Agilent Technologies

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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
567 Reviews
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567 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees (in 117 reviews)

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment (in 49 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.  

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Great culture and employees. I enjoy coming here everyday.

    Cons

    low pay and benefits are ok. Employees are older so harder to move up.

  2.  

    Great culture and poeple

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Dedicated and friendly poeple/envirornment
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    limited pay increases
    quite freq layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on growing company organically

    Recommends
  3.  

    Solid. Honest. Nurturing management team.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Manager in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Manager in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Managers treat people with respect. A long history and storied culture. A global engineering company that cultivates excellent transferable skills.

    Cons

    Measurement hardware is a hard to defend market. Focus on operations has led to divestitures that may play well to The Street, but lead to challenges for current employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aggressive in growing, not divesting. Espouse a vision that retains talent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working with Agilent/Philips Medical Systems was an exciting and dynamic work environment

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    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative

    I worked at Agilent Technologies as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Agilent/Philips had many strategic sales opportunities which involved many levels of sales contact during the sales process.

    Cons

    One of the cons working there was that I was handling four different sales capacities for them at one time. Sometimes scheduling conflicts would make it difficult to be in two places at one time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Scientist's Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Research Scientist

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Field Service Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely professional and well-run organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Great products, dedicated and talented research and development work force

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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