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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 (4)

    "Overall, a great company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Santa Rosa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've enjoyed working for Agilent for the past 14 years. Company values and employee culture were two of the strongest assets for me, personally.

    Cons

    Rough times during the company restructuring periods. It was tough, but overall I believe the company did everything they could first before deciding to implement a workforce management.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the business a fun place to work. Retaining key contributors is easier when they like coming to work. Keep the benefits strong and keep the open door policy alive.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at Agilent Technologies (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers and local work environment was great.
    Strong technical resources, people open to being mentors

    Cons

    Culture didn't always match up well between US and Asia teams; at times did not feel like one team working to the same goals.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Lost their way from the H-P way"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Much of the old-timers retain the respect and empathy and collaborative culture of Bill and Dave's company

    Cons

    The 2000s were spent making decisions with only quarterly benefits, with no long view. Changing benefit plans when the CEO gave his word he won't .. newer folkspushed a more cut-throat culture, throwing family-friendliness out the window

    Advice to Management

    Go back to your roots.


  4. "CORPORATE JOB SECURITY AT ITS FINEST!!!"

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    Former Employee - Production Assembler in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Production Assembler in Santa Rosa, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good job security and good benefits, a complete package..--Solid as a rock in fact.!!!!

    Cons

    Never speak ill of a former employer.

    Advice to Management

    Ditto.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Somewhere between "Good" and "Meh""

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

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

    Pros

    Agilent has a pretty good work-life balance (as everyone is so fond of repeating whenever they give a chance). Flexible working hours, on-site workout facilities and classes, and plenty of places to go and chat with coworkers outside of your cubicle. Everyone I've met has been amiable, and I've never come across any "slave-driving" managers.

    Cons

    Not the best pay given the cost of living, and profit-sharing is a joke. Management is very focused on shareholder value above employee compensation (or morale, in some cases), leading to some friction between the different levels of the workforce. Also, there are cubicles.

    Advice to Management

    Quit trying to play coy and just admit that stock price is the most important part of your job. Stop pretending that employees come first. Also, get rid of stack ranking; all it does is destroy employee morale while providing nothing.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great People, Work/Life Balance, Location"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Rosa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. This is the one company I know that actually *does* live its values. 2. The work-life balance is so ingrained in the culture that it's just "how we do things". 3. I never expected to be here this long; I've been able to change my job every three years or so.

    Cons

    We've still got employees who oppose new ideas with, "Well, at HP we..." or "Bill & Dave wouldn't have done it that way" ... I'm way past tired of that.

    Advice to Management

    You can better balance the short-term and long-term so that we're not so very beholden to the quarterly Wall Street expectations. We are a long term play; we need investors who understand that.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A nice warm blanket."

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    Current Employee - Expert R&D Hardware Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Expert R&D Hardware Engineer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They still take care of the non-tangibles: yoga classes, soccer field, cafeteria, etc. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Some people aren't motivated to work. Pace can be slow.

    Advice to Management

    Better benefits. 6k family deductible for medical insurance?!?
    Better accountability. Some people have become too good at avoiding hard work.
    Better strategy. With a T&M industry growth rate of 2.5%, you have to be visionary when it comes to product planning.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Solid. Honest. Nurturing management team."

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    Former Employee - R&D Manager in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Manager in Santa Rosa, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers treat people with respect. A long history and storied culture. A global engineering company that cultivates excellent transferable skills.

    Cons

    Measurement hardware is a hard to defend market. Focus on operations has led to divestitures that may play well to The Street, but lead to challenges for current employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be aggressive in growing, not divesting. Espouse a vision that retains talent.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "production, shipping and receiving"

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    Former Employee - Assembler in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Assembler in Santa Rosa, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    company with a lot of opportunities to demonstrate I want to grow up

    Cons

    I don't have comments for this question!

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting work and good life balance"

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    Current Employee - Advanced R&D in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Advanced R&D in Santa Rosa, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in getting your work done is a plus. The people that work here are fantastic.

    Cons

    Growth of pay smaller than other locations


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