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"Pretty from the outside. Nightmare on the inside."

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Current Employee - Business Development in San Francisco, CA (US)
Current Employee - Business Development in San Francisco, CA (US)
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Hewlett-Packard full-time

Pros

good free lunch on Fridays.
The product is well marketed and when it works can be a game changer.
Great people at the worker level.
great location in san francisco.

Cons

*High attrition. The ones who saw the disaster coming left and the others who chose to stay are struggling to transition with little to no support through internal channels.
*Low morale due to management ruling through fear and intimidation. HP executives unresponsive while all the talented Autonomy senior management is gone. One can only dread who is left to run the ship.
*Resources and tools are either scattered and/or broken. Company does not eat it's own dog food. There is no loss of ironic laughter when hearing your co-workers complain about the need for "a better search solution".
*CRM system is broken and it will make your work a nightmare if you're on the sales side of the company.
*No structured training offered. Meetings that were labeled as training turned out to be just marketing updates with little to no practical use for those in attendance.
*no standardized organizational charting. You'll either have to keep asking everyone you see or roll the dice with the employee address book which provides no insight towards roles and responsibilities.
*The company will seek every possible reason to either delay or deny paying commissions to it's sales people no matter how much they meet or exceed beyond their quotas. I have personally seen and experienced the agonizing frustration of dealing with management when the subject of overdue commissions are brought up.
*work is not merit based. The amount of political savvy you will need to be successful here would qualify you for a seat in congress.
The list goes on........

Advice to Management

Perform a role/performance audit on the legacy Autonomy executives which have seen their departmental staff leave in droves. The ship is being abandoned and it's not because of HP.
Pay your sales people when they bring in business.
Engage the message boards and address employee issues positively or see more people leave. How can having such a high turnover of staff be good for any business?

Other Employee Reviews for Hewlett-Packard

  1. "HP ticks a lot of boxes."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hewlett-Packard full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    As far as big companies go, you could do a lot worse than HP. IT solutions will never go away, and HP covers a wide playing field - great scope for career evolution.

    Cons

    It's a huge, complex organization. Progress can be slow. Find the right business unit, and the world is your oyster.

    Advice to Management

    Don't stifle innovation, over-invest in your people - they are the true lifeblood of HP.


  2. "good place for the balance of work and life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good place for the balance of work and life

    Cons

    too big to be flexibile

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