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Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
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Pros
  • Decent work-life balance due to flexibility of work schedule but that's about it (in 1167 reviews)

  • Being able to work from home is also great so you are never behind in work (in 663 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance was horrible: meetings early in the morning or late at night (in 202 reviews)

  • Mid to senior management each day you get more surprised with how incompetent they are (in 317 reviews)

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    HP is a great place to work as they provide flexible work hours and has great benefits

    Cons

    Company is not where it needs to be in regards to new product innovation and profit margins. As a result, they are continuing to reduce their workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Feeling is senior management is receiving all the benefits (salary, stocks, bonuses) at the expense of the individual contributors

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    Good chance for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Designer VI in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Designer VI in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Despite all the negativity, it is actually a pretty decent place to work (at the Sunnyvale site) - there's a fabulous gym, snacks available, etc. The people who work there are generally nice and smart. If you keep working hard, and make yourself heard, there is scope for professional growth and promotions.

    Cons

    The management changes, attrition, some of the wrong-headed policies for promotions. Compensation could be and should be much better, if they want to compete in the modern silicon valley market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate existing employees well, hire aggressively, make the place more positive. If you stop shooting yourself in the foot and put the company on cruise-control, it'll blossom.

    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    HP Software Division

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    Former Employee - Software Designer VI in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Designer VI in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work scheduling, including remote work.
    Great support from upper management to help the division succeed.
    Highly talented and motivated people. Learn from the best and share with the rest.
    Industry leader in area of security.

    Cons

    Older acquisitions still have primacy even though they were acquired fire-sale rather than at the top of their game. Flawed processes were forced onto newer, more successful acquisitions even though the newer acquisitions had superior processes. Not very agile in their thinking - older, slower ways of doing things, approaching things, doesn't keep up with rapid change in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept, embrace, and leverage change, as painful as it may be or you will be left behind even with stellar acquisitions - older ways of thinking will drown out innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good work life balance. Flexible time. I am in a WW team, so there early morning meetings at 7am and 6am occasionally

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Very good work life balance. Lots of opportunities within the company to rotate for. Culture is good. Most people are easy to work with, but a few could be hard and more stereotyped. Not a lot of young employees.

    Cons

    Teams are located around the world. Lots of early morning meetings. Recently the company changed its work from home policy - no more work from home, which is disappointing considering the early morning meetings we need to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    my experience in HP

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time

    Pros

    overall satisfied with the career opportunties

    Cons

    salaries not very satisfying, working balance also is changing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    HP

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Some Flexibility, supportive co-workers, who are highly motivated to help. Walk in IT services at different locations. Standard medical benefits. Fitness facilities for free at different locations. Provides health and wellness services onsite. Good internship programs.

    Cons

    Unreliable and not existing internal system to support workflow, therefore a lot is done by management by EXcel, no career growth, little acknowledgement of accomplishments of individuals or teams, management looks out for themselves and forgets to reward their employees, some supporting organizations are resource depleted due to continuous WFR which weakens the organizations they are supporting and generating revenue. Lack of accountability, ownership and leadership in the upper management ranks. Promotions done through buddy system not achievements or growth. Highly political.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Always Changing

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Cupertino, CA

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

    Pros

    Big company, good benefits, liked the group I was working with. There were opportunities if you knew who to talk to or had a mentor.

    Cons

    Managers always changing, sometimes they aren't in your state but remote. Too big and rules-bound, old HP could do work arounds to get around rules or obstacles from management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The HP Way is gone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Strong reputation that seems to persist even though the company Bill and Dave created is long gone. I enjoy working for HP.

    Cons

    Not enough chance to promote. Entirely to long working hours. Bill and Dave would not be happy. It was sad to see the company go down this path.

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Though a long time employee, this review reflects my last six years with the company (2007 to 2013).

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

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

    Pros

    I was very fortunate to work with a very capable, technical, and friendly group of people. The group I worked with made all the difference, and made it working for HP both fun and engaging. It also helped that we had a great product. Too bad upper management do not see it.

    Cons

    Even if one is positively evaluated during the performance review process, that doesn't mean you get a promotion. After a few years I came to realize that there is always an excuse not to promote you - either the company did not do too well and we cannot afford it, or there is someone else that either needs or deserves that promotion more than you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn about and nourish the gems you have, instead of shooting yourselves in the foot again.

    Understand that most employees are adults with lots of experience and who want HP to succeed as much as you do. In my last years, we had a senior manager who took attendance at his all-hands meetings... we felt like we were in elementary school. This kind of "management" makes good cocktail-party fodder, but is just uncalled for in a company that claims to have any "respect for the employee".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Worked at contractor in different groups over a period of years.

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice physical environment. Given latitude for solving problems, open to novel solutions.

    Cons

    Frequent changes in direction from upper level management make it difficult to get one thing done before having to shift to another. Penny-wise pound-foolish actions to make quarterly numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a vision and stick to it. Layoffs is not a vision. The BOD is dysfunctional and has been for a long time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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