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Conservative Mediocre And Out-Of-Tune, Yet Stable and Respectable

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

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

Pros

1) Bank-job like stability (if you really care about this)
2) Technical career path that goes all the way up to VP level
3) Good middle managers (the top lot is rotten)

Cons

1) Bad senior management - the place is run by MBAs who do not understand technology and who are happy milking employees for everything they are worth
2) Treated like a resource rather than a human
3) Difficult to do out-of-the-box things
4) Environment is perfect breeding ground for lacklustre mediocre types who are perfectly content with retaining the status quo

Advice to ManagementAdvice

1) Act like a technology leader.
2) Get out of the MBA mindset and learn/understand technology too
3) Stop being so defensive as an organization
4) Get into higher margin businesses that allow you to pay your engineers more

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the old HP

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Smart and dedicated people who wanted to do a good job.

    Cons

    The old HP ended up on life support by the time that Carly Fiorina left, Unfortunately, Mark Hurd made sure that a Do Not Resuscitate order was placed on charts. HP devolved into a company that looked like every other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people as a valued asset. From my conversations with current HP employees, a lot will jump ship when the economy turns around. Beware, the stock price won't be so rosy if your smart, dedicated people move down the street to your current and emerging competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Development @ HP

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Good compensation

    Ample time off - good work life balance

    Employees treated with respect

    Embraced agile methodologies

    Use of open source

    Cons

    Excessive engineer job outsourcing to low cost geographies (India, China, etc).

    Outsourced real work product quality spotty at best - low level management must paint rosy story since they know their career & evaluation count on it

    Inability to gain market share for software products obtain through acquired software companies (products die off quickly)

    Business models have hardware product mentality when it comes to software - failure to generate profits for longer term.

    Upper Management changed to frequently - no accountability, make decisions move on to next group before effects of their decision are known

    Difficult for software engineer to move within organization - too much fear of pending job loss

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run the software division of HP more like a software company instead of hardware company in order to generate larger profit margins for acquired software products. Better balance of outsourcing with real accountability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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