Hewlett-Packard
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Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.0 8,222 reviews

                             

79% Approve of the CEO

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman

(3,008 ratings)

49% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Work / Life balance, though employees have been asked to report to offices now"
    in 979 reviews
  • "Flexible hours & You can work from home/remote as long as the job gets done"
    in 594 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work/life balance was horrible: meetings early in the morning or late at night"
    in 157 reviews
  • "2 - Senior management doesn't listen to employees' concern even though they say to do"
    in 301 reviews
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    Not the company it was

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsGood products, good service and people who care.

    ConsCompany miss-managed over the last 10-15 years. Too many CEOs and changing directions has caused the company to lose focus. Currently employees are hanging on waiting out the next work force reduction; keeping their head low. Standardization efforts has cause the company to "manage by metrics" forgetting the reason for the metrics. Process compliance is stifling creativity. Also, continual purchasing of companies versus creating within cause continuous challenges of making it all work together.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnable your employees the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. reduce reliance on the web portals and allow your managers to manage their employees. Build trust, allow your employees to learn and create.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worked too many hours, too many evenings and weekends, client loves our work, and still no raise for 5+ years.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBeing able to work from home, but that will be ending soon

    ConsHave not had a raise in over 5 years even with exceptional reviews.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe employees are the companies best asset. They need to be treated with respect and compensated fairly. I can't take it anymore to hear how much our senior management is making or that Meg got a huge bonus, when I can't even get a cost of living raise.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No more respect.

    Program Manager (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsMany colleagues are engaging and collaborative, and the work can be both challenging and interesting.

    ConsNew policies mean that most employees have lost the flexible work options that used to be available. Many long-time teleworkers now need to go into the office, and some have had to move or quit, due to location strategies. The company now tracks how frequently people are in, showing a complete lack of faith in their workforce. The lack of respect for employees is clear from first line managers to the CEO- they seem to see employees as interchangeable cogs, and much more effort is spent making the bosses happy than advocating for their teams. The pay is not high enough to make up for the negative, competitive, tops-down work environment that now exists.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees as the valuable assets they are, and stop promoting managers based on the work other people have done-often, the work is done Despite the manager, not Because of him or her.. Meg - stop creating policies that are based on your own whims - each division/team has a different story, a different dynamic. Your peanut-butter policies, such as those around working in the office, not only should not apply to all groups, but they are costing you thousands of hours of what would otherwise be productive work-time. If you want your employees to trust you and to work in good faith, then you need to show that same trust and good faith in them. Shame on you and your management team for treating long-time, dedicated and proven employees like juvenile delinquents.

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    Worse Company ever and if you're in HP Chennai, then only God knows what future holds for you !!

    Systems/Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Chennai (India)

    ProsHP is like some college where you can have fun with your friends :D
    You can make free call anywhere in the world with the phone in office .
    Work from home.
    Good for aged people and female employees.
    Secure Job.
    You can sit on bench and do other jobs LOL
    No work load because there is no work hahahaha !!

    ConsTypical Tamil company if you're working in HP Chennai, you might be asked continously , why you don't know Tamil ? LOL I experienced it .
    No Growth.
    Low salaries.
    You might sometimes think, "Am I in some third world company or this is really HP ?"
    Technologies they use are very very very old.
    Company is like a college now, people busy in choreographing and dancing cause no work available!!
    If you are a fan of extra-curricular activities , then this is the company LOL
    People working in HP India are just slaves of HP HQ
    Forget salary increment, you can expect increment like 10 or 20k per year, which is equivalent to no increment.
    If you have someone you know in HP, it's the easiest to get in HP , I saw many like that, who has their brothers and got in just cause they have their relatives in HP
    Interviews are just for *name-sake*
    Over-all boring and worst company running cause of it's brand name, nothing else special about it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to increase the salary , atleast for God's sake ...someone needs to give Meg Whitman some brain !! Once the printer business stops HP is over for ever !!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Employees are pawns, not assets.

    Enterprise Services Delivery (Current Employee)
    Cincinnati, OH

    ProsYou can work from home

    ConsThey do not promote from within. Management frequently raves about new managers brought in from outside the company, as if nobody within the company could have filled the role. Which makes sense, they do not develop personnel. Travel and training were eliminated to reduce costs. All salaries were cut 10% to make numbers which enabled Senior Management to receive over $100 million in bonuses. Cutting 50,000 jobs over 2 year period. Wrote off $8 billion in bad investments in 2 successive quarters.

    Advice to Senior Managementvalue Employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low class company that lost its way. Never work there again

    Strategist (Current Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsManagement is all about cost cutting. Don't care about employee welfare and contribution. Just cut.

    ConsSame. Bad experience every since Mark Hurd, (worst CEO), Leo Apotheker and now Meg Whitman. Cost cutting programs and kicking people out of their jobs. Unfair practices, internal politics to only their own gain. Cheated employees of their promised career path.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBill Hewlett and Dave Packard will come back and haunt the evil doers, the selfish management that thought only of themselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    HP ways no more

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsVery Smart & Diligent co-workers
    Good working office atmosphere

    ConsNo respect for contributions from the employees
    Little/No pay raise for increasing cost of living
    No support for career goals
    Fire high performers at high cost locations and replace them with low cost performers

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou cannot turn around the company with low cost (middle/low) performers or college hire. You get what you paid for.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company comprised of compartmentalized groups dedicated to producing process designed to prevent work from being accompl

    HP Software (Current Employee)

    ProsMy Commute
    My Salary
    Many of my co-workers

    ConsThe Challenges here are many. HP has adopted a Self-Service model that does not work. Many sites do not have an on-site IT staff, if the Hard Drive fails in an employees computer, the employee receives a replacement and is expected to swap it out on themselves.

    Their purchasing department has created a system called 'SmartBuy' which is anything but, it often takes months, and repeated attempts to actually get a purchase approved due to the myriad of cryptic fields that have dozens of possible choices to select from - you hope and pray that you get it right on the 5th or 6th attempt...don't get me started on having a piece of software approved for purchase...

    Their data centers, like their purchasing department, has built a fortress of procedures and forms that even denizens of their own department can't agree on how to navigate. The simplest of tasks often requires multiple escalations.

    No-one seems to know exactly what HR does either...

    Living under the constant threat of their Work Force Reduction has begun to take its toll on the employees too, many of them are simply moving through the day wondering whether the axe will fall on them. Very few people seem to have lost their zeal and drive and are often seen shaking their heads in confusion.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't take my, or anyone's word for this, instead take a page from the TV Show, 'Undercover Boss', but instead of disguising yourselves and bouncing around the company working a day her or a day there, create a number user accounts in various departments and then try to maneuver through the processes put in place. See if you encounter the same dumbfounding roadblocks and hurdles that the rest of us need to clear each day just to accomplish the task required to bring HP back to where it should be

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    not of a place for growth.

    Software Designer (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    Prosi cant see any pros now.

    ConsHP is currently laying people off which makes other people very unstable. This has also restricted growth in the skills of employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll the CEOs have affected lives of many employees to apease the stake holders. It does not give much importance to interest and career of its workers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Time to Go

    Implementation Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Plano, TX

    ProsNot sure that other than a paycheck there are a lot of pros.

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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