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

Engineer (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

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

ConsOne 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 Senior ManagementPlease 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Gets worse every year as we try to be just like any other company. i.e. meet industry standards, be middle of our peers

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Roseville, CA

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Pros: Salary is good, but now it is performance-based, which is ok, but... see cons Enjoy working with other colleagues. flexible time - there are… Cons: An excellent performance may or may not be rewarded if your business is doing well. Employees are held accountable for meeting goals and aspire… Advice to Senior Management: Improve employee satisfaction to retain key talent. Poor benefits/rewards will leave you with unhappy poor performers. Balance shareholder demands with employee satisfaction. Employees have… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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Fort Collins, CO

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