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Hewlett-Packard Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
8,747 Reviews
3.3
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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.  

    Brilliant place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    career growth, good working environment

    Cons

    not the best pay masters

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    higher financial rewards would certainly drive employee retention and high morale

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Relaxed working enviroment and possibly on the up

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hook, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hook, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    For me having moved through quite a few IT companies (FJ, Capita, MoD etc) HP has one of the more relaxed working enviroments thats I have been in and pay is miles better than you could ever get in Fujitsu for a simular job! HP Grow has some good training courses to go through and free access to a decent IT book website. I think HP are moving in the right way (in the US more than the UK) but sometimes it feels like the UK esp defence is forgotten about!

    Cons

    Company seems to be letting to many people go through EOW etc while keeping some useless people about. Overstreched employees that are constantly trying to deliver vast projects with a sparse number of resources, threat of being made jobless and constant reminders about EOW arent great either! Getting things approved by finance takes time!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training budget and keep your good people!

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

    Graduate Experience with HP UK&I

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Trainee  in  Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Graduate Trainee in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I joined HP UK&I, along with 11 other graduates as part of the 14 month 'Sales' program based up in Erskine, Glasgow. Unfortunately, it was not a pleasant experience. I was the 3rd graduate to resign from the original 12, and I know that another grad has since left the scheme. This leaves only 8 left out of the 12 who started last September.

    There were some Pros at HP:

    - A good basic Salary (however the advertised salary of £25,000 was only achieved after a long battle with management. Two months into the program our salary was cut to £20,000 with a £5,000 bonus based on hitting a sales target - there were issues with the sales letters being published / corrected in a acceptable time).

    - A company going in the right direction. HP's stock value has more than doubled since this time last year and under the rule of Meg Whitman (CEO and President) HP is on track with its 5 year turnaround plan and has delivered to the market some exceptional solutions in recent times. It really is the only IT company that can provide an end-to-end solution to customers - across the spectrum of hardware, software and services. I completely bought into the 'HP message' and loved the image that was given from the executives. This, however, was not enough to mitigate against my decision to leave, and was the only Pro (issues with salary) that I can really speak about.

    - Fast-Track: It is a fast track program to a high wage in a large multi-national organisation, but the 'structure' of the program will only suit a certain kind of person.

    - Looks good on a CV: This is true, and the only reason why I do not regret my decision of accepting a place on the HP sales graduate scheme. All 4 of us who have resigned (so far) have gone onto roles that are more suited: One grad went to join Accenture's consulting graduate scheme; Another is a marketing exec for a medical diagnostics company; another is now a PhD student; and the other is a field rep for Diageo.

    Cons

    Where to start?

    - Training: We received virtually no training from the L&D department in Erskine. This was partly, but not wholly, down to the fact that the site in Scotland is contracted out to Manpower and very few employees are 'HP Badged'. As a grad, you are HP badged and there is no one in Erskine to speak to about any grievances felt due to the contracted nature of the site.

    - Day Job: The Grad scheme is advertised as something wonderful. On the website is speaks of the salary and the ongoing training that you will receive in order to prepare you for a field based role in consultative selling (the end goal if you pass the year in Erskine). The reality is that you work in a call centre - it is a simple as that. Cold calling customers trying to get them to buy HP. This was not mentioned at the assessment day / nor was it in the literature available online. Your KPIs are Talk Time (2 hours minimum per day) and Dials (around the 30 dials a day mark).

    - Salary: As mentioned above. The grad scheme advertised a salary of £25,000 which turned out to be a lie (even though on the contracts signed it stated that the basic salary was £25,000). We were told that if we had an issue with the reduction to £20,000 + £5,000 OTE then we were on the wrong program. As 4 out of 12 grads have since resigned I think it is clear that this was an issue for some, but it was not the only issue. The sales letters that were given to us came late, and most were incorrect (people's targets being too high / the account set wrong, etc) and there is up to a 5 month delay on being paid commission. I had budgeted based on a basic salary of £25,000 and struggled with my outgoings as a result of the change. (Most of the grads, including myself, moved to Scotland for the program).

    - One Sided Nature: All the pressure will be on you. No one will be there to help. We were told that we needed to 'Fit the mould provided' and if we didn't then we would fail the assessment at the end of the program. We were told, by the head of L&D that the number one rule was to 'never be ourselves'. I had major issues with this approach. Management seemed to want us to jump through hoops and if we complained about the nature / structure / realities of the grad scheme we were told that it could affect our ability to pass the final assessment.

    - Disparity: Between management in Erskine and management in London / Bracknell.

    - Structure: There is none.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Be Honest: If you are honest with regards to the realities of the grad scheme in Erskine then you will not see such a mass exodus of grads during the program. Had I known what life was going to be like I would not have accepted the offer to join the graduate scheme. Do not advertise one wage and then pay another, it will lead to an unhappy workforce and resignations.

    - Support: Support the grads and help them to be the best that they can be in the roles asked of them.

    - Structure: I hope that given the unacceptable resignation rate on this years grad scheme, that for the incoming grads, management will put in place a well structured program with adequate training and development in order to help the grads grow as HP employees, as well as providing a clear pathway to the end goal (field sales).

    I don't believe there will be much / any change when it comes to the structure of the program.

    - Be Approachable: Unfortunately, the management for HP UK&I were generally not approachable. There were, of course, exceptions to this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    HP Enterprise Services

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director Sales  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director Sales in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with
    Family feel and environment
    Strong capability
    Can do ethos

    Cons

    Lack of strong direction
    Lack of significant investment in futures

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please trust the great people to do their jobs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good introduction to large companies.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Nice people. Quiet atmosphere. No pressure to work long hours. They had a very nice canteen.

    Cons

    Management are overstretched and seem to be always in meetings. I worked on a big project which was constantly struggling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HP seems very fearful of using any external cloud applications - this could make HP even more isolated and behind the times. The requirement to use in-house tools or avoid competitors tools instead of using best of breed is frustrating your engineers and is counter-productive when developing software.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a great company to work for, where you will be allowed to make the most of yourself

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems/Software Engineer  in  Erskine, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Systems/Software Engineer in Erskine, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Your job experience will largely depend on your management (guess it's a pro and a con).
    The treatment of employees is pretty good from my experience

    Cons

    Lack of transparency with yearly ratings
    You might find yourself in an environment that's too relaxed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote a culture of transparency when it comes to job role progression and consequent pay increases

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

    HR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time

    Pros

    career opportunities but only within the same country

    Cons

    no relocation package, lack of innovation, very process driven, lack of training

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    They keep shuffling the management

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    HP in the past was one of the best companies and a dream for anyone to work for. However, it is not the same any more .

    Cons

    Qorking for HP is a huge risk which 60-70% chance you will be laid off in your first couple of years to save the same management which been handling HP for the last 5 years or more. even from customer side its not up to level of competition as IBM, Oracle (SUN), or even DELL.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please resign and have new fresh management who knows what they are doing. SAVE HP and its history.

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

    Good products but very inwardly focussed and commoditised

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Very good people - very good brand

    Cons

    No market changing innovation - has made a mess of all its aquisitions in s/w. No growth .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Massive culture change required - Need to kill off huge numbers of bean counters and increase sales heads.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Education

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Manager  in  Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Gained top level training and understanding of how the I.T industry works

    Cons

    Very Very Silod, Communication is not the best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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