Hewlett-Packard Reviews

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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. Customer Service CEO's office in the year 2000

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service - CEO's 2000 in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service - CEO's 2000 in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    I liked my job very much. I was only there a little short of a year. I did a good job, as the company got 5 letters of thanks for a job well done in solving their problems. I would take
    a job again with them from home in a flash. I now live in Sarasota, FL.
    Joyce Molinari

    Cons

    No cons, there may have been if I had worked for years for them, as you always find fault in the
    company you leave your blood with each night after years. No one or no place is perfect, unless you have been to heaven and back.

    Advice to Management

    I WANT A JOB FROM MY HOME WITH YOU. I have an 8.1 Asus laptop, printer [HP], calculator and blue tooth. And eager to work, being retired is a drag. I have no advice, as I believe the same person is there that was there when I worked there in 2000.


  2. Helpful (1)

    The best company to work in SF Bay Area!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    - Best work culture in my 11-year experience
    - 8-hour job... no need of overtime
    - No micro-managing
    - Telecommute was allowed (at least in my group)

    Cons

    - Not enough salary raise (yearly 1% to 2%)
    - Not good bonus package... was 2% - 5% - may be it was just me :))
    - Team building activities in the group was not enough
    - The only team gathering event was Diwali and Christmas/Halloween

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the management would be: "Giving a good bonus and continuous raise will definitely boost employee's confidence to contribute towards company's success."


  3. Not A Bad Place to Start Your Career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staffing Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Staffing Advisor in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    They give you really good work life balance. Everyone is respected and there are sometimes working from home options. There are many opportunities to do

    Cons

    The pay is quite low compared to the industry standards. There are too many rules and in the staffing world we are doing administrative tasks that are not related to recruiting.

    Advice to Management

    continue to give opportunities to your team. You're doing a great job!


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  5. Regional Head of Service Delivery, Enterprise Services

    Former Employee - Regional Head of Service Delivery, Enterprise Services in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Head of Service Delivery, Enterprise Services in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A great company to work with. A lot of leaning opportunities.

    Cons

    The changes happen every day.


  6. VP of IT, Finance and Operations

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good History, Former Opportunities - large and small, Acquisitions, Learned manufacturing through finance to sales

    Cons

    Strategic direction, leadership in touch circumstances, lack of conviction on direction, important innovations overlooked, acquired large revenue, low margin businesses

    Advice to Management

    Adhere to strategic direction and cut overhead costs


  7. Helpful (1)

    Still struggling on the strategy side

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

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

    Pros

    Most people are very nice and smart. Work life balance is possible.

    Cons

    Strategy is something that changes too often to be credible. Real innovation is struggling to be made available in products.

    Advice to Management

    Build a forward looking vision and go there boldly.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Diverse company, world-wide, a lot of internal opportunities

    Cons

    company divisions, lack of US positions

    Advice to Management

    get to know the people that work for you!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Technical Solutions Consultant III

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Consultant III in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Consultant III in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard (More than 5 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I was allowed to telecommute.

    Cons

    My original company was acquired by HP. As part of the current company turnaround plan executive management decided to eliminate my product, which in turn eliminated my position. Work force reduction continues.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Finance heads for Houston

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, People, Opportunity to move around so it doesn't get too boring. I have benefited many years from the flexibility aspect and cannot say enough about it. I'm a hard worker so I have always given it back but just having the option while raising a family and all that comes with that is a really nice perk..

    Cons

    I've watched as the finance jobs have moved to COE's and I've watched as they have moved to Houston. Keep that in mind since that diminishes the amount of quality opportunities you will find if you are in the Bay Area. As for your career...well it's up to you - REALLY! They will keep reminding you of that too - I've watched how that message has developed over the years and how good managers waned and bad managers prevailed. The message to manage your own development is basically a tool for management to avoid spending time thinking about developing you. Oh I'm not saying you should sit and wait for management without doing anything for yourself first but let's face it - you need a guiding hand from the top, a mentor and it's in their hands to help you. They will merely give you idle chit/chat so they can check the box and say "I'm developing my people". Good workers like me are used and pigeon-holed. I guess I had it coming as I didn't see past just doing a good job enough to demand my manager put me on some projects to build my skill. They just kept me in that box and told me they were really happy with my performance and I was satisfied. I tried to get out of the box and into a different one and guess what...they moved my box to Houston!

    Advice to Management

    Your people support you - so support them as well!


  11. Helpful (1)

    HP

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Learning Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Learning Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    work-life balance, constant learning opportunities

    Cons

    Difficulty in advancing in career if based outside California



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