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Updated February 27, 2017
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  1. "Team oriented and people share knowledge and info, relaxed and friendly."

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    Current Employee - Account Services Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Account Services Manager in Palo Alto, CA
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    Pros

    HP really does offer a great working environment for its employees. That is a pretty big positive for me there.

    Cons

    It can be pretty bureaucratic at times, but this is to be expected with big companies and industries like this.

    Advice to Management

    More attention to cultivating talent.


  2. "fun and casual envrionment, but extremely fast paced"

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
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    Pros

    work life balance is great, opp to work on different projects on a daily basis

    Cons

    large company - lots of hurdles to go through

    Advice to Management

    always consider open communication


  3. "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Sales in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Sales in Omaha, NE
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    Pros

    Work environment, compensation, company is a leader

    Cons

    Takes a while to figure out who's who in a company with so many employees.

    Advice to Management

    Sr Management is great.


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  5. "HP is an excellent place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Intern in Colorado Springs, CO
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    Pros

    They are a big, financially stable company that still allows for creativity and fun. My time at HP has been nothing but positive. Everyone is nice and helpful, and wants me to learn. The technology is exciting and on the cutting edge of the market. Whatever you're interested in, they've got it -- from top-of-the-line products to open source initiatives. I'm never bored working at this dynamic company.

    Cons

    There are very few downsides to working at HP, but if you don't like large companies, I guess it might not be for you. Each team does have a small-business feel though, so you might want to give it a try anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, and remember not to stifle the essential creativity of your employees.


  6. "hp way is alive and well, carly's strategy sound, mark's execution strong - the future is tbd"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Palo Alto, CA
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    Pros

    the "hp way" is still alive and well. to be sure, multiple large acquisitions (compaq and now eds) have changed the company, but not entirely for the worse. what's admirable is that it was easy to lead the "hp way" with ultimate respect for individuals and in return asking for dedication and passion in the job in the heyday of hp. it's similar to how google is today. it's easy to "do no evil" when you are in a hyper growth phase, everyone is getting promoted because of the company's growth and stock options/compensation are going through the roof. however, the true test of a culture is when the company is in trouble. most recently as hp went through the transition from carly to mark, i witnessed the true stripes of a company. despite needing to lay off a number of people to bring costs more in line with the industry, the company remained dedicated, even while taking a financial hit, to the long term welfare of employees. few people relish having to lay off any staff, however, it's clear there is a right way and wrong way. the passion that most hp employees bring to work on a day to day basis is admirable. even when times were tough a few years ago, for the most part, people were incredibly proud to work at hp. now that mark has led a financial turnaround, times are even better, but it was those dog days that really told the tale.

    hp is also about having an incredible platform. that platform is global distribution channels, deep near term and long term research in countless areas of technology and an employee base that probably has a preeminent expert in almost any field you want to look into from imaging, to core computing to even biogenetics (yes, you can find decorated geneticists at hp). as either a technologist or a business person, it's like having a bigger sandbox with more toys.

    Cons

    hey, it's a big company. whether you like it or not, that means there are a ton of meetings, forcing a decision is more difficult than at a smaller company and even finding the right decisionmaker can be challenging at times. but, that's no different than any company this size. it's not a startup, and those interested in living a startup life will find most jobs at hp difficult, however, if you want to leverage a great technology platform (from both a research and business sense), hp's a great place.

    Advice to Management

    mark has excelled in bringing discipline to hp's operations. after years where operations were not the focus under carly, he was able to bring instant results that have driven hp's strong stock performance. however, for the most part, mark has implemented carly's strategy. while carly left under immense pressure, history will ultimately be her judge. at this point in history, her vision seems to be playing out. compaq and hp was about scale and convergence, on the consumer side it drove economies of scale that would help position hp to focus the hp brand around convergence. on the enterprise side it was about changing computer paradigmns such as moving computing to the cloud. convergence of media and consumer applications and cloud computing are probably two of the areas where the greatest amount of investment is going throughout the tech industry and carly's vision of these events was pretty darn close to how things have played out. that being said, mark has been smart enough to recognize that many of the core directions were correct. his next challenge is in making his own "mark" on the long term strategy. eds definitely fills a whole in terms of lack of activity in the services space - though it's not clear that that's a growth area. it seems to make sense from an eps standpoint, but will it help hp be a leader in the next generation of technology? if not eds, what will it be? will hp be able to swallow such a large acquisition? will vj be able to create another win equivalent to desktop inkjet printing? will it be leading the evolution from analog/offset to digital presses driven by shorter run jobs, personal publishing, print on demand and variable data printing? will todd be able to ride the momentum created by the computer branding campaigns in 2006/2007 that vaulted hp into the "cool" echelons and into the number 1 PC position overtaking a lead long held by dell? todd and his team proved that design and image matter. However, to continue to build on that, they will have to continue to innovate and provide differentiation in a largely commodity business. undoubtedly, how management handles some of these challenges will determine the medium term success for hp.


  7. "great company"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Palo Alto, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great resources. great reputation. Locally involved management. very helpful to the surrounding communities. supports and donates to many local schools in poorer communities. Great resume builder. located in one of the best areas in the world. finally dealing with internal diversity issues.

    Cons

    constant threat of layoffs throughout the years. but name a company that is exempt from that. the hp of the past still lingers but the market requirements and the focus on short term results is destroying most great businesses. hp is not immune from these issues. Constant outsourcing has eroded the people first atmosphere of past years

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work.


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    "HPQ - It's still Family if you're willing to be a part of it..."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Cupertino, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    HP is still a family business at the core. While there have been changes, it still maintains a sense that your co-workers are a part of your extended family. Managers do care about how you're doing and take pains to keep everything on track. You understand that the work you do is making a difference and you can get a sense of accomplishment in the work you perform. The product offerings are great and sometimes cutting edge. HP is a very Green company, and does more volunteer work for local communities than most Silicon Valley companies.

    Cons

    Direction of HP can change quickly in these times. It's the part about HP being agile, and it means that as the market changes, so must HP. The downside, is that it's difficult to find opportunities to shift to in growth areas. It used to be that HP had one of the best benefits packages, even as they let people go. Since late 2007, that great bonus program was cut in half. Medical and other programs are not as cheap as they once were nor are they as universal. Copayment fees have been increased twofold.

    Advice to Management

    Remember to be honest with your employees.


  9. "Still a great place to work. Work-life balance is paramount at HP."

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Corvallis, OR
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The diversity of people who work for HP, the strong emphasis on work-life balance (almost an obsession), the strong support for professional training both inside and outside of the company, very relaxed & casual atmosphere, flexibility in work schedule, etc.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. It's a huge company. Too many layers of management between the soldiers and generals.

    Advice to Management

    I think HP is going in the right direction by re-organizing HP Labs to focus on finding the "killer technology" or next blockbuster product, and obviously Mark Hurd has cleaned house operationally across the entire company. I think more could be done to trim fat in the management ranks.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A great opportunity to build your resume."

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Boise, ID
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    Pros

    HP is a great opportunity to be exposed to a growing global business. There are great learning and educational opportunities within HP. It is also a great experience. Once you have HP on your resume and gain some great experience you will find it much easier to get other jobs. Not just inside but outside HP.

    HP enables employees to move around a lot and get a wide variety of experience. They are also very flexible with working from home or flexible hours.

    Cons

    It's a very large company and that always comes with drawbacks. HP is very focused on efficiencies and if your employee number falls on the wrong cell of the spreadsheet you may find yourself looking for a new job. But honestly what large high tech company isn't like that these days? Get in if you can, get the experience and be ready if you have to get out.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic expectations with employees who have been there a long time. The HP that Bill and Dave created is gone. Times are different. There are great opportunities at HP but that doesn't mean job security.


  11. "10+ years and still happy"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Houston, TX
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    Pros

    Ability to try new things.

    Cons

    Some of the people on the far left of the Bell Curve are still here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.



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