Hewlett-Packard

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A great company with dedicated employees, somewhat hampered by top-heavy management.

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Current Employee - Systems Engineer
Current Employee - Systems Engineer

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time

Pros

Meg Whitman has brought some stability and made sensible moves to bring the company around after the last few disastrous CEOs.
It is possible to follow a technical career path that is valued and respected within HP, which in my experience is comparatively rare.
There are plenty of real experts in this company who have been around a long time.
There are plenty of world-class learning / training opportunities.

Cons

HP is still reeling from the effects of a run of bad CEOs, notably the Hurd era where rampant short-termism ran amok to please those "investors" of the parasitic, asset-stripping mentality.
There's quite a bit of dead wood, especially in middle management.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try to hang onto your good folks.
A bit more investment up front - especially in staff whilst trying to build up businesses - saves a lot of firefighting and embarrassment later (tbh I've not worked for *any* company that really appreciated this, even with the wealth of HP).

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Services

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    Former Employee - Svs Info Developer III  in  Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Svs Info Developer III in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    They still have some of the core business that they acquired through EDS.

    Cons

    hp had no business experience with EDS, yet they bought us anyway. You cannot manage a services company the same was as manufacturing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the $2B budget to maintain your private jet fleet and learn how to run a services company before you decide to trash the rest of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I love HP!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Above all, great/smart people, strong leadership & vision, innovation, honesty, integrity, culture, benefits, opportunity, and work/life balance.

    Cons

    Little slow sometimes compared to the start up environment, but understandable when considering the acquisition challenges of integrating a company that wasn't well integrated to begin with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set clear objectives quickly!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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