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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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  • Flexible but in the end there is no work life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Low Visibility to Upper Management when employed at production facilities (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "several groups everywhere, not so collaborative"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Agilent Technologies as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    great benefits
    great technology and products

    Cons

    silos, hard to work between groups


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Typical, bourgeoisie Fortune 500 Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, easy work, somewhat interesting.

    Cons

    No one hired over 40. Management are all fortysomething MBAs. Everyone is in it for themselves...not disruptive at all.

    Advice to Management

    For every person hired, there are 5 or 10 that are not hired, they may want or need the job more than the twentysomethings that are hired. Ditch the 2010 MBA textbook, grow a set, and hire people that can grow the business.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Personality Cult"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Folsom, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies as a contractor

    Pros

    Some managers are really good, but they are the minority
    Clean, organized workplace
    Workers get along with each other pretty well

    Cons

    Have to be part of the in-crowd to get ahead
    If your not an engineer of some sort, you'll never get ahead
    If one of the in-crowd managers doesn't like you, forget it

    Advice to Management

    Need to have someone from outside of Folsom in charge.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Good learning opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Carpinteria, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Carpinteria, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, good work/life balance. A great place to learn about medical devices, and then take your skills elsewhere :)

    Cons

    Lack of development opportunities, upper management doesn't seem to have any interest in improving products or processes. Very corporate feeling and not competitive with other companies in terms of education reimbursement, compensation, and development opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to retain the talented employees.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Manangement does not listen to employees"

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    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of really smart, bright people work here. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Contractors are treated as chattel. And there are a lot of them. Everyone is overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees! They are bright people -- when they tell you what can (or can't) be done, pay attention and don't overcommit.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Think Twice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Stable, large company. Stock is performing well.

    Cons

    Too big to move fast.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Operating Manager"

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    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.

  8. "Call Center Manager"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    ""Employment" but not always a great "Career""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - good benefits especially if grandfathered into pension plan
    - there are career opportunities in more dynamic groups
    - long term job stability if you are solid (not even stellar) performer

    Cons

    - workforce resistant to change, heavy water cooler talk, incestuous
    - not dynamic enough, conservative to point of mediocrity
    - HR pretty much self-service until it comes to keeping company indemnified of any trouble at all costs (to individuals)
    - truly terrible customer management systems

    Advice to Management

    - keep supportive culture, flush terrible M&A and HR


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Okay place to work"

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    Current Employee - Advanced Manufacturing Chemist in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Advanced Manufacturing Chemist in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers and management are nice and understanding. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    The work in manufacturing is terrible. You are always set up to fail and nothing ever goes right. Communication between departments is horrible.


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