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Hewlett-Packard Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
8,737 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also decent work/life balance when compared to other companies in this industry (in 1045 reviews)

  • Flexible hours & You can work from home/remote as long as the job gets done (in 626 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance was horrible: meetings early in the morning or late at night (in 176 reviews)

  • Mid to senior management each day you get more surprised with how incompetent they are (in 313 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great products with poor management

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than a 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
  3. 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 for 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant political struggles with nobody in control

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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 for 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
  6. 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 for 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
  7. 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 for 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
  8. 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 for 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unprofessional

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    Former Employee - Contract Account Renewal Specialist  in  Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Contract Account Renewal Specialist in Downers Grove, IL

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Time freedom. Flexibility. Good place to work if you just want a paycheck with no real effort.

    Cons

    Lack of serious Leadership. Training sporadic. Way too much office drama. Lack of work. People speak in meetings unprofessionally. Leadership is lacking and more interested in her personal life and why people find problems with her than worrying about understanding what is going on with her team and the professional environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a serious look at the management on this contract renewal team. Put checks and balances in place to establish an actual successful training program for new hires. Discontinue the office drama and the negative atmosphere by appreciating employees who work hard and contribute. Understand the work loads or lack of so that the team can function together successfully. During my 6 months on board I witnessed a lot of mistakes and money being wasted and not booked properly. There's a HUGE disconnect on this particular team. And it starts with management and stale employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Greatest groups of professionals I ever worked with

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    Former Employee - Vice President & General Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Vice President & General Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Talented and very ethical group of professionals, with many resources of a big tech company behind their ideas.

    Cons

    Very process driven, very structured with many layers of approvals that slow the business down. Once you learn hap to navigate the structure, you can make it work for you and your projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push decision making and accountability down to the lowest levels in the organization. Upper management's responsibility is to provide the resources to the teams that are driving the business. Get the bureaucracy out of their way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Musical Chairs is the new norm

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    Former Employee - Channel Management  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Channel Management in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great minds and strong intel

    Cons

    Far too short term focused

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read your own books

    Disapproves of CEO

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