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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated March 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance, great management (in 187 reviews)

  • Work environment that really aligns with my own preferences (in 84 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. Helpful (1)

    "Current Employee"

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

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great paid time off and room for advancement if you're just starting off. Middle management, some senior management and executive management tend to be open and honest. Overall the people are friendly and easy going.

    Cons

    Some people have been here too long and are somewhat inflexible; in order to really implement the culture they talk about, they need to take a hard look at the old-timers that have been promoted to positions they don't know how to perform in a modern age. They talk a lot about work life balance but don't really seem to understand that you can't work 60+ hours a week and have good work life balance as well.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your senior leadership can truly embrace your new culture and your values. I think if you could get people to be honest, you'd be shocked by what you find...or maybe you won't.


  2. "sales application"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great team working
    Lovely great team
    Fun

    Cons

    Sometimes upper managment seem out of the world


  3. "Salary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Nice people, very nice environment

    Cons

    Low Salary and not many opportunities for career development

    Advice to Management

    provide with professional training and career opportunity


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Was once a great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, open door policy

    Cons

    No oversight on 1st level management which can and does create an environment of favoritism. Tend to buy companies rather than develop from within. Manager from acquired companies get management positions without understanding company policies

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware of how your supervisors treat employees


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Okay place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advanced Manufacturing Chemist in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Advanced Manufacturing Chemist in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers and management are nice and understanding. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    The work in manufacturing is terrible. You are always set up to fail and nothing ever goes right. Communication between departments is horrible.


  7. "Senior service engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Woodland Park, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Woodland Park, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A Great place to work.

    Cons

    Too many people involved in decision making


  8. "Open-minded management that encourages employees to work hard but still honestly respects work-life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health benefits, nice and encouraging management, very tech-focused company, freedom to grow if willing, friendly coworkers, opportunity to travel to US HQ, very smart folks to learn from.

    Cons

    Bad morale in employees because a couple of bad apples influence others. The very smart folks in the US that will help mentor you are getting very old and will retire soon

    Advice to Management

    Find the bad apples and root them out before all other apples become spoiled


  9. Helpful (2)

    "It's all about sales and marketing, not R&D"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technologist in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Technologist in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly modern facility, though with poor acoustic damping, and you may often find yourself wearing noise-deadening headphones, esp. if certain loud people are voicing their opinions, or electronic motors are running near work desks (rather than in labs, where they should be). Naming labs after scientists and meet rooms after former employees is a nice touch, but someone should have learned how to spell all the names. The life-work balance is quite good, with flexible hours. (It would have to be good, to offset the negatives below.) Generally, people at the "ordinary" levels are pleasant enough.

    Cons

    Management here is a boy’s club, and admission is by invitation only. Most of the R&D engineers have not yet figured out that promotion in this company is through sales and marketing channels, NOT through R&D. They may as well slash their wrists now. From the GM down, it’s all under the thumb of marketing: all R&D managers report to marketing people. I don’t quite see the logic of that, in a “tech” company. Management spend more time worrying where people will hot-desk to next, than in getting to know those people. "Culture" is an uneasy balance between Agilent and the old (Varian) nepotistic legacy culture. Salaries are rather poor.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves: you have no clothes.


  10. "Agilent R&D"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D
    Former Employee - R&D
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers were very supportive, friendly and helpful. Nice environment to work in with great work-life balance. Managers were nice and always talked about career expectations. I really appreciated the monthly meetings in which the VP of the department would show the company financials. Opportunities to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Limited career growth for scientists at the time since it is a consumables companies. Marketing has a strong say on R&D decisions, which shouldn't be the case.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your R&D scientist. Not everything is about marketing.


  11. "Basic Customer Service Representative Position"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good managers, good environment, advancement opportunities if you stay long enough

    Cons

    Poor pay, inadequate bonuses, some sales people thought very highly of themselves

    Advice to Management

    More incentives for performance



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