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Helpful (1)

Very nice severance package

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Former Employee - Manager in Plano, TX
Former Employee - Manager in Plano, TX

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

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

Pros

Really nice and talented people doing the best they can to meet customers needs. Most first and second level managers really care and are honest with the employees even when it is bad news.

Cons

Very few opportunities for advancement outside of sales. Very political environment. Constant cost cutting; read layoffs. Employees in constant fear of layoffs. Integration of acquisitions is very poor. Many obstacles to doing business internally.

Advice to Management

Quit trying to be IBM. Go back to your roots as a technology company and be the best in that.

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    Lots of opportunities to work on cutting edge technology in past years... much less now.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedules (= good "work/life balance"). I went to a 4-day work week for several years back in the 1990s. Still very accommodating to personal schedules and family needs. No problem to duck out to coach baseball or attend kids shows during work hours and make up the time later. Still quite a bit of interesting technology to work on though R&D has been cut to critically low levels in recent years. Current management has pledged to restore R&D.

    Very good for folks who would like to work from home or enjoy working remotely.

    Cons

    The Mark Hurd era was "death by a thousand cuts". The benefits have been cut back to the bare bones (the ESPP plan is essentially a way to give the company a 0-interest loan, lifetime maximums in med/dental not competitive). In areas that are not growing (like the calif bay area), employees tend to have most of their interactions with employees at other sites -- bay area is generally not good for folks who want face-to-face interactions.

    The company probably will not thrive without significant changes to our inept board of directors.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through on your pledge to invest in R&D. Attract new blood with better benefits package -- especially a "real" ESPP that encourages employees to invest in the company.

  2. Confused

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some very hardworking, knowledgeable and dedicated people at this company and the company is truly trying to turn itself around.

    Cons

    A sense of direction has not filtered down to employees and the fact that the announced lay offs (27,000) are coming in phases of a period of years has leached the life out of the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Finish the lay offs now and start the building.

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