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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
583 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees (in 117 reviews)

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment (in 49 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is challenging constant stream of top priority projects keep people working OT non stop (in 13 reviews)

  • Upper management runs the business based on politics for shareholders, not customers or employees (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company, great people,

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    the people in general were great; products cutting edge, good work life balance.

    Cons

    the management don't seem to be able to understand when and where to invest in their business. They sold off so many business in the Telecoms area when really they just needed better management and more support. Could have really dominated in that region with better management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Ok but not great

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Engineering legacy from the HP Way

    Cons

    Senior Management communication and trust

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the work force

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Agilent is a large company with the typical tradeoffs one finds in that situation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive salary, bonus and reward system, plays by the rules as far as I know. Has an ethical culture at the worker level meaning that they treat full time professionals humanely (I can't vouch for contract workers). Lower level managers I have had have been competent and even likeable.

    Cons

    Gradually moving away from the benevolent model to become more like other corporations. Replacing older experienced and expensive older workers with cheap talent without an appreciation of the long term consequences. Focused on the stock analysts and the quarter, blah, blah. It is hard to be a real star at the contributor level. The company is just too big.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Good culture, but old fashioned

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    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Agilent's company culture still has remnants of the old HP, where employees are respected, and many managers open to advice and concerns. Management tries to do the right thing, and work/life balance is respected. Co-workers are smart and friendly.

    Cons

    HR is very old fashioned. Promotions dishearteningly rare, salaries below average and stagnant. Relative ranking system devalues most employees, rewards manager favorites rather than rewarding results, promotes competition rather than cooperation, and leaves most employees feeling bitter and demoralized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agilent is a biotech company now, rather than an engineering company, and needs to change its mindset. Upper management needs to hire more executives with real biotech experience and with vision to grow the company. Salaries need to get more inline with Silicon Valley biotech salaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance. Good work culture

    Cons

    Distance. Located in Manesar

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your next level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Very ethical company with highly intelligent and driven colleagues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Hands off management, high business ethics, technical challenges, great colleagues

    Cons

    politics; company is currently re-inventing itself, so there are many changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The recent change in management and the split with Keysight were poorly handled. The changes only fuel speculation regarding the next changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Flexible office hours and relaxed working environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Materials Engineer in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Materials Engineer in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A very great company to work for if work-life balance is your priority.

    Cons

    Some of the people are moving slow because they work under no pressure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The promotion system should be reviewed in a timely basis to ensure everyone getting the fair and square treat.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company to work with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Associate in Mānesar (India)
    Former Employee - Finance Associate in Mānesar (India)

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Culture, Great People, Nice work environment

    Cons

    Low pay packages, lots of hierarchy levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should focus on bright individuals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Material Engineer

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    Former Employee - Material Engineer in Ipoh (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Material Engineer in Ipoh (Malaysia)

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Job could be relax sometimes and you may your own time doing your things.

    Cons

    Working life could be stagnant and boring. Promotion is hard as too many competitors (colleagues) under one roof (team).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Innovative company with a vision and solid management team.
    Great product development life cycle and policies

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    technical symposiums.
    innovation through labs.
    benefits and employee programs
    internal training

    Cons

    it is sometimes difficult to works through all departments for coordination

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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