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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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  • They talk a lot about work life balance but don't really seem to understand that you can't work 60 (in 20 reviews)

  • Low Visibility to Upper Management when employed at production facilities (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (9)

    "GREAT recruiter, interview, and onboarding process!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    From initial contact to my first day as a new employee (and to present day), the recruiter and hiring manager communicated clearly about the process and where I stood. They followed through on every commitment to "check in"--prior to committed timelines--surprising and surpassing my expectations every step of the way.

    I haven't figured out how I will leave my mark or "change the world", but I'm proud to work for a company that is. From technologies helping to cure cancer, to testing food, pharmaceutical, environment and chemicals, Agilent's technologies ARE helping make the world a better place to live, and advancing the quality of life.

    So far, all I have experienced is good. I am rating a few categories only four stars to show that there are a few that have been "off the charts." e.g. I have never had a manager focus so much on my work/life balance, well-being, and things like flexibility to deal with Silicon Valley traffic (nightmarish). I was also pleasantly surprised to learn new employees start with up to three weeks' time off per year--and beginning Jan. 1 2017, it will bump up to FOUR weeks off per year (pro-rated for partial year).

    Cons

    After working for high tech companies for 20+ years, I can honestly say that, while I'm only 90 days "in", I have not experienced a downside or "Con" yet: This truly has been an amazing place to work. Most days, when the door clicks after swiping my badge, I think, "I can't believe I get to work here."

    Agilent Technologies Response

    Dec 8, 2016 – Global Talent Acquisition Branding Intern

    Welcome to Agilent! Thank you for providing early feedback. We’re glad you are off to a great start. Innovation happens in our teams and you drive our ability to build the products that help our ... More


  2. "CSE Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Engineer in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Customer Service Engineer in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good 401k plan, time off and room to grow

    Cons

    the workflow could be more streamline/ to may peripheral tasks


  3. "RnD Software Engineer."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RnD Software Engineer in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - RnD Software Engineer in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is an amazing company in terms of work culture.
    Great teams and products! Variety of technologies to work on and freedom to chose the technology that best fits your current product.
    A very balance work-life experience.

    Cons

    A very flat structure for software development so not so much of vertical growth in Technical area if you want to stick to that one path.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Agilent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work.
    Great people. One of the things I think that set Agilent apart from most other technology companies in the same sector (test and measurement), is the quality of the people.

    Cons

    As in any mature, high technology company, Agilent struggled with growth. Also, being a public company, they struggled with quarter by quarter results and that drove them I think to adopt a very short term horizon in at least the test and measurement side of their business.

    Advice to Management

    To focus more on employee development on and into the future. The skills needed to bring the growth desired by management really depend primarily on the skills and abilities of the employees.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Operating Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Global Organization that does work you can feel proud of. Reputable company with a recognized name.

    Cons

    Limited development for leaders unless you have manager willing to invest time in you. 60 hr work week is the norm. Limited investment in developing workforce for future growth

    Advice to Management

    If we actually lived the Values, this would be a great place to work.


  7. "Software Engineer - Agilent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best work life balance. Good Flexible time off. Great 401k matching. ESPP at 15%.

    Cons

    Salaries not competitive. No stock options. No great bonuses. Laid back culture. Slow growth. Not very aggressive. Too many processes.


  8. "Great Company with clearly defined Goals"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Center Supervisor in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Field Service Center Supervisor in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, feeling like you matter, great co-workers, good management team, great campus in Wilmington, DE. Commute is decent.

    Cons

    Lots of processes, red tape, takes an extended amount of time to get anything approved. Walk from the parking lot to building could be a little long depending on what time you get to the office.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating effectively to your employees.


  9. "Call Center Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Manager in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Manager in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great office location. Nice people.

    Cons

    Too Large. Difficult to obtain what an employee needs (IT, HR, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Need to pay more attention to employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexibility of wfh, management to some extent is pretty good

    Cons

    People make misuse of flexibility wfh and HR does not create any policy around it.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits including generous PTO and holiday time.

    Cons

    Poor Management. Management would come in late and leave early or not be on site at all.


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