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HP Software

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Hewlett-Packard

Pros

HP Software offers a great technology portfolio, financial stability, (overall HP) brand awareness and solid existing customer base. They enjoyed very nice growth during 2007 and 2008 - driven by acquisitions (Mercury, Opsware, Peregrine) and HP-internal re-orgs/groupings (consulting&integration split up, Data Protector and storage solutions move into HP S&S etc.). Financial results in 2009 and 2010 have been soft. There are many experienced people from the acqusitions and some solid professionals from HP SW "old". But overall, too many great guys have left in last 6 months or are leaving and there are no strong re-hires.

Cons

HP was never been a software company - ever. All past attempts have failed - mainly due to the box-moving DNA across the wider organization. After spending 7+ billion $ and integrating 3500+ software professionals since 2007 - this was supposed to change forever.... But it didn't. All of their issues are internal, not market or technology related. But no-one has the courage to step up to Mark Hurd and Ann Livermore and challenge their egos. Right now, the global SW leader is interim (as is the US SW helm for 12 months, the EMEA helm now for 3 months ... and many more). All good software DNA people are leaving - for following reasons:

a) there is continuous mis-aligment from bottom-to-top (conflicting objectives and compensation measures; very limited ability to influence you own results)
b) no performance culture (only talk); e.g. as a manager, you can fire, but not re-hire (hence most keep weak performers in)
c) no clear strategy or plan (besides cost cutting)
d) if you are successful you have to take legal actions to get paid your earned commission (and then leave)
e) HPs expects you to be happy to work for less money, massively reduced benefits (their shared desk concept is great if you work 8..4 in the office, but if you are a field sales and visit customers, you are guaranteed to not even find a place to sit when you come to the office later on ... ). Their attitude is close to: you should be happy we employ you .. in fact, you should pay us money! The internal aim is to have OTE pay at market average - 10%.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

HP Software could have been a great success - if you had let it run on it's own (see EMC and VMWare example). Everyone understands and supports that a company needs to be profitable and growing. However, applying a HW DNA business model to SW will not work - it can already be seen in the numbers. A historic chance and 7B$ wasted ... and: people don't approve salary cuts when senior management only pays lip service to process quality and improvement (and keeps counting their own commission and stock gains). Software is a people business and the backbone at HP Software is broken. It will take 5 years, another 8..10B$ and a different senior management team to get it fixed again.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    Mixed Feelings

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Dynamic Industry, working with very capable people.

    Cons

    Constant employee layoffs, constant replacement/reduction in salary/benefits by less than adaquate pay for performance bonuses. Forced employee ratings are a tool to keep bonus payouts low and lay off employees. Totally inconsisitent application of forced employee ratings across the various business units. HP has removed all reasons why good employees should remain with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening and acting on Voice of Workforce comments. Empty Talent Management sessions will not cut it. There will be an exodus of good employees as the economy strengthens.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a lot of good and a lot of Bad

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

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Flexible working conditions
    home office
    Most of the worker bees are good people
    I never hear from my boss except at review time

    Cons

    Pay cuts
    Benefit cuts
    BS vacation policy
    Layoffs
    No room for growth
    Unfair review process
    poor products
    no training
    no supports
    useless management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My first bit of advice is if you want to keep your employees you need to get rid of Hurd before the job market gets better. You need to replace the CEO with someone who have a vision for growth for our company not someone who only cuts costs. You need to treat your employees as assets not as cost centers. You need to build a company where people want to work stands out from the rest instead of trying to be like every other company.

    I would also suggest that you stop buying half-baked companies and invest in R&D and create something on your own.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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