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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated September 13, 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 21 reviews)

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

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  1. "Excellent Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Leader in it's field
    Strong products

    Cons

    Slow to react as most large companies are

    Advice to Management

    Become more efficient with product roll outs


  2. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Finance in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and culture.

    Cons

    No promotional opportunities or career advancements.

    Advice to Management

    Create opportunities for growth/development.

  3. "Great company, friendly people, good work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Applications Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great infrastructure, the technologies are cutting edge and exciting, good work-life balance,

    Cons

    Teams are not collaborative as they should be; not proactive enough when it comes to addressing competition; the culture is not super encouraging employee's growth; as other large companies, processes and decision-making take long and not transparent enough

    Advice to Management

    Promote an environment that encourages personal and profession growth; Hold everybody accountable and cultivating a culture of trust among coworkers


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Applications Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good working environment in general. treat employees well. good payment among all instrument vendors and probably give the best benefit among all instrument companies.

    Cons

    old company, old culture. the company needs some fresh blood. bring young people to some key positions

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees more often and really make some changes. the market is changing, company culture needs to adjust accordingly


  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Agilent is a great place to work - everyone is hard working, cooperative and hires people with high ethics. Can have a great work life balance with flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    Social perks are limited, not much internal promotion

    Advice to Management

    Encourage middle management to promote internally instead of always seeking external experience to fill gaps


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great people who are always friendly and willing to help you navigate the organization.

    Cons

    The groups are kept very separate, even when there is a clear need to overlap.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Agilent review from mid level agilent manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    profesional, positive work environment, work life balance for most employees

    Cons

    mid-tier salaries, few women or minorities in senior management

    Advice to Management

    need to remove barriors that inhibit the advancemet of women and minorities.

  8. "Nice company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good atmosphere
    nice and modern work environment
    people commitment
    good work life balance

    Cons

    complex organisation
    hierarchical environment
    Lots of politics - too much politics and red lines.


  9. "Senior Product Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great company benefits and headquarter has gym and shower.

    Cons

    To much politics and red lines.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "A great place to work if you own a home in the valley"

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    Current Employee - QA Chemist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - QA Chemist in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Agilent prides itself on its emphasis of a great work/life balance. This is true. The general culture is one that values family time and allows you to more or less set your own schedule as long as it enables you and your team to work efficiently. If you need to cut out early because your kid is sick, that's fine. I like that nobody gives those with children a hard time. I myself don't have kids, but if I did I would appreciate the level of agency that this culture gives parents. Additionally, as a full time employee you start with 4 weeks of vacation. If you are already established in the valley, this is a great place to enjoy a stable work/life balance.

    Cons

    If you don't already have a home in Silicon Valley, you probably won't be able to afford to work here. This negates the great work-life balance, because if you can't afford to live... there's nothing to balance.
    The pay for Silicon valley is incredibly low. The Santa Clara Site of Agilent is on the same street as the new Apple Complex (The Spaceship). This makes it is incredibly expensive to live and work in this area. Agilent is a scientific hardware and software company, and even though they're operating in the tech capital of the world, they don't pay competitively. On average, for identical roles in the valley, Agilent pays 20% less. This is especially negative for entry-level employees who cannot and will never be able to afford a home in the valley. I've worked with many scientists here in 4 years and had to watch almost every non-home owner go on to a different company. Some of them left because they had inexperienced managers and low upward mobility, but for most that I keep in contact with, it really came down to low pay for a high-complexity position in a competitive field.

    Advice to Management

    Employees make a company.
    The highest cost comes from time lost due to turnover.
    If your people are good, work hard to keep them. Pay competitively.


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