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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.

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    Don't Forget To Bring Your Own Pencil!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    They pay on time every month so far
    Looks good on a CV so is a useful addition to the escape plan.
    Large company, plenty of opportunity (in theory)

    Cons

    Driving out cost is the be all and end all of everything. Nothing else counts.
    No training other than poor quality on-line material. Need a course? Forget it
    Want to travel? Forget it!
    Not knowing if you'll be next on the list for WorkForce Reduction (WFR). Job security, forget it.
    The endless stream of communications from senior management telling you about yet another appointment of a VP of something-or-other when the folks who deliver are being sacked around you. The emails are always signed on first name terms by Mark or Steve or Cathy or someone as though they actually know who you are and actually care.
    Those of us who care want to deliver a great service to our customers but that costs money and requires staff so forget it.
    Pay for performance? Yes, you'll get an annual review but it counts for nothing unless you're at the bottom of the pile and then you're likely to be the next one out.
    Thinking of joining HP? Do yourself a favour, forget it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Our company has no soul. People are treated as though they don't matter. They do matter! People and their intellect are ultimately the only real assets HP has.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    inside out, monopoly at its peak here now!

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    Current Employee - Trainer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Trainer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Work culture and space you get, its easy on specially the new comers

    Cons

    recomendation mainly for relatives, cousins and ex colleagues. If you belong to a league you grow else, its very very slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rotate management heads internally within a certain duration, these guys from other industry are so stuck here, that now its obvious they are not required outside by anyone else...they all want to retire with HP, like nobodys watching...

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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