Networking is key.
I worked at HP for 4 years. I made some lifelong friends, learned a great deal about how to be successful a massive company, and met many talented and brilliant people. Unfortunately, being part of a 300K+ employee firm has its downsides, including the bureaucracy and its tolerance of mediocrity. This once proud tech giant lost its way by shifting its focus away from innovation, and is now paying the price of trying to remain relevant. With that said, you will have a few weeks to get your sea legs and learn the hierarchy and business units. If possible, on your first day be sure to ask for an onboarding partner who can help you navigate how to get set up, attend the right meetings, and introduce you to your future teammates, peers, and cross-functional partners -- newcomers are often left to their own imagination and devices to learn and understand the intranet (home of all HR information, maps, conference call instructions, etc.). Focus on building the right relationships with generosity and genuine collaboration, and you'll do well at HP.
I've worked at HP for nearly 20 years in various roles. I work in a predominantly make organization but still feel that I have been treated fairly and have been able to be promoted and had my performance fairly recognized.
Don't go to work here. It's a boys club. If you want to succeed keep focused, stay out of politics, avoid going to team functions, and don't get invested. Your goal is to move on at the top of your game. This company invented the word corporate.
Do not expect large companies to have succinct or reliable on boarding. Be prepared to find your own resources beyond the websites HR directs you to for support. There are no humans in HR, just websites. Whether it's questions about benefits, maternity leave or accessing/updating data. Be prepared for driving your own destiny, be focused, and know the path you want to pursue before jumping in.
I've worked here for 13 years. I wish that I had been better about keeping relationships after I switched positions. Grow your network and take advantage of any opportunity to meet senior leaders.
Play it for what it is..... a white boys club.
Align yourself with a someone in your department or group who is more senior to see how they navigate the department you work in- watch them and ask them why they are doing things the way they do. Listen to how the men in your group speak about the other women in their lives it's a big indicator of how they feel about women in general and avoid the ones who view the women in their lives in a way you don't wish to be viewed, i.e, does the guy in the cube next to you speak about his wife as the smartest woman he knows and view her as his his equal, or does he find her confusing, silly and a trophy? Find a mentor in the company (even outside of your group) who helps you by listening and is willing to be a sounding board for things. The other woman in the company are generally very aware.
Don't get comfortable, and don't take things personally. It changes all the time and never makes a whole lot of sense.
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