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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
521 Reviews

3.6
521 Reviews
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Agilent Technologies CEO and Director Bill Sullivan
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339 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A nice warm blanket.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Expert R&D Hardware Engineer  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Expert R&D Hardware Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA

    Pros

    They still take care of the non-tangibles: yoga classes, soccer field, cafeteria, etc. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Some people aren't motivated to work. Pace can be slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better benefits. 6k family deductible for medical insurance?!?
    Better accountability. Some people have become too good at avoiding hard work.
    Better strategy. With a T&M industry growth rate of 2.5%, you have to be visionary when it comes to product planning.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    nice company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    culture, high quality people, high tech

    Cons

    dynamic business, has sold many BU

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great People, Work/Life Balance, Location

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA

    Pros

    1. This is the one company I know that actually *does* live its values. 2. The work-life balance is so ingrained in the culture that it's just "how we do things". 3. I never expected to be here this long; I've been able to change my job every three years or so.

    Cons

    We've still got employees who oppose new ideas with, "Well, at HP we..." or "Bill & Dave wouldn't have done it that way" ... I'm way past tired of that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can better balance the short-term and long-term so that we're not so very beholden to the quarterly Wall Street expectations. We are a long term play; we need investors who understand that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    No loyalty to IT employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager

    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
  6.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  7.  

    Good work life balance,lower salaries

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Specialist  in  Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Finance Specialist in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Great working environment

    Cons

    - Too much distance
    - No Training or professional development
    - No promotion after a level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring more training and employee engagement program

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work Culture Operating Model Leadership

    Cons

    Stagnation in roles
    Attrition ver low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the ground reality

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Agilent Technologies- a good place to work, but struggles a bit to adjust with the volatile market.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Wilmington, DE

    Pros

    Overall a good company with a nice working atmosphere and facilities, knowledgable experienced employees for most part. Flex hours allow for a nice work/life balance, pension and 401K, profit sharing, and reduced medical benefits.

    Cons

    Pay not the greatest, but comparable. Upper management runs the business based on politics for shareholders, not customers or employees. Gross mismanagement at the upper level with failed acquisitions/outsourcing and corporate greed. Too much emphasis on bean counting and not enough on quality, customer satisfaction, or employee retention. Top share of Life Science marketplace is in jeopardy due to these poor policies and decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that the 'split' is over, turn the focus from cost reductions back to quality, and customer/employee satisfaction. Do more research or investigate fully before any future acquisitions. Profit sharing has been in the toilet since the latest mergers, and wages have been stagnant for some time, but CEO's and boardmembers continue to enjoy ridiculous salaries and bonuses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Leader in some market space. If you work in R&D or sales in those you are ok. Otherwise the organization will prevail and your chances to succed are very limited

    Cons

    Very beurocratic, centrally managed, political management style. A yesman kind is the perfect profile for career opportunities here. If you like to just execute, this is the job for you, but if you want to think and express your thoughts life is going to be difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change style and the overall organizational model

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall would recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    - Great people to work with
    - Overall good values and integrity, at least in the Field Services department
    - Flexible working hours, though lots of overtime

    Cons

    - No clear path for career advancement/promotion
    - Not many valuable leadership opportunities
    - Not too much contact with colleagues in the field (can be considered a pro to some)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Try to promote/value/challenge staff more. Agilent seems to do a great job hiring. I have no complaints about any one I have had to deal with in the organization, but Agilent needs to improve on retaining people because of lack of structure in valuing and challenging their workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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