Hewlett-Packard

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Hewlett-Packard Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
481 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. 23 people found this helpful  

    Just another mega-company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer - Servers in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer - Servers in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great people. Good environment. Lot's of opportunity to learn and move around and try new things. There's plenty to do.

    Cons

    In such a big company it's very difficult to shine or stand out. The rewards get trimmed down more and more every year. Just when you thought they ran out of ways to cheap-out on rewarding employees, they come up with some new and insulting "rewards system" which is just a new way to give less to employees. Bonuses have reduced to a trickle over the years along with raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your people. Stop getting greedier and craftier in inventing ways to not reward employees. Giving me "points" and merit badges (yes, this is how they actually reward us) doesn't help me pay my bills.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Recent College Grad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Business Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Business Consultant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Decent bonus.
    Decent pay.
    Extremely Flexible.
    Incredible scale. (~280,000 employees)
    Starts with 3 weeks vacation.
    Beginning to see some innovation coming out of HP again.

    Cons

    Older atmosphere.
    Antiquated systems.
    Slow moving.
    Filled with a lot of cynical, long-time employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the split (HP Enterprise and HP Incorporated) is a good move.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Web Application Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Web Applications Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Web Applications Intern in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    HP is a place where someone who likes coding, not loves just likes, can work in contentedness. In my experience, there was never a time where one was pushing the boundaries of coding. No need for incredible algorithms or clever solutions. Rather, one would just employ fundamental know-how to provide the results needed. In this workplace, there was never a sense of stress or dissonance. But, rather, mild cheerfulness and contentedness. Pay was good, at least for an intern it was.

    Cons

    I was placed in a team that was, when I started, about 3 months behind schedule. As such,my existence was more or less ignored for most of my stay. Yes, there was the occasional check-in by my boss. Yet, for the most part, I was a one man team working on small things while everyone around me moved about. When I needed help, I did not get it. When I needed guidance, I did not get it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    HP fattens Senior Executives while firing workers

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The best part of HP are the employees. I have learned much over the years and HP has been good to me overall. Once was a great company but going down hill. HP needs to do more than cut costs and blame the earnings misses on foreign exchange fluctuations.

    Cons

    It has been so disappointing to see our Senior Executives selling hundreds of thousands of stock options totaling millions of dollars when most employees cannot earn any stock options. One of our Executives recently sold over 700,000 shares for over $30M. Most of all of our senior executives have been exercising stock options over the past 2-3 months. What does that say about their faith in the company spit? HP has been buying back shares of stock and then giving it all to senior executives. While this past year bonuses were low and there were very small salary increases that don't even come close to the cost of living increases. HP needs to revamp all of their compensation plans from top to bottom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've stated that 65% of your revenue is outside the US. This is what happens when you move all your jobs to lower cost countries. Our group has been cut to the bones with only 8% of our team being in the US and 92% being in other countries. Bring back jobs to the US. I am leaving HP as there is no career path for me in the US and I don't want to move to Mexico..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A 25 year career in one company and what a ride!

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    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The current executive team is hyper positive, super intelligent and disciplined enough to methodically plan for the future - the next 75 years of HP. Many years of friendships and great leadership.

    Cons

    the employee travel policy - non executives cannot travel business class, even if they travel from US to India/China 5-6 times per year. travel policy should be equitable for all employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    strive to be the best place to work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Delivery Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Account Delivery Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, able to work from home and great people

    Cons

    Work life balance is not always good. Working in ES must be available nights, weekends, holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commit to a strategy and stay the course.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    The wrong company to work for

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    A/C warehouse
    Lots of Internet use

    Cons

    No money
    No appreciation
    No recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage

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

    It wasn't the worst but certainly not the best experience

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

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Campus was close to my house.

    Cons

    Layoffs are too frequent. It's not what you know but who you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit hiring your buddy or someone you know you can control. Hire people that care and not sheep.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, leadership lacking loyalty

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Developer/Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - IT Developer/Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Salary is competitive, plenty opportunity to work on global teams, great place to start a career for recent college graduates

    Cons

    Currently huge organizational changes that have lowered employee moral, waves of layoffs occurring more frequently, poor knowledge transfer process when someone leaves the company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a technology innovation orientated company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Software Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Software Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good benefit

    Cons

    No career growth, constant re-organization, lay-off and outsource.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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