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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated 26 January 2015
Updated 26 January 2015
578 Reviews
3.6
578 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great learning Opportunity- Good Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TECHNICAL SUPPORT/SALES ENGINEER
    Current Employee - TECHNICAL SUPPORT/SALES ENGINEER

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Learning Experience.
    I did an internship with Agilent Technologies (Currently known as Keysight Technologies ).
    You learn a lot, great development program in place for the interns

    Cons

    I thought the pay was bit low compare to other companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company but too siloed, need to break down internal barriers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Sales Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Service Sales Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good strategic planning process, excellent products

    Cons

    Too siloed (CA, LS and DG do not work well together), too product centric rather than customer centric, too focused on quarterly results, need to make some profound changes to enable long-term success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the silos! Re-engineer the company to put the customer at the centre instead of the products. Accept that this will take significant investment and be brave enough to tell Wall Street that the investmewnt is needed and will have a 2-3 year impact on profitability as part of the required change process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Compromise less than zero

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trade Compliance
    Current Employee - Trade Compliance

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Big worldwide company with big project incomes

    Cons

    It keeps reducing its staff constantly and never invests in hiring new professionals; my personal experience is being a subcontractor for the past 2 years. Its main goal is to reduce costs at the maximum, therefore even subcontractor companies are changed regularly, what impacts in the normal functioning of our day to day work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes lowering costs is not the main objective to be bigger...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company, great people,

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

    Good people to work with but senior management not in touch

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

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits and very flexible regarding working practises.

    Cons

    Completely broken ranking process. No growth opportunities. Continual draconian expense management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the spreadsheet management and apply some intelligence to the process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Jury is still out..............................

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits,. Still a lot of people with hp way in mind.

    Cons

    Kind of lost their way a bit after they split from HP. Although I hear that things have got a bit better now they are out of the protracted transition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't always go for the cheapest most unform solution. Sometimes something smarter is required.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Remarkably innovative company with a beautiful focus on customers, employees and shareholders.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Outstanding colleagues, culture of progress and stunning leadership development.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for advancement due to size of company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Great place to learn new things

    Cons

    Benifits, Micro management and travelling

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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