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Agilent Technologies Santa Clara Reviews

Updated June 26, 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. "Great environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance. Opportunities for core product design based on scientific and engineering rigor. Very talented coworkers. Flexible schedule and some work from home.

    Cons

    Leadership lacks deep vision in certain areas, sometimes resulting in hesitation to advance game changing ideas. Too much focus on switching to low cost manufacturing regions for high tech products.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on what customers want and what they are going to want in 5 years.


  2. "ICB"

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work.
    Work culture is very good.
    Office Timing.
    Work life balance.

    Cons

    Manager oriented.
    Growth is totally depends on Manager.
    HR inefficient

  3. "Product Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Everyone understands that life must be taken care of.
    People are great in general, and tend to give each other the benefit of the doubt.

    Cons

    Not a great place for women. Not supportive or understanding if you are not a person with a science background. The place is very particular to its own unusual culture. It can take a long time to integrate into the culture.

    Advice to Management

    When evaluating staff, try to look beyond your own first impressions and biases.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "A great place to work if you own a home in the valley"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Chemist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - QA Chemist in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Agilent prides itself on its emphasis of a great work/life balance. This is true. The general culture is one that values family time and allows you to more or less set your own schedule as long as it enables you and your team to work efficiently. If you need to cut out early because your kid is sick, that's fine. I like that nobody gives those with children a hard time. I myself don't have kids, but if I did I would appreciate the level of agency that this culture gives parents. Additionally, as a full time employee you start with 4 weeks of vacation. If you are already established in the valley, this is a great place to enjoy a stable work/life balance.

    Cons

    If you don't already have a home in Silicon Valley, you probably won't be able to afford to work here. This negates the great work-life balance, because if you can't afford to live... there's nothing to balance.
    The pay for Silicon valley is incredibly low. The Santa Clara Site of Agilent is on the same street as the new Apple Complex (The Spaceship). This makes it is incredibly expensive to live and work in this area. Agilent is a scientific hardware and software company, and even though they're operating in the tech capital of the world, they don't pay competitively. On average, for identical roles in the valley, Agilent pays 20% less. This is especially negative for entry-level employees who cannot and will never be able to afford a home in the valley. I've worked with many scientists here in 4 years and had to watch almost every non-home owner go on to a different company. Some of them left because they had inexperienced managers and low upward mobility, but for most that I keep in contact with, it really came down to low pay for a high-complexity position in a competitive field.

    Advice to Management

    Employees make a company.
    The highest cost comes from time lost due to turnover.
    If your people are good, work hard to keep them. Pay competitively.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Manangement does not listen to employees"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of really smart, bright people work here. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Contractors are treated as chattel. And there are a lot of them. Everyone is overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees! They are bright people -- when they tell you what can (or can't) be done, pay attention and don't overcommit.


  6. "Supply chain"

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    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    All thinks are good and perfect.

    Cons

    There is only Manager monopoly. Manager can do anything easily and HR does not involve.

    Advice to Management

    HR involvement


  7. "Computational Biologist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computational Biologist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Computational Biologist in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Grate talented people
    - Clear mission, powerful vision and passion for the customer
    - Co-workers and managers really care about your well-being

    Cons

    - Sometime are resources and project scope not in sync
    - Politics do occasionally take presidency over data driven decisions
    - Poor career opportunities

    Advice to Management

    - A lateral promotion is also a promotion that might bring more career opportunities

  8. "Software Engineer - Agilent"

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Best work life balance. Good Flexible time off. Great 401k matching. ESPP at 15%.

    Cons

    Salaries not competitive. No stock options. No great bonuses. Laid back culture. Slow growth. Not very aggressive. Too many processes.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    flexibility of wfh, management to some extent is pretty good

    Cons

    People make misuse of flexibility wfh and HR does not create any policy around it.


  10. "Marketing Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Integrating Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Integrating Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    HP legacy, commercial stability, friendly work environment, flexible hours

    Cons

    aged workforce, risk avert management


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