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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated December 8, 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 (1)

    "Applications Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "Senior Product Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "ICB"

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    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work.
    Work culture is very good.
    Office Timing.
    Work life balance.

    Cons

    Manager oriented.
    Growth is totally depends on Manager.
    HR inefficient


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Full time employee"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Product Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "One of the best large corporations to work for, period."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, profit sharing, work/life balance, investment in new products and R&D and a commitment to customer satisfaction.

    Cons

    Very large company and as such, things move slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Be aware that "changing of the guard" is a good thing. Today's businesses, customers, and workforce move faster and work differently than ever before. Younger managers and workforce will be able to keep up with today's fast-paced ways of life/business.


  9. "Supply chain"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    All thinks are good and perfect.

    Cons

    There is only Manager monopoly. Manager can do anything easily and HR does not involve.

    Advice to Management

    HR involvement


  10. "Computational Biologist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computational Biologist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Computational Biologist in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Grate talented people
    - Clear mission, powerful vision and passion for the customer
    - Co-workers and managers really care about your well-being

    Cons

    - Sometime are resources and project scope not in sync
    - Politics do occasionally take presidency over data driven decisions
    - Poor career opportunities

    Advice to Management

    - A lateral promotion is also a promotion that might bring more career opportunities


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