Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated May 4, 2015
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Pros
  • work/life balance - they are flexible in working from home & working around your appointments/arrangements (in 1209 reviews)

  • allow work from home from time to time (in 684 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance is not so great (in 211 reviews)

  • New senior management is once again being hired from outside rather than being developed from within (in 319 reviews)

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  1. Sales

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great office with a view.

    Cons

    None. Great office with a view.

    Advice to Management

    None,


  2. Your experience depends on the group you land in. HP is comprised of so many different acquisitions.

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    HP has a lot of resources if you take advantage of it. I worked for HP software and there are a lot of classes and online resources for your. For example, we had free access books24x7.
    If you desire and work your way up into management, beyond Manager 2 level, they compensate well. For the average worker, don't expect any raises unless you are a top performer. HP has been cutting costs for many years now.

    HP has fairly flexible work policies, eg. remote working if your job involves global groups and services. They are being more restrictive like most large companies now but seems still good.

    It can be a great place to work if you find the right group in a product with growth.

    Cons

    It's such a huge company, you will find it hard to bend any process. HR is very dominant over managers. You may also find yourself competing against different business units or spending a lot of time to get aligned.

    Advice to Management

    HP values managers a lot and you get some special treatment. As I mentioned above, trying to promote or hire folks is difficult. HR and long complex policies can make your job really hard.


  3. Worked at HP for 20 years through many up and down periods.

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA

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

    Pros

    Started working at HP when Bill and Dave were still around. Went through the 90's when the computer business really took off, the Compaq merger, and the business difficulties of the past 10 years. I am not attached to the culture of entitlement of the "Bill and Dave" era, but the HP Way was truly a great way to run a company, and I miss that.

    Cons

    There weren't many, especially at the beginning. Even at the end, when I left, it was not an easy decision. To a large extent, HP's problems are a sign of the times. The Compaq merger left many people, from both companies, with black eyes

    Advice to Management

    I have to agree with the upper management that there is a culture of entitlement attached to the old guard. So that has to go. But if they lose all of HP Way in the process, then what's left of HP will be no different from all the other companies trying to squeeze a small profit margin in a competitive business.


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  5. Fantastic company to work for with great rotation program

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good benefits, rotational program.

    Cons

    non competitive salary and perks.


  6. Terrific company with great benefits

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great opportunities for growth and advancement
    Collaborative decision-making
    Encourages innovation
    Good work life balance
    Excellent benefits (health, 401k, vacation)
    Talented and supportive colleagues
    Encourage ongoing training to enhance career growth

    Cons

    Salaries tend to be slightly lower than industry averages
    Open work environment can sometimes be noisy
    Can be difficult to get promoted due to stringent level requirements

    Advice to Management

    Would be good to provide more opportunity to work remote


  7. Engineering Program Manager

    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Cupertino, CA

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

    Pros

    The culture. Work life balance

    Cons

    benefits and compensations. lots of changes

    Advice to Management

    bring back the old HP culture! get back to innovation!


  8. Used to be better

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Service Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Enterprise Service Manager in Cupertino, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hard to say these days. Moral is low and everyone is just watching their back. Open Door was great. If it still exists.

    Cons

    Dropped work at home, lost technical chops, focused on stock price at expense of common sense and long ter growth, cut vacation, bennies, and fun.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on. Goal, not "reinventing" every 3 years. Fire board and CEO


  9. Helpful (1)

    Always Changing

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Cupertino, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big company, good benefits, liked the group I was working with. There were opportunities if you knew who to talk to or had a mentor.

    Cons

    Managers always changing, sometimes they aren't in your state but remote. Too big and rules-bound, old HP could do work arounds to get around rules or obstacles from management.


  10. Wonderful company that lost its way

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    Former Employee - Systems/Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Systems/Software Engineer in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    HP has many excellent employees and managers. They try to do their best for the customers, the other employees, and the stockholders, even when it's not in their own best interest.

    Cons

    Employees are no longer valued, in even a theoretical way.

    Advice to Management

    Restore Employees to be back in the priority list with customers + shareholders. HP employees are excellent at following corporate objectives. Most of the needed corrections should follow naturally.


  11. QA engineer

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    Former Contractor - QA Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Contractor - QA Engineer in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    compensation is very low. culture is not creative, but doing northing wrong.

    Cons

    nothing good to say. benefits is bad. there is no hope for a promotion or so on.



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