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Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
9,907 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 23 people found this helpful  

    Just another mega-company

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    • 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    HP is great to work, but with open minded attitude.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    good career path program and excellent for out side the box thinker = "invent"

    Cons

    unstable employment due to company strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too much focus on cost saving, causing low employee retention rate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great beneifts, poor employee review process

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits, time off, healthcare choices, 401k program (when they match)
    My job was teleworker, and work from home.
    Teams can be very independent and work well together.
    Individuals are allowed personal best judgement on daily decisions. (No micro-managing)
    Many internal opportunities
    Great products and service
    Easy expense reporting
    Generous vehicle program for field workers

    Cons

    Remote workers often have a remote manager, but the manager has no idea of your work life, or your team. You might only see the manager 2-3 times per year.

    Annual reviews once included personal metrics and were scored for bonuses. Now they give some metrics but even if you score highest, you might get an average review. The company is financially hurting, so they have ways to put a highly successful group with lesser groups, so the final score for the group gives little bonuses. These teams do not have an ability to cross support to raise scores.

    Metrics are often only used to compare to your team members, not similar teams across the country. If your team is all awesome and achieving high metrics, someone in your group is still rated below expectation. HP forces each manager to create a bell curve even if the entire team is producing well above other teams in the country. This affects pay and bonuses.

    Online training is the main method of training and the HP training sites are slow or the partner sites are slow.
    Training is often mandated to all employees and generic courses are often wrong topic for most employees.

    401k match is hit or miss, not dependent on your performance, but overall, so bad decisions at the top hurt the masses each year. Do not expect HP to pay matching money each year.

    HP does not have any human resource department. They outsourced it, so HP may have non-discrimination policies and equal opportunity polices, but there is no way to enforce it or monitor managers. Employees have a 800 number to talk to for all issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow performance metrics to be seen by staff and compare metrics in a broader manner. Give weight to each metric and ensure managers abide by the metrics in some measure, not just personality or friendships.

    Fix the training sites. Provide faster web sites for training and webcasts.

    Provide new laptops at least every 2 years. Employees should be displaying the best of HP.
    Provide all new personal technology to all employees prior to roll out to the public. If the product is good, the employees will be your marketing. If the product is flawed, the employees can stop a bad release.

    Have an HR person conduct exit interviews. Employees are given a lay-off without even a conversation. The exit policy is incredibly rude.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    I had a fulfilling career working for HP and the previous Electronic Data Systems (EDS).

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Program Manager in Pontiac, MI
    Former Employee - Global Program Manager in Pontiac, MI

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Learning on the job. Training. Professionalism. Great office-culture.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is the biggest con. HR being seen as an administrative burden vs. business imperative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider work-life balance and choices to move employees back and forth from working at home to working in the office.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    1 year experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    great company, would not change even if i would be proposed a bit higher salary

    Cons

    no cons in comparison to similar companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    GoodCompany

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent Brand name, Good culture

    Cons

    High turnover; Management play favorites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Canada, KY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Canada, KY

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    There are lots opportunities to get your hands wet on many different projects. You will learn a lot of things pretty quick.

    Cons

    Some times managers will ask you to perform out side of your capacity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good opportunities...in select places.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    For the most part, the people are motivated and competent and enjoy what they do. The benefits are comprehensive and priced well in today's work environment. Certain areas of the company are growing and those are good areas to be in. With the split coming up, it could be a good time to join because there is opportunity opening up.

    Cons

    Salaries are generally below market in this area and the reasoning is the other benefits make up for it. Some people have chosen longevity over productivity. The flip side of the coming split is that opportunities in certain areas of the company will decrease.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get compensation in line with market. Continue to encourage retirement buyouts. Continue to encourage pan-HP cooperation among business units and enforce it through compensation and rewards because customers really do want one HP voice coming to them with solutions.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall very enjoyable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Great support. Great company. Ethical. Not much sales pressure on Solution Architects. Smart coworkers. Very empowered within a certain scope. Reasonable work hours expected.

    Cons

    Too big to make an impact. Some policies make no sense. Bean counters make decisions which inhibit ability of business to expand. Tech is never really bleeding edge. Not enough Solution Architects to grab opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more risks. Execute better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Good company, good people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Excellent training program
    Can try out a variety of jobs
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, expected to be 7x24 due to the global work team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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