Agilent Technologies
3.6 of 5 477 reviews
www.agilent.com Santa Clara, CA 5000+ Employees

Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.6 477 reviews

                             

68% Approve of the CEO

Agilent Technologies CEO and Director Bill Sullivan

Bill Sullivan

(309 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Overall would recommend

Field Service Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than a year

Pros- Great people to work with
- Overall good values and integrity, at least in the Field Services department
- Flexible working hours, though lots of overtime

Cons- No clear path for career advancement/promotion
- Not many valuable leadership opportunities
- Not too much contact with colleagues in the field (can be considered a pro to some)

Advice to Senior Management- Try to promote/value/challenge staff more. Agilent seems to do a great job hiring. I have no complaints about any one I have had to deal with in the organization, but Agilent needs to improve on retaining people because of lack of structure in valuing and challenging their workforce.

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

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Agilent Technologies- a good place to work, but struggles a bit to adjust with the volatile market.

R&D Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Wilmington, DE (US)

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

ProsOverall a good company with a nice working atmosphere and facilities, knowledgable experienced employees for most part. Flex hours allow for a nice work/life balance, pension and 401K, profit sharing, and reduced medical benefits.

ConsPay not the greatest, but comparable. Upper management runs the business based on politics for shareholders, not customers or employees. Gross mismanagement at the upper level with failed acquisitions/outsourcing and corporate greed. Too much emphasis on bean counting and not enough on quality, customer satisfaction, or employee retention. Top share of Life Science marketplace is in jeopardy due to these poor policies and decisions.

Advice to Senior ManagementNow that the 'split' is over, turn the focus from cost reductions back to quality, and customer/employee satisfaction. Do more research or investigate fully before any future acquisitions. Profit sharing has been in the toilet since the latest mergers, and wages have been stagnant for some time, but CEO's and boardmembers continue to enjoy ridiculous salaries and bonuses.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great culture and poeple

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Agilent Technologies

ProsDedicated and friendly poeple/envirornment
Work-life balance

Conslimited pay increases
quite freq layoffs

Advice to Senior Managementfocus on growing company organically

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Solid. Honest. Nurturing management team.

R&D Manager (Former Employee)
Santa Rosa, CA (US)

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

ProsManagers treat people with respect. A long history and storied culture. A global engineering company that cultivates excellent transferable skills.

ConsMeasurement hardware is a hard to defend market. Focus on operations has led to divestitures that may play well to The Street, but lead to challenges for current employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe aggressive in growing, not divesting. Espouse a vision that retains talent.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Working with Agilent/Philips Medical Systems was an exciting and dynamic work environment

Independent Sales Representative (Former Employee)

I worked at Agilent Technologies as a contractor for more than 8 years

ProsAgilent/Philips had many strategic sales opportunities which involved many levels of sales contact during the sales process.

ConsOne of the cons working there was that I was handling four different sales capacities for them at one time. Sometimes scheduling conflicts would make it difficult to be in two places at one time.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Best work life balance

Applications Engineer (Current Employee)
Delhi (India)

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

ProsWork life balance, Co operative management

ConsTight on budget, No other Cons

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great products, dedicated and talented research and development work force

R&D Software Engineer (Current Employee)

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

ProsAgilent develops great instrumentation products which make a positive difference in the world supporting the scientific community. Here is an excellent cross-discipinary research and development environment, featuring opportunities to work in teams with excellent mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, software developers, applications chemists, and field product specialists. There are opportunities for reasonable work-life balance, including a flexible time off policy. Benefits include 401(k) employer match, stock purchase plan, family leave, semi-annual Agilent Results Bonus, opportunity for individual performance bonus.

Consdifficult for software developers to advance in a hardware-centric company

Advice to Senior Managementraise the priority of fostering employee development and continuing education; yes, schedule-driven product development environment is crucial for product releases and the bottom line, but make more investments in the continuing education of the engineering workforce

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 (Current Employee)

I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time

ProsLots of learning opportunities. Agilent gives you all the tools to succeed.

ConsMany employees work from home which limits networking possibilities.

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Hard to beat Agilent for a solid long term place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Wilmington, DE (US)

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

ProsGrowth is due both to acquisition and organic growth. Everyone will agree that it is the individuals that make working together the best. There is solid history from HP and Agilent both that contribute to a deep corporate memory. We really do make the best in the industry.

ConsNot to say there haven't been downsizing and early retirement programs in the past.
While the benefits are reported as being "among the leaders", it is not Lake Woebegon, and it seems like many of the best benefits are eroding. The gap between rich and poor in society is reflected in bonus pay and salary between management and individual contributors.

Advice to Senior ManagementOutsourcing corporate services leads to poor service and distributes inefficiency making up the difference among all the workers.

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

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Good company to work for

Product Engineer (Former Employee)
Singapore (Singapore)

I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

ProsCulture heritage from HP, people-focused.

ConsProfit sharing is based on performance of the whole company,could be significantly dragged down by single department

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

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