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Typical corporate politics, but a great company to work for

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Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Atlanta, GA
Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great products, services, and corporate history. Very diverse and lots of flexibility to change jobs to prevent getting bored. Work-from-Home and Flexible working hours are great for work-life-balance.

Cons

Since 2000, corporate layoffs are pretty common which can be intimidating and affect morale

Advice to Management

Continue to strive to remove the politics and roadblocks to service delivery.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Sucking every last drop from every employee

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in Columbus, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Large company. Support job changes across the company resulting in a lot of opportunities. Pretty good benefits package. Global company with opportunities available around the world.

    Cons

    Take total advantage of the economy being down to abuse salaried employees. Ridiculous amounts of hours expected (60-70+ per week year round is common) with no compensation -- not even comp time. They have eliminated nearly all support staff with the result that all administrative duties need to be performed by the salaried employees since their time for this is "free". No investment in employees. No financial support for acquiring technical certifications. No paid training.

    Advice to Management

    Stop viewing your people as commodities that have no individual value. Just because an employee is cheaper doesn't mean that they bring the same value. If you want to know why software projects are failing, talk to everyone on the project, not just the leadership. Everyone you talk to is going to present themselves in the light that shows them the best. You need to look at everyone to get the entire picture. If a team can't communicate effectively on-shore, they will never be successful with an off-shore team. Stop expecting front line managers to manage large numbers (20-50+) and still bill full time to projects; looks good on paper but if the projects fail and the employees are unhappy, does this really make financial sense?

  2. Helpful (5)

    Can't wait around for a turn-around

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    A lot of truly great people work here. Many of my colleagues are absolutely outstanding. Despite anemic R&D, HP still has a lot of great products.

    Cons

    The company is a train-wreck, rife with executive-level mismanagement. There is ALWAYS the threat of lay-off, and the employees bear the brunt of the company's missteps and misfortunes over the last decade. This will not change anytime in the near future. CEO Meg Whitman says four years to get the company on track, which means another 4 years of career and compensation stagnation on top of the past five years (including one year with a 5% pay cut that we will never be able to make up).

    Advice to Management

    Get serious about Enterprise Services and stop letting the back-office manage everything. Get serious about cloud computing and show EVERYONE in ES how to sell it. Decide exactly how you want to compete in cloud services and then go after it.

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