Hewlett-Packard

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A silicon valley tradition sheds tradition for international competitiveness.

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Marketing Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

Pros

Broad product lines, opportunities for international assignments or moving among business units; leader in many markets presents interesting work. Ability to work with highly-talented engineers, or on the marketing side, global ad agencies. Hiring in some areas. Nowadays, that's saying something.

Cons

In my view, becoming fiscally aggressive to the point of stifling innovation, morale, and satisfaction. Average compensation, which has recently become more performance-driven. This is a plus and minus - top performers, as perceived by their manager, can receive higher bonuses; while the engine of the firm, the 'mid 60%', will receive middling bonuses and tiny / no raises. Can require moving business units or geography to advance.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep walking the aisles. Spend time talking with employees, like you do with customers. Are we getting the necessary tools? Is our infrastructure adequate? How are work conditions and morale? Is cost cutting serving future competitiveness, or are we too focused on senior management's concern over stock prices?

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    HP-Growth at any price

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package and good work environment

    Cons

    A lot of "transformation" projects and downsizing. Salary growth is neglible. Advancement within the US is almost impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sacrifice being a top notch company for a few percentage points of margin or revenue growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company spending away its talent.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Experience with big deals. Huge assets to draw upon. Good people at the direct contributor level. This is a company that works in broad areas of technology. It is easy to be able to work in anything from printers to bit blade system installations while staying in the same company.

    Cons

    Disconnect between senior management and employees. Focus is on cost cutting, very little value given to the individual. The metrics are always defined in terms of business performance which are measurable using accounting methods. There is no apparent attention to softer metrics such as employee satisfaction. Lay offs are impersonal in that if one happens to be in a risky part of the business they have higher chance of being layed off even if they are a high performance worker. Meanwhile, Mark Hurd states that technical talent is hard to find in the USA. This neglect of the same talent sends a mixed message.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead a company of people not "tcows" or resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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