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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated 15 October, 2014
Updated 15 October, 2014
545 Reviews
3.6
545 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees (in 114 reviews)

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is challenging constant stream of top priority projects keep people working OT non stop (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great , exellent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    You can learn much of state of art technology

    Cons

    There are a lot of travel , you can be out of office about 80%

  2.  

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Good team. very supportive management.

    Cons

    Too many changes in business.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to start a career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Get 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    great company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Generous pay and good work enviroment

    Cons

    lack version on software development

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Montreal, QC

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Cons

    Limited 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 ManagementAdvice

    Think 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer (co-Op) in Burnaby, BC
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer (co-Op) in Burnaby, BC

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    It 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.

    Cons

    Working 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Love my work but manager training would be appreciated!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Folsom, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Folsom, CA (US)

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Generally kind and helpful people to be working with. Technical staff is VERY intelligent and always willing to assist. Competitive pay and people have a very good chance to achieve an excellent work-life balance.

    Cons

    As with most companies, management is based almost purely on politics instead of ability. It seems that some supervisors are only put in place to be puppets for high management and those individuals should be trained more thoroughly on how to interact with their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are happy and want to be happy! Most do their best and are doing great work. There is no need to micromanage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    lives by its values, respect for all employees, collaborative work environment, work life balance

    Cons

    global company - you may need to work at odd hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    accelerate growth, new markets

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Material Engineer in Mānesar (India)
    Former Employee - Material Engineer in Mānesar (India)

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    company values compensation policies work life balance everything

    Cons

    benefits promotions perks work life balance compensation policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    My second job, Good workplace.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    9 years in Agilent. Engineer is respected. Good work life balance. First line manager is good. I like the culture.

    Cons

    EMG business doesn't grow slower than life science and chemical analysis. Upper level management team usually pay more attention on business with high growth because it's easier.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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