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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated February 22, 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. "smart products, and great learning experience. Management is a revolving door, and little investment in employees."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great products, talented engineering team. Accommodates work life balance.

    Cons

    Too many reorganization and management changes. Very little investment on employee growth and mentorship.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Genomics Division Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Genomics Marketing
    Former Employee - Genomics Marketing
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The biggest pro for working at Agilent is the quality of most of the people that work there. There are some dedicated people working in R&D, Tech Services, Sales, and even Marketing. The benefits are nice and compensation is pretty good. There are also opportunities to evolve your position through hard work and making sure the right people notice.

    Cons

    Like most other tech companies, one of the biggest cons is being unofficially on call nights and weekends. I worked on the business side of things and management was going through transition, so it felt like you had to make sure to check email before going to bed and before going into the office. It really wasn't uncommon to get a response from the GM at 10:30pm or to get an all division email sent at 4:00am.

    Advice to Management

    Management could use a closer relationship to their independent contributors (those who don't manage others) and first line managers. A lot of good, knowledgeable people left because direction changed and management did not communicate the change or the new priorities effectively down the chain.


  3. "Easy job, goes nowhere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, flexible schedules
    Low stress environment

    Cons

    Few opportunities for career advancement
    Poor communication between departments


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Many opportunities for interesting work but not for advancement."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Expert R&D Software Engineer in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Expert R&D Software Engineer in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company successful in what it makes. Flex hours, on site fitness center, tennis courts, volleyball courts, fitness track are all pluses.

    Cons

    Decreasing benefits. Poor medical insurance. Stagnant wages. Profit sharing virtually eliminated. Every year the benefits seem to get worse. Training of employees almost non-existent. Too many managers and not enough people actually doing the work.

    Advice to Management

    Consider increasing the salary scale for long term employees. Consider promoting senior professionals to senior level positions with different wage scales. Improve training. Eliminate the unfair and annoying practice of different profit sharing for different people.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Hard to work as contractor at Agilent."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Contractor - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Contractor - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good people and friendly staff

    Cons

    tough working as contractor..No reward even after getting praised for your work. Do not hire contractors as full time employee.

    Contractor are not treated well in terms of inviting/informing them to company events, celebration of product release even when you are the biggest contributor some time.

    Manager are good but are tied up by Agilent strict contractor policies

    Advice to Management

    Treat contractor fair..they could be your future employee and may contribute more if rewarded for good work.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, run by Engineers, difficult for marketers to do well there"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products, but cannot innovate outside current Engineering mindset.

    Cons

    Too focused on product and not much else, the machine is 50% of the success

    Advice to Management

    Get new blood, you need a fresh pair of eyes


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Agilent does interesting projects. Individual contributors tend to be nice, and competent. Management at all levels: not so much.

    Cons

    Agilent tolerates bad managers. There appear to be no repercussions for those that ruin the company, or are imcompetent. Cronyism is tolerated. Mediocre pay. Lays off divisions freely and frequently.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to learn and grow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good flexibility, Good benefits, a decent amount of work freedom.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than other comparable employers. No upward growth for better positions.

    Advice to Management

    Promote your good workers, pay them better when they do very good job.


  10. "Great benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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

    Good work culture, amazing benefits

    Cons

    Pay is not great, no job growth for a while, no emphasis on measuring employee performance

    Advice to Management

    Find better policies to promote the right individuals


  11. "Easy work culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Flexible timing, easy working culture

    Cons

    Performance bonus are poorly applied



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