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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
564 Reviews
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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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than an 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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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Melbourne

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies full-time (less than an 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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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5.  

    Innovative company with a vision and solid management team.
    Great product development life cycle and policies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    technical symposiums.
    innovation through labs.
    benefits and employee programs
    internal training

    Cons

    it is sometimes difficult to works through all departments for coordination

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Software Engineer
    Former Employee - R&D Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    You will work with best engineer; The working time is very flexible;
    Ttrust, Good benefit, Good working enviroment,Nice management;

    Cons

    Sometimes the efficiency may be not very high due to the flexible working time, so need to make some balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Genomics Division Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Genomics Marketing
    Former Employee - Genomics Marketing

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

    Pros

    The biggest pro for working at Agilent is the quality of most of the people that work there. There are some dedicated people working in R&D, Tech Services, Sales, and even Marketing. The benefits are nice and compensation is pretty good. There are also opportunities to evolve your position through hard work and making sure the right people notice.

    Cons

    Like most other tech companies, one of the biggest cons is being unofficially on call nights and weekends. I worked on the business side of things and management was going through transition, so it felt like you had to make sure to check email before going to bed and before going into the office. It really wasn't uncommon to get a response from the GM at 10:30pm or to get an all division email sent at 4:00am.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management could use a closer relationship to their independent contributors (those who don't manage others) and first line managers. A lot of good, knowledgeable people left because direction changed and management did not communicate the change or the new priorities effectively down the chain.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Easy job, goes nowhere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, flexible schedules
    Low stress environment

    Cons

    Few opportunities for career advancement
    Poor communication between departments

    No opinion of CEO
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    Once great, trending downward

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer

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

    Pros

    Products are well made and usually better than competition. Company is stable, and will be around for a long time, unless they get bought out by a behemoth like Danaher. Given the recent divestitures, this might be coming.

    Cons

    At one time, this was a great company to work for. Over the last decade or so, benefits have gone way down, morale is low, and management does not value individual contributors. Additionally, it has become overly political, and upward mobility is highly dependent on whether or not your direct manager likes you, and what their credibility is with other senior leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to develop employees from the ground up through steady coaching, and providing opportunities in other areas. Listen to your employees, rather than shut them down when you don't like where the discussion is headed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A positive work environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    A global company with the best employee. fair, friendly, honest, open, flexible

    Cons

    The knowledge and experience I gained

  11.  

    Good company but too operational, requires exciting story

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    Current Employee - Procurement
    Current Employee - Procurement

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

    Pros

    Hp way, respect employee and work life balance

    Cons

    Too operational
    Lack exciting new product

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More visionary

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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