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

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  • Career Opportunities
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

Other Reviews for Hewlett-Packard

  1.  

    An organization with tremendous history and potential that continues to struggle through waves of change.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Many well-established business units have developed solid best practices over the years - especially if you are new to your role, you can learn a fair amount starting out at HP
    - It is a huge company so once you are in, there is potential to transition to other roles or other locations
    - Many businesses are #1 in their Market - PC's, Printers, Servers, some I'm sure I missed - these are the top businesses in their markets and they didn't get there by accident - there is a lot to learn from them and to contribute to their success
    - Hours are generally not long and if you have a reasonable boss, a reasonable work-life balance can be achieved

    Cons

    - Frequent reorganizations - don't be surprised if you have a new boss every year
    - Much of what you learn may or may not translate to other companies - HP has many acronyms and roles that are somewhat unique to HP
    - It is a very spread out company - it's huge, with many opportunities, but you'll likely need to relocate to another State or Country to pursue opportunities
    - There may be limited opportunities for advancement in certain businesses - management may be well established, so someone needs to leave for there to be new opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Rebuild/maintain the "HP Way" adapting it as needed for today - Trust and Respect never go out of style and are always appreciated by employees.
    - Balance the needs of the business with taking care of your employees - businesses need to be profitable, but don't just shoot for "industry average" benefits for your employees unless you want to be an industry average (or worse) company
    - Work hard to grow the business, don't just cut costs - it's not the employee's problem the business isn't growing, it's management's problem. Man up and fix it. Take care of your employees by finding ways to grow the business and reward those who help along the way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I've learned & grown a lot in the 11 years I've worked at HP. I've also made good friends & great professional contacts.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    HP's size and scope mean many opportunities to work in extremely diverse areas, functionally and geographically. It also means you have an opportunity to own immense projects that you simply don't see elsewhere - you can make a large financial impact.

    Cons

    Too much organizational flux to allow consistency. It seems that re-orgs happen yearly and this has a real impact on people and processes. In some roles work-life balance can be impossible and in others there is too much 'make-work' - need to 'right-size'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategy, stick with it. Consider divesting some areas that are not core as things may have become too unwieldy, too large, overly complex. Have to be faster in some of the emerging areas.

    Approves of CEO
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