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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated May 17, 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 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Software Informatics Division"

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

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is great to be here, free money, nice life/work balance. There is no employee empowerment, but no responsibilities too. Absolutely impossible to get fired due to the luck of skills. Just be a good team member and you can survive here forever.

    Cons

    Be prepared to be trained as a dog. Absolutely no biting.

    Also, most of the "challenges" are result of political games and power seeking personas. I have not seen real technical challenges, it is pretty boring for engineer.

    Advice to Management

    CEO failed with 2 things:

    1. recruiting - as an organization we lost our ability to find and attract great talents.

    2. innovations - I get that it is much easy to buy other companies for their innovative know-how. But you still need to maintain it.. It is CEO responsibility to create spirit of innovations as a primary company's goal


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Acceptable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are on par with any employer of this size
    Pay is competitive
    Work Life Balance is great.

    Cons

    Room for growth but no clear path or support for achieving it.
    Growth by acquisition only.
    Very segmented company.
    Outdated processes and system make simple tasks overly complex.
    Basically it is a government job, good benefits but not somewhere for a young person trying to move up and make changes.

    Advice to Management

    Planning and mentoring for employee growth would greatly reduce turn over. This includes employees of the companies you acquire.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "R & D Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lowell, MA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    I have no cons to mention


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to Work"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The best Executive Team in the Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    The company does not manage poor performance of mid to upper levels of management.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, work culture is nice and decent salary. They treat interns like full time employees and give freedom to work.

    Cons

    Slightly conservative as compared to many IT based companies. Still not bad. Overall great place to work and great experience.

    Advice to Management

    Have more activities to make it fun. You are doing it well as compared to other biotech companies. Keep it up.


  7. "Great place to work"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work in Santa Clara just a tough commute.

    Cons

    Nice company but functional matrix.

    Advice to Management

    Trust people to telecommute.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great company values"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work life balance is great at Agilent as well as the extra curricular activities. There are plenty of open spaces and sporting clubs from volleyball to basketball, plus an onsite gym with aerobics classes. The company allows for great flexibility for their employees and are not strictly tied down to the common 9-5 type schedules. This allows everyone working here to maximize their time and actively engaged in the daily tasks either remotely or on-site.

    Cons

    Being in the heart of Silicon Valley, one would assume there are greater employee benefits such as subsidized food or better health benefits. Plus upgrade the servers for the main Agilent website and the on-site WIFI


  9. Helpful (2)

    "No more HP way"

    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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still have some good managers

    Cons

    Not more HP way.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of turn over and it tells you that people are not happy.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "At Agilent you can do well by doing good!"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with smart colleagues that exhibit Agilent's core values or trust, respect, and teamwork. Good work/life balance and improvements to benefits announced recently including more time off for vacation and volunteer activities. Inspiring mission to improve the quality of lives... you can truly to do well by doing good here.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can take a while to move things forward, get things done, or figure out who does what. Some inefficient internal processes and systems.

    Advice to Management

    Consider improving the variable pay program


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer II in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer II in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    New and innovative products. Great people and management seems to know what they want. Great leadership!

    Cons

    A lot of homegrown software products that are being used. If the person that created that program leaves, there is no direction on how to use that software.

    Advice to Management

    Great management! keep up the good work!


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