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"2008 Layoff victim"

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Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Vancouver, WA
Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Vancouver, WA
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

- Hewlett-Packard employs some of the most competent people in the industry. When you work there, you know that you will be surrounded by great co-workers.

- In Vancouver, there was a great company culture. There was a bowling league, and there were company-wide parties twice in the 6 months I was there.

- Work/Life balance was great. They allowed great flexibility in hours.

- There was a free printing lab where you could print very large (36" wide) photos.

- I worked with the most artistic group of engineers I've ever met. The printing business seems to attract photographers and others interested in color.

Cons

- When I started working at HP after a long-term co-op position at another company, where I learned a massive amount over 2 years and was treated as an engineer after my first year. Employees who had worked elsewhere before HP treated me like I had a little experience. Employees who went to HP straight out of college (like I technically did) treated me as if I had no experience. This was very frustrating as the team was overloaded with work yet I wasn't considered competent enough to be given bigger responsibilities.

- Layoffs. Though we were treated well. A former HR person started up a layoff support group where we'd meet weekly for questions and answers. She brought in Unemployment people, TAA counselors, bankers, and everyone she could think of that we'd need. She was really great.

-There is no on-site HR.

Advice to Management

1st level of management: You do a great job, keep up the good work!

Upper Management: Please stop focusing on buying other companies and instead focus on appreciating the amazing employees you do have and letting them develop the products you hired them to develop.

Other Employee Reviews for Hewlett-Packard

  1. Helpful (3)

    "101 Ways to Cut Costs"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a big company with lots of different typs of jobs in different locations, so it's possibly to try out different jobs without having to leave the company. Also it's a big company with lots of resources, so you can get things done if you know where to tap into the money. Also for the most part, people are friendly and helpful, even after all these attacks on the HP way...

    Cons

    The compensation has gone off a cliff. The 401(k) match is variable, and the formula is secret, so you have no way of knowing how much the match is, or if there is even one, until the end of the quarter. There is an employee stock purchase plan, but... get this... the company match is 0%! HR touts the benefit of the plan as not having to pay a broker's fee.

    The working environment is horrendous, if you dont have prior experience in the soft porn industry. Each month, management comes out with new ways of squeezing costs out of the system. The latest gem is that audio conference calls with fewer than three people will be disconnected after ten minutes - the annual savings is confidential so I wont post it, but it's safe to say that it's a small fraction of our beloved ex-CEO's compensation package. That's the level they're looking for costs to cut now in a 300,000 person company.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new CEO who knows how to grow the top line by tapping into the talents of the employees rather than just hacking away at costs.


  2. "Join if you don't have a job"

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    Former Employee - Business Consultant V in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Business Consultant V in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company, Reasonable client base, Brand Recognition

    Cons

    Your salary/benefits could be cut anytime in order to meet the higher management's greed and quarterly numbers. I can't quite say if it's everywhere in HP, however, in the client-account I have seen the management brings shame to the company. They survive by cutting salaries of people, playing politics and extorting the client. It's shocking to say the least. I have never ever come across a scenario where your salary could be cut 15-20% in the name of recession and never restored even though your stock is at an all-time high post-recession. The greed, favoritism and exploitation pervades HP at large. There's no real HR as far as career development or fair system of evaluation is concerned and it's a glorified contracting company where you get little to no career development and you are practically paid by the hour(and worse) with subpar benefits. Bottomline, if you have a better option even though that company pays somewhat less, you will be better-off in the mid to long run. They say - we are all dead in the long run. You will be dead here much sooner.

    Advice to Management

    Have some 360 degree system or alike to get a balanced assessment of middle and senior managers. Good people languish in their careers and the fat continues to grow.

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