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Helpful (1)

Very nice severance package

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Manager in Plano, TX
Former Employee - Manager in Plano, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (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 Management

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

Other Employee Reviews for Hewlett-Packard

  1. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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. Helpful (2)

    Once great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (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 Management

    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.


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