Hewlett-Packard

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Formerly great company now an 'OK' place to work.

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Program Manager in Vancouver, WA
Current Employee - Program Manager in Vancouver, WA

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

Pros

Major global tech company. HP did a great job of hiring excellent people in the past and many of them are still around -- great people to work with. Opportunities to work in global environment -- many overseas partners. Great learning opportunities.

Cons

The classic HP Way is dead, dead, dead! While we are coasting on the residual value of what was once a great corporate culture, we are now the moral equivalent of Walmart. Do it cheap! Offshore it! Make sure the payback is fast!
Benefits have been severely eroded, pay raises non-existent, and bonuses are unfairly distributed according to secret formulas. IT has been taken over and gutted by a bunch of goobers from Walmart and Dell. They believe their job is to make all users completely miserable and they do it well.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

They don't want my advice. Or yours.

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place but no longer a great place to advance your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Its a large stable company, there are opportunities to move around, but most opportunities are lateral moves.

    Cons

    Lack of career growth opportunities and the incentivties for Technical folks. Employees have only seen reduction in benefits since 2001, salary growth is on an average 2% p.a even when the company does well overall. Stock options are usually given to management and no longer to individual technical contributors. There is way too much focus on cost controls than innovation (compare this to Apple and the likes). Of late most growth has been focused on inorganic growth - acquiring companies which probably have good products with bad management. The bad management isnt removed before integrating the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open door policy, encourage technical talent as did Bill and David.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A good company, but needs some modernization in its management.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant III in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant III in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    HP gives consultants the chance to work with the latest technologies and work with customers both in the government and commercial arenas to implement them. Training is plentiful and HP tries very much to take care of its own.

    Cons

    HP seems to have too many managers present for the projects that are being run. At times I've seen almost a 1:1 ratio of managers to consultants on a 10-12 person team, with a norm being 3 or 4 to 1. As a result, it brings the impression of great bureaucracy when none is needed. It also makes it seems like more senior personnel are being put in just to drain client funds at higher billing rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline staffing so that consultants are not reporting to a multitude of managers. Force old employees from Digital and Compaq who were brought in to the company to adopt new management techniques instead of sticking with the "old ways," something that will not help the company flourish in the future.

    Disapproves of CEO
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