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Hewlett-Packard Reviews in Pontiac, MI

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Company in Recovery Mode

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Architect in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Process Architect in Pontiac, MI

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

    Pros

    Nice corporate attitude and values. Good benefits and above average work environment and atmosphere. Office environment is above average with many conveniences. HP's technology integration of office tools allow working from anywhere with world-wide teams. Has nice perks for employees like discounts for HP products and some of the HP partners. Under Meg we can feel the positive changes in the PPS division and the substantial improvements in their products competitiveness on the market.

    Cons

    Salaries on the low side of competitiveness. While training and research tools are available - there is no allocated time for it. Schedules are stretched to their limits to compensate for the lack of investment in resources and money... The considerations below may be one of the root causes. Unfortunately, at least for the subset of ES I was involved in the mid-level management appears to be lacking vision and in-depth understanding of the market state and opportunities for the technologies they are trying to develop. Worse, from the technical standpoint,it is the same... Most of the managers, directors and VPs I was involved with appear to be more impressed by appearances over substance, favoring syllogisms and spins over the scientific assessments and realism,.Based on the above poor i.e negative() results are easily explained how can one take calculated risks and decide where to invest in order to win on the market? Calculate risks would require understanding the technology and the market's evolution, as well as possessing sufficient creativity to devise winning strategies... Blinded by certifications over real capabilities, they often ignore top level people, promoting more of the same type in leadership positions. The military approach to management is perfect for military institutions - not for companies involved with high-technology. Critiques, bright ideas and solutions are perceived as threats appear to cause bad performance evaluations and even sometimes lead to repercussions. I met with many very bright people within HP, people that can restore HP to it former reputation and market leadership, but because of the above they are not heard - worse, many have given up!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This advice is for the top level HP management: keep doing what you do: this is the right direction! Have a closer look at mid-level management. It is hard to lead without vision, technological understanding and clear definitions of the target market slices HP is going after and why. HP has in-house most of the components needed to not only be a leader, but be THE leader of the ES IT and Cloud markets. A position almost no other competitors have - yet the company does not appear to leverage this! Find a way to listen to your brightest people - many of them are still in HP! The say: "if you can't build it buy it" is merely a stop-gap measure... Get to the root cause of why "you can't build it"... Also why does it sometimes take months to find that one ore more groups are developing the same technologies your group is?. Some having more than a year lead... Communications, intelligence and resources pooling is still far from ideal in ES.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hewlett Packard ENTERPRISE Services- Financial Services- Pontiac, MI.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Pontiac, MI

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Nice enough building. Benefits are good enough. Some flexibility for work home life balance but that is disappearing fast. Great place to see a large corporation at work, especially if your are interested in enterprise service companies. Exposure to different cultures.

    Cons

    Expect to be underpaid compared to market. Expect little raises or bonuses. Expect no room for advancement, only lateral moves, OR the one most common, if you were promoted, new title but no raise. Expect to spend most of your day talking to other parts of the company that are off shore in other countries, and come to the realization the only reason you have a job is that the contracts you are on, require on hands by US citizens. Expect your supervisors to have little people skills or leadership skills, the only skill they generally have is kissing up to their superiors, which is what gets them promoted. Expect little feedback, constantly changing and contradictory expectations, and constant cleaning up messes because no one knows what they are doing. Expect an us against them attitude, which boils down to the former EDS employees clinging to EDS ways, and treating everyone that came in after the buyout and dismantling of EDS, as suspect or inferior. Expect upper management to say highly unprofessional statements and openly disparage various groups of people. Expect your concerns to be ignored even when those concerns are backed by laws and industry standards. Expect a constantly rotating crew of coworkers because anyone with talent is going to leave the company as soon as they can. Expect to beg for any equipment or other items you may need for your job. Expect a high school atmosphere of cliques and teacher (managers) pets. Expect new people brought in off the streets, who have less qualifications than you do, but given a higher position than you, and then you find out their mommy/ daddy knows so and so. Expect that you will not even get an interview for positions you applied for, and if you do, the position is all of a sudden downgraded so it would only be a lateral move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the existing workforce for open positions. Actually look for people who have actual leadership skills to be put in position of leadership. Removing the work from home option for many is a huge mistake, as it was one of the things that used to be a pro. Think about the comments you are making for opening your mouth and putting your foot in it.

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

    Enjoyed working from home

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Change Manager in Pontiac, MI
    Former Employee - Change Manager in Pontiac, MI

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Work from home, good starting salary

    Cons

    Small bonuses, little to no raises, little career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider giving better raises and bonuses.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Customer Project Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Program/Project Manager in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Customer Program/Project Manager in Pontiac, MI

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Many training opportunities, nice work environment.

    Cons

    Finding and being placed in a position that will further your career is a challenge. Once you are placed on an account it's up to you to expand you role within your placement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure there are opportunities of advancement for employees on a current account.

    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    the average call center

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Representative IV in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Representative IV in Pontiac, MI

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    easy work , decent training

    Cons

    won't utilize your skills especially if you're a recent graduate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    help your people out, scout talent within your organization, refresh employee profiles, offer better positions based on skill

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst Place ever!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HP Helpdesk in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - HP Helpdesk in Pontiac, MI

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    None/ worst company ever! No pay raise in 2 years. no advancement

    Cons

    favortism, there are cliques like in highschool.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leave the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome locally, things are tough globally

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Desktop Support in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Desktop Support in Pontiac, MI

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

    Pros

    Great people. Lots of help and training. Great career advancement opportunities

    Cons

    The company is in the middle of a financial turnaround, because of this they have a freeze on advancing pay raises and hiring. It makes the company understaffed, and causes a lot of hardship for current employees. Hopefully this will change in the future.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    This place is pretty cool

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Pontiac, MI

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

    Pros

    Great work to life ratio, relax environment, the people, the cafeteria

    Cons

    The issues that users have can be a little repetitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Low innovation; Low employee engagement; Low rewards and recognition; Low career opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    High probability to have jobs best shored. If you are senior management stock buy back program so maybe stock option potential.

    Cons

    Low innovation; Low employee engagement; Low rewards and recognition; Low career opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider everything with you decision to split really set up the tools and process to have visibility to move the company forward. Get a innovative strategy and stop following the pack and copying others. Great opportunity to really drive growth in the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Service Business. If you do it right it could be a great move. Also if 2015 is the year to accelerate growth then why are we buying back shares instead of growth opportunities or investing in our tools process and rewards and recognition of employees?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    HP Pontiac

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility the is only pro that the company has.

    Cons

    little raises, horrible pay, bad company culture, no opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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