Agilent Technologies
3.6 of 5 476 reviews
www.agilent.com Santa Clara, CA 5000+ Employees

Agilent Technologies Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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68% Approve of the CEO

Agilent Technologies CEO and Director Bill Sullivan

Bill Sullivan

(309 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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good paying company but unpredictable

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Agilent Technologies

Prosgood pay check and good work environment

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

ProsLeader in some market space. If you work in R&D or sales in those you are ok. Otherwise the organization will prevail and your chances to succed are very limited

ConsVery beurocratic, centrally managed, political management style. A yesman kind is the perfect profile for career opportunities here. If you like to just execute, this is the job for you, but if you want to think and express your thoughts life is going to be difficult

Advice to Senior ManagementChange style and the overall organizational model

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Purchased Former Co Varian Inc talked about increasing manufacturing, instead in 3 years sent all mfg to Mylasia

Manufacturing Specialist (Former Employee)
Lexington, MA (US)

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

Prosnone, always waiting for parts because they kept vendors waiting for payment

Consno raises, sent jobs overseas, Kept incapable Engineers and Quality Personel

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't lie to employees to make them think your there for the long run

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Age Discrimination – Outsources Americans, once great … no more!

Purchasing (Former Employee)

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

ProsGood place for entry level straight out of college hires.
Otherwise, nothing positive.

ConsAge Discrimination:
If you are over 50 you are at great risk, they will force you to retire if they can. Otherwise they micromanage until they can fire you. If you are over 50 you are held to entirely different standard.

Ruthless abuse of power:
Peers in Germany were tricked into crossing the board to a new base office in Switzerland. This made their employment exempt from German law; within 12 months the entire SITE lost their jobs to Singapore.

Management will lie and falsify records:
Personal is under staffed and afraid to take a stand. Management will change commitments after they are set and claim you missed them. They’ll use absurd logic and outright lie to move anyone out of the way that is a threat to their advancement.

No local accountability:
A manager in the USA might report to someone in Singapore, so the American can be a dictator and tyrant while sucking up to his boss. You would think his boss would meet with the employees and spend at least a few minutes to learn what was going on. Not even three minutes of time in five years, a total disgrace to the founding HP Way.

Morally and ethically corrupt the oppression is unbelievable.

Advice to Senior ManagementMiddle managers take credit the results and upper management has no clue to the truth. You need to look at the trends of how you are forcing old employees out before you slammed in a major class action law suit. Extremely disappointed with the CEO who was on board during the Hewlett Packard days, if he still believes in those values he need to sick out and remove the bullies in middle management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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After 13 years of stellar performance, I was brutally laid off

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsUp until I was laid off, it was the the best job of my 40 year career. The technology is great and they are doing very interesting things. Most of the rank and file engineers are very smart and great to work with.

ConsThe company was just split into the medical ("Life Sciences') and electronics ("Electronics Measurement Group"). The Life Sciences company will keep the Agilent name and who knows what the Electronics Company will be called. I was a master level level electronics engineer who's contributions were in almost all of the microwave and RF products. The "HP" way is so dead and gone.

Advice to Senior ManagementWay too much corporate BS. Only thing that you care about is the ROIC to line your own pockets. There are some very evil and incompetent mangers who don't have the skills to work in a high technology company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It was very unsatisfactory.

IT Consultant (Former Employee)
Somerset, NJ (US)

I worked at Agilent Technologies as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsNo good reasons to work there.

ConsUnclear goals from management made it difficult to understand job requirements.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees consistently and share corporate goals with staff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Electrical Engineer (Current Employee)
Melbourne (Australia)

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

Prosnot bad accomodation, new building

Conslousy pay, lousy bunch of people

Advice to Senior ManagementSack the management

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Used to be a great culture but has turned into a bully culture.

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

ProsLots of smart people to work with.

ConsWork-life balance issues really depend on how your immediate manager or their manager views the topic, for example, can you work from home or are you expected to be in the office. You can be held responsible to be in the office during the day but on calls early in the morning and late at night, again, depends on the work group. Pay is supposed to be among the best, but check it out because the pay is inclusive of a bonus that only is paid out if the company is doing well. You could find a better salary elsewhere. If you are hired in at a high wage, it may be years before you get an increase.

Advice to Senior ManagementSpread the wealth to the folks who are doing the work. The pay system gives little reward to the folks who are supporting the few who are deemed exceptional in a statistically biased measure.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Disappointing Experience in terms of career growth.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsThe have a very good tool in RF & Microwave FE

ConsLack of Vision & the Management has no idea of how the tools, Back End tools, they are selling need a lot of improvement. They sell their tools based on lies!

Advice to Senior ManagementGet Real!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A shadow of old HP

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

Prospeople, flex time, plant locations

Consoutsourced most jobs to Asia, killed HP Way, layed off most experienced workers who had higher salaries, most people just happy to have a job, only the top 5% are rewarded,

Advice to Senior Managementbring manufacturing jobs back

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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