Hewlett-Packard

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Sad decline of corporate values

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Corvallis, OR
Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Corvallis, OR

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

Pros

Pay is OK, location in Oregon is awesome.

Cons

There is no technical ladder - Most technical people stay at the grade they were hired in at for their entire career unless they go into management. In the past few years an "us-them" culture has developed, with the two sides being management and workers. It is very antagonistic. I have been with the company for 20 years and have seen about a 33% drop in "total rewards" with cuts in pension, 5% cut in salary, cuts in stock purchase matching, cuts in 401k contributions and cuts in availability of restricted stock or options. No longer are "senior engineer" level technical folks eligible for restricted stock or stock options, which for the past 15 years has been on average 15% of my annual income. Clearly, an excellent performer throughout my career, there is no technical ladder worth mentioning and the corporate culture only seems to value management, not technical expertise.

It may be a good place to work if you are a business person who simply looks on products and people as widgets to be managed. If you are a technical person who has invested years in getting a Ph.D., and understands the differences between material science, electrical engineering, and chemistry, and wish to be the top in your field and gain the respect of peers inside AND outside of your company... this is probably not a good place for you.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You are undervaluing your technical staff and this will, in time, result in an inability of HP to become or remain a technical "widget" leader. You seem to value widgets in as far as you make money on them - companies that better understand the technology underlying the widgets will be in a position to more successfully develop and market them.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Employees aren't as highly valued as they once were.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Many of the products are nice. If you make it high enough in the org charts, you get some pretty nice incentives. Recent changes include better rewards (as a percentage of salary) for higher level positions, which can be great for anyone at that level.

    Cons

    Constantly increasing workload and reduced compensation due to recent layoffs. Benefits packages reduced year after year. Forced distributions, when coupled with weak management, can result in randomly unfair distribution of rewards in yearly review cycles that come as a complete surprise to the employee. Rewards for anyone at less than a Manager II level are (by design) less than they were just a couple of years ago. Company is clearly more interested in attracting more investors and higher-profile talent than a strong employee base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The true risks of outsourcing seem to be ignored, or too far mitigated. Competitor (Partner) companies that have been outfitted to deliver the HP product do not have HP's interest at heart, and when a brand gets tarnished, it's only HP that truly suffers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    HP has very bad first level Managers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Developer III in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Information Developer III in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Company name stands good on your resume to look for jobs.

    Cons

    Too many managers and less individual contributors to work. First level managers show favoritism. Employees are rated based on how close they are to the manager geographically and how friendly they are with the manager, not on what they contribute. Managers pick the personnel they would like to lay off and give them very Low Performance Ratings. What a psychological blow to the employees ?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please change the methods of performance evaluation. Please check on the first level managers. Please be aware that if this situation continues, the company will be left with Employees who do not have any skills to find a Job outside.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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