Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated 23 August, 2014
Updated 23 August, 2014
526 Reviews

3.6
526 Reviews
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Agilent Technologies CEO and Director Bill Sullivan
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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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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    13 Years of Layoffs have left a Toxic Shell

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    Current Employee - Field Marketing  in  Wilmington, DE (US)
    Current Employee - Field Marketing in Wilmington, DE (US)

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

    Pros

    Nice mono-culture
    If you are Female or Gay it is Great
    In the heart of Santa Clara with Easy freeway access

    Cons

    13 years of layoffs and spinoffs have left nothing but a toxic shell dedicated to pulling money out for the shareholders and thereby driving executive bonus plans
    Bill Sullivan sees employees, especially those in the US as a huge liability
    Benefits have been cut to the bone and the cuts keep coming
    Small raises for only the top 5%, everyone else goes begging
    Management cannot make even small decisions quickly
    The environment is actively hostile to non-managers over the age of 40
    The company has been under Reduction In Force (RIF) since 2000 and has "grown" from 51,000 to 17,000 employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and look at your products and employees.

    The product line is stagnent

    The employees are 9-5'ers with no incentive to do anything new because innovation and initiative are CRUSHED.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Agilent is OK, but not a career enhancer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The work is relatively easy and working environment is calm and quiet. For the most part, taking initiative is appreciated, except by bosses that don't appreciate that quality in their people.

    Cons

    Managers are not real managers -- completely unskilled at managing people. Evidently managerial training is nonexistent. If you are looking to work for a "Leader" in the true sense, this is the not company you will find them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First and foremost, bring back business HR and train managers on people management and Leadership. Secondly, tear down all the internal organizational barriers so you can serve the customers instead of bickering over who is supposed to 'own' this or that or pay for fixing the customer you broke. Lastly, create some excitement in the atmosphere. Go watch people as they walk around the site -- they seem 'dead'. people don't smile here. Whats up with that?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good environment and work life balance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good environment and work life balance.
    Cross functional can be easily engaged. Training is ample for skill enhancement.

    Cons

    Management plays favouritism and unethical on retaining permits holders, not a fair and equal opportunities as described in job career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Favouritism and unethical behavior will not bring good to the organization.
    Talents will be lost before retention process takes place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall company is good but .....

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great products, work culture and values

    Cons

    regular salary increments are not fine.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Mainstream big company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Excellent benefits at reasonable cost
    Opportunities
    Facilities

    Cons

    Bureaucracy - company moves at a snail's pace
    Highly political
    Adverse to change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Agient IT

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great gym, good location - center of Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Everyone is on their own, very protective of what they do. Many old-timers that formed their own groups, hard to join in or get rewarded. Campus around the world and people are not very sensitive on meeting time - east coast team insisted 6:00AM PST meeting 4 times a week because east coast starts their work at 9am; however, no more meeting after 2PM PST because they are off by then. IT team too cheap to fly everyone together even for implementation, making it very difficult to run projects.
    You only get hired if you know someone in the house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management changes their minds a lot - one day you are a project manager and one day you should be a technical lead, you should be hand-off unless you need to be hand-on. People cannot switch this fast!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not up to the mark

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Coordinator  in  Mānesar (India)
    Current Employee - Finance Coordinator in Mānesar (India)

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Stable and great company
    Nice business and less competition.
    Many benifits for permanent employees.

    Cons

    Very slow growth
    No learning even if you spent good time there.
    Highly stressed atmosphere made by espeacially my manager and that too not for actual work but the other things.
    No training at any time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please introduce some good training sessions for everyone after every few months so that everyone keep learning. Due to continous learning the employee can be good asset of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A technology company with a constant business perspective

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Working culture is generally positive. There are occasionally opportunities to move within the company. A constant emphasis on business ensures sustained investment in the company by shareholders.

    Cons

    Just as all other public listed companies, every investment, human resource included, needs to have its cost justified. This might cause the organization to make decisions based on short term objectives at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fabulous!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Transparent System, Sr. management in continuous touch with lower level employees

    Cons

    Nothing as such! all fine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it Up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Engineer  in  Mānesar (India)
    Former Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Mānesar (India)

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good culture and Atmosphere to work here

    Cons

    If your manager sucks then you are gone case

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unless the Indian manager handles it with typical Indian mentality then no company is best. but still the culture and atmosphere is best.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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