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Updated April 25, 2017
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  • Company manages for efficiency so workload can upset work life balance at times (in 336 reviews)

  • Senior Management seems to not know if they are coming or going sometimes (in 384 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "HP Software, not a place for people to grow and enjoy."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are no good reasons to work here. The benefits are a cut below the standard.

    Cons

    HR internal marketing to cover up lack of benefits or concern for individual employees. Overhead of management and global decisions that negatively impact productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Use your engineers to decide what tools and processes are best instead of making the decisions for them. You don't have to use the systems daily and aren't suffering like we are.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Out source them all! Who needs competent help?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Available health plans, partially re-imbursed.
    Available 401K with partial match.
    Good vacation after a few years indenture.

    Cons

    Power point drivel presenting, smoke blowing management types.
    Cut, cut, cut the benefits.
    No meaningful raise in over 5 years.
    Insult victims with $200 PER YEAR increase in salary.
    Company will steal excess vacation accrued if victims do not use by end of 2010.
    "On-call" bonus cut in half, then cut completely out.
    "On-call" expectation NOT cut. Victims expected to endure cuts and still handle.
    Cut, cut, cut office facilities and cube sizes.

    Advice to Management

    Company seems to have studied Dell model of how to squeeze.
    This management team has buried the HP Way.
    Bill and Dave would roll over in their graves if they knew how victims are treated.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "HP - where careers stagnate."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are still very good (Good vision and dental in particular)

    Cons

    HP is 100% cost focused at this point. Risk, change and ultimately innovation in R&D are all reacted to as if they're the plague. "Career Growth" is framed in terms of what you immediate manager needs (so if you want to try something new, look for another job)

    Advice to Management

    Stop focusing on cost cutting so much, and move towards innovation again. You are outsourcing and nickel-and-diming your R&D community to death. When the economy does recover, we are going to come up short on appealing products because all focus seems to be on reducing *everything* regardless of what negative impact it may have.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Its worst place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Audit Staff in Dearborn, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Audit Staff in Dearborn, MI
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Never work in the Dearborn Office, Never work in the Dearborn Office, Never work in the Dearborn Office, Never work in the Dearborn Office, Never work in the Dearborn Office, Never work in the Dearborn Office, Never work in the Dearborn Office, Never work in the Dearborn Office, Never work in the Dearborn Office, Never work in the Dearborn Office, Never work in the Dearborn Office, Never work in the Dearborn Office, Never work in the Dearborn Office, Never work in the Dearborn Office, Never work in the Dearborn Office, Never work in the Dearborn Office, Never work in the Dearborn Office

    Cons

    Its the worst work environment

    Advice to Management

    Its worst


  6. Helpful (3)

    "HP, making Americans into slaves. One worker at a time."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None. It was horrible. Full of incompetence and nepotism.

    Cons

    You are a slave! You will treated like pond scum. As far as the are concerned and I will quote, "We can get 10 Indians for what you make!"

    Advice to Management

    Get off your lazy overpaid asses and stop importing H1B's for the rock bottom pay rates.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Constant fear of downsizing and outsourcing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A job is a job. Most of the people I work with on a daily basis are great. From what I have seen, management incompetence begins in many cases at middle management and makes its way up from there.

    Cons

    Constant fear of being WFR'd. There is always something coming around the corner. Always. And how much more of our business can we outsource to Communist China? They have eliminated stock options, the pension plan, yearly raises are non-existant.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget that without individual contributors HP is nothing. You have done a good job of removing the joy from working at HP. See what you can do to make HP a fun place to work again.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Take a job there with your eyes wide open."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Trainer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Trainer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are hired in at a decent level, you can skate. Since most people just coordinate, rather than produce, it is easy to just attend meetings and never do anything.

    Cons

    People shirk responsibility and just look out for themselves. Once you are on a particular career or salary path, it is virtually impossible to get off. Management expects you to take on higher levels of responsibility without providing additional compensation. Management wastes money on lavious events for themselves and gets high levels of compensation while employees are asked to tighten their belts.

    Advice to Management

    Honor your word. Treat employees fairly. Create a culture of hope and opportunity, rather than one of fear and self-protection.


  9. "It's not just about cost cutting."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best paying jobs in the area.

    Cons

    Managers don't listen to their employees. Lack of planning and vision by management creates a stressful environment of constant firefighting. Company morale is very low and many are looking for opportunities outside of HP.

    Management is often quick to take credit for team successes, which are few, and point fingers on failures.

    Business and IT relationships are fractured. The business has no confidence in IT's ability to deliver. The recent merger with EDS will create additional pressure on that relationship. Management seems to think HP is headed in the right direction, but the feeling on the ground is that the worse is yet to come.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your employees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A company past its prime"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility work arrangements are great.

    Cons

    Merit increase money goes mainly to managers. Lack of alignment between organizations, starting at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Mark needs to get alignment amongst his senior leaders before the place falls apart.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Long for the good ole days"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pays decent and flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Constant layoffs. IT is in disarray since Randy Mott took over. All decisions come from very top

    Advice to Management

    Value employees who work hard. Allow some decision making to bubble up.


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