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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated September 5, 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 26 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A former agilent employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people and solid products

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities due to strategy change towards a focused business segment, and this business segment happens to be slow growing.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Lost in acquisition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work if you were there as a HP employee. Many long term employees who were there from before the spin off from HP.

    Cons

    If you were part of an acquisition, assimilation is difficult. Adaption to Agilent culture can be arduous and can feel as if you are lost in the acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    Find a better way to assimilate acquired employees. Adjust pay scales, commission plans to match existing plans within Agilent in a way that is fair to the acquired employee.

  3. Helpful (9)

    "My take on the situation."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bear, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bear, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can work from home frequently (policy changes depending on manager). The salaries are competitive - and they'll negotiate if you actually try to negotiate. They are trying to make it a "fun" place to work now that there are a lot of young people in the company - company-sponsored day trip ("trip" because it's only happened once), intern/new hire "club," improving fitness areas and offerings, etc.

    Cons

    Well, I've noticed a few and they jive with some other reviews. I think the speed at which this places moves isn't mentioned enough. It... Moves... So... Slowly. If management had to make a decision about how to format and synthesize that statement, it would take them three weeks. Keep in mind that Agilent is a huge, global organization. You're always dealing with people in other time zones, and at times employees that don't speak English as a first language. So sometimes there are communication barriers that cause delays as well. Also, because some divisions are so highly regulated, it could take weeks for something to get through the legal department - increasing project delays and postponing deadlines. In addition to the slow pace, a lot of the processes and programs are illogical. They'll eventually get you where you want to be but it'll be a long, winding path filled with strange instructions, training PowerPoints and listening to how other people have "figured out" how to get through/around it over the years. They could really use an update for their CRM (and programs that should work with it). A lot of times you'll end up entering duplicate information into, sometimes, three or four programs because they aren't interconnected. Big waste of time and efforts - and increases likelihood of mistakes. Sometimes, these programs are years old so they run incredibly slowly as well. Slow pace is the theme, guys. Also, now that I'm thinking about advancement... I often hear that they have internal candidates in mind for positions, and will interview other candidates (internal and external) anyway. Those other people never get the job and a lot of times you'll be told you need interview experience for future jobs. You can definitely move around the company, laterally. Moving up is incredibly difficult. Finally, work/life balance. You will only have a balance if you MAKE IT. They are not against taking 60, 70 hours of your week. If you start a position there, be up front about when you're comfortable working. I think anything under 50 is acceptable, hopefully no more than 45. If you want to work hours like that you have to be inaccessible outside of the office (or when you shut your computer down, wherever that is). Don't set a precedence that 50-60 hours is okay because they will not let you forget it. You'll be working 60 hours a week for eternity.

    Advice to Management

    BE TRANSPARENT. I cannot begin to explain how much employees dislike being kept in the dark. Rumors start, people here things. Then, because it takes so long for decisions to be made and no one explains anything to employees below them, people worry. Because no one is ever transparent until a decision is made and publicly posted, no one ever knows if they should be expecting more changes. This applies to many situations: new processes being introduced, organizational changes, project and task changes, etc.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good company overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Above average compensation, good benefits package, flexible work hours

    Cons

    There has been frequent management turnover


  5. Helpful (12)

    "a comfortable place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Agilent has excellent work-life balance. If you read the reviews, pretty much everybody says that. As an individual contributor, the management and your co-workers are all pretty much team-oriented. People for the most part get along with one another (relative to other companies), the company treats you well even if you get laid off (severance etc), and at least in the technical fields, your co-workers will for the most part be pretty good at what they do. In some cases, brilliant, in fact.

    Cons

    What does "work-life balance" really mean, if you think about it? Yes, it's great if you have kids. But what it really means is, Agilent doesn't pay well and there are few upside benefits (like chances for promotion), so they make up for that by at least not being a crummy place to work. That's pretty much it. Agilent has no idea who or what it is or where it is going. In the chemical analysis field in particular, Agilent just milks the cash cow known as the gas chromatogram (GC), which it hasn't bothered to re-engineer in, oh, decades. Entrenched interests there in the form of old-guard boomers who designed it in - what, the Nixon administration? - have never seen a new idea they didn't hate because they already tried it and it didn't work. Most other divisions suffer from the same atherosclerosis. In fact, the only real innovation Agilent has done in years has been in the form of acquisitions.

    Outgoing CEO Sullivan was well-liked but mainly that's because he was a likable guy, when you get down to it. Workforce is demoralized from endless layoffs. The main campus looks like a ghost town now.

    Meanwhile customers have complained about quality ever since many of the big product lines' manufacturing was moved to SE Asia. Not to mention the various customers that A has screwed over, not just counting in the NMR business.

    Current plan seems to be to keep pumping the ticker up by inflating returns by cutting all costs including investment in R&D and new product lines. Hmm, where have we seen this play before? The classic pump-and-dump.

    Advice to Management

    Have you read Larry Fink's recommendation to public companies? He said stop listening to Wall Street so much, they only focus on the next quarter. This isn't really rocket science, but oh the irony of a Wall Streeter basically saying American companies are too beholden to their (stock) owners, and that your stock would perform better in the end if you started thinking longer-term. Finally, somebody on Wall Street that you should pay attention to, instead of the high-cost consultants you love to fly in every year or two to figure out the next group of dedicated employees to ax.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Not much scope to grow, no space

    Advice to Management

    Need better communication, listen to people who do the work on the floor, rather than making decisions off handed


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Product Marketing Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Loveland, CO
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Loveland, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent company culture - still have some of the old HP way (but not all) and there are still lots of smart people to learn from.

    Cons

    Not a lot of things change. Nice if you like stability but frustrating if you want to move things forward.

    Advice to Management

    The company is what it is. The constant splitting (now there is Keysight) just seems like financial optimization rather than any real focus on company growth.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Marketing Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, interesting projects

    Cons

    No career opportunities. No pay increases for over 10 years!

    Advice to Management

    Start figuring out how to grow the business and create career opportunities for your people.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Sales Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account Sales Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Flexibility in controlling your own success or failure, a lot of autonomy. Management was mostly focused on bottom line numbers and as long as you produced life was good.

    Cons

    I felt like management didn't really add value, they were always interested in high level meetings but did nothing to get them. For the most part the success or failure at an account happens with first line management at an account not at the GM level.

    Advice to Management

    Stay out of the account managers way.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Not bad for a large corporation"

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    Former Employee - R&D Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I got to work from home. Adequate compensation. I worked in small multi disciplined group.

    Cons

    Big company, little chance for rapid advancement or feeling like major contributor or having personal choice. Pretty tight purse strings. Poor IT support. Weak management. They extolled work life balance, but actually it was mostly a lot of work. Laid off entire department when they could easily have repurposed a good team of engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Value a good team more and keep the rather than disposing to save dollars. Good proven team of engineers has high vlaue.


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