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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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

    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
  2.  

    Somewhere between "Good" and "Meh"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA

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

    Pros

    Agilent has a pretty good work-life balance (as everyone is so fond of repeating whenever they give a chance). Flexible working hours, on-site workout facilities and classes, and plenty of places to go and chat with coworkers outside of your cubicle. Everyone I've met has been amiable, and I've never come across any "slave-driving" managers.

    Cons

    Not the best pay given the cost of living, and profit-sharing is a joke. Management is very focused on shareholder value above employee compensation (or morale, in some cases), leading to some friction between the different levels of the workforce. Also, there are cubicles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit trying to play coy and just admit that stock price is the most important part of your job. Stop pretending that employees come first. Also, get rid of stack ranking; all it does is destroy employee morale while providing nothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A nice warm blanket.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Expert R&D Hardware Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Expert R&D Hardware Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA

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

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    production, shipping and receiving

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

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

    Pros

    company with a lot of opportunities to demonstrate I want to grow up

    Cons

    I don't have comments for this question!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work and good life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advanced R&D in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Advanced R&D in Santa Rosa, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in getting your work done is a plus. The people that work here are fantastic.

    Cons

    Growth of pay smaller than other locations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work, it feels like I'm part of a family at this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA

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

    Pros

    Fantastic people, great atmosphere, flexable hours, worklife balance, free fitness classes, basketball, ping pong, golf league overall a really fun place to work

    Cons

    Frequency layoffs, below average salaries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's been a great company, hope it continues after the new identity...

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing group of people to work with. Very professional working environment.

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities. Losing some cultural values with exit of older employees and the arrival of the new generation. Older employees emphasized friendship and mentoring where as the new generation is more focused on their own little world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to seek out individuals with growth potential and develop them to lead the company into the future. They have the HP/Agilent cultural values and will help instill them in new employees. Treat employees with the same respect as investors/share holders. Share holders are important but without a happy work force, the company won't move forward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good culture, if a bit laid back

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

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

    Pros

    Solid management culture that respects individuals and work / life balance.
    Career HP/Agilent folks are great mentors.

    Cons

    Is less aggressive in pursuit of M&A integration.
    Career HP/Agilent bench is deep.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A slow place to work with not so good employee benefit .....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work around. Good environment. You have enough freedom and time to do your work.

    Cons

    Bad employee benefit and bad high level management. Company is going to divid by two and they are pround of it? They didn't realize that company is already small enough?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do you know what's the value of your employee? Don't lie to people or make the target/ things you can't achieve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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