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"Things were getting tough long before the 2008 Recession.."

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Former Employee - Technical Writer
Former Employee - Technical Writer
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Worked with a pool of intellegient, knowlegeable, and very hardworking software developers. They did some fantastic work in the context of multiple large project assignments, limited time and resources, and ever-changing product features requirements and customer delivery deadlines.

Cons

Focus of upper and middle management always seemed to be on rewarding projects and products that provided immediate revenue and profit payoffs. Worthwhile attempts to improve current technology and processes were not given proper support, both poliitcal and business. Cost-cutting seemed to be the overriding objective, with employee benefits, retirement plans, severance packages constantly being further trimmed and ongoing layoffs a persistent threat.

Advice to Management

Focus on creating releveant, high-demand products very well.

Other Employee Reviews for Hewlett-Packard

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be a good place to work in."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Program Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Program Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance for some.
    WW presence.
    Good salaries it seems but going down steadily
    Some interesting technologies but not cutting edge
    Comfortable work place
    WW recognition
    Looks good in your resume

    Cons

    Constant restructuring/reorganizations
    Massive move of work force to Asia with no opportunities to current employees
    No opportunities abroad unless steep pay-cut.
    No training/education/evolution plan. Cheap online trainings only.
    No HR resources
    Hiring/laying off as needed. No will to retain employees, even those with top rankings.
    bonus per performance a scam: less for all.
    Weak and expensive gym/fitness programs
    So-so food quality

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people.
    Help employees adapt to changes.
    Don't save a few bucks here and there that leads to high negative effects (such as cutting an already insufficient fitness budget).


  2. Helpful (13)

    "Time to GO!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many talented, dedicated, and great people
    Great legacy to build upon

    Cons

    HP Leadership is the new Me Generation - a step above their employees
    Poor control - lot of waste, politics, positioning
    Revenue/profit metrics made at expense of headcount, quality, and innovation
    No focus/investment in future
    Bad bets - usually makes poor acquisition choices
    Good Bets - bad acquisition process - make numbers by brutal cost cutting - gut the asset/employees and milk the pipeline
    HR out-of-control: Talent upgrades replacing the best with inexperienced, empty suit, narcissists
    TOXIC Environment

    Advice to Management

    They know exactly what they are doing.
    They are making their numbers and will leave in 1-3 years set for life.


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