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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
533 Reviews
3.6
533 Reviews
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Agilent Technologies CEO and Director Bill Sullivan
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347 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees (in 108 reviews)

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment (in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • Work / Life Balance sometimes out of balance (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Don''t follow goverment HR and social security policy

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    Current Employee - Collector  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Collector in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good enviroment, well working experience.

    Cons

    company HR don't follow the HR and social security policy which publiced by goverment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Its a nice company to work for, but perhaps im just not for this department. no growth and no objectives.

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay. Not recommended to work in SSD.
    Im talking not of Agilent Santa Clara, but in a country in Southeast Asia.

    Cons

    Its a corporate jungle. There are unclear objectives. After you get hired, you are left hanging in the air with no orientation (im talking of the dept only), goals, rules, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the appropriate people who have AT LEAST a background in Chemistry or Chemical Instrumentation! - Im talking about the Services and Support Dept.

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

    lame and boring

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    No work
    Decent salary
    Good office space
    Good for non-technical people

    Cons

    No work..This one is for people to want to work, learn and grow
    Manager is the top boss, to real HR policies
    No growth opportunities, if not in R&D. Which is for electronic engineers
    Heard annual hikes are not satisfactory.. I never stayed for one to happen for me
    Waste of skill set and Talent - to be precise (Do not look for IT growth its an electronic company)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interview the core guys. Don't interview IT professionals when you do not have enough work for them that too on their related and skilled technologies

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Steady but Boring with Little Chance for Advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst

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

    Pros

    Great Company for work life balance and ability to work remotely. Great People. If you want to coast by with easy work and little real stress, great company. if you want to advance, have more responsibility, and challenging work Agilent is NOT for you.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement or challenging work. Management very stagnant with the same managers as any other company might have. Typical large company waste of time tasks due to beauracratic processes and politics. Older company with older employees so not great for younger people without kids. Most people the company would classify as their next leaders ALL are looking for work external from Agilent because of the lack of career advancement potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just pick the next person in line for management, get some change and NEW blood. Most of the "next" leaders are looking externally because of the lack of career progression so figure out a way to grow! even though there is too much management compared to other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 8 people found this helpful  

    Politics and Who you Know

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    - Good people, overall, to work with
    - Pays the bills, and then some
    - Good experience
    - This company still gives bonuses (no raises, though)

    Cons

    - Every manager in the upper echelons says "our pay is competitive with the current market". It's a lie, blatant and bold-faced.
    - Management top-heavy, from the TOP down to team managers. With this many managers running around, often multiple teams are doing the same work without aware of the other. Communication is neither encouraged nor managed.
    - Maybe a handful of managers actually know what their employees are doing, let alone how to do their job for them. If I want guidance on how to read, why would I want an illiterate looking over my shoulder "coaching" me?
    - It's obvious it's who you know. If you're friends with someone who's broken into the Management circle, getting promoted is really easy. If not, or worse someone in the inner circle doesn't like you, then good luck advancing beyond un-appreciated drone.
    - Fluff. They believe that by having silly distractions those who work the front-line will forget that they're a number. Casual dress, community clubs, washable marker walls, etc are pointless if all you're doing is trying to paint over the bullet hole in the wall. No one is fool, and those who are belong flipping burgers
    - $ oritented. True, what company isn't? However, when opinions are based solely on how much $ was brought in by their team, regardless if they know what they're doing, then there's something wrong.
    - Movement is like a marathon run with obstacles. Regardless of qualifications, if you don't know the right people, have the right recommendations, and kiss the right back-sides, you're not likely to move anytime soon. And if you're a valuable asset in your current spot, management won't take into consideration about your personal growth. Their numbers and team performance are more important, and if that means you stay in the same spot forever, carrying a majority of work, then that's where you stay. Watch for words like "Super Star" and the like to cover up the truth.
    - Tools and system resources to perform day to day duties are subpar, at best. And when requests for IT to investigate are done, it's either half-assed or "this is in the pipeline, but not as important as other items, so here's a free coffee coupon instead"
    - Rather than remove the slackers, parasites, and poor performers, the company keeps them around and either ignores them entirely or shuffles them around. They'd rather keep a rotting branch than risk growing a new tree, often times with those who've been around countless years and truly need to leave. Seriously. In order to be fired, there's either got to be porn on the net involved or you smacked someone on the backside....because if your performance is dragging everyone else down, your job is still safe so long as you've either been here forever or are friends with brass.
    - Office Space
    - Every year, a new catch phrase...but don't worry. It will be irrelevant in 8 mths.
    - If you're in management or one of the Sales reps out in the field, bringing in the big money, you're free to be as rude, disrespectful, back stabbing, deceitful, and all around dispicable as you like....if you're not, be prepared to be on the receiving end of the above, be prepared to be helpless when it happens, and be on the watch for those few people in those positions who DON'T do this and make friends with them quick, because there aren't many.
    - Freedom of Thought, Fresh Ideas, and Speaking your Mind is not welcome here. Forget rocking the boat, if you so much as shift a finger out of step with the rest, you're immediately under the microscope. If it's a good idea, someone above you will claim it and give you a piece of paper in return. If it's a bad idea, it'll be logged as a complaint and filed under "Coaching Opportunity"
    - Is your manager a bad person? Are they horrible in their position? Would you sooner follow a blind man off a cliff? Too bad. They're friends with the right people, including their own boss, and when you complain up the chain, you better have that resume updated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gut this company. You've got people who've been around 20+ years, yet still believe it's the same world as it was when they started "back in the good ol' HP days". How discouraging is it to have brass visit, show a few figures, and then spend 40 minutes of company time telling us how great the old days used to be? Those who refuse to leave HP behind, refuse to adjust to this decade, refuse to maintain and promote talent rather than the 'old boys club' mentality need to go. And any manager who doesn't think this is happening today is part of the problem.
    Bill, you're a great guy. It's a pleasure to work for you, to say that my CEO is a friendly, upbeat guy, not some sleezy Enron type. I would happily trade a grandparent or great uncle for you, but they're retired nowadays because they did what they could and were no longer able to keep up. Time to let this company fully move out of the HP household and make our own identity. I would always wish you the best, but it's time you said goodbye, and took quite a few of your upper folks with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Life Science Senior Management has significant flaws

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Decent salary and compensation packages, especially at the senior management levels and in the sales organisations. Not a bad campus and some good work/life benefits.

    Cons

    Significant incompetence at the top levels of the organisation, especially in Life Sciences. Not a clear or winning strategy in this area. Large push to outsource combined with a lack of understanding of value proposition to customers an issue. Not a very innovative place to work, very conservative and cost conscious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a shake up at the higher levels of the Life Science organisation. Also need to overhaul leadership program as current way of measuring performance is broken and counter-productive. Sucession planning and the identifaction and mentoring of top talent should be a priority.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No interest in building quality products.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule since no one pays attention.

    Cons

    Should keep your resume current if you are a US worker since you will be looking for work soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Slog & forget time for yourself

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    1. Salary
    2. Compansation/incentice
    3. Cant think of any other

    Cons

    1. Take orders from High command in Europe
    2. 24/7 back on line
    3. No feedback from management, only when

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the stereotype and embrace change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Can't believe they are still in business

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Free coffee
    Lots of parking spaces in the parking lot. Layoffs do have a benefit

    Cons

    Many project cancellations.
    No innovation, just add some lipstick to the pig products and call it something new
    Management created an atmosphere where people no longer cooperated with each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please retire and get some people with an innovative streak in place.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Great place to work for managers

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Great environment and flexible work hour. Great colleagues

    Cons

    Less opportunity to advance and career growth. not open management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less politics and Be open for talent mapping to move around internally in the company.

    Disapproves of CEO

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