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Agilent Technologies President/CEO Mike McMullen
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  • "Good work environment, good benefits(in 141 reviews)

  • "Overall good remuneration, good and experienced colleagues to learn from, flexible working hours(in 80 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The company preaches work life balance but some of the managers don't get it(in 40 reviews)

  • "Turnover of mid/upper management, different approaches between sites, differences in regulatory requirements makes standardization difficult(in 29 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Exciting company with good values

      Aug 18, 2021 - Quality Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexibility, opportunity to join exciting projects regardless of role in company, good approach to covid

      Cons

      Turnover of mid/upper management, different approaches between sites, differences in regulatory requirements makes standardization difficult

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good Culture, Great Product, Misguided management

      May 13, 2020 - Sales Assistant in Wilmington, DE
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very nice work life balance. If you put in the effort and ask questions you are sure to do well.

      Cons

      Not good communication, with customers, employees, upper management, across teams.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Agilent Technologies- a good place to work, but struggles a bit to adjust with the volatile market.

      Apr 15, 2014 - R&D Software Engineer in Wilmington, DE
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Overall a good company with a nice working atmosphere and facilities, knowledgable experienced employees for most part. Flex hours allow for a nice work/life balance, pension and 401K, profit sharing, and reduced medical benefits.

      Cons

      Pay not the greatest, but comparable. Upper management runs the business based on politics for shareholders, not customers or employees. Gross mismanagement at the upper level with failed acquisitions/outsourcing and corporate greed. Too much emphasis on bean counting and not enough on quality, customer satisfaction, or employee retention. Top share of Life Science marketplace is in jeopardy due to these poor policies and decisions.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Some Managers Try Really Hard; Upper Management is Incompetent

      Jul 2, 2009 -  in Santa Clara, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Still has rather good benefits, though not as good as the "Old HP". Great support for dealing with life/work issues. Many managers came up via the HP Way. They are great at balancing treating customers, employees, and the communities where we do business well with the imperatives of doing business and making a decent profit.

      Cons

      Focus on financial metrics has resulted in round after round of downsizing. The deadwood is long, long gone. Extremely productive employees are now going overboard. I question the ability of the company to create innovative products that will have decent sales after the extreme cutbacks in R&D and manufacturing. Morale is bad, because no amount of layoffs seems sufficient to get the company to where CEO & CFO want it to be financially. The recent split of Agilent Labs into two separate components, one facing the bio/chemical analysis businesses and one facing the electronics measurement business, seems to signal that upper management no longer believes that the businesses make sense together.

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee

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

      Dec 13, 2008 - Staff Engineer in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      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

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      2 people found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Very stressful

      May 31, 2009 - IT Consultant 
      Recommend
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      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.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Agilent: A company with many good employees

      Nov 17, 2008 - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Place to develop good technologies. Nice work-life balance. Very nice and hard working coworkers. Good benefits.

      Cons

      Agilent is not giving pay raises. People are not confident about the upper management.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    8. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Used to be a good place to work at

      May 1, 2009 -  in Santa Clara, CA
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      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.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      The old HP is dead

      Jun 11, 2015 - R&D Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits: 401K matching, pension if you have been working there before they got rid of it, health, dental, vision. Can be a great place to work if your immediate manager is good Your experience in this company highly depends on which group you are in

      Cons

      Everyone is nice on the surface, but there is a lot of back stabbing and territorialism going on. This place is not a good place for women to work. There are very few women in upper management. It's still an old boys network.

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      16 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Promising field, abysmal management

      Dec 13, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Agilent boasts proprietary production of oligonucleotides for RNA therapeutic drugs. This relatively new field shows signs of tremendous growth potential and rewarding careers.

      Cons

      The middle and upper management at the Boulder facility are solely concerned about increasing profits. They seem to be a bunch of "money" people (MBAs and finance) with little to no understanding of the complexities of chemical manufacturing. Lots of lip service to safety, many appeals for overtime to stick to an unrealistic production schedule. Internal communication is basically non-existent. Infighting among departments (manufacturing, QA, QC) with little trust or respect. This facility is devoid of good leadership, with extreme incompetence in planning and scheduling, in communication and training. There is no organized training protocol, relying on chemists to relay the shitload of tribal knowledge that keeps the equipment running.

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      4 people found this review helpful
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