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8 IT Companies Hiring Right Now

Jose Fermoso

March 02, 2010

Hewlett-Packard (HP)

ABOUT

HP sells PC hardware, network software, “imaging” products such as cameras, and even printers, selling more computers over the last decade than anyone else. Most recently, its hardware products are moving to a collaborative system where they meld their hardware with companies such as Microsoft providing the software (See: The upcoming HP PC Tablet).

These deals are pushing the company into other areas such as cloud computing (with a new “application-to-infrastructure” model that will supposedly be less expensive for their big customers.) HP has also created related computer manufacturing and storage products that are well integrated into business services.

According to HP, the company ships 48 million PC units annually, ships one out of every three servers worldwide, and has more than 300,000 employees worldwide.

PRODUCTS + INDUSTRY

Servers, Printers, Cameras, Laptops, Netbooks, Tablets, and many other type of PC hardware.

IT, consumer electronics, software, hardware, services to consumers

LOCATIONS

Corporate Offices: Palo Alto, CA.

Other Major Office Branches: Houston (TX), Miami (FL), Geneva (SZ, European Office), Singapore (Asian Office)

THE RECESSION

Despite being affected by the recession later than most companies, the low overall profits for the consumer electronics biz eventually forced HP to lay off many workers, including the first big cut of 24,600 jobs in the Fall of 2008. But even though overall profits fell last year, HP has maintained its sales dominance over other notebook-makers and has stayed competitive in emerging markets, like netbooks.

HP’s relationship with well-known partners like Microsoft should help in the next few years. One major development area HP is aggressively pursuing is touch-screen technology, which will find profits if the integration with hardware is adequately built up.

The faltering economy hasn’t stopped HP from pursuing and investing in innovation outside the company. Its acquired several companies, including former biggie 3Com, allowing HP to delve deeper into the enterprise networking hardware business. Apparently, HP leaders recently increased the efficiency of their product development labs by giving their management personnel a more direct role green-lighting the products with the most potential for profit. For a company that helped invent the LCD and other great tech over the years, this may or may not be a good thing. After all, management doesn’t always have the best vision for design or innovation.

WORKING HERE

From the company:

HP tries to maintain the HP Way, established by company founders Bill Hewitt and David Packard:

1. We have trust and respect for individuals. 2. We focus on a high level of achievement and contribution. 3. We conduct our business with uncompromising integrity. 4. We achieve our common objectives through teamwork.

From the employees:

Pro:

“Financially stable and reasonable diversity in revenue sources.”

“Some of my coworkers are excellent people to work with.”

“Flexible hours to allow take care of family needs.”

Con:

“People are rated not on their performance, but against the performance of others on their team.”

“Really poor management — an inability to make employees feel inspired.”

“Demoralized workforce.”

OPEN POSITIONS

Find HP jobs with InsideTech.com

Software Designer – Data Center Automation

Customer Proj/Prgm Mgr IV