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Updated 24 February 2015
Updated 24 February 2015
24 Reviews
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Agilent Technologies CEO and Director Bill Sullivan
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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.  

    People change MANAGERS and not such good Companies.

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    Current Employee - ICa in Mānesar
    Current Employee - ICa in Mānesar

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

    Pros

    It is a good company to work with in terms of work life balance and the work.

    Cons

    But the dsiheartening part is people Managers think that they are God and they exploit the expertise and efficiency of lower band levels by not utilizing it to the core. Esp in ABRT Finance, male managers are authoritative, dominating and does not even have the etiquettes to talk to their peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please create a concept called FEEDBACK and seriously do something for the less privileged ones left out in the organization left at the mercy of such God called managers. Thanks !!
    People change managers and not companies.. N managerial support is pathetic.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    good paying company but unpredictable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    good pay check and good work environment

    Cons

    Unpredictable. business unit was closed down in very short notice and employees asked to go

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There will be definitely harsh decisions based on companies performance, but layoffs can be done in more supportive manner with reasonable compensation benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Would never recommend anyone work for them

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Newport, DE (US)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Newport, DE (US)

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

    Pros

    It's a job and you earn a paycheck

    Cons

    Horrible pay and the benefits are close to non existent because you pay so much out of pocket. No room for advancement. Rather hire people off the street instead of in house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better compensation for the workers. And treat them better all together. Allowing someone to work a holiday is not a treat. A bonus is :)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Was great once, not anymore

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agilent Technologies

    Pros

    Great HP time colleagues/scientists and individual contributors
    Great products -- again mostly created by above during HP time

    Cons

    Not so good in software. Definitely not anywhere in league of good software companies like Google, Facebook. (Mostly because of not good hiring)
    Middle management (esp in software and hired as contractors during IT boom 1995-2000) is not good at all who is unable to distinguish good/bad software and developers. Great individual contributors are excluded and incorrectly represented for political reasons/feeling of insecurity by this middle management, hence the view senior management gets is very skewed and incorrect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back old HP level quality and trust in products and people. Your products are (/were) great. Don't put them in wrong hands which has been happening recently a lot.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Not good at all

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer

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

    Pros

    I can't find anything positiv. I am really sorry.

    Cons

    Not at all customer focus. At least in the division I worked for. Processes to complicated. Everything just takes to long time. Nobody is following up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs way more customer focus and a better communication with employees. Improving the process should be focus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Used to be good. Now there is no clear direction

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    Current Employee - Sales in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Sales in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Individual contributors are the one generating growth and Profit for the company. Given a lot of free play to achieve results.

    Cons

    Managers has no direction and only wants to achieve results. Poor or No leadership. Sales is everything and all else secondary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Are you still there?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Aging Company being carved out for shareholders

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great brand and history.

    The HP legacy is still there despite Bill Sullivan's best efforts to kill it

    Cons

    Agilent has gone from 7+ divisions and 51,000 employees in 2001 to 5700 employees and three divisions in 2014. That is a 90% reduction in employees

    The constant downsizing means there is NO growth for rank & file. It is NOT a career, it is just a job unless you sit on executive row.

    Management is rewarded for continually splitting chunks of the company off and selling them. Keysight is just the latest chunk to be whittled out for the benefit of the shareholders and the board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about Customers, Employees and Product before your personal enrichment (ha!)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits - Hospital claims, medical clinic coverage

    Cons

    Too many red tape, bureaucratic, unhelpful team mates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be great if there is a free flow of communication... Freedom of speech without intimidation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Misrepresented

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Wilmington, DE (US)
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Wilmington, DE (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, vacation schedules

    Cons

    As an Agilent manager, it is frustrating not being able to reward strong employees. Handcuffed, year after yr. resulting in poor attitudes, diminished performance. Too many talented people leave for more rewarding jobs. Constantly training new individuals, only for them to leave after a couple of yrs. Long term employees are leaving at an alarming rate, taking with them a wealth of knowledge. Clear separation of mangers and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To understand that the employee is their greatest asset and should be treated on par with their customers.You take care of your employees they will take care of you. The formula for success does not get any simpler. That is not the case here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Lake Forest, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering in Lake Forest, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Great employees. Good opportunities. Excellent market and business.

    Cons

    The employees are treated poorly. The work environment is hostile. The management for the Lake Forest and Folsom site looks down on employees. They are not open to any new ideas or suggestions. It is a very closed environment. Employees are afraid of sharing their ideas because of possible harsh consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider employees as the great asset of the company as they should be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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