Agilent Technologies
3.6 of 5 474 reviews
www.agilent.com Santa Clara, CA 5000+ Employees

Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.6 474 reviews

                             

68% Approve of the CEO

Agilent Technologies CEO and Director Bill Sullivan

Bill Sullivan

(309 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "There are opportunities for reasonable work-life balance, including a flexible time off policy"
    in 93 reviews
  • "Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment"
    in 39 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work / Life Balance sometimes out of balance"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Upper management runs the business based on politics for shareholders, not customers or employees"
    in 15 reviews
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Great company, great people,

Business Development Manager (Former Employee)
Edinburgh, Scotland

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

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

Consthe 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Compromise less than zero

Trade Compliance (Current Employee)

I have been working at Agilent Technologies as a contractor for more than a year

ProsBig worldwide company with big project incomes

ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementSometimes lowering costs is not the main objective to be bigger...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good people to work with but senior management not in touch

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Edinburgh, Scotland

I have been working at Agilent Technologies

ProsDecent salary and benefits and very flexible regarding working practises.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementStop the spreadsheet management and apply some intelligence to the process.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Edinburgh, Scotland

I worked at Agilent Technologies

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

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

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Ok but not great

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Edinburgh, Scotland

I have been working at Agilent Technologies

ProsEngineering legacy from the HP Way

ConsSenior Management communication and trust

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in the work force

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Great experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

ProsWork Culture Operating Model Leadership

ConsStagnation in roles
Attrition ver low

Advice to Senior ManagementGet the ground reality

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Agilent Technologies- a good place to work, but struggles a bit to adjust with the volatile market.

R&D Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Wilmington, DE (US)

I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than 10 years

ProsOverall a good company with a nice working atmosphere and facilities, knowledgable experienced employees for most part. Flex hours allow for a nice work/life balance, pension and 401K, profit sharing, and reduced medical benefits.

ConsPay not the greatest, but comparable. Upper management runs the business based on politics for shareholders, not customers or employees. Gross mismanagement at the upper level with failed acquisitions/outsourcing and corporate greed. Too much emphasis on bean counting and not enough on quality, customer satisfaction, or employee retention. Top share of Life Science marketplace is in jeopardy due to these poor policies and decisions.

Advice to Senior ManagementNow that the 'split' is over, turn the focus from cost reductions back to quality, and customer/employee satisfaction. Do more research or investigate fully before any future acquisitions. Profit sharing has been in the toilet since the latest mergers, and wages have been stagnant for some time, but CEO's and boardmembers continue to enjoy ridiculous salaries and bonuses.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Overall would recommend

Field Service Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than a year

Pros- Great people to work with
- Overall good values and integrity, at least in the Field Services department
- Flexible working hours, though lots of overtime

Cons- No clear path for career advancement/promotion
- Not many valuable leadership opportunities
- Not too much contact with colleagues in the field (can be considered a pro to some)

Advice to Senior Management- Try to promote/value/challenge staff more. Agilent seems to do a great job hiring. I have no complaints about any one I have had to deal with in the organization, but Agilent needs to improve on retaining people because of lack of structure in valuing and challenging their workforce.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great culture and poeple

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Agilent Technologies

ProsDedicated and friendly poeple/envirornment
Work-life balance

Conslimited pay increases
quite freq layoffs

Advice to Senior Managementfocus on growing company organically

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Agilent Technologies

ProsGreat culture and employees. I enjoy coming here everyday.

Conslow pay and benefits are ok. Employees are older so harder to move up.

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