Hewlett-Packard

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If you want to be kicked like a dog, come work here!

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Business Partner
Current Employee - Business Partner

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

Pros

Most individual contributors are wonderful caring people who, if given a chance by management, could reinstill the founding partner's belief that the company was a place that valued people, relationships, talent, and the feeling that we were part of a "family" who cared about each other just as much as we cared about moving the company forward.

Cons

The new management operating model, a top down hierarchy, where no one questions decisions being handed down by the leadership team, and where the bullwhip is passed from each level of management downwards until it cracks over the heads of the individual contributors who are treated like oxen in a yoke and are constantly reminded that they should exhibit the company's leadership standards or probably need to look elsewhere. If your career goals don't include being a manager and you actually have the audacity to voice the opinion that you want to be an individual contributor who makes a valuable contribution to the company via work on programs or projects, you are told you are not fitting the "new model" the company is embracing. In other words, "All square pegs please resign now because we want cookie cutter people who are cold, hard business people that don't have time to be nice to one another."

Managers call their employees all hours of the day and night and expect that their people will be there to take meetings after hours. They insist you give them your home phone, cell phone and any other contact information in case they need to reach you immediately. They abuse your private time.....worse, they don't recognize that you should have private time.

People are rated not on their performance, but against the performance of others on their team. People are given lower ratings as a means to move them out the door the next time there is layoff. Deliberately. Groups are downsized by 20% yearly and work is piled on the remaining people to breaking point. You are expected to get your work done, but it takes a 15 hour day to do it (not always successfully) and your management will then chastise you for not taking vacation time. Work life balance will be mentioned. If you do take vacation time and you don't get the work done, you are then told you should have made sure the work was done.

Processes that supposedly "improve" efficiency end up costing more time and money because they are conceived and implemented by people who have absolutely no understanding of (or conversations with) the very people doing the work and who could give best practice input to the changes required. No, instead the very people who need their work streamlined are handed a process out of the blue that they had no input too, that adds more time to their work day, and that necessitates bandaids and workarounds to get the job done. If you express concern? "Hey, just accept it, and take a big step back, and add more hours to your day to deal with it."

Run! Don't walk away, from HP. If there were a human equivalent to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, HP would be closed down by now for the abuse they heap on their employees.

I can't wait till the economy is on the upswing and jobs are plentiful. I predict a mass exodus. I hope Hurd has a contingency plan.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Remember that happy employees are productive employees. Remember that no every person wants to be, or is, management material. The backbone of your company is not managers. It's the individual contributors upon which your very future exists. We are, after all, a technology company. Technologists are IC's! Wake up before it's too late and become humane.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Cutthroat culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    HP is a fortune 10 company and at the leading edge of various technologies and markets. great opportunity to learn and grow with the organization. A fast paced organization with good opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Very cut throat culture. Significant disengagement within company due to strong focus on cost cutting. Used to be an employee friendly company but is changing quickly into an employee un friendly place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on organic growth and your people. If people are engaged and happy, productivity will improve automatically. Too much cost cutting leads to dis engagement and reduction in productivity e.g. getting a small IT problem fixed requires atleast a few hours of time spent on phone/online. Or not having people to do the work due to large scale layoffs leads to balls being dropped

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    CMS management is really poor in India.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    HP Philosophy is great and the rules and regulations are good on paper,

    Cons

    Those rules are not working in real scenario in Indian culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We can not have different regulation at different geography, people should not be short sighted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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