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

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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 (More than 8 years)

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

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 Management

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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  1. Disappointment with HP's hiring practices

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Can't think of too many. Some managers 'might' allow you to work from home on occasion but that's about it.

    Cons

    Lots - raises don't happen often, bonuses are almost unheard of in many groups. Management likes to have all employees competing against each other rather than instilling team work and building real teams. Too much emphasis on metrics versus actually getting something done and done the right way.

    Advice to Management

    Open up, let the people who actually do the work - do the work. Reduce the amount of metrics and let innovation flow.

  2. Very boring resume builder

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in Austin, TX

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

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

    Pros

    People were great - very diverse and welcoming

    Cons

    Very limited help, little to no training.

    Advice to Management

    Understand and work toward a common goal, rather than your individual goals

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