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"Always under threat of layoff/RIF"

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Former Employee - Server QA/Test Engineer in Houston, TX
Former Employee - Server QA/Test Engineer in Houston, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Produce well engineered products, company has great tradition/history

Cons

Always restucturing, reducing costs, meaning reducing local workforce and replacing w/ offshoring if replaced at all.

Advice to Management

Leave HP, get a position at a employee and customer-centered company.

Other Employee Reviews for Hewlett-Packard

  1. "used to be better"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    HP has good benefits, and a lot of nice people are working there. There is a lot of flexibility to work from home for those who wish to do so. Meg Whitman is popular with employees and we all have a lot of faith in her to turn HP around in the future (it will take a few years though).

    Cons

    Working at HP (at least in the Enterprise Group marketing and R&D organizations) has been less fun in the last few years. Budgets seem to continuously go down. For example, business travel is very limited and usually only Directors and above get to travel; even for trade shows only those who are presenters are allowed to attend. It's much easier for sales to get travel approval.
    HP is in the process of laying off 27,000 people worldwide with about 1/3 of that in the U.S., so job security depends on the future outlook for your focus area; it was great to see though that HP also offered early retirement incentive packages and one doesn't really have to be very old to be able to take it.
    HP sold the Cupertino site and all employees are now being moved to Palo Alto or Sunnyvale. As housing is cheaper the further south you live, this can be a real inconvenience to those who live in South San Jose, Morgan Hill, Gilroy etc. Luckily HP is flexible with working from home more and many will do so for 2-3 days per week.
    Career opportunities aren't great unless you want to move laterally. It's hard to get a job at the next level as HP seeks candidates that are already at that next level and often prefers to hire from outside rather than promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Give opportunities to current employees for being promoted rather than seeking external candidates. While this is now the intent under Meg Whitman, in reality managers are still reluctant to promote; if a Req isn't approved for external hiring, then hiring managers seek candidates from within who are already at that level.


  2. "Avoid at all costs"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    HP has a long legacy of products and services
    Plenty of training to be taken to help you with your Job

    Cons

    Constant pressure from senior management
    You will always be threatened with your Job starting as soon as 2 months
    Businesses are very siloed and the units do not work together to win business
    No one can tell you where to go for help. In most cases you have to call between 5-7 people

    Advice to Management

    The best way to sum this up is a website was created so people could submit trouble areas to the management team. It was suppose to remain open for 30 days after 5 days and 83,000 submissions the site was shut down.

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