Agilent Technologies

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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.6 516 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Agilent Technologies CEO and Director Bill Sullivan

Bill Sullivan

(334 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees(in 108 reviews)

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment(in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • Work / Life Balance sometimes out of balance(in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management runs the business based on politics for shareholders, not customers or employees(in 16 reviews)

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood team. very supportive management.

    ConsToo many changes in business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start a career.

    Project Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGet to work with talented and smart colleagues. Collaborative and team-oriented approach to problem solving. As you get more experience (I started as a software developer) you will get the opportunity to work with colleagues from different areas or functions and this really helps to give you a broader appreciation of product development.

    ConsAgilent is a big company and, like all big companies, is slow moving compared to what can be accomplished in a start-up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGenerous pay and good work enviroment

    Conslack version on software development

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very good management, respect for employees, open communication, great pay

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Montreal, QC

    ProsVery well managed company. Managers are given management training and treat people with respect. Very little politics compared to other companies. High quality employees shows up in mutual respect and top customer treatment.

    ConsLimited carreer options in sales offices without relocating to manufacturing/R&D/Marketing centers. Remote management in some areas means limitied visibility. Relatively slow and conservative in making decisions. Corporate oversight limits action in fast moving competive businesses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink of putting more of the HP Way back into how you treat and nurture employees. When I began with HP in the 80s it was one of the most respected companies in the world and an honour to work for. Today there are many companies that have surpasssed HP/Agilent in that measure. While much of the philosophy was still there when I left, and long time emplyees still believe in the HP WAY, spreadsheet decision making and cost cutting seems have widened the cracks that allow compassion for employees to fall thru. I would gladly return to work for Agilent if the opportunity arose.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good to see life in an established company with a mature product - Co-op/Intern perspective

    Software Test Engineer (co-Op) (Former Employee) Burnaby, BC

    ProsIt was great to work on a product that was useful, and used by a wide range of excellent companies. Getting involved with a wide variety of networking protocols is a great experience. Although the product is mature and changes are constrained by previous versions, testing was a little bit less so. In the time I was there (8 months) there were some significant changes made or planned to the testing process, some of which came from the Test Engineers as well as the managers. The coworkers are great, especially the team I worked on.

    ConsWorking on a mature product meant that there was little room for creativity. The improvements and changes were constrained by the previous iterations. This applied to the testing as well, although less so.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPerhaps create more avenues for bottom-up changes to the product and/or process.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cares about employees but limited opportunities for advancement post company split. Existing management now overpaid.

    Finance (Current Employee)

    ProsYour experience at Agilent is dependent on your immediate manager. The company allows a lot of freedom for managers to dictate the environment for the staff. Some allow freedom to work from home others do not. work/life balance is fair, but with back office operations in South East Asia, there is a lot of work done outside of 'normal' work hours.

    ConsPretty tight expense controls. No frills and the old HP employee perks are gradually going away one by one (retirement etc).

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop selling and splitting the company and try to grow it!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a well managed and employee oriented company.

    Tax Compliance Specialist (Current Employee) Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    Pros1. Work life balance
    2. Work independently.
    3. Open door policy.

    Cons1. A little slow in growth.
    2. A stretched or lengthy hierarchy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good mid-sized company

    IT Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsStability, and flexible work hours. Good benefits, still contributes to a retirement pension account. Good colleagues to work with.

    ConsGlobal company means out of normal workday hours. Outsourcing to offshore model can be challenging. Offshore vendor resources make aggressive schedules difficult to meet on some projects.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Aging Company

    Account Manager (Current Employee) Dallas, TX (US)

    ProsAs a young engineer in sales, there is a lot of opportunity in the older generation retiring. There is a lot of expertise and experience available

    ConsThe company has an aging mindset and doesn't seem to be able adjust to getting, cultivating, and keeping young talent. The people that stay are complacent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe open with employees about career planning

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Its a good learning experience

    Finance Associate (Current Employee) Mānesar (India)

    ProsA good Work life balance
    Helpful seniors
    International exposure is there

    ConsSalaries are less in comparison to the competing industries
    Growth is very slow, promotions takes years
    Bonuses are very less

    Advice to Senior ManagementIntroduce a Better salary structure with good bonuses
    Quicker promotions by having more job levels
    Job rotation should be made easier

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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