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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated February 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 20 reviews)

  • Low Visibility to Upper Management when employed at production facilities (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Manufacture Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Manufacture Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Manufacture Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Nice campus where you get to play basketball, soccer, and beach volleyball.
    -Nice location, very convenience, near Freeway 280 exit.
    -You can also commute since there is shuttle within the campus to caltrain station

    Cons

    -The management teams are too old, they always want like working in HP, which was liked 20 years ago.


  2. "Customer Service Rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cedar Creek, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cedar Creek, TX

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

    Pros

    Good family atmosphere and support.

    Cons

    Call Center Employee, no room for growth.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Few highs, plenty of lows"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Applications Scientist in India, TX
    Former Employee - Field Applications Scientist in India, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Its a fortune 500 company, looks good on the CV and there are a few connects that you can make and maintain. Also, since the technology itself is flawless, the customer interaction and the network thus developed is quite possibly the best one can hope for.

    Cons

    Office politics is encouraged and so is backstabbing. Makes for a very unhappy work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out the bad apples instead of making life miserable for the few good hires. Also, good customer experience equals recurring business and word of mouth publicity that is priceless. What exists now can only result in money spent on damage control.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Good work/life but otherwise sucks"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, lots of free time.

    Cons

    Bad management, no vision or road map for future.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sadly falling back"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Customer loyalty is still strong, but a little unidirectional. There is almost NO remnant of Bill and Dave left. Maybe some Carly Fiorina?

    Cons

    Company neglects its base business and new opportunities chasing the "glamour" biotech business. Customers see it and feel it. Only the really big companies seem to matter. Management is so wound up in "planning" and meetings they never see real customers. And the philosophy of " if you don't like it wait six months it'll change" is ridiculous. Try something for a year at least, let things stabilize.

    Advice to Management

    Get out and see a customer once in a while. Quit trying to fix problems that don't exist.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "The Incredible Shrinking Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They still have a little of Bill and Dave's DNA, but not much.

    Cons

    Company has reverse growth of 90% in the last 13 years. From about 51,000 when they split off from HP, Agilent now has about 4700 employees thanks to repeated spin-offs, mass firings and uber-stupid business decisions like trying to get 9into the MRI business. Agilent has pissed billions away on failed acquisitions and mergers.

    Advice to Management

    Stat building products for the customers again, make the workforce proud to build gear the customer wants and the hell with Wall Street.


  8. Helpful (7)

    "Used to be 5 stars"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Agilent is good about working from home.

    Cons

    Bonuses are less and less each year. They rolled over the ESPP Agilent stock to a portfolio that loses money monthly. Only top executives get stock. Hours are long and no teamwork among departments. Jobs are going to India and Malaysia.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees back their Agilent stock. Bring back the jobs and at least pretend to care.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Intranet Web Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Had freedom to build out new site on Drupal

    Cons

    Very little support, much of staff who've worked there for ten plus years couldn't give a toss about you; an incredibly dull and uninspiring environment


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Good start for someone with no experience, but no growth opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are nice and love to share their knowledge to the younger workers coming in.

    Cons

    No room for growth and managers don't seem to want to grow their employees despite the age gap. Mentoring is almost non-existent and development conversations never happen despite your efforts to have them. Managers are very unknowledgeable and are making wrong decisions and prioritizing the wrong projects because of it. Intern & new hire on-boarding is complex, confusing, and the social networking activities are very dull, unhelpful, and poorly organized.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to develop your employees. Listen more to your employees as they are the ones who are directly facing the customer.


  11. Helpful (15)

    "The old HP is dead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits: 401K matching, pension if you have been working there before they got rid of it, health, dental, vision.
    Can be a great place to work if your immediate manager is good
    Your experience in this company highly depends on which group you are in

    Cons

    Everyone is nice on the surface, but there is a lot of back stabbing and territorialism going on. This place is not a good place for women to work. There are very few women in upper management. It's still an old boys network.

    Advice to Management

    Please take steps to bring women in and promote them if they deserve it.



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