A reader asked, "So how cool is HP's workplace?"
I am glad you asked - so many companies get recognition for cool workplaces and I think this is one area where, I believe, the company could use a little more recognition.
Cool is in the eye of the beholder - so if you let me know what you mean by cool, I can elaborate. Here are several of the things I like about HP:
Working with people around the world
The experience I’ve gained, the ability to move around to different types of jobs – a person can have an incredibly varied career at one company
The scale of the projects I work on
The complexity of the projects I work on
The workplace – the energy of the people, the variety in work environments
The continuous push towards making improvements and getting ahead of the curve – how can you make things better, faster, more effective
The technology – the global webcasts, the online training, the ease (and sometimes the challenge) of getting things done collaboratively despite being on the other side of the world from some of my colleagues, technology that supports my getting work done no matter where I am
The leadership position of the company and the strategies that make me confident that leadership position will continue
The leaders I work for, the people I work with, the caliber of talent in the company
The role models – people with young families or older families and everything in between, people with outside interests, the number of women in leadership positions who have also raised families and been successful (and the ability to set that example for other women)
The focus on the outside world – the support of volunteering, the environment, and philanthropy with a heavy focus on education
The products and services, which I personally think are sometimes underestimated
I'll elaborate on some of these in future posts.
What makes a workplace cool to you?