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Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
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Pros
  • Also decent work/life balance when compared to other companies in this industry (in 1045 reviews)

  • Flexible hours & You can work from home/remote as long as the job gets done (in 626 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance was horrible: meetings early in the morning or late at night (in 176 reviews)

  • Mid to senior management each day you get more surprised with how incompetent they are (in 313 reviews)

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  1.  

    Summer Internship

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    When I was an intern at HP, I experienced a great level of day to day stability, low stress and manageable workload. The experience is comfortable and the compensation is fair. Excellent work-life balance, and I was given healthcare benefits even as an intern.

    Cons

    The experience may be a little too comfortable- I never felt pushed to demonstrate my full capabilities. It was easy to coast and get told that I was doing well. This may be just because I was an intern and not an FTE. Office culture seemed a little traditional too, and I felt out of place if I wasn't dressed in at least Business Casual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I did not get to interact too frequently with management, my manager worked at a different HP location. I was mostly left to just complete my work and submit it at infrequent intervals so I cannot comment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great place to learn bleeding edge technology

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    Current Employee - PLM  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - PLM in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good food and medical benefits

    Cons

    Large company which sometimes may slowdown things

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Software Engineer

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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 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Opportunities for middle management and a pleasure to work

    Cons

    Upper management can seem a bit disconnected, but what position isn't

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None comes to mind

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once a great company that is fightinstruggling to come back , but is leaving those who once made it great - on the curb

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

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

    Pros

    The high majority of the people at HP are wonderful to work with. There is a rich blend of international cultures that unite around one purpose. HP has a loyal customer base on the enterprise side and they are rooting for HP to come back. They have the financial means, channels, and critical mass to be aggressive in the market with new products.

    Cons

    The company has gone away true talent management and looking to shift valuable resources from one part of the company to another. The practice is simply to purge those in the wrong place and replace with people outside of HP in a different location who may or may not fit into the culture all to theoretically save a $. What is forgotten is the true hidden cost of this strategy and the impact it is having on the internal core culture of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit going through the motions with Talent Management and aggressively plan out how to retrain and skills the workforce that has the right cultural fit into the new growing areas of the company.

    Pick a strategy and see it through. Far too often HP has excellent ideas prior to a competitor but thinks too tactically (in the current fiscal year) and under invests in the idea. Competitors follow but move more aggressively and take the market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great legacy, but will take a lot of work and turnover to get it back to what made it great.

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    Current Employee - Director, Software Engineering  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director, Software Engineering in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    - Best legacy in the business. The original Best Place to Work (and they sustained that title for decades through multiple reinventions of the company). All major technology companies that advertise a great culture are borrowing from The HP Way.
    - Lots of smart people still at HP or joining. Especially in Labs and in the hardware divisions (PPS, ISS), and increasingly in the other arms.
    - They take career development as a whole very seriously. Lots of career advancement and education resources available.
    - Vast breadth of technology fields in which to work.
    - Very flexible work environment, lots of respect for work/life balance (recent move away from telecommuting is not a hard and fast rule; it is still allowed where appropriate).
    - Great people. Very little ego problems. Still many that believe in The HP Way.
    - Being part of the largest IT company in the world has a lot of competitive advantages. The HP brand still carries a lot of weight, especially in enterprise markets.

    Cons

    - Gave up the crown of Best Place to Work without really much of a fight. Benefits and compensation are decent, but they have not really been kept competitive compared to other large tech companies, at least not in Silicon Valley. Some effort being applied to address this, but not enough.
    - Lots of silos. Vague vision/mission because HP is in so many lines of business. Divisions are run as separate business units, so there is a lot of politics (but this is getting better with the OneHP movement).
    - Lots of process, bureaucracy, which is understandable because the company is so big and spread. But this means that things move very slowly. Lacks agility to respond to rapid disruption.
    - In recent history, there has been too much focus on numbers rather than mission and vision. Lots of promising R&D initiatives that are pruned off the vine in favor of short-term goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to the roots of the company. Make the place a great place to work again, get out of peoples' ways, and let them innovate and invent. HP's DNA was about applying technology to solve problems, and the ingredients are there but now the mission is diluted with the need to placate shareholders and the agendas of various internal kingdoms.

    - HP used to have a massive talent advantage because they USED to be the Best Place to Work, bar none. They need to get back to reclaiming that title instead of focusing too much on numbers, which actually pushes technical talent away (and right into the arms of the likes of Google, Facebook, Apple, Samsung, etc). But as of this moment, I can't honestly say that HP is where I'd recommend a developer to work. There are currently too many other places that are better for your career and work satisfaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Might be good for stock holders, but killing off great talent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time

    Pros

    Good people. Solid benefits. Facilities in bay area are improving to be competitive with other bay area companies. Work life balance is good. HP charitable giving opportunities are top notch.

    Cons

    Meg has recently instituted a new policy to "bring everyone back to the office". This means that if you are within an hour drive of an HP office, you are expected to be in the office everyday that you're not traveling on business. The only exception is sales and services professionals. Folks who don't have a field role or aren't within an hour drive of an office should be actively looking for their next job outside of HP.
    In addition, a new policy restricts the rehire of anyone laid off in the last couple years, while looking to hire "more early career talent". So in a nutshell, don't expect to retire from HP.
    Leadership is in turmoil at the moment, seems to be lots of external/unknown leaders coming into the company - uncertain about their impact yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The smartest talent isn't in silicon valley, while I approve the idea of greater interaction between employees, your plan to bring everyone back to the office is short sighted and will ultimately kill the values that Dave and Bill built the organization around (IMHO).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    HP. Great company years ago... not so much now.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Proud history no on can deny.

    Cons

    Sinking ship that is obvious

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lay a few of yourselves affordable an keep dollars in the innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Depends which Biz unit you work at HP - ASG (Application and Services Group), PPS sucks

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

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

    Pros

    Fundamentally great company that established great HP way. There are still few pockets where some people may be found following HP way

    Cons

    Fundamentally great company but lost the roots. As HP is so huge and some of the functions at HP may be larger than small-mid size companies. , I am writing this review for Application services group (ASG) within Printing and Personal System group.
    ASG has converted into a big political place with no direction. Top brass at ASG come from pure Biz background and have very little technical know-how and some direct reports make full use of this ignorance. There are some manager who promote hostile behavior just to be in limelight. There is absolutely no sense of camaraderie or business value optimization. ASG work culture is to back stab and promote individual heroism killing overall business value.
    With current layoffs and huge attrition over last year, there is absolutely no work-life balance. You are expected to work round the clock. If someone resist on crazy work hours, they are essentially communicated that there is no option. Many of the employees have medical complications due to very high level of stress and long working hours that sometimes go beyond 14 hours.
    Most of the new jobs are over-sold and once employees come onboard they have such a hard time to understand the Biz direction. There is absolutely no sense business strategy or clear direction in ASG. This is unbelievable that some deserving people have grown to the level directly reporting to VP and leadig entire function who even doesn't care to draft org announcements in grammatically correct English!!! Most of decisions are politically influenced rather based on business value. With current work force reduction, ASG also did volunteer layoffs. After a month ASG opened hiring on very similar positions as layoffs were done without making any proper plan. That was tremendous stress on organization with huge business value loss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat ASG as a business unit rather political party. Try to hear root level employees and fix the problems at higher level. Identify people who are working just to get bigger title sacrificing greater and oveall business value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not too bad - lots of drama

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    Current Employee - Xxx  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Xxx in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    currently working from home, manager is hands off - no micro managing, allowed to get the job done as i see fit in order to meet objectives.

    Cons

    drama, lack of processes, lack of foresight beyond the next quarter, constant change (not the good kind)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide the tools necessary for employees to do their job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    ancient company

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, nice environment, work from home

    Cons

    slow moving company, difficult to climb up the ladder, leadership not taking full control of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spin off PC business and save the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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