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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated July 21, 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 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Spark of Insigt just a dull glow. Bill and Dave would wonder where the real entrepreneurship went!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Englewood, CO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Still the place to be for test and measurment technology minded engineer.
    Great place to learn to be an engineer.
    Close working relationships if you are not remote.

    Cons

    No movement.
    Most divisions do not know how to work with remote employees
    Weak achievements touted as great success.
    Too many excuses for why they are not leadint the market in certain technology areas.
    Lower level managers not held accountable for being managers of employees. Most employee reviews are the "end of the year" surprises

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at most of the management levels. It is very narrow in experience. Typically they have an HP (TMO) and/or Agilent backgound only. Easy to get frustrated if have career growth plans that bring a new light to divisions


  2. "Good work life balance; Not good for ambitious stars"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, respect for one's personal time, flexible work hours, everyone is very nice

    Cons

    not suitable for ambitious employees, HR compensation/rating does not reward high achievers, rewards people getting along (being conflict averse) rather than facing problems head-on, bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    foster new talent and challenge the bureauracy

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good for work life balance, bad for advancement"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The quality of life allowed by working at Agilent is truly extraordinary. Work schedules are extremely flexible, with managers being even more accomodating of working at home or odd hours for employees with children.
    People are also genuinely nice, treating others and their ideas with an impressive mix of respect and candor.
    Management really does try to manage "properly" - according to commonly accepted rules of good management.

    Cons

    Because Agilent is a flat organization with unusually low turnover (lots of "lifers" who love the culture) opportunities for advancement are scarce. This is particularly frustrating for people with ambition.

    Management of the operations of the company is broken. It's far too bureaucratic and slow. In an extremely complex business, more power should be given to individual managers, who better understand their customers and products. As it is, corporate management distrusts product line managers and this distrust manifests itself in micromanagement of budgets and projects.. This phenomenon may have existed for decades and as a result there is a total lack of leadership at lower management levels. The age old problem of bureacracies exists here, you're not rewarded for successes, you're punished for mistakes. The result is that small successes are celebrated because no one takes chances that could lead to big successes.

    Advice to Management

    Divest power down to product lines. Let them make mistakes, encourage change, generate turnover, and eventually you will build a more successful organization.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "OK for starters or folks waiting to retire, but not for anyone else"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Intresting technologies to work for; good prospects for continuing education. Had chance to work with some really bright engineers when I joined, and maybe you too will get the same, if placed in the right group. Headquarters seems to be a better place than folks in remote outposts.

    Cons

    Poor career growth propsects, management head in the sand. Older engineers with limited intrest in modern technologies get to make all the decisions; lots of political infighting. Lots of groups are resource hogs with no productive output, but manage to get funded because of the close ties with upper management (in most cases those guys rose from the same groups). Very hard to shine technically. Stopped access to IEEE/ACM libraries as part of cost cutting, and still have the gall to call themselves an engineering company

    Advice to Management

    Identify skills and talents of engineers and utilize them efficiently; cull bloated engineering workforce at the top. Restore engineering as the prime focus for the company instead of being soley sales-driven


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Agilent - not the best place to work"

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some good engineers you can learn from.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs in the US. Senior Management clearly wants to get only cheap asian labor.
    A ridiculous ranking system with quotas which makes it impossible for young engineers to climb up the lader.

    Advice to Management

    Try to please the employees for once.


  6. "Agilent Technology Review"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Santa Rosa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Teamwork and the people are extremely friendly. Which also means it's hard to find out the true meaning behind certain actions.

    Cons

    Just get the work done and really not an atmosphere that encourages career management or advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage people for career development and taking on more leadership positions.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be a good place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were good in the past, old HP values, flexible work schedules. We used to have positive outlook, openness, freedom and collaboration, great attitude from upper and lower management that did drive innovation.

    Cons

    Very limited growth opportunities, excessive outsourcing, off shoring, too much cost cutting in recent years. There was no growth in US recently, instead office closings, multiple rounds of workforce reductions. The US jobs are going offshore - India, Malaysia, China and good people are leaving the company. The upper management does not seem to care and is just looking at the numbers while parts of the company are getting decimated - especially in US.

    Advice to Management

    drive better growth by expadning porfolio. value people more, provide career growth opportunities and do more things in-house

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Not the company it used to be."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good location in the South Bay. Campus is much nicer now that corporate has moved down to the Santa Clara site. Almost all of the benefits have been taken away in these days of cost cutting.

    Cons

    The company expects you to work long hours and weekends. This company used to have a great work/life balance philosophy. Now they only want to know "what have you done for me lately?" The managers from the HP days were wonderful. They cared about mapping out your career and which skills were your best assets. Sadly, those sorts of mangers don't exist at Agilent.

    Advice to Management

    You need to compensate employees better or all the good ones will leave.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very stressful"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant
    Current Employee - IT Consultant
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are better than some companies its size (although not as good as it once was as the original HP.) Some managers still remember and try to observe the HP Way--respect employees and help them be successful, to ensure the company is successful. Some employees are very dedicated to their customers in spite of Agilent internal limitations.

    Cons

    Some of Agilent's best people have been forced to retire or been laid-off. Company morale is at a all time low--there is no trust in upper management and their decision making strategies. There is no appreciation of employees and there is little room for career advancement or growth. Agilent recently laid-off 30% of its people from the T&M business group. Regardless of skill and/or experience, it appeared that most laid-off employees were long-time HP/Agilent employees who knew the real HP Way--it is sad that those HP Way days are over.

    Advice to Management

    You are hurting the people that you need to make you successful; stop the favoritism and nepotism of management--there are too many managers and not enough workers to do the actual work.


  10. "Agilent feedback"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong, experienced engineers. Interesting projects

    Cons

    Nearly exclusive emphasis on short-term financials

    Advice to Management

    Provide better balance of messaging rather than mostly financials
    Develop leaders from within rather than depending on so much outside hiring


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