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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated January 2, 2018
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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. "Not the best, yet."

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    people are kind in California

    Cons

    work in silos within Agilent. Priorities arrangement base on where your VP located.


  2. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Carpinteria, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Carpinteria, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    For context, I worked for a company acquired by Agilent. The increase in funding and resources was good, it was fast-paced, and the collaboration between R&D and the supporting/adjacent departments was great experience. The people in R&D were great and work/life balance was excellent.

    Cons

    For context, I worked for a company acquired by Agilent. The benefits weren't as good as prior to the acquisition, and getting IT, finance, benefits, or HR support was really difficult and all outsourced. Advancing within the R&D department was difficult with regard to salary and/or title.

    Advice to Management

    Base salaries need to be higher for entry positions. Research associate and research assistant jobs need to be more highly differentiated.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Dako, an Agilent Technologies Company"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Carpinteria, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Carpinteria, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Little to no career development.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating employees like they are disposable.


  4. "Business Analyst"

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    flexible work hours in the company

    Cons

    no much career opportunity


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Agilent Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Profitable and stable company with a competitive benefits

    Cons

    Not a lot opportunities for a career growth

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees who do excellent works


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent research scientists but terrible upper-management decisions."

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    Current Employee - R&D Chemist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Chemist in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This review is from a Post-doc in R&D so I have no benefits: no paid time off and no retirement savings.

    - Very bright engineers and scientists (physicists, chemists, biologists) with A LOT of experience. Every R&D employee is a world expert in their field. Much to learn from each other.

    - Decent starting pay in R&D accompanying the feeling of prestige.

    - The CEO is a seemingly good man and is trying to foster a newer, more employee driven company with good values. His lieutenants, not so much.

    Cons

    - An "aged" R&D workforce. In my division there are less than 5 millennial scientists or engineers. If one passes away, no one to replace them due to lack of mentorship or hiring of permanent employees.

    - Veteran employees are jaded, hate the upper management decisions, and are stuck in the "HP Days".

    - Executive decisions in R&D are sometimes made by people with no technical experience at all and are unwilling to accept expert opinion (politics as usual).

    - Terrible onboarding. Does not teach about the internal systems (i.e. MEIDAS. Have to ask around how to use it) or how to navigate towards employee resources such as HR or Payroll.

    - Siloed divisions and there are no events to build camaraderie between them.

    Advice to Management

    Expand the technical workforce to include a younger generation of "full-time" and permanent employees instead of dangling carrots in front of interns or post-docs. Veterans already agree which intern/post-doc they would like to keep but no positions are opening.

    Severe brain drain once baby-boomer employees retire. Technical expertise in our field is not easy to pick up, so no - you cannot just hire a new replacement. The veterans may be jaded, but at least you can train newer employees to love the new culture.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Applications Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    good people in the company

    Cons

    management is quite weak yeah

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Full time employee"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and company culture

    Cons

    Lack of R&D investment and lagging behind competitors

    Advice to Management

    invest more in R&D


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Everyone understands that life must be taken care of.
    People are great in general, and tend to give each other the benefit of the doubt.

    Cons

    Not a great place for women. Not supportive or understanding if you are not a person with a science background. The place is very particular to its own unusual culture. It can take a long time to integrate into the culture.

    Advice to Management

    When evaluating staff, try to look beyond your own first impressions and biases.


  10. "Great FSE opportunity"

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

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - You get to work with some of the smartest minds in the industry
    - Access to unparalleled technology
    - Company car, phone, home office internet
    - You work with a variety of clients; and can develop networks/knowledge in multiple disciplines.
    - Decent benefits; comparable to industry. Not good not bad.

    Cons

    - FSE role can be very lone wolf; not a whole lot of emphasis on group unity
    - FSEs' used to take on other opportunities / get promoted to more challenging roles. Not so much any more; more difficult to move laterally within the company.
    - Company dynamics change drastically by region; the East and West coast are very dynamic in terms of opportunities (there are brick and mortar offices there). The Midwest and South tend to be more scattered and cut off from the parent company.

    Advice to Management

    Company is hiring a lot of non technical managers for technical roles; this may not be sustainable in the long term.


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