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"Sad decline of corporate values"

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Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Corvallis, OR
Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Corvallis, OR
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Pay is OK, location in Oregon is awesome.

Cons

There is no technical ladder - Most technical people stay at the grade they were hired in at for their entire career unless they go into management. In the past few years an "us-them" culture has developed, with the two sides being management and workers. It is very antagonistic. I have been with the company for 20 years and have seen about a 33% drop in "total rewards" with cuts in pension, 5% cut in salary, cuts in stock purchase matching, cuts in 401k contributions and cuts in availability of restricted stock or options. No longer are "senior engineer" level technical folks eligible for restricted stock or stock options, which for the past 15 years has been on average 15% of my annual income. Clearly, an excellent performer throughout my career, there is no technical ladder worth mentioning and the corporate culture only seems to value management, not technical expertise.

It may be a good place to work if you are a business person who simply looks on products and people as widgets to be managed. If you are a technical person who has invested years in getting a Ph.D., and understands the differences between material science, electrical engineering, and chemistry, and wish to be the top in your field and gain the respect of peers inside AND outside of your company... this is probably not a good place for you.

Advice to Management

You are undervaluing your technical staff and this will, in time, result in an inability of HP to become or remain a technical "widget" leader. You seem to value widgets in as far as you make money on them - companies that better understand the technology underlying the widgets will be in a position to more successfully develop and market them.

Other Employee Reviews for Hewlett-Packard

  1. Helpful (4)

    "No Career Development Opportunities, SILO Mentality, Cost cutting negatively impacting creativity and innovation"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer V in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer V in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Legacy, Focus on Operational Excellence, Some very intelligent, decent people

    Cons

    No Career Advancement Opportunity, No growth opportunities, Work there if you would like to stay there for the next 30 years of your life with no advancement, Management focused on cost reduction, Diverse/Opposite views are suppressed by the narrow minded, very risk averse and highly conservative management that doesnt fit well with high-tech culture

    Advice to Management

    Promotions are not merit based, Management does not have the right level of education to make sound decisions.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "STAY AWAY FROM HP!"

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    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Other than to say you work for the world's largest computer maker....uhhh...not much.
    Work from home...at least when allowed too...

    Cons

    OMG where do I start...Pay freezes, loss of benefits, no training opportunities (well, web-based...this and $5 will get you a decent cup of Java at Starbucks, expected LONG work hours (60+ weekly and weekend work..EVERY weekend, no career advancement (hard to advance when all of the available openings are in India and China.... Getting the picture?

    Advice to Management

    Fire CEO Hurd (layoffs and off-shoring cut to the core AND BEYOND). Read the HP Bible "The HP Way"...and APPLY IT! Bill and Dave have GOT to be rolling over in their graves at this point....) A once great company....disgraced into mediocrity....

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