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Business Development (Current Employee) 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.

ConsFrustrating 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 Senior ManagementHunt 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

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    The HP Way = Same as it ever was

    Project Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros: HP is a well respected, safe company to work for. Cons: Departments tend to be full of long-time employees who talk about the "HP Way." What that really means is "we're going to do this the… Advice to Senior Management: It's a technology business. Time marches on. More
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    Superior execution through effective leadership.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    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… 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… Advice to Senior Management: None Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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