Hewlett-Packard

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Turn-around in progress

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Washington, DC
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Washington, DC

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Great career opportunities; you can push as far and hard as you want to

Cons

Internal tools are bad, product quality is hit or miss, divisions don't work well together

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get us better products, and better tools

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Hewlett-Packard

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shrinking Markets, Low Profit Margins Affect Everyone In This Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Developer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Huge company, which means there are many directions your career can take, with room for narrow specialization. Core values are high. Humane HR policies. Good benefits. Many employees have extensive experience and long tenure, lending maturity and stability to the company.

    Cons

    The company is caught between risk aversion and the need to innovate. Major product lines are in shrinking markets with low profit margins. Financial pressure is high; cost cutting is incessant. Morale suffers because of massive, unending layoffs, particularly affecting CA and European sites. Projects slip because because of the complex environment cluttered with legacy systems. IT workers can't use new technologies because of budget constraints or risk aversion. Most projects are staffed with people on three continents, making meetings and decisions difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop outsourcing IT and engineering jobs. Insist on co-location, like the most successful software companies do. Go back to organic growth, not acquisitions. Encourage the adoption of open-source tools and technologies. Avoid strategic alliances with companies who may be tomorrow's adversaries.

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

    Confusing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    It's a paycheck. Not much else to say.

    Cons

    Confusing, overlayered bureaucracy and technical complexity. Plus no training to speak of for newcomers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify and train!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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