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"Still a good company, but don't kid yourself into thinking indiviual employees are valued."

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Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Downers Grove, IL
Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Downers Grove, IL
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

- At or above average base salary for role.
- Highly skilled and professional individual contributors and teams.
- Industry recognition

Cons

- Too many layers of management
- Middle management merely reacting to pressure from above, rather than overcoming obstacles of employees
- Too many "Ivory Tower" subject matter "experts" on deals that never visit a customer or interface with customers directly.
- Process overload, kills deals because the company is too slow to respond to customers.
- Financial overhead makes it difficult to compete on deals.

Advice to Management

Reduce layers of management, and stop paying lip service to employee feedback. For example people managers should proactively help with career development, and move people around in the organization to facilitate career development.

Other Employee Reviews for Hewlett-Packard

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good company, not so good for employees"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good managers and colleagues make HP an enjoyable place to work personally. Work-Life balance is respected here, and on my team it meant working at home when necessary and flexible working hours. Managers will give you all the resources and training you need to succeed in your role. HP is known worldwide so you have instant recognition wherever you go.

    Cons

    HP has shifted from the HP Way culture to more of a profit machine. The growth period is over it seems and now the focus is on cost-cutting. I can agree with cost-cutting in a terrible recession, however, there comes a point when your employees deserve recognition and honor. A major downside to working at HP is that the company is too large with too many worldwide sites. This means that restructuring and layoffs are easily done, since they already have the resources offshore to quickly reorganize teams.

    The annual employee survey recently said that only 45% of employees "when offered a similar position with comparable salary and benefits, would stay at HP".

    Advice to Management

    The company is profitable and sustaining the recession quite well. It's time to reestablish the core values and beliefs of the HP Way and recognize employees. A little does go a long way, and employee moral is a key element in company growth.


  2. "HP senior management has forgotten that employees are the reason the company is successful."

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The individual contributors are some of the brightest people in the world. True team spirit. Dedication leads to accomplishing very difficult tasks.

    Cons

    Lacking in true innovation. Benefits continue to be taken away. Little to no raises in 7 years. Employees are below company paybands. Stock options no longer available for general employees (only senior managers). Employee ratings are based on business performance, not individual performance. If employee does a great job but business struggles, employee is punished as a result.

    Advice to Management

    You MUST improve morale. It is horrible! Do not believe for a second that pay has nothing to do with the problems that are facing our company. Consider the fiscal growth that this company has gone through in the last 5-7 years and compare that to the lack of pay growth and fiscal rewards and you'll find a HUGE disparity.

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