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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. Helpful (4)

    "Think twice before joining this company."

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. You will have a lot of opportunities to learn technical stuffs.

    Cons

    Poor management from top to bottom. Too many managers after layoffs. A lot of super long-term employees, 25-35 years with the company, who only talk instead of doing anything. Management focus on books, not employee development. Pay is really low for mid-age engineers. Again, too many people has been working here for more than 25 years, and a lot of them were ex-managers, so the only thing they do is networking with each other. Not productive in project management. A new product introduction cycle is 2+ years. Market and sales staff doesn't under the products. They sell products because the products have good data sheet.

    Advice to Management

    They need to know how to market the product, and they need to have a god understanding of the financial market.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work... 20 years ago!"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can work with interesting technologies, and learn or do as much as you want to. Generally, your coworkers are very smart people who are willing to share their ideas and help you out when you need it.

    Cons

    The compensation is not on par with other tech companies. There are not very many opportunities for career advancement. The management team is constantly pushing their people to produce products without really taking the time to develop quality products. Generally, there is an attitude that "you should be happy that you have a job here." This place was a great place to work in the '80s, but the management and benefits have not kept up with the times.

    Advice to Management

    You're living on borrowed time. Most employees are not impressed with the management team, or their chances for advancement. This job is seen as just a paycheck, not a career.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Has potential but is overmanaged"

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    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Agilent has a lot of exciting technology in both Electronics communications and Bio-sciences developed in-house and non-organic through acquisitions. As an engineer, I think it's a better place for people in the research stream than for a production oriented person. They do hire lots of talented people and it tries to be a very eco-conscious company and does a lot of charitable contributions. The non-compensation related benefits are decent. There is not too much pressure if you enjoy that sort of thing and provides a stable work environment. Some of the original (good) HP culture is still around but you need to dig a little.

    Cons

    An excess of bureaucracy arising out of too much mid level management that does not want to move out of their comfort zone until it becomes necessary, rather than pro-actively trying out new thinking. There seems to be some amount of political turf protection with mid level managers seeking to expand their 'empires'. It's clear to me that career managers have a 35 year time table in their mind (Agilent still offers a pension) and they lack the sense of urgency to turn on a dime. Whether you work hard or not you'll end up getting the same company-wide bonus and forget about raises. Only recently they have claimed to move towards Individual performance bonuses, it remains to be seen how well it is implemented. They are a hardware company and software is an incongruous fit into their mix. If you are keen to get into management, be prepared to wait in line. For a young person this is a great place to be if all you want to do is raise a family and want a stable environment with not too much pressure but if you are driven and be inspired, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Act like your job is on the line rather than working towards your next promotion 10 years down the line. Need more critical thinking and common sense in place of great slogans. Try to bring back the old HP culture that we hear so much about instead of being driven solely by the stock price.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Spark of Insigt just a dull glow. Bill and Dave would wonder where the real entrepreneurship went!"

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Englewood, CO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Still the place to be for test and measurment technology minded engineer.
    Great place to learn to be an engineer.
    Close working relationships if you are not remote.

    Cons

    No movement.
    Most divisions do not know how to work with remote employees
    Weak achievements touted as great success.
    Too many excuses for why they are not leadint the market in certain technology areas.
    Lower level managers not held accountable for being managers of employees. Most employee reviews are the "end of the year" surprises

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at most of the management levels. It is very narrow in experience. Typically they have an HP (TMO) and/or Agilent backgound only. Easy to get frustrated if have career growth plans that bring a new light to divisions


  5. "Good work life balance; Not good for ambitious stars"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, respect for one's personal time, flexible work hours, everyone is very nice

    Cons

    not suitable for ambitious employees, HR compensation/rating does not reward high achievers, rewards people getting along (being conflict averse) rather than facing problems head-on, bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    foster new talent and challenge the bureauracy


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good for work life balance, bad for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The quality of life allowed by working at Agilent is truly extraordinary. Work schedules are extremely flexible, with managers being even more accomodating of working at home or odd hours for employees with children.
    People are also genuinely nice, treating others and their ideas with an impressive mix of respect and candor.
    Management really does try to manage "properly" - according to commonly accepted rules of good management.

    Cons

    Because Agilent is a flat organization with unusually low turnover (lots of "lifers" who love the culture) opportunities for advancement are scarce. This is particularly frustrating for people with ambition.

    Management of the operations of the company is broken. It's far too bureaucratic and slow. In an extremely complex business, more power should be given to individual managers, who better understand their customers and products. As it is, corporate management distrusts product line managers and this distrust manifests itself in micromanagement of budgets and projects.. This phenomenon may have existed for decades and as a result there is a total lack of leadership at lower management levels. The age old problem of bureacracies exists here, you're not rewarded for successes, you're punished for mistakes. The result is that small successes are celebrated because no one takes chances that could lead to big successes.

    Advice to Management

    Divest power down to product lines. Let them make mistakes, encourage change, generate turnover, and eventually you will build a more successful organization.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "OK for starters or folks waiting to retire, but not for anyone else"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Intresting technologies to work for; good prospects for continuing education. Had chance to work with some really bright engineers when I joined, and maybe you too will get the same, if placed in the right group. Headquarters seems to be a better place than folks in remote outposts.

    Cons

    Poor career growth propsects, management head in the sand. Older engineers with limited intrest in modern technologies get to make all the decisions; lots of political infighting. Lots of groups are resource hogs with no productive output, but manage to get funded because of the close ties with upper management (in most cases those guys rose from the same groups). Very hard to shine technically. Stopped access to IEEE/ACM libraries as part of cost cutting, and still have the gall to call themselves an engineering company

    Advice to Management

    Identify skills and talents of engineers and utilize them efficiently; cull bloated engineering workforce at the top. Restore engineering as the prime focus for the company instead of being soley sales-driven

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Agilent - not the best place to work"

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some good engineers you can learn from.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs in the US. Senior Management clearly wants to get only cheap asian labor.
    A ridiculous ranking system with quotas which makes it impossible for young engineers to climb up the lader.

    Advice to Management

    Try to please the employees for once.


  9. "Agilent Technology Review"

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    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Santa Rosa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Teamwork and the people are extremely friendly. Which also means it's hard to find out the true meaning behind certain actions.

    Cons

    Just get the work done and really not an atmosphere that encourages career management or advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage people for career development and taking on more leadership positions.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be a good place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were good in the past, old HP values, flexible work schedules. We used to have positive outlook, openness, freedom and collaboration, great attitude from upper and lower management that did drive innovation.

    Cons

    Very limited growth opportunities, excessive outsourcing, off shoring, too much cost cutting in recent years. There was no growth in US recently, instead office closings, multiple rounds of workforce reductions. The US jobs are going offshore - India, Malaysia, China and good people are leaving the company. The upper management does not seem to care and is just looking at the numbers while parts of the company are getting decimated - especially in US.

    Advice to Management

    drive better growth by expadning porfolio. value people more, provide career growth opportunities and do more things in-house


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