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

Systems Engineer (Current Employee)

ProsMeg 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.

ConsHP 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 Senior ManagementTry 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).

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Going downhill fast

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Detroit, MI

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


    Pros: Good technical people that care about their work and customers Cons: Upper management that cares only about hitting financial targets and… Advice to Senior Management: Deep cost cutting via headcount cuts are rarely effective in… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Thrilling and fulfilling for first 25 years...last few have been challenging

    Marketing (Current Employee)

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


    Pros: Our portfolio and most of the people you get to… Cons: We once were a leader from innovation but then we decided to buy innovation...became a… Advice to Senior Management: Bring back HP Way...grow from within....not by bringing in management… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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