Hewlett-Packard

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HP is a Great Place to Work

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Technical Solutions Consultant II  in  Austin, TX
Current Employee - Technical Solutions Consultant II in Austin, TX

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Great benefits are considered standard for working at this company, and depending on where you enter, there are always opportunities to advance. Salaries seem to be middle-of-the-road, but the culture is not overly corporate. Work-life balance is what you make it: You may be able to coast through a lengthy career in the same position, but if you want to progress, you have to put in the hours.

Cons

As with any large company, red tape can be frustrating.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Grow your people.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Hewlett-Packard Response

Jul 23, 2014Talent Acquisition - Digital Media Manager

Great feedback - thank you for sharing! We have an excellent internal career mobility site that can help you and all HP employees navigate and grow your career at HP. Be sure to check it out!

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  1. 10 people found this helpful  

    Great if you work in a low-cost country

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Line management supports employees
    - Benefits decent (in the US, anyway) but declining

    Cons

    - Work in the wrong place, you'll get laid off and the severance package in the US is eroding rapidly; the Technology & Operations unit might as well be called HP-Bangalore because US/Europe employees are being shown the door with increasing frequency in favor of less expensive outsourced employees who are as innovative as a rock
    - Bending over backwards for the millennials while canning experienced employees ASAP; cheap doesn't mean good
    - Constant reorganization for the sake of reorganization
    - Got rid of pensions a while back, promised 6% 401-(k) match, now cut to 4%, who knows what's next
    - Raises? We don't need no stinking raises, at least that must be management's perspective as raises, even for top performers, may be a couple of percent. More often over the last ten years: nothing.
    - Mandatory work in the office policy even if you have no team members in the same state or country (and they run butt-in-the-seats metrics)
    - New senior management is once again being hired from outside rather than being developed from within
    - Employee development - only if you pay for it or want to watch stiflingly boring canned courses
    - Reward structure is heavily tilted in favor of the director level and above as they have a separate, far superior bonus structure. Line mgmt/employees *might* see an annual bonus of 2-4%; directors can easily see 10x that much, and VPs and above evem more. Crushing internal politics mean you have to be a savage with no concern for individuals to be promoted to these levels.
    - A lot of lip service is paid to recognition; employees are encouraged to go to a web site to recognize co-workers, but your 'reward' is a PowerPoint certificate. Even major functions have recognition programs that provide nothing more than a plaque or some other small physical award in lieu of any financial remuneration. They seem to think attaboys are totally sufficient in and of themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Notice how more and more HP reviews are coming from people in low-cost countries? That's because Bill & Dave's legacy is nowhere to be seen, and it's all about the bottom dollar to the exclusion of all else. The company's focus is all about the shareholder and the executive ranks, and the individual contributor be damned. The company is now up to 50,000 layoffs this round, almost exclusively in the US and Europe, while numbers in India, China, Singapore, and Costa Rica continue to grow. If you don't work near a core location, you're subject to being laid off with a whopping two week notice; same goes if you work in a high-cost location like Palo Alto - well, unless you're an executive, in which case you can work wherever you want. Whitman recently announced an additional 16,000 layoffs to save the company a billion dollars a year in cost, but the company doesn't have any problem throwing nearly that much money out the door quarterly on stock buybacks and dividends to prop the share price up. Tell us again, what does share price have to do with innovation, customer satisfaction, product quality, or sales?

    Unless you're in sales, US/European employees should run away from this company. You may last a few years, but the goal is to replace you with someone making one-fifth your salary or less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    nice company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard as a contractor

    Pros

    working as a sql dba developer

    Cons

    megration and developement
    2005 to 2008 r2
    2012 installations

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