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Not the best, but there may be hope

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

Pros

The people are top tier and work well as a team across functions and entities. People are always willing to help you out.

Cons

The performance ranking / rating system forces some people into the bottom categories even if all objectives have been met or exceeded. Over the past decade there has been a constant stream of benefit and salary takeaways, especially during the Mark Hurd regime. They contibute some 401k matching if company finacial results are good enough. If you need a drink of water, bring your own cup - nothing is provided. Everyone's personal financial position is falling. No immediate increase in salary when you get promoted. Cubicles are being downsized and a large percentage of people are being forced to work from home with no reimbursements for phone or internet connection expenses. Upper management bonuses have grown wildly while the rank an file has been losing ground. I'd have to work over 1,100 years at my current salary to match Mark Hurd's compensation over the past three years, and that's prior to his massive exit package - add another 400 years or so for that.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Treat employees as the asset they are instead of a "cost of the workforce" expense to be minimized. Reduce the disparity in rewards between upper management and the rank & file.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 7 people found this helpful

    There is no HP-way ... there is no culture but just a job

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Roseville, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    having a job in the Sacramento area
    work-life balance and flexible schedule

    Cons

    the work-life balanance and flex schedule is a pro but it will bite you in your evaluation if you use it often.
    poor management. a lot of yes-people.
    stock options hogged by upper mgmt, directors and up
    bad cafeteria, cheaper to buy outside
    too much work, good people who leave are not replaced
    declining benefits
    401k matching tied to company performance
    pension plan suspended
    no espp
    bad work environment, open area 3 ft high cubicles like those on TV

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HP is on a downhill since Carly Fiorina. Everyone though Carly was bad, Hurd is 3x worse. All Hurd did is make the rich richer, filthy rich to be exact. As what I said, HP is only good if you dont have a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Not necessarily a great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    This job is highly dependent on who you work for. There are wonderful, sharp people in the organization, and then there are other managers. Find the good managers. One of the best things about this organization is that you can gain a lot of high level, valuable knowledge that can take you places in your career.

    Cons

    See above. Some of the managers are only about meeting their objectives to get their bonuses. They don't care about their employees, their customers, and what is "right" for the business. What they care about is how they are compensated - which I suppose is human nature. This organization can be very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the right thing, for your employees, for your customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
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