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Hewlett-Packard Designer Reviews

Updated January 5, 2017
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  1. "Technical Writer"

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    Former Contractor - Instructional Designer/Project Manager in Sudbury, MA
    Former Contractor - Instructional Designer/Project Manager in Sudbury, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work! Solid product line and useful knowledge database. Employees great to work with.

    Cons

    Company is often rebranding, divisions changing roles which leads to layoffs.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Software Designer"

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    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Design Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They're using some cutting-edge technology

    Cons

    They love laying off hard working, knowledgeable workers. Regrettably it's to provide bonuses to management rather than the ones actually doing the hard work - the developers.

    Advice to Management

    Geez guys get it together. Management is responsible for meeting the goals they set. If the goals aren't met, don't you think it's the managers that ought to be getting the boot?

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Once Silicon Valley Star has fallen from the sky."

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    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, good team work, flexible hours depending on the manager, sometimes work life balance, understanding to people's situation if there is an personal issues.

    Cons

    Management sucks. They start new projects, people get excited, then they don't fund them. Well, then they fail.
     My prediction is that the company is not going to exist another 10 years. They bought Samsung's Printer Division, so they are going to have some major layoffs this year and next year.
     Their products are catching up with 1st tier company's products, but they are not investing, so you do the math.

    Advice to Management

    You guys should not be in this business. You have no vision nor desire to succeed. You are counting years left for you to retire. But your decisions are hurting hard working employees. The are not COWS. They are real people.


  4. "Eh..."

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    Former Contractor - Designer in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Designer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Laid back, slow, working from home. People are nice, and overall a pretty chill culture.

    Vacation is good, sick days are unlimited!

    Cons

    Zero growth, zero advancement, zero recognition.

    If you are a contractor, you will be treated as a peasant or an unworthy invisible worker. You won't be allowed to go to site events, if there is free food on tables, you are not allowed or even welcomed to eat it. It's pretty sad...

    Advice to Management

    Consider accountability, and recognize your employees based on their accomplishments. Give more...


  5. "soft enginerr"

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    Former Employee - Software Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Designer in New York, NY

    Pros

    It's good so far
    Nice co worker
    good benefit

    Cons

    some time not good business

    Advice to Management

    active


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Stack Ranking Fiasco"

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    Former Employee - Software Designer V in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Software Designer V in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard (More than a year)

    Pros

    No one ever requested weekend or after hours work, forty hours per week was the norm.

    Cons

    Some team members were incentivized by stack ranking system to behave like Machiavellian feral dogs on a daily basis.


  7. "Great Company"

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    Former Intern - ASIC & Formatter Design in Boise, ID
    Former Intern - ASIC & Formatter Design in Boise, ID
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours.
    Work from home allowable

    Cons

    Company struggling to be profitable

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Don't stay more than 3 years!"

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    Current Employee - Software Designer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Software Designer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can learn a great deal at HP on multiple fronts.
    Can flex time, but not as much as years prior to our current CEO who wants everyone to drive/commute to work and be present.

    Cons

    Work nights and weekends is standard and expected in many groups.
    After three years your salary/comp will decline every year.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie.
    Fight for more competitive pay for you employees, or at least for those you want to keep.
    Don't take your stress out on your employees, it is not their fault schedule promises are made that can't be kept!
    Don't get into a position where people are required to work nights and weekends, unless you want to pay them for it. Sometimes I think this is done on purpose to "get more for the money." If you can make people work 60 hours instead of 40, you just increased productivity by 50% without spending another dime! I think this is done on purpose sometimes.


  9. "UX Design Research Intern"

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    Former Intern - User Experience Design Research in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - User Experience Design Research in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities to learn and get hands on experience.

    Cons

    The company was separating, it was hard trying to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Excellent job.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Whatever You Do, You Can NOT Win, With HP Management"

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    Current Employee - Software Designer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Software Designer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The only “pro” side is a smallish but steady paycheck, at least until such time as you (inevitably, in the face of getting older and running the quasi-random gauntlet of the HP performance reviews process numerous times) get laid off. Regardless of your performance, sooner or later, you will run into a boss who flat-out just does not like you. Then you will be laid off and blacklisted.

    Cons

    Many people are familiar with the common varieties of the can’t-win scenario. For example, if you don’t double-check just about everything with the boss, you are willfully stubborn and resistant to inputs. If you do double-check frequently, then you aren’t independent enough. Yes, this will happen at HP, and often. But it gets worse. The boss will make your decisions for you, against your advice, when you (fill in the blank) chose a vendor or decide on a design approach. But then, he or she will hold YOU responsible for the results of his or her choice! If you socialize much with co-workers, your self-revelations will be turned into gossip to be used against you. Yes, your HP boss may find a way to make the gossip work-relevant, and use it in your review. If you do NOT socialize, you’re an unfriendly loner (hard to get along with). If you are fabulously successful, they will pile more and more work on you, and expect it finished, faster and faster, till you are expected to colonize Mars in 5 months on a $547.32 budget. The worst, though, is this: If you try extra hard to be a good team player (give credit generously to co-workers, and do not report them to the boss, when they clearly gossip about you and otherwise make themselves look good at your expense; If you deliberately do NOT “fight back” against the lack of team play, in the name of trying to preserve what little team harmony is left), then YOU will be the one with the bad review, who then gets selected for a layoff. If you DO decide to play the dog-eat-dog game, and fight over every last scrap of credit (and do this well), then your co-worker(s) will be selected for the layoff. But then, the management will try and blame YOU for THEIR decision to lay your co-worker off, because YOU went out of your way to make him or her look bad! This (layoffs blame deflection) is easy to do, and to exaggerate… You wrote and debugged the new software, but your co-worker helped you find an extension cord when you first set up the development station, and then you deliberately forgot to share credit with him. In other words, the management will find whatever “spin” they can find or make up, to blame YOU, for whatever THEY decide to do.

    Advice to Management

    Find some managers with common-sense fairness and ethics, and start replacing those who lack these traits. Start at the very top.