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Updated June 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Trying to refresh, but they are too late."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Product Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Product Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Great energy from younger interns and new people that they are bringing in.

    Cons

    No job security. They are straight up replacing people who are close go retirement with young college grads, and making no effort of concealing it. Very 80's environment, no private offices, and cubes that have walls so high that it negates the idea of collaboration. Everything goes through emails, even if you are 2 feet from someone, you have to email. Many, many levels of red tape... one project may have to go through 9 approvals before being launched. The main issue: younger people aren't being moved into upper management and leadership positions where real change can occur. They claim that they they want to operate like a "start-up," but the only way they do so is in press release and email form. Operations are completely frozen in time, and that time is decades ago. By the time they finally have a great innovative idea, it will most likely have already been released by a competitor. It takes too long to innovate and "reinvent" at HP. I turned down a full time position upon graduation. It was clear that they didn't value their employees and were in a similar position as Blockbuster was before declaring bankruptcy. They still don't realize the problem is too big, and it will take massive and uncomfortable change to solve.

    Advice to Management

    Dont be so rigid. Accept new ideas and live by the slogan "reinvent." Update your offices or move... you might have the most depressing and dated technology space of all tech companies in existence.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Not the place for Bay Area patent attorneys"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Patent Attorney in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Patent Attorney in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time

    Pros

    Low-pressure job, very 9-5 if that, holiday shutdowns although you needed to use your own PTO, 3 weeks PTO

    Cons

    Low salary, no upward movement, not challenging, little opportunity for growth, being in he office was required even though the job could be done remotely

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus on building careers and training for employees, need fewer meetings, need better direction for the company

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering Manager II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - ENGINEERING SECTION MANAGER in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - ENGINEERING SECTION MANAGER in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, great leadership training.

    Cons

    Just about everything else. Since taking on wall Street CEOs, HP has become a shadow of its former self.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to your roots.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "The not so great spin off"

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You definitely get to touch a lot of different technology here. The experience is great for your resume.

    Cons

    With all the spin offs and merges (HP to HPE then CSC+HPE = DXC)No raises, budget cuts which turn into work force reductions (ie lay-offs) often. Lay-offs have happened at least 5 times in the 3 years I was there and finally got me. A lot of red tape and administrative extra's which were unneeded.

    Advice to Management

    Show value in your employees, give raises to keep good talent.


  5. "Not leading edge development"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Embedded Software Engineer in Vancouver, WA
    Former Contractor - Senior Embedded Software Engineer in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to contribute to world leading ink jet printer series development; lots to learn about the technology

    Cons

    Ancient and enormous code base (30+ million lines of C) based on a convoluted messaging model. The "HP Way" is not to document much of anything but as needed track down engineers who used to work on a module and spend face-to-face time learning what should be in the header comments of each module.
    There are about a dozen layers of communication between "product owner" (who interfaces to sales) and engineering: It is very hard to efficiently implement anything not knowing the approximate technical needs.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in re-architecting software for the 21st century


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Some great people, dodgy management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The size of the company and resources

    Cons

    The size of the company and how they allocate those resources

    Advice to Management

    You're a bemouth, abhorrent beast. Pick your favorites and put all of your efforts behind them. Don't try to do everything and don't try to be a startup, it's not in your DNA.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Note, the work from home comments is based on the org your with"

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    Current Employee - Prod Line Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Prod Line Manager in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The colleagues you work with for the most part

    Cons

    Stove pipes across organizations, poor org communications across all levels. likely based on the org you work for.

    Advice to Management

    trust employees to do their job. let line management determine what is best for their business and manage people accordingly. tracking people who is in the office is like going back to high school when you took note of attendance. If your not doing your job, you should be let go.. line mgt would know that...

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Test Architect in Saratoga, CA
    Current Employee - Test Architect in Saratoga, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. You can work few days from home if you want.
    Engineers are smart and very easy to work with.

    Cons

    Bad benefits. You have to pay very high deductible.
    No raises. They hardly give any bonus.
    Limited growth opportunities. Company is shrinking. So finding interesting project to work is hard.
    If you have been working for a long time, you would not get raises but a new hire will get higher salary than you.

    Advice to Management

    Management should not differentiate between old employees and new employees. And engineers are not the only reason a product fails. Management is more responsible for it.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Formerly great company being drained of all innovation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location, culture, financially stable, location

    Cons

    Job Out-sourcing, lack of innovation, rewards mediocracy

    Advice to Management

    After spending 25 years with the company, it was heart-breaking to watch management deliberately strip areas of innovation and excellence and work hard to ship jobs overseas to chase the short-term investor approval.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Its Okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Fina in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Fina in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart people, Strong brand awareness

    Cons

    Poor pay, senior leadership in constant flux


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