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Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated 29 January 2015
Updated 29 January 2015
583 Reviews
3.6
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once great, trending downward

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard to work as contractor at Agilent.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good people and friendly staff

    Cons

    tough working as contractor..No reward even after getting praised for your work. Do not hire contractors as full time employee.

    Contractor are not treated well in terms of inviting/informing them to company events, celebration of product release even when you are the biggest contributor some time.

    Manager are good but are tied up by Agilent strict contractor policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat contractor fair..they could be your future employee and may contribute more if rewarded for good work.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Many opportunities for interesting work but not for advancement.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Expert R&D Software Engineer in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Current Employee - Expert R&D Software Engineer in Wilmington, DE (US)

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

    Pros

    Company successful in what it makes. Flex hours, on site fitness center, tennis courts, volleyball courts, fitness track are all pluses.

    Cons

    Decreasing benefits. Poor medical insurance. Stagnant wages. Profit sharing virtually eliminated. Every year the benefits seem to get worse. Training of employees almost non-existent. Too many managers and not enough people actually doing the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider increasing the salary scale for long term employees. Consider promoting senior professionals to senior level positions with different wage scales. Improve training. Eliminate the unfair and annoying practice of different profit sharing for different people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Watch out for politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Support in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Former Employee - Product Support in Wilmington, DE (US)

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    GOOD people doing the work. They are dedicated and VERY hard working. It is easy to have them as close friends

    Cons

    Management - too many layers without clear sight of it's employees. Politics is bad if you get in the way. I had false charges placed by a manager I never met

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    STUDY the HP Way again

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Love my work but manager training would be appreciated!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Generally kind and helpful people to be working with. Technical staff is VERY intelligent and always willing to assist. Competitive pay and people have a very good chance to achieve an excellent work-life balance.

    Cons

    As with most companies, management is based almost purely on politics instead of ability. It seems that some supervisors are only put in place to be puppets for high management and those individuals should be trained more thoroughly on how to interact with their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are happy and want to be happy! Most do their best and are doing great work. There is no need to micromanage.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Relaxed work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    Healthy working environment
    Scope for performance based promotion especially if one is associated with an international team
    Work from home possible
    Training opportunities are available

    Cons

    Relaxed system of working sometimes culminates to laid back attitude
    Internal reference based hiring is more prevalent
    Some departments are highly politicized and monopolized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in New Delhi (India)
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in New Delhi (India)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great in terms of work/life balance.

    Cons

    Slow promotions, tight spending, not much benefit if travelling

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Material Engineer in Mānesar (India)
    Former Employee - Material Engineer in Mānesar (India)

    I worked at Agilent Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    company values compensation policies work life balance everything

    Cons

    benefits promotions perks work life balance compensation policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    My second job, Good workplace.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - R&D Software Engineer in Beijing, Beijing (China)

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

    Pros

    9 years in Agilent. Engineer is respected. Good work life balance. First line manager is good. I like the culture.

    Cons

    EMG business doesn't grow slower than life science and chemical analysis. Upper level management team usually pay more attention on business with high growth because it's easier.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    lives by its values, respect for all employees, collaborative work environment, work life balance

    Cons

    global company - you may need to work at odd hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    accelerate growth, new markets

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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