Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated May 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Unorganized intern experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Visual Design Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Visual Design Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Dropped into a team environment. Expected to work on real world products and projects. Company paid for me to travel to several cities to demo a new product.

    Cons

    Low pay for the area (Bay Area, CA) but I didn't know better coming from east coast. No help with relocation or finding housing. No structure to intern program. LONG days, but you can pick your hours, so that's nice.

    Advice to Management

    Work with your interns more. I am not experienced, I need guidance. That's why I'm interning.

  2. Big Data Group is expanding after M&A of Vertica

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Bonus, Work life Balance

    Cons

    Hard to change Roles with in Organization

  3. TSE

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant II in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant II in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    One upper manager, good working people, gym,

    Cons

    politics - professional con members climbing rank

    Advice to Management

    listen to all employees impacted - that means all in the divisions

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  5. Great team, but as a whole too much confusion.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My team specifically was amazing. We pushed new boundaries, built great things, and brought in fresh new ideas to a legacy company. Great salary, okay benefits, opportunity to continue education. Opportunities to grow, some amazing products that have a ton of potential, smart acquisitions.

    Cons

    Too much confusion. Huge disconnect between leadership and reality. From the very top to middle management leadership is misaligned with the reality of the products and their management needs. Too many meetings about meetings.

    Giant loops of competing interests, lack of focus and follow through in interdependent teams that rely on each other to be successful. Status quo attitude. Talent loss had led to smaller teams stretched too thin to be able to accomplish anything meaningful. Half of company stuck in legacy stance the other half fighting for swift and progressive movement into the future. Progress is often stuck. Frenemies abound.

    Food court is not good, no real commuter friendly options. At least have shuttles pick up from train stations.

    Advice to Management

    Management should really take some anonymous surveys or get feedback from people on management to identify the problems. They don't want to know.

    The backend is a problem. A big problem for everyone. They need to move faster and collaborate more willingly.

  6. Good Company ArcSight

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Designer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work life balance
    lot of innovative works

    Cons

    Incompetent middle management, bring more technical person to management.

  7. Struggle to breakthrough

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Solutions Consultant in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Stable and flexible. Opportunities to move to different departments when opportunities open up, and when you have a manager who supports and facilitates.

    Cons

    The company as a whole struggled to put more investments to keep the talents and provide the best services after acquiring so many companies. Very diverse cultures( mainly the ways people get their jobs done) due to multiple acquisitions, it could take time to get used to that when you disagree with certain ways of doing things.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest more coaching trainings for the managers so they can retain their employees and still motivate them when an environment is perceived toxic.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Contractor Hell

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Team
    Great location
    Nice Café
    New building
    Clean location
    Good parking

    Cons

    As a contractor you treated as that - a contractor. I'm used to working at companies where you were not treated any differently, except when it came to benefits.

    You have to turn in your laptop before you go, you get no phone, no desk but you are expected to go above and beyond to get the work done.

    Advice to Management

    Contractors know their place as a contractor. You do not need to make contractors feel crappy. This is a huge company and you would never expect that from a Silicon Valley giant.

  9. Helpful (1)

    UI Developer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - UI Developer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - UI Developer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Has work life balance
    Growth is depending on the team/job you are in.
    I have been on different teams within, there are teams that will not allow you to grow because of the job requirements.
    Project management in general sucks
    Good work environment
    WFH allowed

    Cons

    Medical insurance is average
    Stock buy program is 5% discount, which is usually break even when you sell on execution day because of the trading charges
    HP product discount sucks
    You have to work using HP machines. Fast if you get the latest one or the dev machines but beware they run hot enough to boil water.
    Pretty bad internal site for job management. Seems like it has been there for 20 yrs ago and has not been updated.

    Advice to Management

    Climbing up the ladder is a definite possibility or can be discussed and planned with your manager.

  10. Helpful (3)

    DBA

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (2)

    Not the company they used to be!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture is very open to work-life balance, working remotely, leaving early, coming in office at time that's convient for your schedule. Lots of opportunities for growth if you get the visibility of upper management and work on projects/ products that are making money.

    Cons

    Yearly or bi yearly workforce reductions are constant fear and a reality for most employees when the company or organization needs to show a profit for the fiscal year or quarter. Company is not loyal to its employees, no job is secured and you will be given only 2 weeks notice that youll be laid off. So keep your resume updated at all times. The Autonomy organization and products is the worst place to work in my opinion, egotistical management, lots of dissatisfied customers, angry field and sales people, and support organization is a toxic environment to work in, especially if your a woman. Other organization in HP have a better reputation and employees seems happy.

    Advice to Management

    Meg STOP laying off people to show a profit for the year! Instead create products that actually make money! Employees become less motivated and less loyal to the company when they know that their job is at stake every single quarter or year. Invent new products/technology versus buying new companies and then letting go employees, also known as aquiring and then firing at hp.

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