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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated March 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance, great management (in 187 reviews)

  • Work environment that really aligns with my own preferences (in 84 reviews)

Cons
  • 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 22 reviews)

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  1. "Call Center Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  2. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Was once a great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, open door policy

    Cons

    No oversight on 1st level management which can and does create an environment of favoritism. Tend to buy companies rather than develop from within. Manager from acquired companies get management positions without understanding company policies

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware of how your supervisors treat employees


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Downward trend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clarita, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company in many countries. Large market share. Typical benefits for the size of company.

    Cons

    Too many silos. Equivalent to many companies under one roof that impacts employee effectiveness, customer satisfaction, product compatibility and time to deliver field solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on culture, invest in employees, invest in the long run of the company. Stop the patch work and make the necessary longterm investments.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Once a good company"

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    Current Employee - Middle Management in Carpinteria, CA
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Carpinteria, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented staff and a great team to work with, departments support each other. Dako products are top in quality and employees are committed ensuring that comes first, despite new management cuts in every area of the business.

    Cons

    Ineffective, callous and untrustworthy director at site, no vision or ability to lead teams to success.

    Advice to Management

    After years of limited back orders for Dako products and engaged employees under amazing leadership, more recent upper management is doing more blaming than leading and the result is very unhappy teams. Good employees are leaving, on their own or forced, and these people are the foundation of past successes.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "was good once upon a time"

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

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    still has a lot of very good engineers and managers. good benefits including health care and retirement benefits. good technology and products.

    Cons

    lost it's way over the years, and no longer as good a place to work as it used to be. focus is on shareholder value at the expense of employees.

    Advice to Management

    keep the focus on technology and on your employees. they can give you excellent return if you let them. don't waste too much time with more acquisitions.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Contracted through Randstad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy job, consistent hours, some what easy to take time off

    Cons

    No employee appreciation. Management is not on your side

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees. Stop beating them over the head with the things they do wrong and not mentioning the good that they do


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Agilent Technologies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Agilent has a good compensation structure. First line managers are top notch.

    Cons

    Upper management lacks good communication to the field. Leadership is not dynamic and are mostly finance people. Due to this, they tend to chase Wall Street for short term metrics rather than looking at a long term growth structure. Sales people are forced to make collection calls. The pension was eliminated. Many back orders and faulty products.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Agilent is a mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall I believe the company solves good and challenging problems. They try to take care of their employees and seem to care about the experience employees have developed over the years. Many employees have worked at Agilent and formerly HP for a long time. Supporting and encouraging long-term employees is one of its greatest strengths.

    They also seem to support employees moving to different departments/divisions in order to keep advancing in their skills/careers. However, you have to move to Santa Clara for many of these opportunities.

    Cons

    I think Agilent offers substandard benefits and salary. For salary, it may be highly dependent upon the division or group in which you are employed, however, they do have a standard salary range for every position. Health benefits are substandard as well, expensive or greatly limited depending upon the plan.

    People that work in Santa Clara complain that it is difficult to compete against Apple, Google, and Facebook. The benefits/salary in comparison seem so far off the mark, I wonder why the people working in Santa Clara (in software development) don't try working at these other places.

    Almost everything is outsourced. From IT support to most HR functions.

    In my division there was no way to advance from where I was. I didn't want to move to Santa Clara, so I was stuck.

    Advice to Management

    First, do not take away a significant benefit (pension) worth 11% of salary and replace it with with an additional 2% 401k match. Secondly when changing benefits of an acquired company and very significantly reducing them, do not say that the new Agilent benefits are "Equal or Better" when they were clearly not even close to equal. The amount of credibility lost was staggering. Tell the truth: that being that Agilent is a different company and these are the benefits offered.



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