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Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
10,127 Reviews

3.3
10,127 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also decent work/life balance when compared to other companies in this industry (in 1045 reviews)

  • Flexible hours & You can work from home/remote as long as the job gets done (in 626 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance was horrible: meetings early in the morning or late at night (in 176 reviews)

  • Mid to senior management each day you get more surprised with how incompetent they are (in 313 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent and stable career

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    Pros

    Very good benefits (probably the best in town) as part of their Total Compensation package
    Good system to recognize job performance, including monetary rewards and stock options
    Great place to start career due to good development path / all training provided

    Cons

    Bonus/profit sharing - almost non-existent
    Not a growing company - positions open mostly due to attrition rather than new opportunities
    Not the best place to be if you wish to climb the corporate ladder, or to go into management path

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bloated Pile of Red Tape disguising a talented and driven workplace

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Boise, ID

    Pros

    Great work environment and benefits. Friendly people with great experience. Campus is large and beautiful. Easy to shift between teams and experience a large variety of complex projects.

    Cons

    It is a large company. A company that tends to try and solve every problem by adding more layers of approvals, paperwork, and shutdowns then wonders why it can't keep up with other companies. Also loves to solve budget problems by cutting workforce then getting even more perplexed on why they are moving slower.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have an incredibly talented and powerful workforce. Give them the power to win! This means you have to take some risks but your people are very capable of minimizing these risks and exceeding expectations. Your release processes are so outdated, overprotective, and sometimes just plain absurd that none of your teams can reach their potential.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Big company, good and bad can be found anywhere

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    Current Employee - Systems/Software Engineer  in  Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Systems/Software Engineer in Roseville, CA

    Pros

    There are always opportunities to work on cutting-edge projects and develop new skills. Being such a big company you can obtain a rather broad set of experiences to help grow your career. The key is you will have to own your career and be opportunistic, nothing will be handed to you.

    Cons

    When you find yourself in a great part of HP it can be awesome. However, when you find yourself working in a failing business unit or under a bad manager(s), it can be really bad. Below the executive level, people don't move up or around too often so the onus is on you to get yourself out of a bad situation. The company moves very slowly except when it comes to workforce reductions. Only patient people should apply. Raises are hard to come by and you have to negotiate hard when you come into the company or take a promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on competitive salaries. Too many talented people walk out the door with their only complaint being compensation.

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

    Throughout my 12 years at HP, I learned a great deal about the consumer electronics business - "best in class" by far.

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Vancouver, WA

    Pros

    Worked for a company that was the leader in printing technology. As well, "first to go to market" with some wonderful enhancements on the Notebook and PC business.

    Cons

    In the last few year the company worried more about the stock price than the "work life balance" of it's employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many managers and not enough "individual contributors. Managers are not trained to cover when a subordinate takes their earned vacation.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice co-workers-good hardware and software products

    Cons

    no cons.I had great time there

  7.  

    Driven

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Health Plans and benefits package.

    Cons

    Expectations high, management has no direction, employees not motivated to do better or care anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your numbers are very low, you need to start hiring quality people who care and have the education to back it up. No Drive in new hires.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, very flexible management, great facilities (Plano) with awesome cafeteria. Lots of opportunities for growth and managers are willing to support their teams in helping them get where they want to go

    Cons

    Big company=poor communication at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going! Try to find solution to poor communication though

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid and reliable workplace, but salary increases are few and far between.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Working in such a large organization there are many opportunities to move around and gain experience. I have taken advantage of this and have learned quit a lot. The benefits are good. Also, if you thrive in a highly structured environment HP is great.

    Cons

    There seems to always be a fear of an impending layoff, and raises are nearly non-existent. In order to get training that wasn't already coordinated by your manager or their manager, etc. you have to nearly submit a business plan to justify it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was a great run!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Excellent benefits. Flexible work schedules - supportive of work/life balance. Interesting and challenging projects. There were a few exceptions, but most of my managers were great.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Slow decision making. Not nimble. Little opportunity for advancement. Often playing catch-up in the marketplace. Frequent reorganization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Continuous changing environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Well respected company, expanding into new innovative areas

    Cons

    large company, many business units, sometimes slow management decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    become nimble, quicker decisions, faster results

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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