Hewlett-Packard

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Huge global enterprise, with all the associated pros and cons

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Technology Consultant II in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
Current Employee - Technology Consultant II in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

Pros

Great opportunities to shape your career in any direction, in any country. Senior managers are expected to spend at least a year in a different country.
Employees have access to online-university style training modules, which covers up to date courses for hot Technology certifications like Microsoft, Cisco and HP Procurve.
Business culture is typical large enterprise - very professional, encourages high ethics and embraces best-shored work-force with many opportunities to travel for training and knowledge sharing.
Employees are encouraged to self-serve technology needs and are given a high degree of autonomy. if you enjoy problem solving, that's a good exciting thing to add to your days work.
Depending on job role, there are options for Teleworking from home.

Cons

Virtual teams abound in the organization - co-workers will often be in different cities or even countries - and you will have to compete with peers for raises and bonus pools, without having common levels of performance measures. You will be challenged to ignore cultural barriers, and it can be hard to determine whether a project issue lies within a process or is just poor communications within the team.
For a technology company the internal IT systems are painful, with a myriad of portals and passwords, and ramp up time for new hires can be over 6 weeks to get access to software tools and resources.
Teleworkers are often overlooked for promotion into management - head offices are where your careers really grow.

Any large public company is not immune from shareholder influence - when things go bad, the bonuses go and next response is to chop departments that are not profitable. Most employees become immunized by the continual threats of layoffs and reorgs - they come often, are publicly praised by shareholders, and while they are not personal, really mess with team dynamics. I have had 15 different dotted line managers in 4 yrs.

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    You can learn somethings but the cost is high for your health (physical and mental)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Leixlip (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Leixlip (Ireland)

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    To have a job. Learn new things. Multi cultural environment.

    Cons

    Sick days not paid.
    Bad salary. (Very Bad!)
    No good conditions to work. No peace.
    No career perspectives.
    People there, leadership, take off your motivation and enthusiasm to work.
    The way they choose to show some recognition for your work is a day off (rare!!!) and some bonus (little money and hard to get it!)
    Don't let you do your job well done. They want everything fast... with not too much quality. Just enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize more who work for you. Let the people work serious, with quality, not just quick. The pressure there is terrible. We feel sad to go to work. People should be happy to go to work. Prize the people and your company will change for better or people will go. The people go away... a lot... Less than 30% stay in the company for more than one year. The people who stay is because the economic crisis, not for own wish. The way you use with employees psychcological hurts them. Think about that. Thank you.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Too many middle managers and bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    There are good opportunities for networking within the company, across multiple functions and business units, great people and good work environment.

    Cons

    Too many levels of useless middle management trying to be relevant, blocking innovative initiatives, stealing credits from others' contributions. Individual accomplishments not recognized. Complacency when dealing with unethical behaviors and low performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lay off middle management, flatten the organization. Reduce bureaucracy, streamline productive process. Treat IT resources as abundant, and make them widely and quickly available.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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