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Hewlett-Packard Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
9,041 Reviews
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Pros
  • Decent work-life balance due to flexibility of work schedule but that's about it (in 1156 reviews)

  • Flexible hours & You can work from home/remote as long as the job gets done (in 656 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance was horrible: meetings early in the morning or late at night (in 200 reviews)

  • Mid to senior management each day you get more surprised with how incompetent they are (in 317 reviews)

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  1.  

    Stability and job security in a slow-moving mature household brand

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Pre-Sales Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Pre-Sales Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salaries commensurate with industry roles; If your in Sales or Pre-Sales technical roles, upside can be fantastic for a period of time until your year-after-year target numbers become insurpassable, similar to any other enterprise level IT products and services company; Great individual and family benefits and perks; Sales roles enjoy company fleet vehicle benefit; Super smart technical colleagues and seasoned sales reps; Some management and leadership really understand how to balance executive leadership and upper management politics, mentorship, career path advancement and personal life necessities with their staff, i was very fortunate in this regard; Brand name recognition, respect and trust; Awesome resume marquee!; Training is abundant and encouraged; Good communication across the enterprise; Meg is striving to give the company new direction and break the "Old Boy's Club" mentality; Easy lateral and upward movement with the right skill sets, relationships and sponsors;

    Cons

    Can be silo-ed at times; Old "Boys" Club mentality in executive leadership and upper management; Very slow moving in terms of instilling change, however this is a behemoth of a company and it takes quite a bit to turn a vessel of its magnitude, patience is key; Six month attainment review cycles for sales, if you dont make your numbers you had better find a new home within or outside the company; HP is traditionally a HW company, and is VERY good in that regard, however they struggle to rebrand themselves as a SW and Services oriented enterprise and focus on what exactly they wish to be, again Meg is making good, albeit, slow progress towards this goal;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication and transparency between executive leadership, upper management and middle management needs improvement; Continue the great work from a cultural development and training perspective, but improvements needed in the area's where above average work and successes by associates are recognized and rewarded; @TheOldBoysClub, listen to the ideas and insight from the younger associates who are engrained in the ways in which we, the younger generations, communicate, work, do business and otherwise have innovative and disruptive ideas in the industry;

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Sr. Management. Great technology. Great people

    Cons

    Largest IT Company in the world. Making it better takes some time....but it's on track

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your focus on the customer and the channel exactly as you have been over the last 12 months

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Software Eng

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours,good salary, good vacation and benefits.

    Cons

    Constant changes and Wfh have been removed., no work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great products with poor management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefit package

    Cons

    unorganized and too report heavy. Poor communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice if communication was positive and everyone was on the same CRM platform. The Autonomy division is a train wreck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging work assignments, management constantly changes, no work life balance

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    challenging and diverse work assignments

    Cons

    HP doesn't understand how to run a consulting organization. No work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest with workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant political struggles with nobody in control

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are lucky you can stay in your corner of the company forever. Not very satisfying, though. Lots of dead wood in this company - could stand to lay off a third of the people here and not even blink.

    Cons

    Lack of focus. Really poor advancement possibilities especially for somebody that has come into the company via acquisition (like me).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Thanks for the memories

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits. Decent 401K. Can work remotely.

    Cons

    As part of the Software Division in the Protect space, sales slowed very much. We all knew there would be some cuts. Got the call and informed I was one of them. Ten years of experience and they kept others with no experience right out of college. All managers told me that they had no input into the decision. HP's way of letting go more talent I suppose. They sell PC's and ink as that is the only thing keeping them afloat other than cutting talent and replacing them with lower paid newbies. Example. Worked with one of the newbies in their twenties. While on the phone starts saying dude while customer is on the line. The new ones may be eager but have no soft skills. The sales has dropped even further I have been told. HP is nothing but a ink and PC maker these days no matter what their press releases say. They were too late into everything else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well there is the management level that does reviews and little else then there are the higher ups that do not know the people and base everything on numbers. Hence why the talent pool at HP has dropped.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant re-org, cost cutting and unqualified middle management

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    Current Employee - Us Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Us Sales Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Individual contributors who try to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Unqualified Middle Manager, work-life balance, too much politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to your worker bees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good company and very good team

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good company and very good team

    Cons

    nothing to say for now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep good things up for some time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The first 9 years were rewarding while HP was a great place to work, the last 5 were a nightmare.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    not much is good at HP

    Cons

    highly disfunctional sales managers and executive leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leave

    Disapproves of CEO

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