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Hewlett-Packard Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
9,691 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. 7 people found this helpful  

    Just another mega-company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    HP Intern Review for PC assc. dept

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategic Procurement Analyst in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Strategic Procurement Analyst in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard as an intern

    Pros

    Flexible with school
    Managers are very helpful
    Numerous networking opportunities
    Growth opportunities
    Can move in different departments

    Cons

    Should pay more
    Structure training better for interns

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, leadership lacking loyalty

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a technology innovation orientated company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unstable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer VI in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer VI in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Nice campus with many amenities (Gym, pharmacy, clinic, cafeteria/coffee and outdoor recreational area). Fairly flexible when it comes to work hours and taking off. Benefits are competitive, but not exceptional. Technical career path available instead of being a people manager. Meg seems to be a competent CEO and things have been improving under her leadership.

    Cons

    Fairly constant layoffs, even when things seem to be going well. Have been through many awful CEOs/VPs that are largely responsible for the company's position behind the technology curve by squandering many opportunities. Raises that don't really exceed inflation rates and broken ratings system. Mysterious unpredictable bonus instead of an actual raise. Many internal opportunities, but you can't get there without involving your current management. Company splitting soon and not sure what that will mean.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit laying people off to please investors, and invest in your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good experience for young professional

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Operations Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Operations Analyst in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    opportunity to take on additional responsibilities and show skills. Elite hard works do see reward.

    Cons

    if you are not a top performer there is little reward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Hewlett-Packard (HP)

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

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

    Pros

    Generally speaking HP is good place to work and a great opportunity to work with the latest HW technologies. There are many highly knowledge technologists to learn from and work with. The dress code, atmosphere and work hours are very open and flexible in most area's of the organization, but not all.

    Cons

    HP has a "good ol' boy" mentality and you'll need to learn to fit in as it will make a difference in your career growth opportunities. The medical benefits, vacation, and 401K packages are okay but many other companies are more attractive in this area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All in all, HP is a good place to work but upper management needs to make smarter and more knowledgeable choices. To start with they should simply visit their own support discussion boards to be in touch with the pain customers go through with using their products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Software Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a job, nothing more. The pay and benefits are beginning to be on the low end.

    A lot of reviews here are very high, which is very strange, I don't know many employees that are very happy with this employer, so maybe only engineering is being effected.

    Cons

    Performance Review is absurd, you get rated on your performance vs your piers (it works out if you are in a low performing group, but doesn't if you are in a high performing group), but this year HR decided to add a new level of idiocy, they announced they are tightening up what ratings managers are allowed to give out. That way, they can limit raises and promotions to below average and push out as many people as they can so they do not have to lay them off. And remember, they are laying off all the time here, so do you really think we have any really low performers? Every once in a while someone will give up trying here since the performance reviews and raises are lowering morale and making the workers aware that no matter how much they work, they will never get any kind of real compensation from the company for the time and effort they spent.

    Getting hard to get equipment needed to do your job.

    Layoffs seem to happen all the time here, so your job is never secure (if you work in the US or European countries, however, HP India seems to be growing very fast). Do not have the mistaken notion that if you do your job well that you will not get laid off, you will, I have seen some really excellent engineers with lots of knowledge get laid off, this company is all about new hires coming out of college and moving the jobs overseas to cheaper workers.

    You have meetings all hours of the day, since most of the work is being off shored, but you are still required to come in to do your work in the hours HP requires you to be there.

    Work/life balance at HP is headed toward more work and less life. The schedules are set by Upper management and they are setting some really ridiculous schedules that are next to impossible to meet.

    Quality of the products are slipping.

    Career Opportunities = none. Don't expect to be rewarded for anything that you do here and you will be fine. Expect no promotions, expect no more than 0-2% increase in pay each year (even if you make the highest rating there is) and decreasing bonuses (no matter how well the company performs).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't care what you do anymore. It is time for me to find other employment. Good luck with raiding the coffers of this company, since past CEO's have already done a really good job of that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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