Agilent Technologies Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
526 Reviews

3.6
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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.  

    Good Company Overall

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Support Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Support Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Very talented and intelligent individuals. The company has great high-level management who is leading the company a good direction.

    Cons

    Middle management, GM and VP, leaves something to be desired. Turn-over was very high, and it seemed that the General Managers were setting short-term division goals designed for a quick promotion to VP, rather than planning for long term stability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Pension plan is a huge plus, 401k a plus, good medical plan offerings, stock reward been shrinking over the years for everyone but C level

    Cons

    Work life balance is challenging constant stream of top priority projects keep people working OT non stop. Cost cutting does not help

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward top performers. Mgmt does not walk the talk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good company searching for direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company and coworkers and solid products

    Cons

    Have been cost saving mode the last few years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Agilent encourages employees to learn and improve. They provide educational assistance for any skill job related. The leadership has an open door policy and makes themselves available for any concerns. Work-life balance is respected.

    Cons

    There are no cons at Agilent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Agient IT

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    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Great gym, good location - center of Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Everyone is on their own, very protective of what they do. Many old-timers that formed their own groups, hard to join in or get rewarded. Campus around the world and people are not very sensitive on meeting time - east coast team insisted 6:00AM PST meeting 4 times a week because east coast starts their work at 9am; however, no more meeting after 2PM PST because they are off by then. IT team too cheap to fly everyone together even for implementation, making it very difficult to run projects.
    You only get hired if you know someone in the house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management changes their minds a lot - one day you are a project manager and one day you should be a technical lead, you should be hand-off unless you need to be hand-on. People cannot switch this fast!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company to work for, not great

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

    I worked at Agilent Technologies as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Established, well-known company that looks good in resume
    Nice campus and work environment
    Many interesting projects, though not many technical challenges

    Cons

    Not much Career Growth
    Workforce very mature

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great team environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    I love the location to the 280, personal growth is encouraged, Starbucks, good facilities and quiet work environment.

    Cons

    Average food in cafeteria

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More vacation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Over all a good company with a very political IT department

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

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for since everything the company produces helps make the world a better place. You feel you are contributing to the world in a positive way and that provides a sense of satisfaction.

    Cons

    I worked in the IT department
    - Many old timers in IT leadership who promote/reward only those who are politically aligned with them. New talent is not rewarded or appreciated.
    - Expectation is that you work 24*7 (world wide IT with major locations in Santa Clara, Little Falls, Manesar(India), and Singapore.
    - All meetings are virtual...very rarely you get to see faces.
    - No culture in IT, no team building, very frugal, lost of secrets, political, 1% bonuses, $100 Starbucks cards for working 14-18 hours for 8 months on projects...no proportional reward to effort
    - Promotions only to those in the inner circle
    - Interviews for promotions are conducted just to ensure compliance with internal policies and then promotions are given to pre-determined individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please read my review and act accordingly to improve a great company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Scientist's Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 for 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
  11.  

    Research Scientist

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    • Senior Management
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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 for 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

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