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    great employer will work here forever

    Cons

    long drive for me but is ok

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