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"A good place to start"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Good Brand (but eroding). Talented engineers on some teams.

Flexible work hours. Work-life balance. Many learning opportunities for self starters.

You can do well if you end up on a good team or have a good direct-report manager.

Company somehow managed to stay profitable despite being in turmoil for well over a decade.

Cons

Low salaries, and low morale. Hard to get promoted in technical ladder. Main options are to become a manager. Some cronyism exists and only close friends of managers gets promoted. Attrition is a serious problem.

Lack of any real technical mentoring program. You must learn on your own. Clueless engineers remain clueless and slow the team down.

Some product development focused on how to rip off customers (that are vendor locked) instead of building a good quality product.

Bogged down by mandated processes or tools that are poor or bad fit for the job. Sr. Management and Mid-level management mostly clueless and are there to pillage the company. There are too many managers.

Advice to Management

Create a flatter organization. Cut out 2-3 levels of middle management. Replace with engineers. Stop acquiring companies and innovate from within. Also promote CEOs from within that actually understand the company.

Other Employee Reviews for Hewlett-Packard

  1. "Services - Workplace Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work from home
    Great boss
    Good salary

    Cons

    Segregated business units
    The legacy EDS people who think they are 'consultants'; nothing could be further from the truth
    Too many services people want to just 'manage'
    Not enough 'doers' from a services perspective

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to orchestrate the 'many' segregated business unit leadership for one UNIFIED HP message to the market.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic work/life balance, perpetual cutting"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corvallis, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can't stress enough how good the work/life balance is! Every manager I've had in 16 years has been a great manager with their own unique strengths. Very relaxed environment. In my personal experience HP has been very committed to my development/growth.

    Cons

    Years of "benchmarking" strategy by upper management have been very succesfull. HP is now average in many respects instead of being an industry leader, albeit with a few bright exceptions. Could be even tougher times ahead for surviving employees (more layoffs and compensation cuts) as old core businesses are rendered increasingly irrelevant in the rapidly evolving technology landscape.

    Advice to Management

    Lead don't follow. Invest heavily in early stage development of potentially disruptive technology. Quit putting stockholders first. (i.e. Carly & Hurd days) Leo was an insignificant flash in the pan and the jury is still out on Meg.

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