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Saturated Market Share under Attack by Competitors
RF & MICROWAVE APPLICATION ENGINEER - FIELD SALES (Former Employee) –  El Segundo, CANovember 29, 2018
Agilent, now Keysight, has long dominated the high frequency electronics test and measurement industry in the USA and worldwide. Electronic Test & Measurement instrumentation was the initial focus of the corporation and HP computers were originally developed explicitly to control their instruments in order to sequence through measurement steps and retrieve and analyze test data. These computers were designed specifically for this purpose along with their custom CPUs and proprietary operating system HP BASIC, which was also the programming language. Their printer business, similarly, was created to provide printed output capabilities to support reporting and graphing of test results - this started with pen plotter machines and ultimately produced laser-jet and finally ink-jet technologies. All the computing and printing technologies were byproducts of the need to facilitate automated test and measurement systems.

Many years later they had provided the instruments and test automation capabilities that the United States and most of the world relied upon for R&D and manufacturing for all academic, commercial, government, and military applications. They additionally were independent developers of new technology across a wide realm, including the high power colored LEDs that now are ubiquitous components of street signs and traffic lights, many advances in integrated circuit technologies and capabilities, printer technologies including laser-jet and ink-jet technologies, and have developed and dominated a vast host of chemical analysis, genetic analysis, medical and blood
  more... analysis technologies and products upon which our world relies and is propelled forward by. HP was a massive, iconic powerhouse in terms of technology - the technology that drove and changed American and world cultures, lifestyles, health, communications, scientific and medical capabilities, and progress.

HP broke up in 1999 spawning a home computer company that took their name and leaving a high technology company that included all the other centers for high frequency electronic test and measurement, medical instrumentation, genetic research technologies, chemical analysis technologies and instruments, integrated circuit and chip technologies and products, etcetera. These organizations were hosted under the new corporation Agilent Technologies.

The formation of Agilent Technologies was quickly followed by the DOT-COM market crash that devastated many of their customers and choking their cash flow. This resulted in many years of 5 to 15% "temporary" wage reductions, zero bonuses, and no pay increases, as well as wave after wave of staged layoffs. Enabling resources such as administrative services and travel were obliterated. The debilitating reductions in both technical personnel and the enabling resources were independent of the expectations for the organizations to operate at equal or higher levels of productivity. Thus, those who were "Lucky" enough to keep their jobs did so at reduced salaries, no pay raises or career advancement, and no sympathy from executive management. The corporation was entirely beholden to Wall Street and cash flow expectations and it was a miserable place to work. The HP corporate culture was extinct, employee commitment to the company was abused until it was extinguished, and one of the greatest examples of corporate success, technical innovation, and workplace culture completely disintegrated.

Agilent Technologies is now Keysight Technologies. No legacy of the great Titan Hewlett Packard remains in the spirit or culture of the company. There is no ghost in the machine. They continue to operate under financially Spartan conditions relying on very long uncompensated work hours for salaried exempt employees. They continue to develop and market outstanding instruments but no longer enjoy an uncontested dominance of the market as they have lost market share to aggressive, high performance competitors such as Rohde & Schwarz. They are often playing catch-up in terms of new product introductions, high performance leadership, and price-performance optimized offerings, but there is absolutely no question that they remain a fiercely competitive, highly competent Titan of the test and measurement world and will remain so at least into the distant future. Their overall competitive capability has been hampered by their failure to secure market dominance in the cellular handset test market, which went to Rohde & Schwarz during the LTE technology and manufacturing cycle. It is only a guess that this amounted to at least a billion dollars in revenue, if not far more, over the last 10 years.
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Great Place to work
Director (Current Employee) –  Santa Clara, CAJanuary 16, 2019
Great work life balance; global environment, proven leadership; advancement; mentor programs; average benefits and pay; minimum time off, great 401K matching.
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Agilent Technologies was a good job if you want to work behind a desk and answer phones and respond to emails.
Customer Service Agent (Former Employee) –  Englewood, COJuly 10, 2018
I worked on the phones as a CSR where I handling orders, technical support, and answering customer complaints. After seven years I transferred to the email team doing the same thing. My coworkers and managers were great to work with, but the unreliable pay raises that never caught up to the cost of living didn't help.
Pros
coworkers and benefits
Cons
pay and no job security
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Excellent company, would work there again if I could.
Firmware/Software Engineer (Former Employee) –  Loveland, COJuly 1, 2018
Excellent management.
Unlimited resources.
Excellent benefits.
Encouraged to innovate.
Patents awarded.
A company for engineers, managed by engineers.
Pros
Everything, best company I've worked for.
Cons
9/11 triggered the slow decay of the company.
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Financially strong, conservative company with a plethora of internally focused processes
Manager, MidAtlantic/Southeast (Former Employee) –  Wilmington, DEMay 8, 2018
Strong conservative company with stated high values missing a customer centric approach due to internally focused processes and metrics. Strong culture limits it's ability to adapt to market/customer changes and requirements. In many cases, leadership lacks the functional experience to execute the fundamental processes for significant growth.
Pros
Financially stable, good benefits, strong talent pool
Cons
Internally focused, process laiden organization, lack of customer awareness
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Engaging and challenging place to work
Clinical Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Carpinteria, CAOctober 3, 2018
Working at Agilent is great. I've learned a tremendous amount and have developed professionally just as much. Employees are given a lot of freedoms and the management is great.
Pros
Good work life balance
Cons
Not the best healthcare
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Well organized place
Engineering Internship (Former Employee) –  Wilmington, DEApril 18, 2018
Enjoyed working here. Had lots of things to learn. Co-workers were friendly and helpful. As with any work place there are people who don’t fit well but just continue to work there grumbling. Apart from those mostly everyone is happy to work here. Only downside is that the pay is very low. Other companies offer much higher pay. Other than that the culture is very relaxed and everyone seem to get along
Pros
Relaxed work place
Cons
Poor salary
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Emphasis on Collaboration
Commercial Counsel (Current Employee) –  Santa Clara, CAMarch 21, 2018
Strong emphasis on collaboration within a business group, and among cross functional teams. The focus is on "One Agilent", which means that individual issues and conflicts should be minimized for the good of the organization. 98% of employees seem to buy into this approach. It makes the company a great place to work. 98% of people are reasonable, friendly, and working toward a common goal.

Agilent used to have a pension, which they eliminated 2 years ago. Many employees have 15-30 years of service. Salaries are not competitive.
Pros
401k matching, 3% bonus 2x per year
Cons
Low salary
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Great place to work!
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Wilmington, DEFebruary 6, 2018
Agilent was a great place to work! Generous time off and bonuses. The people were to BEST and there was tons of room to advance. Healthcare was high deductible, but they all are now, so it was competitive.
Pros
Compensation, people, work life balance
Cons
healthcare could be better
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Good Company
Salaried Professional (Former Employee) –  Englewood, COFebruary 12, 2018
Company management was supportive and focused on employee development. Decent place to work with good benefits and competitive pay. Workload was stressful at times.
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Old-fashion, siloed company
Communications Consultant (Former Employee) –  Santa Clara, CAFebruary 15, 2018
Agilent is trying to be agile and some departments are, however it is not the case for the whole company due to many employees who have "always" worked here.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
Poor cooperation between departments, very siloed
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Good Place to Work
Quality Assurance Engineer (Former Employee) –  Santa Clara, CAJanuary 17, 2018
Agilent offers many opportunities to learn and grow. The culture is collaborative and friendly. It is a very good place to work, but the compensation is not currently keeping up with the industry in silicon valley.
Pros
Collaborate with great people
Cons
On the low end for industry compensation
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Good place to work, but not in marketing
Marketing (Current Employee) –  Santa Clara, CAFebruary 19, 2018
The product teams are well managed and funded. The marketing organization at Agilent, though, is backward and managed by people who are not up on modern practices. Pay is ok, health benefits are mediocre. They don't have free soda or decent coffee. They don't even offer purified water. The coffee urns probably date back to the Reagan era or before, and the coffee in them is just terrible. No free food, either. They used to offer a pension, but now that is gone.
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Global PLM/ERP Supply Chain Specialist (Former Employee) –  Santa Clara, CAOctober 21, 2018
Company too large and it affected the ability to work outside the box. With that said I was not challenged enough. Not a lot of room for new ideas and process improvement.
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Overall good place
First Contact Sales Manager (Former Employee) –  Englewood, COSeptember 19, 2018
Management was easy to work for and each team specialized in their own areas. This created a lot of hand off however typically most were experts in their ares.
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Fun work environment with ping pong table
Financial Analyst Intern (Former Employee) –  Santa Rosa, CAFebruary 13, 2019
Worked as an intern before the company became Keysight Technologies. There was a lot of people there who had been there for a long time, and good mentorship at the company. I had a good experience.
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Great Workplace
Customer Service Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Wilmington, DEDecember 28, 2018
Happy, fun going, social scene for all. Professionalism is limited and it doesn't push you with added responsibility, good for some, not for hard workers.
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easy employee friendly
Production Technician (Former Employee) –  Santa Rosa, CAJanuary 30, 2018
i loved working in agilent beacuse they were very sensitive to empoloyee needs and allowed us to work varied hours asnd this made it possible for me to go to school.
Pros
employee friendly
Cons
low salary
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Anonymous (Former Employee) –  Fort Collins, COFebruary 5, 2019
I have not been with Agilent for quite some time and don't recall much about it. The company was conducting layoffs the entire time I was there. Difficult work environment as a result.
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comfortable place to work in
tech/ assembler (Former Employee) –  Lexington, MADecember 13, 2018
I liked the challenging work there. the assembly work there did not involve too many pieces of parts and at the same time were challenging to put them together. people there were fun to work with,
but it had a bad reputation for chemicals used, that was the down side.
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