Hewlett-Packard

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A once great company that became an average company.

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Current Employee - IT Business Consultant
Current Employee - IT Business Consultant

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Spent over 20 years with HP and it used to be a stellar company. Work life balance was, and still mostly is, very good. Hard working and dedicated work force for the most part. I will always treasure the knowledge I gained and the relationships I built with colleagues.

Cons

The once excellent HP culture has been all but obliterated by a decade worth of buying up failing companies and adding their cultures to the overall mix. Depending on the department or the geographical location you work in, the environment is often hostile and toxic. Work force morale suffers from nearly constant layoffs since 2002. Bureaucracy and process paralysis make it exceedingly difficult for development teams to hit their deliverables. Cronyism, turf wars, constant re-orgs and empire building in the middle to upper management ranks often result in a miasma of shifting allegiances and one is never certain if the site you're working at will suddenly become a "go forward" site or one slated for a slow death. IT has been largely decimated by constant layoffs and "right shoring" and the company seems bent on getting rid of its more experienced workers (aka, the over 50 crowd) and replacing them with less expensive contractors and college hires. As a result, critical domain knowledge has been lost as many development teams now struggle to keep mission critical applications alive.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

First, stop punishing the workforce with layoffs. The people you're throwing out the door aren't the ones who made the bad business decisions now affecting your top and bottom line growth. Second, get off the re-org merry-go-round. It creates the illusion of progress/strategy but keeps the business in a constant state of chaos. Third, an immediate moratorium on any further acquisitions - you paid far too much for most the ones you already bought in the first place. You increased the companies debt by billions and swelled the workforce to an unsustainable level, which has resulted in literally tens of thousands of them being laid off. They got paltry severances while you get handsomely rewarded for making the "hard decisions."

Doesn't Recommend
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Disapproves of CEO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    intelligent, caring employees, good pay compared to others in local area

    Cons

    bloated bureaucracy, tough industry trends

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    Big company. Challenging to figure out the processes, org structures, and internal tools.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time

    Pros

    At the time, there seemed to be lots of potential career opportunities, depending on what org you were in. The people were generally very helpful.

    Cons

    With such a large company, it's easy to have silo-ed organizations and get the sense that action taken is for the benefit of one particular org and not for the good of the company as a whole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps, HP has gotten too big and would benefit from becoming several smaller companies.

    No opinion of CEO
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