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"Overall, educational and developmental."

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Operations Manager in Corvallis, OR
Former Employee - Operations Manager in Corvallis, OR
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great pay and benefits compared to other companies in the Willamette Valley. Some positions have great opportunities for learning and promotion, especially within Engineering.

Cons

As the Inkjet business has declined in Corvallis and jobs have been shipped over seas, a lot of bad behaviors have emerged within the management team, leading to in-fighting and back stabbing.

Advice to Management

Hold managers accountable to performing in alignment with the HP Way, especially upper and middle management. Too many times managers are not held to the same standards as hourly staff, even though they should be held to a higher standard.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great for experience and the CV, not for a long term career."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Cincinnati, OH
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very open environment, people don't care much about seniority.

    Access to high level executives

    Flexible on work/life, also on career aspirations (if you want to move your career in a certain direction, HP is so huge that there's a way to get there within the company).

    The company is #1 or #2 in nearly every single market that it competes in, and it competes in A LOT. If you work for HP, you can get experience in a plethora of areas.

    Brand- People know you're working for a serious company.

    Cons

    Career- No career track or promotion from within. If you want to move up, you have to find opportunities in other areas of the company and claw your way at them. Better recommendation is to just leave the company after a few years because they just don't take care of you.

    Talent - The talent can either be superb, or sub par. Due to the fact that there is very little career movement, unless you create it (as I stated above), I think there's a very big mix of the people who are the lame employees that just stick around (the sub par) and then there's those that come in, get some great experience and then move onto bigger and better things (usually at another company).

    Salary - The salary at HP generally seems to be a good deal lower than what you get at competitors, but I think many people are ok with that initially because of the brand name around the job and top notch experience that can come with it. However, there comes a point in which people must be awarded and yet there are little to no salary increases. Even if you're promoted, you usually don't get a bump in salary. Increases that do happen are miniscule.

    Training - big training cutbacks. If you don't learn it on the job, good luck trying to get formal training.

    Advice to Management

    It will be interesting to see where Leo takes the company, not for the stockholders, but for the employees. One of his first moves was to reinstate old salaries (which had been decreased by Mark Hurd), though I question if this was really inevitable due to the marketplace. Mark Hurd, though he was horrible with employee satisfaction, was really a genius when it came to growing HP (the company more than doubled in revenue in a few short years) and maximizing efficiencies... A shareholders dream. However, you must give something back to the employees if you want them to stick around as this market is changing. Will Leo take that lead? That's kind of doubtful based on his past history, though I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

    There has also been a recent change in the HR Exec, so her incumbent may do more to make HP a place for top talent make a career for themselves... and stay! Hopefully that's the case.

    My plea to HP management would be to make this a top company to work for by providing people with real career tracks and promotions, rewarding those that deserve to be (through bonuses and competitive pay), and overall just trying to give back to those that put so much into the company. If not, you're not going to retain top talent and eventually, you won't be attracting it either.

    Who knows, maybe this is the way that companies will begin to function in the future? Completely cut back on employees and pirate talent to come in for a short term from competitors. If this is the new job market, then HP sure is on the forefront.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Good product portfolio - employees are cogs in a machine"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    From hardware to software, consumer to enterprise, HP has a great product portfolio where they are the market leaders in every category.

    Cons

    Because of its size and recent changes in the culture, employees are expendable and management will not give a second thought to replacing you with "cheaper" people.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back some of the old styles from the Bill and Dave days. It'll definitely show in your products.

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