Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. 6 years at HP...one of the best companies I've worked for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Plano, TX

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities, good managers who are mentored into being even better managers, good compensation and great benefits, many resources available to employees.

    Cons

    Big company so you can get lost in the fray unless you've got a supportive manager who is willing to guide you. If you don't become one of the 'chosen' it becomes more difficult to advance even if you're a great employee.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on appreciating seasoned employees. Increase visibility of training opportunities to new employees.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Time to Go

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Implementation Project Manager in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Implementation Project Manager in Plano, TX

    I have been working 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

    Not sure that other than a paycheck there are a lot of pros.

    Cons

    Tired of being threatened by layoffs constantly, and management not being truthful

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more real with the employees. Management continues to get bonuses and perks, and the rest of us get lies.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great technical people, bad mid-layer and high-layer managements.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems/Software Engineer in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Systems/Software Engineer in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big name and stable customers and market. Great work environment.

    Cons

    Management is messed up. Not working from home policy is driving people crazy and showing some desperation from the management layer.

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  5. Great people, but dysfunctional company at times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Solutions Architect in Plano, TX

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great flexibility with work/life.
    Great people to work with in all areas (I had positive experiences in 3 different groups over 4 years)
    Provides the opportunity to work in more areas of the business than most companies can offer
    Great name to have on the resume

    Cons

    Very unorganized at times
    Little formal training when starting a new job
    The pay scale is not good, so if you start low you will remain low unless you make a jump to management.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your employees more for the work they do. They keep the wheels turning.

  6. One of the one hundred thousand RIFF'd

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Plano, TX

    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

    Great place to gain experience in a VERY narrow band of information, but you will know it up, down and sideways and nothing more.

    Cons

    There are books written about how bad it is to work here: They've been rated the #1 worst IT company in America to work for a number of years. You pay them to cover your medical benefits and they take the write off. ALL their benefits are like that.

    Advice to Management

    I had a number of friends and co workers abruptly come to the realization that anything less than 50 hours a week is considered an underperformer.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Excellent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Usability Engineer in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Usability Engineer in Plano, TX

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

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

    Pros

    At HP, your contributions are valued, good teamwork, focused on helping you develop your career path, great benefits, and competitive salary.. recent changes with the turnaround is making this matter to many people and the future of the company

    Cons

    Old ways of doing things are hard to redefine, employees resistant to change makes adaptability to new methods and moving forward difficult

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course for making it matter, assimilate the borgs, reward employees where deserved, get rid of the political mess and people-smashing ladder runners, hire knowledge, common sense, high integrity, and high ethics

  8. Helpful (1)

    HP downsizing, constant reorganization. Lost focus. Pressure cooker.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Plano, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Allows telecommuting.
    On line training is excellent. Very little direct interface to learn job. Training is a sink or swim attitude.
    Local employer easy commute.

    Cons

    Management has lost direction. e.g.
    Launch of 1st notepad was a total disaster. Company pulled product. Second launch was a lackluster product that does not thrill anyone.
    Core business is printers, PC, laptop, notebook development and business is not on par with competitors.
    Purchased EDS but have not been able to integrate the Service Sector into HP business model. Accounts are being lost due to customer issues with service and system support. Company needs re-haul of internal support systems and databases. To do simple tasks for your job like a procurement order requires accessing as many as 6 separate systems to enter the data.
    Pressure cooker atmosphere, cut backs in technical writing, editing, documentation, procurement training , and sales force the individual to do much much more than their skill sets and job description.
    Support for technical work issues is on line and very confusing.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate on the core business of printers, reimagine the printer.
    Get innovative with your vision, don't be late to market with a inferior product like the notepad.
    As for the service industry either learn how it works or spin if off, sell it before you implode the accounts.
    Stop scrimping on the essentials, Tech Writers, Editors, Trainers and sales force. Cut wisely not to impress the shareholders. Cost pressures are driving the train, not the engine of good business sense and management.
    The rah rah social media hocus pocus built for the internal HP employees is a vacuous means of putting a Band-Aid on the real issues facing the employees. Get real, this is big "C" Corporate America not eBay.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Overall for 10+ years HP has been a good place to work; however, the current leadership is making big mistakes.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Legal in Plano, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Respected brand and still one of the top technology companies in the world.

    Cons

    Work-life balance used to be a major selling point for working at HP. Not anymore as the CEO got the bright idea that HP's turnaround is dependent upon people working at HP sites for "increased collaboration" and "sharing of ideas" even when employees don't necessarily work closely - or at all - with others who are at the same physical work location. As a result, employees are now being required to commute to HP offices as far as 1 hour away (and even pressured by their management to make longer commutes than 1 hour) to be less productive than they would be working from home. Ironically, many HP offices are currently at full capacity and don't have available space for soon-to-be former teleworkers due to the fact that HP decided to sell much of its real estate a few years ago because management at that time recognized that with improved technologies (including products that HP makes itself) it was no longer necessary to have so many employees working from HP offices when they could work from home and be more productive, happier and leave a much smaller carbon footprint.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to allow employees to work from home on a regular basis or you will lose your best people who value job flexibility and work-life balance more than pay and other financial rewards.

  10. Manufacturing company transitioning into Service Provider.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Security Analyst in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - IT Security Analyst in Plano, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Global affect. I like the fact that HP is active in many other countries outside the US. Through workplace social media we have a connection to most of the world.

    Cons

    Communication barriers. We have many holes in our methods of communication amongst our immediate organization. There is frequent organizational change making it difficult to establish a solid working relationship with coworkers on whom the success of my position depends.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize the resources at your disposal, at maximum capacity.

  11. Not cutting it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Operations in Plano, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, perks of the site (pharmacy, free fitness center).

    Cons

    No raises, work is very mundane, managers with the ability to "sell" get promoted, without getting anything done.

    Advice to Management

    Employee morale decreases when unworthy people get promoted. Steering a big ship to improve is near impossible without leadership support. One leader has flat said, "I don't have time to follow the process" If he doesn't, then his folks won't either. Also, layoffs always loom, which is extremely stressful.

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