Hewlett-Packard

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A silicon valley tradition sheds tradition for international competitiveness.

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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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    Once HP was a great company that treated it's employees with respect. Now it's the best damn average company.

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    It has a great history and there are lots of very good folks working there. If you can focus on work you can do some cool stuff. You can learn a lot from these organizations.

    Cons

    Senior management is not interested in the ordinary employee. They are treated as a piece of equipment or furniture. If they are not seen as being needed anymore, they are let go. It's getting more and more difficult to actually focus on the job because every week there's another memo about reduced benefits or layoffs. Upper management feeds talking points to the financial press and basks in glory, raking in the bucks while cutting staff and resources to the bone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop screwing the employees. Stop reducing benefits every week. Stop saying you plan to invest in research and development when you are actually reducing everything except your bonuses. Start treating people as people. Get some moral fiber.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    HP - Still a good place to be, but sliding down

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - IT Manager - Software Engineering in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - IT Manager - Software Engineering in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Large, Stable company - lots of world-wide opportunities for change and flexibility. One of the main players in the High-Tech world, and likes to try and retain folks.

    Cons

    The company is big, very diversified, but current focus is on cost cutting and down-sizing like a small firm. This lead to lots of conflict, and also a poor way of getting things like basic job functions done. Also, each group is more worried about its internal priorities than how it fits in with the company overall. Lack of a cohesive leadership and direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the people, not the bottom line - you have a very talented team of employees, but current initiative and policies are suited for the Board / Cxx level in cost cutting and dividend payouts - you will lose the people that make that happen if you're not careful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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