Hewlett-Packard

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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 for more than 10 years

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 ManagementAdvice

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

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Struggling to right the ship, buy not investing to do so

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Large, diversified company with broad geographic reach.
    Salary direct deposit still taking place twice a month.
    New hope for turnaround due to the appointment of Meg Whitman as CEO.

    Cons

    Strategy du jour from upper management based on CEO or executives current hot buttons or highlighted business issues. One day it is innovation, the next cost savings, the next revenue growth, etc.
    No salary growth for past 5-8 years. Zero.
    Benefits are industry standard - used to be market leading in the 'old days'.
    Constant cut-backs and layoffs. Been told to do more with less many times over. Lots of talk about cutting out non-productive work and focusing on fewer things. Never happens though.
    Those left are hanging on in wait of an improving external job market.
    Ranking / rating system in dire need of a major overhaul. Can exceed your goals substantially but still be rated average or below. Profess to desire team approach, but rewards based on individuals outperformaing their team members leading to politics, infighting and catching the attention of management.
    Managers don't manage people, they perform the same jobs as individual contributors, but happen to have people reporting to them.
    No raises when promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to understand the turmoil and distrust that has been bred over the past decade. It cannot be turned around overnight, but if steps in the right direction are taken, it will go a long way toward moving in a positive direction. Focus on employee needs and feeding the innovation pipeline. Every thing else should be secondary. Quit hiring new Senior VPs externally. Have had several new executive hires after stating that we would promote from within (for a change). All this while getting rid of 27,000 employees through early retirement and layoffs. Shameful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once great company

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Ability to work from home, flexibility, smart and collaborative colleagues

    Cons

    Constant reorganizations and shuffling CEO's and management have left company without direction. Employees are expected to more and more with less and less. As people are laid off and not replaced the remaining employees have to take up the excess work. Raises are nonexistent, benefits keep getting cut, promises of bonuses are broken and the pre Compaq merger culture of respect for employees and customers is a distant memory. Don't count on being able to work remotely in the future. Meg, the CEO, has said, in an all employee meeting, that employees should be in the office and co-located with their teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop already! No more mergers and acquisitions. The size of the company has swelled to 325,000 in the last 10 years. It was not rampant hiring by HP managers, as you have implied, it is through mergers with Compaq, EDS, Autonomy, Mercury, etc. Put the employees and customers first and do what is right for them and the company will thrive again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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