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Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated 22 October 2014
Updated 22 October 2014
9,066 Reviews
3.3
9,066 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work-life balance due to flexibility of work schedule but that's about it (in 1167 reviews)

  • Being able to work from home is also great so you are never behind in work (in 663 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance was horrible: meetings early in the morning or late at night (in 202 reviews)

  • Mid to senior management each day you get more surprised with how incompetent they are (in 317 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Place to Work. Invests in its Employees.

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in London, England

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Stable Company. Trains Employees with certification opportunities. Pay is decent. Relatively flexible for such a large company. Future looking company.

    Cons

    Large company so all the issues related to large companies. Nothing new.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in new emerging technology and solution areas such as Threat Analytics, Make it easier for customers to access information on support, licenses etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Junior Sales Executive

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    Current Employee - Sales Graduate in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Graduate in London, England

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Everyone is nice
    -People genuinely would like you to succeed
    -Employees are genuinely empowered and respected

    Cons

    Possibly that management are slowish at making decisions but at the same time are very calculated. Silos between divisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue fighting for fairer terms in regards to working with other divisions and hold don't take crap from them- i.e. Enterprise Group and Enterprise Services want to utilise Software's capabilities and include them in sales to customers but refuse to adhere to their side of the bargain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    HP

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Belfast, Northern Ireland

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, great team of engineers

    Cons

    Long hours and late nights

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realistic project timescales and functionality.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    glam face on an old tart

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Cloud Service Management in Erskine, Scotland
    Current Employee - IT Cloud Service Management in Erskine, Scotland

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Individual contributors i.le. employees, mangers and functional leads are generally supportive and work well to integrate the availabe tech and processes withthe delivery. Decent benefits package is okk but not spectacular. At manager level hours are self-arranged according to programme or business needsand working offsite or from home is by convenience or necessity, but never excluded. the company attracts good people and the overall vibe is ethical and egalitarian, There are no Mr or Ms/Ma'am involved - everyone is first name. Excellent onsite facilities and provision for technical access - provided you have approval to cost it and get it payed for. Apparent payscales appear good from outside and can be achieved in a reasonable time if your contribition is very valuable. Plenty of in-house training opportunities provided. A plethora of opportunity for career development, provided you can take a £10k hit while waiting on your wage rise.

    Cons

    Dinosaur of a company where every cost is analysed to death and will be turned down where there is no direct benefit to customers or public exposure. Attacking the company publicly is career death. Internal promotions will be granted but you will not receive the rate of pay for that grade for up to 3 yrs if you have a manager who is hopeless or if you are not prepared to leave to make a point. Fact- out of 212 promotions which were approved and which employees had already began working in their new post for a period of up to 18 months, only 6 people got their pay upgrade apoproved. Some employees are waiting on increases of $11k to bring then up to pat grade, and I do not mean only high -flyers. This applies to base -0rate staff who have been doing management roles for 2 years and are still on base-rate of £13700. Bewrae if you join at a lower pay rate - they will look for any excuse not to increase your pay, while promising wealth for performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management at Programme or Service delivery/ Capaboility level are mostley sympathetic, hard working and efficient. Advice is to higher Management - address your attrition by paying those who perform adequately, adequately. Do bot assume that overhead costs can continue to be reduced by refusing to pay appropriate salaries - HP is losing valuable talent by failing to pay anything like the going rate for expertise, and it is only a matter of time before word gets around and expertise will be something HP cannot hold onto, or attract..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A Titanic of a company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Big, "proper" and pretty sturdy, good if you want to do a 9-to-5 job, where the processes are already created, documented and are easy to follow. Great library of training material. Also HP is a big player who can afford to sponsor, donate and support.

    Cons

    Again, a Titanic of a company. Because of its vast size, changes take a long while to get fully embedded into the company, mindsets etc. Impersonal, no encouragement of creativity, no need to thrive, conquer, seek challenges... just stick to your desk, be vanilla and clock in the years of service. Bet your grandad used to work for HP back in the days!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the stars a chance to shine, otherwise they WILL leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going through bad times

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    Current Employee - Project Services in Norwich, England
    Current Employee - Project Services in Norwich, England

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time

    Pros

    Working from home was encouraged. The staff are HPs greatest asset.

    Cons

    Salary is poor and rarely reviewed. Yearly bonuses are a waste of time and the whole performance review process is simply a tick in the box exercise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your decent staff by paying decent rates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company in a cognitive dissonance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    HP has two main assets - people and legacy. There are really fantastic coworkers that have accumulated knowledge and wisdom and are willing to share unconditionally. It's a company with a amazing legacy of innovation, entrepreneurship and engineering at its best.

    Cons

    Old, slow, lazy, apathetic and demotivated company. Too many processes with too little link to reality. As people often say, the biggest battles we have are not outside, rather than inside the company. Lacking clear direction, this company has lost its way and soul starting with Carly Fiorina. Frankly speaking, I'm afraid it's following its path to oblivion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regain the trust of your employees. You have lost the battle with your most loyal ones...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    not spectular

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I learned a lot working on the field

    Cons

    low pay, long hours, poor level of professional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok for a short stay, but if you want a career that also offers the reward, you will need to go elsewhere.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Erskine, Scotland
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Erskine, Scotland

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great environment to work in, with great facilities and easy to get to. Lots of specialized fields meaning lots of opportunities and training

    Cons

    More often than not there will be Pay freezes, Travel Bans, ongoing redundancies, and no rewards if you secure a Job promotion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Leviathan - over-"managed" - technology sheep (nowadays)

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    Former Employee - ES Techie
    Former Employee - ES Techie

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked at HP (previously EDS, then HP Enterprise Services) for 8 years, bear in mind that this is probably different to other parts of HP, which operate pretty independently (despite the management messages that we were one big happy entity). On the plus side, because it is so huge, it's possible to carve a niche and find more interesting work than the pigeon-holed job description everyone has should allow. It can be quite flexible - e.g. working from home, though I hear there are plans to stop this - who knows...?

    Cons

    Constant cuts (travel & training go first). Awful processes - if you do need to travel it has to be planned (and documented in many words) a couple of weeks in advance and approved by layers of "management", costing far more in person-hours than the travel itself. It always amused me when I had to provide a justification for travel, when it was for the benefit of the company, and on behalf of someone else.
    There are many jobsworths in admin/"management" (which has a different meaning at HP to anywhere else you can think of - they are constantly referring to "leaders" - in the eyes of the people doing the work, "leaders" = those who send lots of useless emails with the latest "initiatives" to "improve this, that and the other" with no proper weight behind them - i.e. noise).
    Constant threat of redundancy (which ultimately made me take VR - I got fed up of it). Redundancies seem to target the techies/PMs doing the real work as well, not the "leaders" in middle-management.
    Poor salary increases, even though I had three consecutive years at the very top performance rating, I received barely 1%/year increase and about the same in bonuses (other years resulted in zero, regardless of rating) - and that was when they were bleating about how they were rewarding good performance.
    Some shoddy behaviour - telling people they must relocate from one end of the country to the other (fine if you're unsettled, but that does not apply to majority) - then when you don't/can't, removing your post and recreating it as a new graduate position in the new location (NB: this is not sour grapes, it did not happen to me..)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the condescension (with your "leaders" and your over-worked processes for everything from procuring paperclips to buying a £10 train ticket), let people do the thinking - it's what people are good at, and what you supposed pay them to do...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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