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David Packard believed in integrity -- Current management does not know what it means

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Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

Pros

Big company, reasonable pay, won't miss you when you are gone. Co-workers - there are a lot of good people still there.

Cons

One useful definition of integrity is consistency between communication and action (or what you say, and what you do). Inside HP, an internal survey (the Voice of the Workforce, or VoW) is done, ostensibly to see what workers are concerned about (issues) so management can address these concerns. But management gets to ask the questions, so the resulting list of issues is largely irrelevant to most workers.
HP has given up on "layoffs" because they have to be announced, and that sometimes leads to bad press. Instead, there is a consistent program of terminating people based on hidden criteria, so most employees are just waiting for the axe. The ones who get it are lucky -- they usually get a small severance, and get to start over someplace else where the environment may not be so toxic.
Management seems to executing a hidden strategy of removing high cost workers with the axe, or even better, making the working environment bad enough that they leave on their own, eliminating the need for severance. Business units and jobs in the US and Europe decline, and those in Asia grow.
But as inexpensive as workers are in China, HP is not willing to pay those people well. I have personal knowledge of a unit in China that has lost several of its best people to other companies at higher salaries, sometimes much higher. Smart people know when they are underpaid.
HP thinks that buildings and office space are too expensive for engineers and other professionals. Never mind that design is a collaborative venture, and working on something together is usually more productive and more motivating than working on it alone, or that the social aspects of work are a big motivator for many people (notice how many comments there are about great co-workers?). HP does not think you deserve an office. So unless you can prove that you need one, you will be coming in (when you have to) and sitting in a floater cube. If you think the cubicle lifestyle is impersonal and demeaning, wait until you are put in a cubicle that is not even yours.
Which brings this back to integrity. The Voice of the Workforce creates issues lists, managers always talk about it in all of their coffee talks, people are assigned to committees, and a big show is produced designed to show that management cares. It does not. The real strategies of HP, as embodied in management policies are not what is being communicated by management. This is hypocrisy, the complete and utter lack of integrity.
HP management somehow thinks that the definition of integrity means not breaking the law, and they preach and trumpet integrity like a liar passionately insisting he is telling the truth. Here's another example. In most states, if you have accrued vacation and do not use it at the end of the year, it is forfeited (use it or lose it). In California, this practice is considered fraud, so employees in California have a provision for carryover, because vacation is considered as an earned benefit. So what is considered fraud in California is HP company policy in most other states. This puts the lie to any assertion that they treat their employees well.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please understand that for a technology company, the quality of individual contributors determines directly the success or failure of the company. Good people know what they are worth, and it doesn't matter if you talking about Chinese, or Hindi, or American engineers - trying to inflate profits and stock prices at the expense of individual contributors will cause them to leave, and you will not be able to deliver the products and services that your competitors can. HP is on a glide slope down, and will crash if the course is not changed.
David Packard had integrity. Learn what he meant by it. Read a book by Michael S Malone. Read glassdoor.com.

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    Shameful points

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    Former Employee - Project Lead in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Houston, TX

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Hewlett Packard is a leader in its field.
    Ability in some positions to be privy to technologies prior to public release.
    Casual dress code.

    Cons

    - Pay cuts
        - Layoffs
        - Unrealistic expectations without appropriate compensation.
    (Ex: A group of 18 have 8 left following a layoff. All work is divided between the "lucky ones", none get raises for taking on more than twice their previous workload. All are too scared to ask for one.)
        - Poor treatment of contract employees by management.
    (Ex: Average of 60hrs work per person. Overtime was cut, workload continued to grow. Hiring new employees request rejected. Request overtime = poor use of time management = terminated. Complete OT work for free = management reports understated budget requirements = next year more work, less people. Then contractors get pay cuts ranging 10% - 25%. This is in contrast to HP employee's cuts of 2.5% - 5%)
        - No raise in 3 of 3 years
        - Lack of communication by management.
        - Lack of respect by management.
        - One manager was quoted to say "the work performed in the lab could be completed by trained monkeys".
        - New employee training is comprised of getting thrown in the pool; sink or swim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As management, your job is to inspire, lead, and ensure your team has the tools to do their jobs.
    Regain this vision and stay focused.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Layoffs are apart of business in this company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cherry Hill, NJ

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    The discounts on Hewlett Packard merchandise. It is a well known company. The company does offer full benefits package for employees.

    Cons

    The job you have may leave you at any time. Hewlett Packard does a lot of international outsourcing. This means less people have jobs in the U.S.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is counterproductive to have massive layoffs. In the short run you may increase your profits. In the long run you will have less consumers to buy your products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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