Hewlett-Packard

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Hewlett-Packard Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
9,091 Reviews
3.3
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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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  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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    • Career Opportunities
    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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    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Going through bad times

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    High-flying, super-tech corporate glamour hides corporate indifference to its own employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cloud Services in Erskine, Scotland
    Current Employee - Cloud Services in Erskine, Scotland

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

    Pros

    Employees, mangers and functional leads are generally supportive and work well to try to integrate the available tech with the processes and the delivery. Decent benefits package is ok but not spectacular. At manager/lead level hours are self-arranged according to program or business needs, working from home is accepted provided this doesn’t restrict workload drastically. The company name attracts good people and the overall vibe is ethical and egalitarian, (there are no Mister's or Ma'am's involved - everyone is first name). Excellent onsite facilities and good provision for technical access and tools. Pay-scales appear good from outside and can be achieved in a reasonable time if your contribution is very valuable, or if they are desperate to on-board your skill. Plenty of in-house training opportunities provided and at most levels colleagues are willing to knowledge-share for the hell of it. There is a huge wealth of skill to tap into as HP retains a high number of employees who have decades of experience and accumulated wealth from days when pay was plenty, who are friendly, knowledgeable, settled for life and have no axe to grind, and are happy to share expertise. A plethora of opportunity for career development, offering a very wide range of job experiences while staying in the same company. Promotion can be achieved in reasonable timescales by diligence, or by program-hopping….

    Cons

    …..- provided you can do without the pay increase or be prepared to fight for years to get it. HP is a dinosaur of a company which has many good intentions let down badly by poorly-advised management at Global levels. The constant self-congratulation gets weary very quickly, and sometimes you watch employee webcasts looking for signs of doubt on faces of global Leaders and wonder if they really believe the hype. HP is too immersed in the share-driven leverage culture where ‘striving to achieve’ and ‘belt-tightening to improve efficiency’ really means underpaid employees working long hours and stressing just to stand still. Everything has a cost which needs to be approved (including performance-related earnings and wage increases) and these are analysed to death and will be turned down where there is no direct benefit to customers or to the buying public. 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 years 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 had employees working in their new post for a period of up to 18 months, only 6 people got their pay upgrade. Some employees are waiting on increases of $11k to bring then up to pay grade. These are regularly turned down as the increase would be 70% for lower paid management or analysts– not only high–flyers. Some base-rate staff who have been promoted to controller/management roles for 2 years or more are still on base-rate of under £14000. Beware if you join HP at a base-rate pay, they will look for any excuse not to increase your pay, while promising reward for performance. The irony is that for urgent projects HP will stump up for sometimes not-very-specialist contractors at hundreds of pounds each per day each to save face with failing customer-facing projects or contracts, while the existing teams get flayed for 'underperforming' on an impossibly low budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management at Program or Service Delivery/ Capability level are mostly sympathetic, hard-working and efficient individuals who strive to stay afloat. Advice to higher management: address attrition by paying those who perform adequately, adequately. Do not assume that overhead costs will 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. Attrition percentages for recent years are heavily disguised by those taking voluntary redundancy who would be leaving anyway. Business groups and Support /Services have been haemorrhaging good people and valuable talent due to overwork, poor salary and the expected excesses of over-leveraging resources. HP is perceived internally as being unable to to recognise worth, contrary to the perform2win pay-for-performance propaganda. 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
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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
  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.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.  

    Frustrating

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Breadth of portfolio; potential; some good people

    Cons

    Culture differs by business unit. In some culture is very positive and supportive, in others it is not. Still a feeling that HP is a loosely coupled set of disparate businesses that has not worked out how to weld this together effectively at the client interface. Some truly unexceptional senior leaders in some areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the company up into smaller parts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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