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"Good people, focused on cost cutting and enterprise"

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Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Sharp people, generally high integrity. Superb at distribution channel marketing and sales. Market leader in most segments played with high quality products and services/. Financially very disciplined.

Cons

Limited opportunities on consumer side as focus shifts to enterprise. Company focused on cost cutting. Big company with big company org challenges. Businesses dependent on IT/Engineering resources face challenges getting necessary committments. Some risks on corporate portfolio bets.

Advice to Management

Balance outside recruiting on senior positions with internal promotion. Tendency to undervalue inhouse leadership. 50% fail rate on outside hires at senior levels. Refocus on market and competition, less on internal empires.

Other Employee Reviews for Hewlett-Packard

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Frugal company that is easy to work for but do not expect a huge upside in benefits or salary."

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Richardson, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Intelligent people to work with. Flex-time allows you to run errands or work from home when you need to. The company has many opportunities to move around due to its size and the number of products HP sells. Performance bonus are constructed to be achievable and based on merit. Great employee purchase programs.

    Cons

    Ignoring the recent 5% drop in salary, cut of stock purchase plan and practical removal of the 401k match, raises were well below inflation (or non at all) for the last 5 years. This was during the period when the company was doing significantly better than its competitors. Benefits are close to lowest common denominator (for very large tech companies), or what they like to say 'Competitive with others in the industry'. Benefits have been reduced the last 7 years to allow us to hit our quarterly estimates and make it more and more difficult to hire the best and the brightest. They also tend to hire from college instead of experienced people from outside the company. This type of hiring prevents cross pollination and reinforces HP doing the same thing over and over again.

    Advice to Management

    Look into hiring experienced hires instead of only from college. Bring back benefits (and pay) taken away due to economic slump or expect massive brain drain in R&D when the economy picks up.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Very solid company overall. A good place to work."

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The old HP culture is one of the best and still exists. Generally good proccess. Mark Hurd is no-non-sense and a very capable CEO.

    Cons

    The company is hugh and can be slow moving. I got a lot less head hunter calls working at HP compared to workin at other companies.

    Advice to Management

    The senior IT managment team from Dell and Walmart have major flaws. They tend to be very top down. Very much command and cotnrol style. Do not listen to input from mid / low ranks. Made a lot fo poor, short-sighted decisions.

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