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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Great engineers. Great focus on quality. Work life balance.

Cons

Cost cutting over the years has ruined R & D focus.

Advice to Management

Bring in more technical managers than people managers. Try to have balance in terms of demographics in an orgalization.

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  1. Poorly managed company, hostile to women and minorities

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was ok but nothing special. I did not have to work 14 hours a day like my previous employer.

    Cons

    This company is poorly managed at the top,middle and much of lower management. My hardware division was almost exclusively white males with almost no women or African americans in sales.
    As a woman I felt hostility. The division I was in was run by poor executives. There was no comraderie among peers in sales. Everyone was ruthlessly out for themselves.
    So many people I met including my boss had only been there a year or two and really did not know how things worked in the company. People were not helpful when coming on board and if you asked questions people were annoyed or seemed incredulous when you did not know how things worked there. The onboarding was terrible - full of old outdated material and was at a 100,000 foot level. It did not tell you about operational processes and details that would have helped you actually do your job, There was no product training program - you were just thrown in the fire. Being a woman, I would be in division meetings were there were 50-100 white males and no women except myself. NONE of the field sales managers were women or minorities in my US division. The men were hostile - from the newbie sales rep to the sales director to the division VP. I could not believe this was the environment in 2013. My previous employer had women and minorities in all levels of line and management. Women were treated as equals. If I had known HP was like this I would never have accepted a job there. They need a government diversity audit in all divisions.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what company you want to be. Create a true long term strategy for success like IBM did and then implement it. Quit having the strategy du jour. Change the culture of a toxic board. Promote from within and don't hire outside managers who are not competent. Since your company is run buy a women, don't use her a window dressing. Put real diversity programs in place and then t develop a culture that really mentors and promotes women and minorities at all career levels. Your competitors like IBM do this superbly and really walk the walk.


  2. Don't expect to be promoted soon

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    Current Employee - Developer II
    Current Employee - Developer II

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, excellent coworkers, in some projects you can work from home. You will learn new stuff. Great learning tools.

    Cons

    Very difficult to be promoted. Even if they have open positions for the next level, they hire external candidates instead of start looking inside first.

    Advice to Management

    Promote internal candidates for the new positions.


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