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Agilent Technologies Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
103 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.  

    a good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Sales in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    good benefits, good compensation. Clear objectives and transparent processes.

    Cons

    constant cost cutting. Some decisions take forever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Not bad for a large corporation

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    Former Employee - R&D Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    I got to work from home. Adequate compensation. I worked in small multi disciplined group.

    Cons

    Big company, little chance for rapid advancement or feeling like major contributor or having personal choice. Pretty tight purse strings. Poor IT support. Weak management. They extolled work life balance, but actually it was mostly a lot of work. Laid off entire department when they could easily have repurposed a good team of engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value a good team more and keep the rather than disposing to save dollars. Good proven team of engineers has high vlaue.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good culture, but old fashioned

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    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Agilent's company culture still has remnants of the old HP, where employees are respected, and many managers open to advice and concerns. Management tries to do the right thing, and work/life balance is respected. Co-workers are smart and friendly.

    Cons

    HR is very old fashioned. Promotions dishearteningly rare, salaries below average and stagnant. Relative ranking system devalues most employees, rewards manager favorites rather than rewarding results, promotes competition rather than cooperation, and leaves most employees feeling bitter and demoralized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agilent is a biotech company now, rather than an engineering company, and needs to change its mindset. Upper management needs to hire more executives with real biotech experience and with vision to grow the company. Salaries need to get more inline with Silicon Valley biotech salaries.

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

    Very ethical company with highly intelligent and driven colleagues

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Hands off management, high business ethics, technical challenges, great colleagues

    Cons

    politics; company is currently re-inventing itself, so there are many changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The recent change in management and the split with Keysight were poorly handled. The changes only fuel speculation regarding the next changes.

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

    Innovative company with a vision and solid management team.
    Great product development life cycle and policies

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    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    technical symposiums.
    innovation through labs.
    benefits and employee programs
    internal training

    Cons

    it is sometimes difficult to works through all departments for coordination

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old School with out the stability

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    There are many technical challenges and some excellent engineers.

    Cons

    The Board is sprucing up the company just enough to they can sell it ASAP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be honest with us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard to work as contractor at Agilent.

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

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

    Pros

    Good people and friendly staff

    Cons

    tough working as contractor..No reward even after getting praised for your work. Do not hire contractors as full time employee.

    Contractor are not treated well in terms of inviting/informing them to company events, celebration of product release even when you are the biggest contributor some time.

    Manager are good but are tied up by Agilent strict contractor policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat contractor fair..they could be your future employee and may contribute more if rewarded for good work.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Great company, run by Engineers, difficult for marketers to do well there

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Great products, but cannot innovate outside current Engineering mindset.

    Cons

    Too focused on product and not much else, the machine is 50% of the success

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new blood, you need a fresh pair of eyes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    It use to be good.

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented Life Sciences R and D department with good products. Get to work on interesting projects, products and cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    No raise or promotion even after excellent yearly reviews due to cost cutting in everything. Expect frequent layoffs. Contractors are hardly ever hired as permanent employees and are treated unfairly. Unprofessional and incompetent management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need good leaders to promote talent and motivate teams instead of only focusing on short term goals.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, great products, smart people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with best of the best on leading edge measurement technologies. Long history of continuing to push advancements in spite of size & structure. Culture in the Test & Measurement side of the business is very much the old "HP Way".

    Cons

    Very experienced workforce resulting in limited advancement opportunities. For the stability the pay is good but not at the leading edge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to focus on a compelling vision and taking risks vs expecting everything to always work as planned

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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