Hewlett-Packard

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Great while it lasted

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

Pros

Great name recognition - the company was a great starting point. There were a lot of people that had spent their entire working life there.

Cons

Sometimes it was too big - too many layers of management at times made it tedious to get some projects completed.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

So far things are too big to change quickly without possibly 'breaking' a lot of longstanding ingrained policies and procedures.

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Getting Worse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV

    Pros

    Good conscientious individual performers who have built relationships and trust with clients -- that has brought business to EDS and now HP.

    Cons

    The Narcissic managers at the top are used to running a widgit company. Some of the decisions that are manadated down need to be in a Dilbert cartoon. US employees do not have a future with this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Running a clients IT shop is more than providing a body that can perform a technical function. The only relationships that last are built on trust.. There is no trust here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    HP - Once a great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer

    Pros

    - HP still has some of the finest employees in the electronic industries
     - I know there are still some middle managers who treat their employees with fairness and respect.
     - Entry-level engineers can gain valuable experience - plus it looks good to have HP on your resume

    Cons

    - Since Lew Platt's departure, the HP way has eroded and the company is a shell of what it once was. There is a constant stream of cutting benefits and freezing salaries while compensation continues to increase for senior managment.
     - The morale at this company is low. It used to be that employees stayed working till the wee hours of the morning because they had a sense of ownership and loyalty. Now, as soon as 5 or 6 o'clock arrives, the parking lot empties.
     - I am saddened that a company which I admired so much and where I was valued has changed so dramtically for the worst .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't run an R&D operation as you would a sales force. Suscessively increasing ranking cut-off points creates an atmosphere of fear and distrust between individual contributors. As a result, teamwork is not encouraged and creative solutions decrease.
    The only metric for success seems to be the stock price but I believe senior managment is sacrificing long term success for short term gains. I agree with the other posts in that there will be a mass exodus when the economy improves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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