Hewlett-Packard

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Good Luck HP!

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Former Employee - Solution Architect
Former Employee - Solution Architect

I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

--HP has a legacy of innovation and valuing its employees
--If you are sharp and ambitious, you can gain a tremendous amount of valuable experience across several technologies, industries, and company sizes. HP is involved everywhere.
--In general the sales team is very professional as compared to other vendors
--HP is filled with extremely sharp people and is a great place for networking. The culture encourages knowledge sharing.
--Meg Whitman is saying all the right things and so far seems to be executing well. If she succeeds in restoring the former glory, she will be one of my heroes along side Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard.

Cons

Carly Fiorina and Mark Hurd have drove the company into the ground through short-sighted management that saw meeting quarterly numbers as the entirety of their job descriptions. Fiorina is a talented speaker but absolutely clueless about technology and the industry, and too arrogant to listen to anyone else. Hurd cut costs to the bone, then kept cutting. He made no investment for the future.

Bizantine HR rules ensure that it is nearly impossible to get a meaningful raise.

The HR organization is useless. Their only roles seem to be: creating rules that make it nearly impossible to get a pay increase; and preventing lawsuits. Since HR is powerless, your experience depends largely on your management chain. If you have a good manager, it's a great place. If you have a horrible manager, you have no recourse. Luckily most people are good, but I did have an issue with a small group with questionable ethics.

Like many companies in the past decade, I was forced to leave to get paid what I'm worth. At the same time, they were bringing in people from the outside at significantly higher pay.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

--Focus on developing innovated products again that bring higher margins!
--Focus on improving morale! There are still tons of great people at hp that have been battered by ridiculously poor management over the years. Take care of them as things improve.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lost company that sadly underutilizes its talent

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They pay you twice per month; a lot of work flexibility (too much, IMO); high caliber people work at HP; CEO gets it

    Cons

    Everyone is looking at their ledgers, grinding the pennies...meanwhile, we are losing in the market; too much offshoring of work ("it's cheaper"...); too much overhead associated with everyone being in different states/time zones/continents; a work day that never ends; leadership that just pushes the problems around but doesn't really solve them (too short term focused); too many "barnacles" - people who's skills haven't kept up with the times but are just hanging on because this was the first job they had out of college (now they're 53...); people who drank too much of their own kool-aid; an overly bureaucratic, rigid HR structure that doesn't have a clue about hiring top talent, or about developing talent; a lack of trust and common understanding across businesses that results in duplication of effort and defensiveness; a CEO who gets it, but top lieutenants who don't; empty, run down offices; no energy or sense of excitement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sell the printer business - they operate independently anyway...re-cast the company into an enterprise services one and a hardware one. run as a holding company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have never felt more exploited as a salaried employee

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer IV in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some very talented and dedicated co-workers
    Great resources due to company's size and relationship with Microsoft

    Cons

    Executives manage company "by spreadsheet" with no other real considerations then the supposed bottom line
    All hourly support staff eliminated since salaried workers can do that work for "free" (see previous "cons" item)
    Total disregard for work/life balance. Mandatory work on nights, weekends and holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to your roots and come up with some values other than "maximizing shareholder value"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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