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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
565 Reviews
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565 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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    • 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.  

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

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    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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    • Culture & Values
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    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.  

    Good people to work with but senior management not in touch

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    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
  6.  

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

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    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
  7.  

    Ok but not great

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    • 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
  8.  

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

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    • 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
  9.  

    Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Software Engineer
    Former Employee - R&D Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    You will work with best engineer; The working time is very flexible;
    Ttrust, Good benefit, Good working enviroment,Nice management;

    Cons

    Sometimes the efficiency may be not very high due to the flexible working time, so need to make some balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Genomics Division Review

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    Former Employee - Genomics Marketing
    Former Employee - Genomics Marketing

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The biggest pro for working at Agilent is the quality of most of the people that work there. There are some dedicated people working in R&D, Tech Services, Sales, and even Marketing. The benefits are nice and compensation is pretty good. There are also opportunities to evolve your position through hard work and making sure the right people notice.

    Cons

    Like most other tech companies, one of the biggest cons is being unofficially on call nights and weekends. I worked on the business side of things and management was going through transition, so it felt like you had to make sure to check email before going to bed and before going into the office. It really wasn't uncommon to get a response from the GM at 10:30pm or to get an all division email sent at 4:00am.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could use a closer relationship to their independent contributors (those who don't manage others) and first line managers. A lot of good, knowledgeable people left because direction changed and management did not communicate the change or the new priorities effectively down the chain.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Easy job, goes nowhere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, flexible schedules
    Low stress environment

    Cons

    Few opportunities for career advancement
    Poor communication between departments

    No opinion of CEO

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