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HP Throws a Lot at Their Employees Without Much Support

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

Pros

I really love how I am able to work from home and make my own hours. * HP is open to new ideas. This depends on the group you are in. Some groups are more flexible than others. * HP has great co-workers.

Cons

* I and others on the team have had to work a lot of nights and weekends, even on days I originally planned to take off. There is a lot of "get it done now" and tight deadlines. * You always get this feeling that your job can be outsourced to India. * It seems that only those in certain groups are publically recognized. * They tell you there are opportunities, but they overload you with so much work, you are unable to go after them. * HP is becoming pennywise-pound foolish. We have to go through a lot of red tape to purchase the software we need to do our jobs. In some cases, we are not allowed to purchaes the software. * HP is putting pressure on us to go with "cheap" contracting agencies, rather than on contracting agencies that may be a little more expensive but provide quality work.

Advice to Management

Stop the self-congratulating webcasts and meet personally with those who work for you. How are they feeling? You need to walk around the “virtual” factory floor. People are tired of being told by Mark H. that all of their jobs can be easily outsourced to India and China. We get the picture. Now give us some encouragement. If you want the company to do well, nurture us as you would a plant. Give us encouragement and opportunities. By the way, you are not providing opportunities when you throw a bunch of web links at us.

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  1. Perfect Storm

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Professional environment, independence, self-directed work, ownership of results. Big push to convert employees to teleworkers.

    Cons

    HP Enterprise Services is in the middle of submitting its employees to the "perfect storm" of tough times. The combination of the economy, overseas outsourcing, and the aquisition of EDS, have all combined to make big layoffs inevitable. Big push to convert employees to teleworkers. Cost cutting environment is oppressive. I manage a multi-million dollar project and my company, one that makes printers, will not buy me a printer for my office.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the value that a PM with a long track record of dependable performance and great communication skills, and promote the heck out of that person. Don't nickle-and-dime them with cost cuts; give them some hardware perks for working for HP; a home office setup and mobile service. Make them proud to be a PM for HP, getting stuff done.


  2. Helpful (4)

    HP doesn't care about a quality product: their People.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Representative V
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Representative V

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Many people were given options to work from home. Decent PCs were issued for employees and turn around time for replacements were fast. Liked the idea that HP will push back on customers to not do work for free, unlike EDS.

    Cons

    The EDS merger with HP was horrible. Many people were incorrectly coded and took large pay cuts. HP realized this but, were unwilling to remediate the issue. This was a major insult to numerous people who put in many years of hard work to earn their salary. The continued layoff of quality employees continue and are either not replaced or replaced with under qualified off-shore employees that will move to another company that is willing to pay more.

    Advice to Management

    Employees need to be properly compensated for the quality work that is done. The paycuts and re-org of pay scales was not done to save the company, but to stop the loss of potenial revenue. Once again I refer to Business 101: A Happy Employee is a Good Employee


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