Hewlett-Packard

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Don't apply here for a consulting position!

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Consultant
Current Employee - Consultant

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

Pros

Large company with some opportunity to move into other divisions if you can find a person to back you
Benefits are okay although limited choices
Not likely to go out of business - still ok in the laptop and printer business
Still paid when on the bench - won't be surprised if that changes...

Cons

Not very much control over placement on projects - you go where they want you to go and there is no attention to your goals. The people that staff projects are overworked and have no ability to really tailor placement well.
Salary is low - 20K less than what my current role would normally pay (average based on research) and despite making good money last year, HP used the economic downturn to force a 5% base salary cut across the board. Bonuses are a joke after taxes.
Advancement is difficult - many hoops to jump through to get a promotion and seems more a "who you know" and how political you are
100% travel is generally required with little regard to where you live. Have been doing a minimum 2+ hr time difference for the last 2 years. I have never been placed locally or the closer direction (West) even though I live in a big city.
Internal training site is good and free - but pretty much all you get. No formal training for 2 1/2 years now.
Company is more focused on selling products rather than services. Services structure keeps changing and reducing in number ,and increasing reliance on off-shore and 3rd party consultants.
HP is focused on the bottom line - make more $$ - not on the employees who create the products.
HP is currently looking for consultants since they have potential work but nobody with the skills- my advice is work for them through a 3rd party - don't join them!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Offer a way for employees to offer candid, anonymous feedback on co-workers and managers they have worked with on projects. You give awards to people who leave work early and spend their evening drinking on company funds while the worker bees are staying to 11pm, are stressed and exhausted. Employees get reviewed, but aren't given the chance to feedback on the PMs and other managers. It's a one way street downward. Offer more options for formal training rather than having to seek "no cost" training options to keep skills current.

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    Not the Place to work at that it once was

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Can wear any type of clothes to work.

    Cons

    Benefits are steadily declining since 2005, no raises, no stock options, no company matching 401k, hidden company pay for performance metrics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to compensate employees to retain top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    If you want to give your life away to the corporate devil then please apply

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant III
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant III

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Talented colleagues
    Benefits on par with rest of industry
    Flexible working patterns (Working From Home) is a big thing.

    Cons

    Fear culture together with unneccesary blame.
    Some divisions have dead wood managers that need to removed.
    Be prepared to work more than 50 hours week as general norm. Day or night!
    Appraisal system is based upon the bell curve technique so one person in the team is always going to be marked as under performing when they are not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focussing on product and and listen to what the customer wants and that is a service. Also be prepared for a mass exodus of employee's when the marketplace picks up.

    No opinion of CEO
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