Hewlett-Packard

  www.hp.com
  www.hp.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile
There are newer employer reviews for Hewlett-Packard

 

HP Joins the Grade B Companies working culture

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer
Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

Pros

Good place to learn on your own, costlier trainings are provided based on business needs

Cons

Less benifits
lower compensation
HP is trying to lure investor with all its cuts and reductions, however, it wont go for long as the product does not run company, its the good people

Advice to ManagementAdvice

well, agree that there was recession, however, there are companies who fought back and giving the employees what they deservs.

Disapproves of CEO

8787 Other Employee Reviews for Hewlett-Packard (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date
  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Endurance race!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    Great work-life balance if you're not the front of a business. HP is a brand that will really impress in my CV. When you're lucky enough to find a manager with the HP WAY, it really shows you how 2 guys in a garage were able to build an emporium.

    Cons

    - Outsourcing jobs is a way of life
    - Let me describe Hurd's management style: You pressure as much as you can, till the employee/division gets tired and finally retaliates; it is at this time that he knows they're at their optimal level and goes to find its next pray. ALELUYA for Business Optimization!
    - Declining R&D. Have you seen when they talk about R&D they actually discuss a fixed amount instead of a certain % of total revenue like top innovators actually do?.
    - Focus on 2 things: Hiring Sellers and Execs. What does this mean? It's an army with 10 high ranking officers but only 2-3 tired soldiers who actually do the fight.
    - HR is a joke! No salary increases (at least in high-cost countries), forced curves in performance reviews leaving only a few people with the highest rank (what if there's a magic team that has 10 geniouses among their ranks? It doesn't matter, the "less" smart guy gets the lowest level.... It's that way!!)
    - I have never seen so many OverHead in a company like in HP

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what makes great companies, innovation!!! Look at Apple, they may not excel in every department but at least they're trying and winning; I can't wait to see the day when they decide to start selling Servers... HP/IBM/DELL shares will immediately drop by 20%, why? Because they're able to turn into Gold everything they touch due to the way they run their business.

    I can bet that Apple at some time took ideas from HP Way magament style, and look at them!! Imagine what HP would be if they return to their former self with the muscle they've gained over these years.

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

    True globalized company. Jobs and morale are eroding quickly, stay away.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hewlett-Packard

    Pros

    - Still highly renowned brand and company name make a good line in your CV
    - Work-life balance is excellent, easy to get days off, very fair working hours and vacation rules at least in Germany
    - Pay was above average in the past
    - Still lots of competent, friendly and helpful people around - but severe brain drain may hit HP hard in the near future
    - It' easy and informal to get in touch with practically anybody in the company besides top level execs

    Cons

    Funny how the problems HP employees are facing are the same all over the world:

    - Technical jobs are being moved to lower wage countries at high pace. It may be different if you are a sales guy or like to be something like a "process manager"
    - Sophisticated job level system in theory but virtually impossible to get a promotion
    - No pay raises for years
    - Other benefits dwindling rapidly, even anniversary awards and christmas celebrations are gone
    - No budget for effective trainings, all web-based and thus worthless
    - Bonus policy is unfair and intransparent
    - "Voice of the workforce" polls never ever changed anything noticeable
    - Lots of embarrassingly bad internal tools with no budget to make them usable (which in the end is counterproductive)
    - Internal IT and HR are invisible. Help yourself or get lost.
    - Extremely large and confusion organisation, ever changing of course. Lots of bureaucracy.
    - Constant job rotation in upper level management
    - Control frenzy: everything must be billed, tracked and forecasted, which itself costs a fortune
    - "Parasitic" strategy: HP buys company after company which causes lots of irritation and internal friction (not to forget the layoffs) but cut it's own R&D spendings. Innovation, growth, knowledge, people and customers are sucked up from outside companies, rarely acquired on HP's own means.
    - HP operates mostly in commodity markets with low margins and high competition. HP lost its once famous ingenuity.
    - Lots of company noise in the mailbox, hard to filter out valuable information among all this spam

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Growth and shareholder value are *results* of a sustainable strategy. They should not be the company stategy itself.
    - Respect your employees beyond lip service. As Mark Hurd said at Haas School: "Culture gets created by actions". Yes, but you can easily destroy it by actions. This is what happens at HP.
    - Stop the buzzwording about the sacred "portfolio" that has to be "leveraged". HPs portfolio is probably the widest in the IT industry. But that does not mean there is much connection between selling laptops or selling IT services.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
There are newer employer reviews for Hewlett-Packard

Worked for Hewlett-Packard? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.