Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman
Meg Whitman
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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. Helpful (118)

    Just another mega-company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer - Servers in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer - Servers in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (9)

    Tries hard

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - I Have No Idea What My Job Title Was in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - I Have No Idea What My Job Title Was in Chicago, IL
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time

    Pros

    HP really tries to be a good company. It gives excellent training to what it calls its people managers and provides very decent benefits. It's got the best expense management system I've ever seen. Meg seems pretty sharp, certainly two steps above and a good bit sharper than Leo or Mark, and about twelve steps ahead of Carly who may be the only person who loses when cheating at solitaire.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy. HP is like some kind of bureaucratic zombie from a Japanese horror movie, devoid of all consciousness, doing whatever irrational things it chooses. You never know when it will strike and tear down your conference rooms, or if it will tear down and rebuild your desks three feet away from where they are now, or if it will provide paper towels for the beautiful new kitchen it gave you (yes, it spent a fortune on a kitchen and wouldn't buy paper towels). There is no arguing, no defense, nothing rational to speak to. You don't know who or what makes the decisions. I'm not kidding about this.


  3. Helpful (4)

    The HP Way

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    “When you come right down to it, the HP Way is really about trusting the integrity of the individual” but see below for more…

    Cons

    That’s why we drug test contractors. While at the same time brewing vats of coffee (contains the drug caffeine) for everyone twice a day!

    Advice to Management

    Make more printers. Sell the ink. This is the free razor, pay for the blades, model. Also, forget about making your own CPUs.


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  5. HP

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time

    Pros

    work culture is very good.

    Cons

    in HP India, there are more managers than required in the project.

    Advice to Management

    In HP India - Reduce the number of Managers from the project team. you dont need so many managers in a project, rather add more technical resource.


  6. Helpful (1)

    good so far

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility of hours, lots of opportunities within the company

    Cons

    Separation and revenue and margin pressure


  7. Executive Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Aurora, IL
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Aurora, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    Constant change within the company


  8. Helpful (1)

    Java Developer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work life balance Good management Good salary huge team sizes

    Cons

    Too much relaxed There are no much cons

    Advice to Management

    Share work among all the team members


  9. Helpful (1)

    Director

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company with a Great Vision. Strong Legacy of 75+ years, yet forward looking with a breadth of products and services for the Enterprise.

    Cons

    Size can be an issue sometimes - too many layers and too much overhead for its own good. Instead of laying off productive resources, need to eliminate expensive executives.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate some deadwood overhead - VP reporting to VP reporting to SVP reporting to EVP. For a shrinking business, you have too many layers of overhead holding onto their roles.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good company, lots of turmoil

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager/Team Lead in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager/Team Lead in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall, I like HP, even with the split. They generally treat employees well, have good benefits, etc. I work in one of the global IT groups, supporting internal customers all over the world as a project manager. The work is good, with a mix of old and new.

    Cons

    Lots of turmoil. The current CEO had thing settled down after two or three not so good CEOs, but the company split has added chaos. At least in my group, we do not have a good plan for the future, and do not know what we will be working on now that the system splits have occurred. Rumors of layoffs after 1 Nov and the official splt abound.


  11. Production associate II

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    Former Employee - Production Associate in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time

    Pros

    Great people and team oriented format. Great supervisors and projects leaders.

    Cons

    Upper management huge disconnect from lower level workers.

    Advice to Management

    Just because some divisions are large does not mean you cannot associate with or try to at the very least with your teams and workers.



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