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Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
9,691 Reviews
3.3
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a big company continuing to experience challenges on all fronts.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The remnant of old HP way is still the best thing about the company. It can be employee friendly.

    Cons

    There is no consistency of vision, execution or culture. You may experience an entirely different company as you move from one team to another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HP must invest in new systems and processes to reduce inefficiencies and bureaucratic bloat.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excessive controls block real work from getting done

    Former Employee - Devops Engineer
    Former Employee - Devops Engineer

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with and at least HP provides a common enemy via their policies to unify the teams against.

    Cons

    Tons of bureaucratic red tape to get anything done. Anti-remote worker policy. Constant reorgs. HP really shoots themselves in the foot with their policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a technology innovation orientated company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Software Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Systems Software Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good benefit

    Cons

    No career growth, constant re-organization, lay-off and outsource.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but too much focus on workforce reductions.

    Former Employee - Channel Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Channel Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    Fair compensation, good benefits. Empower their employees to do their job and do it right.

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs don't allow for business plans to be completed. Re-orgs are needed to adjust to market conditions, but HP is in constant re-org not allowing for continuity. They also bring upper management from outside the company in the hope that someone has the solution.
    Workforce reductions have their employees working scared verses being able to focus on working on their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote and foster growth within the company.

  6.  

    Standard Large Corporation

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Solid benefits, structured reviews and raises

    Cons

    Every employee is just another number

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Mix bag

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Section Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Section Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Decent work life balance in certain organizations. Good innovative technical work at least in growing businesses.

    Cons

    Cost cuttings edicts from the top that are not in consultation with businesses.

    Unfair distribution of employee strength across businesses leading to empire building.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, management and market challenges

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated and caring people. The work can be challenging and there's still some innovation going on in different parts of the company.

    Cons

    Still recovering from the damage done by previous three CEOs and various board members. Innovation suffered under the Mark Hurd regime and customer satisfaction wasn't a major concern. Lots of turmoil, perpetual re-organizations, and many really good people walking out the door. Meg Whitman caught the Marissa Mayer virus and did away with teleworking, which was a huge benefit in light of low salaries. Now the company is splitting in two, which is pretty ironic considering that the previous CEO, Léo Apotheker, was sacked simply for speculating about doing this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remain focused on customers and treat your employees as they deserve to be treated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inside Sales Rep III

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Conway, AR
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Conway, AR

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

    Pros

    Big Name company on your resume.

    Cons

    They change the Sales pay to make sure that Sales cannot earn too much, pay is caped. Poor management, too many managers. Unrealistic Quotas, unrefined Goals. Executives don't know what all the ISRs do to bring in business.

    No clear path for advancement.

    Who you drink with matters more to advancement than the sales you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management does not listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    you are never safe

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Services Information Developer
    Former Employee - Services Information Developer

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    My co-workers were a pleasure to work with

    Cons

    no raises for over 6 years constant downsizing

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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

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