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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated 12 September 2014
Updated 12 September 2014
533 Reviews
3.6
533 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Its a good learning experience

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

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

    Pros

    A good Work life balance
    Helpful seniors
    International exposure is there

    Cons

    Salaries are less in comparison to the competing industries
    Growth is very slow, promotions takes years
    Bonuses are very less

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce a Better salary structure with good bonuses
    Quicker promotions by having more job levels
    Job rotation should be made easier

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering  in  Lake Forest, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering in Lake Forest, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Great employees. Good opportunities. Excellent market and business.

    Cons

    The employees are treated poorly. The work environment is hostile. The management for the Lake Forest and Folsom site looks down on employees. They are not open to any new ideas or suggestions. It is a very closed environment. Employees are afraid of sharing their ideas because of possible harsh consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider employees as the great asset of the company as they should be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Rapidly becoming "just another big tech company"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    This 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!

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Agilent 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.

    Cons

    There are no cons at Agilent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    R&D Hardware Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Hardware Engineer  in  Hachiōji (Japan)
    Former Employee - R&D Hardware Engineer in Hachiōji (Japan)

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

    Pros

    Working this company is best to get technology about measurement and development measurement equipment! And, engineer can evaluate latest devices.

    Cons

    Target market is niche. But, if the market will not be able to grow, they will sale the division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your employee motivating high.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    work life balance, fleet, good people, no work pressure, overall good for married ppl

    Cons

    Not a good pay master, Manager politics, open door policy only on saying reality is different

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a close look on your managers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good pay to new hire but annual increment for existing employee is poor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    Could learn a lot if you are hard working

    Cons

    Some employee misuse the working hours flexibility, management to employees ratio is high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair to existing employee when management willing to pay higher for new hire.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Mainstream big company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Excellent benefits at reasonable cost
    Opportunities
    Facilities

    Cons

    Bureaucracy - company moves at a snail's pace
    Highly political
    Adverse to change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good environment and work life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Good environment and work life balance.
    Cross functional can be easily engaged. Training is ample for skill enhancement.

    Cons

    Management plays favouritism and unethical on retaining permits holders, not a fair and equal opportunities as described in job career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Favouritism and unethical behavior will not bring good to the organization.
    Talents will be lost before retention process takes place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    13 Years of Layoffs have left a Toxic Shell

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Marketing  in  Wilmington, DE (US)
    Current Employee - Field Marketing in Wilmington, DE (US)

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

    Pros

    Nice mono-culture
    If you are Female or Gay it is Great
    In the heart of Santa Clara with Easy freeway access

    Cons

    13 years of layoffs and spinoffs have left nothing but a toxic shell dedicated to pulling money out for the shareholders and thereby driving executive bonus plans
    Bill Sullivan sees employees, especially those in the US as a huge liability
    Benefits have been cut to the bone and the cuts keep coming
    Small raises for only the top 5%, everyone else goes begging
    Management cannot make even small decisions quickly
    The environment is actively hostile to non-managers over the age of 40
    The company has been under Reduction In Force (RIF) since 2000 and has "grown" from 51,000 to 17,000 employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and look at your products and employees.

    The product line is stagnent

    The employees are 9-5'ers with no incentive to do anything new because innovation and initiative are CRUSHED.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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