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- "Poor management, no strategic vision, no path for advancement" (in 77 reviews)
- "and the salary was low" (in 69 reviews)
- "The cons are if you are one of the unlucky ones to land a bad manager." (in 57 reviews)
- "Bonuses are less and less each year." (in 29 reviews)
- "Frequent layoffs if you’re not in Santa Rosa" (in 20 reviews)
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- 3.0Jun 16, 2018R&DCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearBrussels
I have been in contact frequently with bay area people and they claim pay is bad. As a Europe employee, pay is good. Atmosphere is relaxed. I wonder what you need to do to get fired, which is good, but also bad... If you can ignore the inefficiency (which can be hard), you can do the work you want to do.
'One Agilent' is mostly talk talk talk, but no walk IT systems are ridiculously outdated I came in via an acquisition and so I don't have 20y HP legacy. A loooot of the processes, viewed by an 'outsider', make no sense at all. It feels like, when you want to change something or make something happen, you always hit a brick wall somewhere and nobody seems to care at all. General complacency. The processes don't work and everybody accepts it instead of trying to change it for the better. General risk aversion General lack of coordination, lack of planning, chaos. In the 2 years since acquisition, i have not yet seen a coordinated project from the Agilent side that was properly planned in advance and executed in a efficient manner. Very old 'waiting to retire' middle/upper management8
- 2.0May 1, 2009Current EmployeeSanta Clara, CA
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.
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.3
- 5.0Mar 28, 2023Project ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsSanta Clara, CA
Great place to work and did not layoff anyone during Covid.
Upper management needs to do a better job of actually being one agilent and not just saying it.1
- 4.0Jan 5, 2016Supply Chain PlannerCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsCarpinteria, CA
Stable Steady Leadership Solid Job Security Dynamic Environment Low Turnover, which can also be a con as new roles and promotions are limited Large impact and autonomy in role
Large, Corporate, Impersonal Feel Low Visibility to Upper Management when employed at production facilities Lack of Development Opportunities for Career Growth Clear direction of company path and direction not communicated well from upper managementClear direction of company path and direction not communicated well from upper managementClear direction of company path and direction not communicated well from upper management to individual contributors Weird Job Titles Slow to backfill when positions open up1
- 2.0Jan 6, 2017Administrative AssistantCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsNoklak Hq
Great atmosphere here and lots of support from management in my org. The people here are very nice and are of very good character. I like the work/life balance.
IT infrastructure is AWFUL. Ask any employee what they think of this....you will get the same answer---it sucks. Everything is farmed out and the support for IT related things is horrific. Their idea of IT chat support is so bad; mostly because there is such a disconnect in communication with India. It is beyond frustrating. But the most frustrating part about it is that upper management and our company leaders do not care. My guess is since they (the executive staff) do not have to be bothered, they don't care how broken the IT piece is. Very contradicting to our CEO message of being One Agilent.
- 3.0Apr 28, 2016Anonymous ContractorFormer ContractorLexington, MA
Pretty friendly. Drastic cuts seemed to have brought survivors closer. Very interesting project. Decent offices with lockers, a shower, and a pretty good cafeteria.
Some old-timers, who controlled crucial data, would never lift a finger to aid project. Always a cold shoulder. Very interesting project turned out to be a sham. Soon became clear that upper management had zero interest in improving quality of products or services. Simply wanted to push some numbers around so performance figures looked better. Then he go bored with even that.
- 1.0Dec 13, 2015Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
Agilent boasts proprietary production of oligonucleotides for RNA therapeutic drugs. This relatively new field shows signs of tremendous growth potential and rewarding careers.
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.4
- 1.0Dec 28, 2021Manufacturing AssociateFormer Employee, more than 1 yearFrederick, CO
Decent benefits. Occasionally fed. Personal laptop
False promises of growth and career opportunities. Terrible onboarding process, no sense of culture or structure. Impossible 13 hr shifts with zero support from other departments if you work nights. Blatant favoritism among those that do receive promotions. Poor communication among departments. Upper management takes credit when things go well but denies any involvement in decisions that lead to poor outcomes. No accountability when issues arise. Lots of band aid solutions. Safety is not a core value. No clear direction on how to promote career development from management.8
- 2.0Oct 28, 2010Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
Salary is reasonably good, benefits are good. Flexible work schedule. People are technically very strong. First line management is generally very competent and easy to work with.
Upper management (division and higher) are untrustworthy. Expect them to act in their own personal best interest. Expect layoffs when work is moved off-shore. Expect them to be relatively clueless about how to really build products that will be successful in the marketplace.2