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Current Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than 3 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Global scale, breadth of portfolio and brand

Cons

Senior leadership, employee empowerment and innovation

Advice to Management

Empower employees more

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  1. HP - An American Corporation

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    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Cons III in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Cons III in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    HP has flexible work arrangements - Some departments allow employees to work at home. This was a plus as it's difficult to work 12- 14 hour days in the office.

    The casual work environment is a plus.

    Cons

    HP's Global Learning Division seemed to always be behind on adapting new trends such as mobile learning. There was little flexibility for implementing new ideas quickly.

    The various divisions of HP do not seem to be aware of each other; and there didn't seem to be much cross-collaboration.

    The sales and/or upper management of the Learning Division seemed to sign impossible contracts with daunting and sometimes impossible deadlines. We would work 12 to 15 hour days to meet deadlines; and sometimes, even with those hours, we could not meet the deadlines. Morale was low. People were burned out.

    Negotiate your salary up-front, as salaries do not increase; and sometimes, are decreased.

    It seemed that upper managers were not aware of what was going on down the chain. There is some kind of disconnect, but we were not privy to mid and upper managements' decision making process, contract signing process, and schedule setting process.

    Training was available for certain skills. But for the Learning Organization, there was little training. I had been paying for self-training for years just to attempt to keep up-to-date.

    It seems that HP will only focus on it's roots as a hardware company; it does not seem to know what to do with services and consulting; and from some recently corporate actions, it seems they have decided to shed such services as the expense of keeping good relationships and good faith with external customers. But, that is the nature of a corporate player: stock-holder focus rather stake-holder focus.

    Let us hope that some companies begin a new shift, toward focusing on stake-holders, if it's not too late to save the U.S. core technical and professional work-force.

    Advice to Management

    Get in touch. Focus on stakeholders, not stock-holders. A short-term view is myopic in my personal macro-economic view.

  2. Struggling to overcome a decade of bad management

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    Current Employee - Systems Software Engineer IV in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Systems Software Engineer IV in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, great people, and great products. Meg Whitman (the new CEO) seems to have the right stuff but hasn't been in the position very long.

    Cons

    Rotating CEOs and lack of consistent strategy in upper management. Crowded and noisy work environment and eroding benefits, including a low company match for retirement. Little opportunity for advancement or movement to different teams as the company goes through repeated layoff cycles and freezes job openings.

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