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HP is ripe for a change

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Zürich (Switzerland)
Current Employee - Program Manager in Zürich (Switzerland)

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

Pros

I think that the traditional culture still being held by most of the employees (older) are very much appreciated. There is a good sense of trust which allows for faster engagement and sharing of information that can lead to better results. HP' is a fairly large company which does offer tons of possibilities, but it may not be so easy to move around given that it has been in a redution mode for the last 4-5 years. I like the company, although it has significantly degnerated over the past few years since the hiring of Mark Hurd.

Cons

Currently one of the most worrisome problems is the lack of management willing to hear the truth. They only want to hear what is "good". This has some plusses in terms of not depressing people, but at one point or another, reality will surface... and with a vengeance. One of the more important cultural HP tradition of "open door policy" has been eradicated.. and the current managerial fads are to load people with more and more reporting. Instead of spending time to progress real valuable improvements, we end up wasting much of our day doing reports or slides for reviews.
The other problem in the company is that there are very few win win situtations left. But people are unwilling to make any changes that may, in the short term lead to poorer results, but position the company for much stronger longer term gains. Everything is based on this month, this quarter... with nobody watching out for where we want to be 3-5 years from now.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be humble and strong enough to ask for the truth from the troops and be willing to actually consider their suggestions.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    HP Way is Out

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Large, global company with diverse job opportunities around the world.
    Shareholder and customer focused.
    Very talented employees.
    The company will allow job sharing opportunties.

    Cons

    Benefits are no longer competitive compared to the industry. Cost cutting has gone to far with permanently reducing employees salaries by 5-10%, stock purchase plan with no purchase discount or matching, medical plans that are 2X more expensive for the employees than other silicon valley companies, 401K company matching is now discretionary by the company.

    No work/life balance. Employees are required to work very long hours due to workforce reductions and globalizing jobs while the workload continues to grow. Employee morale is very low and employees don't feel valued. Many extremely qualified employees are leaving the company.

    Limited investment in innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management (VP & Higher) manages in a very directive & aggressive style. Tops down management style leading with fear and intimidation. Creativity & innovation are stiffled. Senior management is driven by greed due to their huge variable compensation packages. Bring back the HP Way and the executive leadership that share similar values such as trust, respect, integrity, and innovation that once made HP a great place to work and where employees are valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    My feedback

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Presales Engineer  in  Stuttgart (Germany)
    Current Employee - Presales Engineer in Stuttgart (Germany)

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Intreresting Work, Lots of different alreas

    Cons

    No career possible, salary is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people as in the past, stand up against the US

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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