Hewlett-Packard

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Size provides lots of opportunity, but its organizational complexity, processes, and systems are very frustrating

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

Great opportunities to change roles every couple of years to experience and learn a breadth of businesses. Flexibility to work from anywhere. Most people are great to work with. Finance can get exposure and interaction with high level management very early in your career.

Cons

The finance systems and processes are much too difficult. We spend way too much time getting the numbers and making sure they are right and they "tie" between the numerous reports. Even directors, managers, and high level analysts are spending unnecessary time doing this. There is too much time wasted on internal debates that finance gets stuck in between and even need to facilitate, and that ultimately do not impact HP's overall earnings.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Every manager likes to gloss over the issue of compensation, but it is so poorly executed. I was ranked the top "K" when I was there, but never got out of payband 1. Some years my bonus partially compensated, but other years not at all. It is very hard to understand how hard it can be to align base pay with performance. Seems unfair that top performers have to rely on the variability of bonus because they are in a low payband, while other average performers have a guaranteed base salary.

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    Extremely rewarding with a twist of uncertainty

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner  in  Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    Career opportunities are abundant; caliber of talent is generally high; very entrepreneurial culture that can be empowering. It is a very good place to work, build relationships, and deliver some of the most complex and valuable technology to the world.

    Cons

    History of major strategic blunders; rotating leadership; bureaucratic; declining revenues. The pace of change is intimidating: i have had countless supervisors and organizational adjustments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on succession planning/grooming for future leadership roles; agility without a vision is a recipe for chaos.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Twilight of an icon?

    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Vancouver, WA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some of the best people you will ever work with.
    Great processes
    The best technology and people who understand ít.

    Cons

    Too many layers of bureaucracy.
    Too many acquisitions, too expensive.
    Poor choice of customers/accounts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the PM's and field engineers.
    Stand up to clients.
    Get much better clarity in contact deliverables.
    Get focused on core business or split the company into smaller business units.

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