Hewlett-Packard

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Shrinking Markets, Low Profit Margins Affect Everyone In This Company

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  • Culture & Values
  • 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 (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

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    Lost Management

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits are great and very hard to beat, unlimited sick days and very affordable insurance. However, that is were the good stuff ends.

    Cons

    The company seems to take an approach to management that rewards those who belittle their employees and promotes an atmosphere of fear and discontent. Many of managers even attempt to do the same to each other, and engage in strong arm match in front of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire those managers that have created this environment of fear and hostility, and provide training that will encourage an environment of cooperation and respect. You might be able retain employees for longer then just a couple of months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    My experience is that HP is a company that cares only about the bottom line.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    HP offers an employee the opportunity to move around in the corporation as well as opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    The right hand truly doesn't know what the left hand needs or is doing.
    Employees work in an environment where they don't know if they will have a job. A great cause of stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many layers between top and bottom.
    Salary increases depend on what group/division you're in; not on the individual performance of the employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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