Hewlett-Packard

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Former Employee - Sales Manager
Former Employee - Sales Manager

I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Great people and great pay. I worked in a very strategic department and was very successful. The sales job was hard, but very rewarding.

Cons

Executive leadership changed frequently and a new strategy was deployed every few months. The shake ups were deep and often without much insight. They also have a cap of on how much of a raise you can recieve even if you are promoted. This creates an environment where you are paid substantially less money than a colleague who was hired from outside the company rather than promoted from within.

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    Through the Wall Street & Management Meat Grinder

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The rank and file honestly try to do good work and middle management honestly cares for their employees and do all they can to do what is best. The employee training regimen is improving around re-training people to tackle cloud compute and new generation compute platforms. Salary seemed to be stuck on average middle of the road and market driven. HP still has a name which is s I hope will still be synonomous with Innovation. I was fortunate to recieve Early Retirement Package. I have seen a lot and learned a lot about diversity and what it takes to do business globally through HP.

    Cons

    HP has lost along the way the real HP way - it's garage inventiveness. The ultimate effect of having been driven by cycle after cycle of Wall Street Baron upper management that sneak away with millions of HPs profits everytime there is turnover at the top. Upper management and the HP board have made a series of misteps that have in the end blasted the stock price and HP in turn puts its rank and file through the meat grinder. This is unlike other tech companies that are really doing well - the difference is that in those other companies the garage mentality and innovation is driven up the chain as well as down from the top. Recently HP cast off 27k employees but at the same time hire 1,000s of employees in Asia Pacific - this mentality leaves rank and file people looking over their shoulder and does nothing to boost inventiveness or creativity. There is also a great deal of bureaucracy around simple things like just getting technical people approved for travel in front of clients and bureaucracy around getting costs and prices on the table in front of clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back on track to making great Hardware, Software and Services rather than have Wall Street make up the character of the company. For every head you lop off for smart rank and file people maybe Level 1 thru 3 management should be looking from within a bit more. Maybe there needs to be shuffling of the Board Also to people who are more enamoured with technology than Wall Street?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    HP stifled by EDS ineptitude

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Green shoots of a turn around in the culture back to the HP principles of management light, nimble approach and personal innovation of the pre EDS days. Mainly spearheaded by the excellent Meg. It has a real emphasis on giving employees real freedom of where and when they work. The ideas and approach are all fresh and relatively innovative in the market place and there is a real foundation of excellent and talented professionals who are beginning to win through the processes and management layers.

    Cons

    Since the EDS acquisition layers of inept careerist managers have crept in. Their agendas are only half hidden but ultimately stifle innovative and nimble approaches in favour of managing the spreadsheet and making success by ppt the key. The turn around might be announced and the agenda the right one, but it will take a huge effort to wipe out the EDS culture which has all but stifled the more 'get up and go' HP culture and it is a massive wall to climb and a mjor effort for those who may want to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sack any person wielding a spreadsheet, so at least two layers of managers and their matrix nightmare. Make delivery in services build the innovative go to market solutions, not careerist managers. Spend a huge amount of time and effort eradicating any EDS culture, it lost EDS money, it is losing HP money and it will destroy innovation. Meg will do this and is chairing the 'death of EDS' board which was recently announced with different terminology. she needs to be followed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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