Hewlett-Packard

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Current Employee - Business Development  in  Cupertino, CA
Current Employee - Business Development in Cupertino, CA

Pros

* Potential to gain wide experience in management
* Exposure to variety of industries and vertical markets
* Opportunity to work with some exceptional, talented co-workers
* Telecommuting standard for most

As you would expect with an organization of this size, the experience at HP varies widely depending on your geo (Worldwide vs. Americas, EMEA and APJ), role (corporate vs. commercial sales team, legacy hardware vs. software vs. services) and ultimately your direct manager (or accounts if in sales). In a downturn, HP is a good place to gain or apply your experience. Some places are miserable others merely less so. The rule of large organizations and the 'sub-culture' of the particular group you are in rules more than any pervading 'HP Way' which was progressive in its time but is simply impossible to maintain in this size public company.

Software and storage-related areas seem the best places to thrive.

Cons

Frustrating organizational complexity
Disconnected and complicated processes that can hinder execution
'Managing to the process' is endemic
Poor communication tools from the peoplefinder sans titles to impossible intranet searches

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hunt down competent leader-managers and create ways to keep them outside 'the system'
Fund emerging divisions with seed capital and allow them to operate independently

No opinion of CEO

Other reviews for Hewlett-Packard

  1.  

    Superior execution through effective leadership.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    It's a great place to work. It has a very independent performance driven culture that fully allows the employee to rise to their maximum potential. Also, there are very many opportunities for career growth and development with so many different business units within the company. It's a great place to work. It has a very independent performance driven culture that fully allows the employee to rise to their maximum potential. Also, there are very many opportunities for career growth and development with so many different business units within the company. It's a great place to work. It has a very independent performance driven culture that fully allows the employee to rise to their maximum potential. Also, there are very many opportunities for career growth and development with so many different business units within the company.

    Cons

    There are very few downsides. The one would maybe be that because the company is so large, it takes a while to build ones network and get to know everything. Also, it takes some time just to understand HP's business because it is so diverse and complex. There are very few downsides. The one would maybe be that because the company is so large, it takes a while to build ones network and get to know everything. Also, it takes some time just to understand HP's business because it is so diverse and complex. But overall these downsides are very small compared to the advantages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Things don't look good unless management improves compensation/recognition of long suffering workforce.

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    Current Employee - Customer Representative  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Customer Representative in Tampa, FL

    Pros

    Good customers to work with. Equipment is good quality. US co-workers are helpful, technically savvy and very professional.

    Cons

    Poor support if utilizing offshore assets. Lack of communication skils (English), heavy accents and cultural predelection to avoid direct answers and investment/ownership of work related issues a serious challenge. Can be difficult to reach a "live" person if dealing with Human Resources related issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of financial recognition of customer facing personnel is going to cause serious problems soon!

    Doesn't Recommend
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