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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated 27 January 2015
Updated 27 January 2015
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This company has long been a shining star in "work/life balance" for its employees (in 117 reviews)

  • Good work environment when I worked there, by that I mean the physical environment (in 49 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.  

    Something is missing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Employees are treated as adults. Pay and conditions are good. Communication about the state of the company as a whole was good.

    Cons

    Complacent and kind of dull. It didn't have a bad culture, more like no culture at all - maybe because there was a significant shortage of younger employees, and the older employees weren't interested.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more focus on the internal life of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Electronics Eng

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Melbourne

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    not bad accomodation, new building

    Cons

    lousy pay, lousy bunch of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sack the management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, good opportunity

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Great people. Learning opportunity is good. Work environment is informal and friendly. Peer feedback is well-valued.

    Cons

    Growth is not steady. Too much outsourcing and less job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think management should give a division/org more time after an investment. Also outsorucing too much may not be good for the long run.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Agilent is a large company with the typical tradeoffs one finds in that situation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive salary, bonus and reward system, plays by the rules as far as I know. Has an ethical culture at the worker level meaning that they treat full time professionals humanely (I can't vouch for contract workers). Lower level managers I have had have been competent and even likeable.

    Cons

    Gradually moving away from the benevolent model to become more like other corporations. Replacing older experienced and expensive older workers with cheap talent without an appreciation of the long term consequences. Focused on the stock analysts and the quarter, blah, blah. It is hard to be a real star at the contributor level. The company is just too big.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Remarkably innovative company with a beautiful focus on customers, employees and shareholders.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Outstanding colleagues, culture of progress and stunning leadership development.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities for advancement due to size of company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good culture, but old fashioned

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    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Agilent's company culture still has remnants of the old HP, where employees are respected, and many managers open to advice and concerns. Management tries to do the right thing, and work/life balance is respected. Co-workers are smart and friendly.

    Cons

    HR is very old fashioned. Promotions dishearteningly rare, salaries below average and stagnant. Relative ranking system devalues most employees, rewards manager favorites rather than rewarding results, promotes competition rather than cooperation, and leaves most employees feeling bitter and demoralized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Agilent is a biotech company now, rather than an engineering company, and needs to change its mindset. Upper management needs to hire more executives with real biotech experience and with vision to grow the company. Salaries need to get more inline with Silicon Valley biotech salaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in San Jose, CA (US)

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Great place to learn new things

    Cons

    Benifits, Micro management and travelling

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. Good work culture

    Cons

    Distance. Located in Manesar

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your next level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Very good company

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    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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good wages, good people to work with. Company cares about us.

    Cons

    Some entitlement from some long time employees. Managers don't deal with all performance issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone fairly and to the same standards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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