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Hewlett-Packard Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
9,335 Reviews
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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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Developer/Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - IT Developer/Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Good mange net . Explore new things, independence

    Cons

    Less vacation. One week is forced shutdown so need to make use of vacation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more time off so employees are relaxed

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    Contractor at HP

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Easy work
    Very flexible schedule
    Nice work environment

    Cons

    No much to learn
    Constantly changing
    Sometimes pointless assignments that they will not consider in future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define better the scope of projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Every year it's a different company - great personal development opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Marketing in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Opportunities abound for those who invest and take personal ownership of their careers.
    Breadth of products, programs and places to work in.
    Compensation and benefits above average for the industry.

    Cons

    Few stay in a role long enough to make a difference, and be accountable.
    Long time execs remain in high positions and focus on policy enforcement over innovation and growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    HP turn around

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    Former Employee - Global Technical Solution Engineer Technical Marketing Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Global Technical Solution Engineer Technical Marketing Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    do no find any pro

    Cons

    nothing has change at HP

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to go back to the real basics

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Positive if your focus is innovation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Innovation relavant to business and many venues to incubate

    Cons

    very slow in developing the invention, needs granular focus and good agile practices.
    If Management knows most of the employees are average then it is a management issue
    they need to hire people where the balance is problematic enough for HP to rate...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HP has good avenues to promoate innovation and incubate it, but the problem comes when we try to productize it.
    Can hire good visionaries in product managemtn than relying on few SOC people to dictate the features
    which is bad because they do not see end to end delivery

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    I've been in HP for almost 7 years. I'm happy with the people that I'm working with. People are open to changes that will help us in improving operations making us work smarter instead of working harder. Work-from-home program allows us to have work-life-balance and be able to perform well in our doing on-call support work.

    Cons

    Minimal trainings, most of the time no budget. No increase. Politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Love the changes!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility.
    Changing environment for the better.
    Meg Whitman.

    Cons

    Slow moving.
    Change Management can be frustrating at times.
    Inflexible environment and sometimes people who have been there for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more
    Better office environments--bring the fun back!
    Get rid of cube farms and bring in fun elements--ping pong tables, thinking lounges--help bring the creativity back.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    DBA

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunity if your welling to invest your time,

    Cons

    High pressure of cost cutting, always have to show your working. Many time the environment seems like start-up but can't get anything done due to so many layers.

    Bring your own cup if you want water.
    Bad location in Moffett towers. --bad commute to location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lots of useless management in place where each one is competing to keep their own job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long term manager - HP IT

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Vanishing opportunities to influence a giant enterprise. If you are very optimistic, patient, and talented then it may be worth the gamble.

    Cons

    Relentless obsession on cost cutting decimates morale and opportunity. Meg is great but leadership quickly gets weaker as you go down the stack. The result is unimaginative strategy (cut costs by offshoring and then cut some more) and lots of tribalism. People are justifiably worried about losing their jobs, so intellectual honesty was an early casualty and there is a lot of CYA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LEAD! Define BOTH clear goals AND the means to achieve them.... do not expect a vast global enterprise to organically adjust itself to achieve your vision. Roll up your sleeves and create sufficient structure to drive coordinated growth across the enterprise. Today, HP IT follows "Let a thousand flowers bloom". It is chaotic, tribal, and endlessly frustrating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    QA Manager at HP

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - QA Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The People and lower Management is great. There is flexibility in hours and ability to work from home. You can still get a work life balance

    Cons

    Low Salary and upper management strategy is constantly changing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of off shoring lets look at how to get Sales and other tesams to perform

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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