Agilent Technologies

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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.6 510 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

Agilent Technologies CEO and Director Bill Sullivan

Bill Sullivan

(332 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees(in 108 reviews)

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment(in 45 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 16 reviews)

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    Great company, great people,

    Business Development Manager (Former Employee) Edinburgh, Scotland

    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)

    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

    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

    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

    ProsEngineering legacy from the HP Way

    ConsSenior Management communication and trust

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in the work force

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    Good Place to work

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    ProsNice Work Environment
    Work Life balance

    ConsTechnology not upgraded
    Job Insecurity as company is split in August,2014

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    Aging Company

    Account Manager (Current Employee) Dallas, TX (US)

    ProsAs a young engineer in sales, there is a lot of opportunity in the older generation retiring. There is a lot of expertise and experience available

    ConsThe company has an aging mindset and doesn't seem to be able adjust to getting, cultivating, and keeping young talent. The people that stay are complacent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe open with employees about career planning

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Agilent Technologies, India. A values-driven organization that enables growth and learning

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsManagement support and ownership, sr mgmt is approachable, Strong company values, flexible work hours, inclusive culture, good infrastructure and facilities, employee-centric environment

    ConsComplex internal processes, hesitation to try new approaches. Internal-looking organization often misses the external market reality. Operationally sound but not aggressive topline growers

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink out of the box, adapt best practices from the market

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

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    Great Company

    Executive Assistant (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA (US)

    ProsAgilent encourages employees to learn and improve. They provide educational assistance for any skill job related. The leadership has an open door policy and makes themselves available for any concerns. Work-life balance is respected.

    ConsThere are no cons at Agilent.

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

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    Rapidly becoming "just another big tech company"

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsThis company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees. In many divisions there is a strong emphasis on allowing employees to work from home a couple days a week, and other flexible work schedules. Benefits are solid (but not great) with a 401k plan, mediocre health insurance, and even a small pension.

    Within select divisions, some solid managers remain, and strive to make decisions that benefit both the customer and the employees working under them (more on this in "Cons"). There is a good opportunity for development and career progression here, but it has just as much to do with playing the "political" game as it does with developing your skill-set. That said, if you work hard, express interest in moving to a new role, most middle-managers do a good job of helping you get there!

    ConsThis company has begun to slide - many of the old HP family have begun to retire, and have been replaced by management that has lost sight of "innovation." Instead, they have opted to go the way of many other big corporate tech entities, they simply purchase their new technologies and loosely integrate them into the "Agilent" brand.

    When I was hired 3 years ago, there was a sense of stability, family, and shared pride in the company. Traditionally, Agilent had viewed itself a "flat" organization, where even someone working as a low-level individual contributor could voice their concerns to a Vice President, or even the CEO, and feel their voice was heard. Those days are long gone. The culture has been rapidly sliding to one of bitterness, where individual contributors see very little appreciation for their efforts and upper management cares only about padding their own bonuses and the bottom line/shareholders.

    The company is re-organizing itself into a more industry-standard corporate hierarchy of "managers-managing-managers" with very few individual contributors at the bottom actually doing any work. This extremely top-heavy set-up leaves most managers more concerned with justifying their own existence, rather than actually managing their teams, leaving the individual contributors feeling lost, and fearing for their jobs.

    Upper management (VP-level and above) is only concerned about wall street/stock value. They have completely lost site of the customer, and their employees. The company is very "lean" on individual contributors, leaving those in these roles overworked, and stretched too thin to really provide the customer with a good experience or solution. The result is that customer satisfaction is slipping, which will ultimately affect sales, and the stock price that they hold so dear.

    3 years ago, I would have recommended this company to a friend in a heartbeat. I'd be less and less inclined to do so in the current climate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI agree that shareholder value is important, but so is maintaining a talented and motivated employee base. Be aware that your corporate culture is shifting from one of pride in Agilent's accomplishments, to one of bitterness, lack of job security, and under-appreciation. This will result in a revolving door down the road, where you will be unable to maintain solid workers. Sometimes, sweeping changes are necessary to move a company forward and maintain relevance in the business world, but when the changes involve a massive overarching management structure with layoffs at the bottom, you will lose talent where it matters most - in your customer facing roles.

    My advice is to look inside your company, and address the rapidly developing internal issues before a lack of pride in the company and a lack of innovation hurts Agilent where you will feel it - in market share, and stock price.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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