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Hewlett-Packard Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated February 3, 2015
Updated February 3, 2015
54 Reviews
2.9
54 Reviews
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Pros
  • Decent work-life balance due to flexibility of work schedule but that's about it (in 1209 reviews)

  • Being able to work from home is also great so you are never behind in work (in 684 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance was horrible: meetings early in the morning or late at night (in 211 reviews)

  • You can hear people want to fix issues but the senior management just doesn't get it (in 319 reviews)

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  1.  

    HP Software

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Strong leadership team, seasoned in software sales.

    Cons

    Large company with requisite bureaucracy, many areas of the business with agendas that are disruptive and non sales producing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continually look to shed the crushing administrative tasks and bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Tyring hard to stay relevent in a negative growth industry.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people and management truly cares about employees and customers. Salary and commission is low compared to other similar companies. Benefits and perks are better than average.

    Cons

    Technology is not keeping up with market in any space. Processes take up too much time on internal approval to get a customer a proposal. Middle management is too focused on quarterly results and not pipeline development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seperation will allow for focused development - keep investing in R & D and training.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be good, now shareholders direct decisions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    work from home, home office paid for

    Cons

    replacing US & EU well paid and highly experienced people for 2nd & 3rd world w cheap labor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep the good people and stop listening exclusively to the shareholders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Stability and job security in a slow-moving mature household brand

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 a 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
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    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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    Software Eng

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    • Senior Management
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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 a 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great products with poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant re-org, cost cutting and unqualified middle management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant political struggles with nobody in control

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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