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Summer intern at HP Labs

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Hewlett-Packard

Recommends
Recommends

Pros

Interesting and challenging research projects, great intern social activities, opportunity to work with brilliant and world-famous researchers. Relaxed hours as long as you get the work done, opportunity to work from home (although it is a waste considering the kind of people that you can interact with).

Cons

The company website is almost impossible to navigate; hard to get all important information as a new hire. Need to dig around on old, seemingly abandoned wiki pages to learn about systems, benefits, etc. However, they seemed to be aware of this and working on it (e.g. through a "bureaucracy buster" initiative).

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  1. Too much looking out for #1 makes the whole company #2

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    HP is the original Silicon Valley start-up success story. But HP has grown up to be a second-rate bureaucracy. There was a voice of the workforce survey, but middle managers see the results they punished dissidents. This is why managers have to beg to get people to fill out the survey. The best thing is that remote work is allowed and enabled.

    Cons

    The downside of replacing people from the top is that people downstream don't see career advancement. This makes it more necessary for middle managers to be even more focused on the internal politics of getting credit and shifting blame than on delighting customers.

    Advice to Management

    Thin the middle management ranks. Look for bad managers instead of bad workers. Replace top-down performance review Gestapo tactics with 360 reviews. Workers now don't have a way to respond to whatever their direct managers rate them. Enable workers to communicate with each other across the organization rather than having all communication being funneled through the organization chart.


  2. Pretty Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Analyst in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements, relatively casual environment, decent base salary. Company stance is they are open to lateral job rotations. Meg Whitman has been able to rally internal support behind her.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in a sea of so many employees. Lateral moves are good, but career advancement/opportunities for promotion seem less emphasized. Even a clear message from the top can sometimes get muddled by the time it reaches the lower ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful not to repeat past acquisition mistakes


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