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Updated 26 January 2015
Updated 26 January 2015
9,694 Reviews
3.3
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Pros
  • Decent work-life balance due to flexibility of work schedule but that's about it (in 1209 reviews)

  • Being able to work from home is also great so you are never behind in work (in 684 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance was horrible: meetings early in the morning or late at night (in 211 reviews)

  • You can hear people want to fix issues but the senior management just doesn't get it (in 319 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    HR

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time

    Pros

    career opportunities but only within the same country

    Cons

    no relocation package, lack of innovation, very process driven, lack of training

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Education

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Current Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in Glasgow, Scotland

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

    Pros

    Gained top level training and understanding of how the I.T industry works

    Cons

    Very Very Silod, Communication is not the best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A stable organization with strong values

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in London, England

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

    Pros

    - Good work life balance
    - Great people and strong team culture
    - Clear strategy, and company on solid footing after turnaround.
    - CEO Meg Whitman has built stability and confidence internally and externally to the organisation

    Cons

    - Middle Management too transient
    - Complex organization with a lot of bureaucracy
    - Internal politics and process can often hinder sales

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the bureaucracy and red tape
    Focus middle management more on people management and leadership, less reporting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Erskine, Scotland
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Erskine, Scotland

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good experience worked with some really clever people and plenty of opportunity to move internally to other roles or progress your career

    Cons

    Terrible middle managers with no authority and no desire to support personal growth. Most of the team leaders are only interested in you hitting their targets and racking up 3 hours of time on the phone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    implement a new management structure that have the ability to make dynamic decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    I didn't enjoy that much!

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    Former Employee - Software Account Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Software Account Manager in London, England

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Struggling to think of anything I liked about HP; perhaps the flexibility of office locations?

    Cons

    Software Group was a disaster area. HP has bought a couple of good software companies, but it has also had a lot of rubbish. I was employed by one of the good software companies that was acquired. The value proposition on the software we had been selling was good and there was a good market for it, HP in their wisdom then upped our targets and added in all their poor software which no one was interested in buying as it had a limited value proposition. Poor management, and poor salary, I would not want to go back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the company up into business units with complete autonomy and their own operations, sell off, shut down the poorly performing ones and thin down the layers of management. Have a light touch holding company that lets the business unit management drive the direction of their own business, after all they probably know it best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good products but very inwardly focussed and commoditised

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

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

    Pros

    Very good people - very good brand

    Cons

    No market changing innovation - has made a mess of all its aquisitions in s/w. No growth .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Massive culture change required - Need to kill off huge numbers of bean counters and increase sales heads.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Security Architect in Consultancy (UK)

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    Current Employee - Security Architect in Bracknell, England
    Current Employee - Security Architect in Bracknell, England

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

    Pros

    When I started it had a great management team and great director. I got management support but a lot can change in a short time. Used to be a good work - family life balance.

    Cons

    New management with no backbone who cower before the loud mouthed barking senior managers. Given all the evidence of the project work being badly managed we are still blamed. Even though we have evidence. Ears are shut to that. Too much finger pointing and red tape. No pay rise and rewards. There is no work family balance and it is your problem if you have kids to take care of. Just get the work done "don't wanna hear your problems"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow some backbone be able to support your team. Sort out the re-orgs once and for all and stop giving us bad news. Start doing "Team" stuff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    HP Enterprise Services

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    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Bracknell, England
    Former Employee - Senior Solutions Architect in Bracknell, England

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

    Pros

    Some really great cooperative peers and managers.
    Remnants of the EDS culture of getting the job done, no matter what.
    Some true friends made out of HP / EDS staff.

    Cons

    Some colleagues having heart attacks due to pressure and stress.
    Constant attrition to the head count, loss of highly skilled workers (me aside).
    Constant demoralisation from snr management dictates of X 1000's to be cut in next Q, year on year.
    Powerless lower management to preserve their effective workforce, to the extent they move on due to being forced into conflicting ethical situations.
    Longevity of career is not really an option you can manage at HP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing the locale and grade cost numbers game regardless of the outcomes.
    I had 6 months + client booked work before being selected for redundancy, this caused major issues for the client team and the obviously the client.
    Do you seriously realise how embarrassing it is to explain to a client you are being made redundant when they just bought into a new initiative you sold them for extensions of services?

    I decided for all the above reasons not to look for another position within HP whilst being canned.

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

    OK company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Andover, England
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Andover, England

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, great people

    Cons

    Constant threat of redundancy, negative atmosphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop getting rid of people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Big behemoth where making a difference is impossible. Good people to work with, opportunities galore

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    Former Employee - Software Support in London, England
    Former Employee - Software Support in London, England

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

    Pros

    Very flexible, allowing to work remotely, good training opportunities (though most of them virtual only), great people to work with

    Cons

    Incredibly frustrating red tape EVERYWHERE. From booking a trip with a broken online system, through trying to get a laptop replaced or fixed to working with outdated and badly implemented in-house software, nothing of importance ever gets done. Within teams and lower rank managers everything is fine but going above that it's all about money, shareholders and more money.
    If you are looking to get some satisfaction out of your job or be recognized in a way that matters, HP is not the place for you. It's hard to make a difference in such a big company, especially if you don't know how to 'work the system' or don't care to do so and just want to do your job.
    A ridiculous amount of time and money invested in making it look like HP cares but the salaries, recognition and rewards systems tell the real story.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People matter. Especially those employees that face your customers on a daily basis. A bit more respect and appreciation from 'above' wouldn't go amiss.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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