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HP Joins the Grade B Companies working culture

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Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer
Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer

Pros

Good place to learn on your own, costlier trainings are provided based on business needs

Cons

Less benifits
lower compensation
HP is trying to lure investor with all its cuts and reductions, however, it wont go for long as the product does not run company, its the good people

Advice to ManagementAdvice

well, agree that there was recession, however, there are companies who fought back and giving the employees what they deservs.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    in a niche business unit for telecoms market

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    Current Employee - Presales  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Presales in Singapore (Singapore)

    Pros

    Good camaraderie between colleagues in own team
    Flexible work/life balance
    Great brand recognition, and lots of experience in the field
    Many experts to help get the job done
    Good manager watching my back and steering the right direction (but might not always be this way)

    Cons

    Benefits package fairly basic
    Salary under market rate and drastic cuts have been applied
    Delivery org hold all the power, sales are a small fish
    Red tape, Red tape, Red tape.
    Pass the buck culture - nobody wants to make a decision, take on responsibility or do the actual job.
    Culture of engineering things so that others to do your bidding
    In the telecoms software domain, other big players (IBM, Oracle) have vested huge $$ in R&D and acquisitions and are very aggressive in sales. HP feel more arrogant, thinking their solutions are superior and have been around longer. Relying too heavily on repeat business and customers 'wanting' HP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take heed of smaller business units which can provide very high profit margins - not only flogging tin and ink.
    Take heed of the cuts made in recent times, and reverse them - they are driving away good staff.
    Figure out and fix whatever is causing good candidates to not want to work for HP anymore.
    Get the act together with Sales organization and give them the power to win more business.
    Don't only look to the biggest deals, smaller ones can add up over time - especially in developing countries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    True globalized company. Jobs and morale are eroding quickly, stay away.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Still highly renowned brand and company name make a good line in your CV
    - Work-life balance is excellent, easy to get days off, very fair working hours and vacation rules at least in Germany
    - Pay was above average in the past
    - Still lots of competent, friendly and helpful people around - but severe brain drain may hit HP hard in the near future
    - It' easy and informal to get in touch with practically anybody in the company besides top level execs

    Cons

    Funny how the problems HP employees are facing are the same all over the world:

    - Technical jobs are being moved to lower wage countries at high pace. It may be different if you are a sales guy or like to be something like a "process manager"
    - Sophisticated job level system in theory but virtually impossible to get a promotion
    - No pay raises for years
    - Other benefits dwindling rapidly, even anniversary awards and christmas celebrations are gone
    - No budget for effective trainings, all web-based and thus worthless
    - Bonus policy is unfair and intransparent
    - "Voice of the workforce" polls never ever changed anything noticeable
    - Lots of embarrassingly bad internal tools with no budget to make them usable (which in the end is counterproductive)
    - Internal IT and HR are invisible. Help yourself or get lost.
    - Extremely large and confusion organisation, ever changing of course. Lots of bureaucracy.
    - Constant job rotation in upper level management
    - Control frenzy: everything must be billed, tracked and forecasted, which itself costs a fortune
    - "Parasitic" strategy: HP buys company after company which causes lots of irritation and internal friction (not to forget the layoffs) but cut it's own R&D spendings. Innovation, growth, knowledge, people and customers are sucked up from outside companies, rarely acquired on HP's own means.
    - HP operates mostly in commodity markets with low margins and high competition. HP lost its once famous ingenuity.
    - Lots of company noise in the mailbox, hard to filter out valuable information among all this spam

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Growth and shareholder value are *results* of a sustainable strategy. They should not be the company stategy itself.
    - Respect your employees beyond lip service. As Mark Hurd said at Haas School: "Culture gets created by actions". Yes, but you can easily destroy it by actions. This is what happens at HP.
    - Stop the buzzwording about the sacred "portfolio" that has to be "leveraged". HPs portfolio is probably the widest in the IT industry. But that does not mean there is much connection between selling laptops or selling IT services.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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