Hewlett-Packard

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Hewlett-Packard Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
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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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  1.  

    HP is a good company

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

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits such as 401K, Health Care, vacation/holidays

    Cons

    A bit bureaucratic, may be difficult to get things done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Fair company through and through

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Managed Services Sales in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Managed Services Sales in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Has benefits of a large company in terms of resources, reach, network, etc

    Cons

    Large company bureaucracy and as of 2013-2014, enduring a significant retrenchment phase

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency with individual contributors as corporate strategy shifts; HP does a great job of sending out tons of surveys but leadership typically only really addresses the annual Voice of the Workforce survey

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    amazing perks, stress free, meaningful work, and great coworkers

    Cons

    not great job security and currently under contract.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor benefits and compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Security Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Security Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is outstanding at HP.

    Cons

    This company attracts underperformers. Ambitious and talented workers leave the company because of the lack of career progression and poor compensation and benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovate. Provide incentives to attract and retain top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Roller coaster

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Good technology brand overall

    Cons

    Culture has been removed by multiple mergers and acquisitions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company, paid me a bonus when I adopted a child!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Large company, when staff were laid off they actively tried to place us and kept us on overhead.

    Cons

    Large company, easy to get lost in a crowd.

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

    Too many people managing up

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Info Systems Architect IV in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Info Systems Architect IV in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Outcome oriented employer
    Telecommuting flexibility (trending back to the office)
    Interesting work environment.

    Cons

    Executive leadership transitory.
    Too many middle managers managing up.
    Management has little awareness of what is occurring in the field. i.e. it is not uncommon for others to take credit for your work.
    Investments in the future are scattershot and inconsistent.
    Relies far too often of the heroic efforts of good people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize all organizations support onsite customer work and telecommuting.
    You have a long way to go before your recognition and advancement systems have anything to do with actual job performance.
    Universal pay cuts and salary freezes will only accelerate your brain drain.
    Cut middle management.

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

    Major sales issues at HP and customers feel the pain

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Excellent products, engineering and support.

    Cons

    HP has not figured out the sales execution or sales coverage model. The customers are extremely tired of the revolving door of sales people. HP has not figured out a sales execution model that includes coverage, management and compensation providing the incentive for a HP rep to stay with one customer. Talk to the enterprise customers. They will tell you.

    Four years of working here and had four different managers. Last year's manager was the worse experience I have had in over 20 years in the industry. I reported to him (he is located in FL) for 12 mos. I did not meet him face to face until the 9th month. In the 12 mos we spent a total of 6 hrs face to face. I was handed a quota for a territory that had not been covered for over 8 mos. This quota was based on the previous three years run rate. It included a very large outlier sale that would not be repeated. I presented my sales plan on how the target was unattainable and where I would be focusing my business. Without the outlier I increased the business with very dissatisfied customers who had moved off HP's platforms. I was regularly called late at night by this manager who obviously had been drinking and would verbally abuse and attack me for not hitting the number. I thought I was the exception to this treatment until I talked to other reps who endured the same treatment. Some left the company within mos of joining. Then I talked to customers who also got the same calls. My income was hit so hard in this role I had my smallest annual income since 1999 and no one cared to listen. I had no recourse within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no where for an employee to go and discuss this issue when the upper management protects this behavior from a frontline manager. The control of costs with the quota assignments is causing HP sales people to leave and this is the one number issue HP has with its customers is the constant turnover of sales people and their never can be a cadence of the business with the customer's IT org. Unless things change I will be the next rep to leave large customers without a HP face.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not consistent with its Message of "Making It Matter"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    GREAT people in the general working population

    Cons

    Lacking clarity of vision and VERY POOR people management skills. Speaks of the value of the person but when it comes time to let people go often done in an old school value system and structure . Meg Whitman's value has yet to trickle down her organization .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open with people about the turnaround and their job security a bit sooner than a two hour notice of termination .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good benefits, interesting work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    10 days of child care per employee, can purchase vacation time! Benefits were very good. Lap top for each employee, and really responsive technical and HR support.

    Cons

    No good discounts on hardware. Found better prices at BestBuy. All in all, a solid company that one could retire in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it stable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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