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Hewlett-Packard Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
9,490 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.  

    Great work life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    - Great cafeteria on site
    - Tons of opportunities for training and certifications
    - Great benefits
    - Super flexible schedule
    - Very friendly smart coworkers
    - Tons of events and community involvement.
    Overall, I'm really happy here and everyone else seems to be too. The culture is great.

    Cons

    - Salary is just ok
    - Uncertainty about the future - with the splits and layoffs, sometimes you wonder if your job is going to be safe. However, word on the street is that things are looking up.
    - Promotions seem slow. This isn't a job where you can move up quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clear expectations for job growth. Be more open about the direction of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inventory Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Inventory Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Friendly management and co-workers, Good place for personal growth and carrier advancement. Lots of benefits and nice place to work in Houston

    Cons

    Company always buying other small companies and announce laying off work force. Fear is always there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company is known as innovative but in recent years it did not come up with any promising new product which bring growth instead it outsourced products abroad and laying off work force to be profitable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great internship experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. For internship a lot of activities to learn about the company and get to know other interns. Good pay and travel reimbursement.

    Cons

    There isn't much of a young feel or employees outside of interns.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time

    Pros

    Awesome people that have been in the business a long time and know what they are doing. great vacation time and benefits

    Cons

    getting your feet beneath you if you are coming out of college is a bit of a challenge but the people are so helpful that it's easy to overcome

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, a pretty good place to work.

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    Former Employee - 36754b64@opayq.com in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - 36754b64@opayq.com in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good awareness of the importance of work-life balance. The company has a focus on career planning, and my managers helped me with that. Training is available if you want it. Good average talent level for co-workers. The on-site gym, doctor's office and Walgreen's pharmacy are very nice. Lots of opportunities for lateral movement to new projects.

    Cons

    Need to get good starting pay because raises are not good. Upward movement is possible, but difficult. Company is very large, so it's hard to figure out where and how your work fits into the company goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The "HP Way", which made HP the best company to work for in its earlier days, is mostly gone. Make returning to the HP Way, or as close as you can get to it, your primary focus. You will get better, more motivated employees as a result.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    HP has a great work environment but difficult to do training courses to pursue further advancement.

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    Current Employee - Business Operations Associate II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Operations Associate II in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Tends to be so busy that it's difficult to do online training and courses to further your knowledge so one can grow within a company..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Career Advancing Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Ability to move across and up within the organization. Environments that feed and motivate your creative or strategic chops.

    Cons

    Not EVER a 9-5 environment. A lot of long hours. Pay is not bad, but not competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go figure...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible experience...Do you due diligence before accepting job offer!

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible work schedule
    Good vacation and PTO

    Cons

    Poor leadership...have no concept of goal setting or strategizing
    Leaders micro manage staff and do not know how to develop staff
    Extremely virtual...no idea how to work and collaborate as team
    Employee satisfaction and morale was extremely low in my organization
    Very difficult for experience hires to assimilate into culture of "this is how we've always done things"
    Organization was not receptive to process improvements or change initiatives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in manager training programs and hire leaders that understand how to strategize not just execute.
    Talk to your employees in staff and just don't sit in your office all day with the door shut.
    Establish a culture of collaboration, knowledge sharing and place more emphasis on talent development.
    Create organization values and goals and communicate to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's all about maximizing shareholder value and executive pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    If you're an executive, you'll get rich no matter how poorly you do. Golden parachutes for all!

    Cons

    Where does one start with this sad company, once a bellwether of the industry, that has devolved into a "me too" firm that focuses on spending money on stock buyback and executive bonuses to the exclusion of all else?
    - Work in Western Europe / United States? Not for long unless you are an executive. Company cutting those jobs as rapidly as it can and hiring dullards in "low cost" locations who both can't do the job and leave the company at the drop of a hat.
    - Over 40? HP doesn't care about you any more. Programs almost exclusively focused on millennials - just wait until you get older, guys.
    - Literally billions of dollars flow out the door for totally unnecessary stock repurchases while employees haven't seen any kind of rise in the last decade. You do well if you get 1% annually. most of the time you get nothing. Company has billions of dollars to "return to shareholders" but nothing for the people who make the money in the first place.
    - Lip service to "Voice of the Workforce" survey. Execs find the things employees are unhappy about that they wanted to work on anyway, partially address those, ignore ever-decreasing job/pay satisfaction.
    - Work continues even while your team loses half its resources, so you get to work on your holidays for no compensation or get hopelessly behind.
    - Back to bringing in execs from outside the company rather than promoting from within
    - Running metrics to ensure you come into the office. No actual measure of real productivity, it is assumed that if you are not in the office on a daily basis that you are not productive.
    - Benefits continue to erode over time; HR is a joke as you can be on a site with thousands of people but still have to deal with Marcela the Hatchet's legacy of an HR based in Costa Rica - no onsite HR.
    - IT has coasted without direction (except cost-cutting) ever since previous (deservedly hated) CIO left the company. New CIO is a figurehead who is basically invisible and doesn't even report to CEO.
    - the new "HP Way Now" can basically be summarized as "do what we want, shut up, and be thankful you have a job."

    The scariest thing of all is that the company is going to divide itself in two, but they have no real plan or idea how this is going to happen other than cutting more headcount when they do it. 55,000 have already been purged in the latest effort and nobody would be surprised if that number is doubled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regain your soul, but it's rare that the devil will give one back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    HP - Manufacturing & Test

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Technician in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Had work throughout the recession! Very thankful for that. I gave heartily and without reservation strived to do the right thing for HP and customer.

    Lots of opportunity to be seen and use your talents. Supervisors look for real players as they help them move up in their jobs too. Cross-training opportunities. Touch on a lot of technology. Overtime. Might be good stepping stone in a career. Better, if you get in your supervisors inner circle. Good luck...

    Cons

    Wages are typically very low, for skillset. Hard to advance from the floor without a supervisor "buddy system". Work/life ratio is poor as they have almost "endless overtime" weekends and some weekday. The technology touches don't add up to much knowledge outside HP (superficial). Jobs are moving to Mexico and China. More layoffs every quarter expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Dump the "forced ranking" process on employee reviews!
    2) Actually LOOK for ethic violations (Management/Supervisors to the hourly employees).
    3) Rethink dropping talented HP Employees and facilities in safe old Houston Texas for Mexican contract labor in Mexico!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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