Why is Keysight a Great Place to Work

2018-08-23  |  7 min read 

It’s official: Keysight Technologies is now certified as a Great Place to Work by the leading global authority on high trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Great Places to Work® surveyed our employees, who said that they enjoy a great atmosphere, great challenges, and great rewards. As a result, 92% are proud to tell others they work at Keysight, which explains why over half of our employees have been with us for more than 10 years. So what is it that makes Keysight a great place to work?

Put simply; it’s a combination of fantastic people and the innovative programs that Keysight runs. This combination gives all our employees a powerful sense of being part of a culture that is truly unique and special. The roots of this culture go back 80 years, to when Bill Hewlett and David Packard founded their company in a Palo Alto garage, based on business principles that became known as the “HP Way”. We strive to honor that culture by maintaining a best-in-class work environment that fosters respect for individuals, their ideas, and contributions. 

Getting onboard

This starts even before a new employee joins Keysight. Instead of using external recruiters, our college recruiting teams are employees in the jobs that candidates will be doing. This gives candidates the opportunity to talk with employees that they can relate to. During the interview process, we bring candidates on-site to meet with team members for a realistic job preview, featuring site tours, lunch in the cafeteria, and lab tours to give our candidates a clear preview of the work environment and culture. 

And when new employees join Keysight, we ensure they have a front row seat to see our culture in action. Leaders can be seen and heard helping employees directly. These everyday interactions bring to life Keysight's policy and practice of treating all employees with dignity, courtesy, and respect. They also create an environment where ideas are shared freely at all levels, helping to instill our culture through positive influence.  

Inspiration and learning

The positive influences extend through initiatives such as mentoring and “buddy” programs, training, stretch assignments, and special projects. Managers explore the interests, passions, and strengths of new employees and connect them to a team to best utilize those strengths. We also believe deeply in personal and professional development, which is why we offer resources such as Keysight University, which enables timely and personalized employee-driven education based on individual needs and interests.

Real help in times of real need

In early October 2017, the devastating wildfires in Santa Rosa, California impacted our headquarters and the homes of more than 1,500 employees. Led by our CEO, Ron Nersesian, we immediately put in place a comprehensive crisis management plan. We contacted each employee to check on and offer support for them and their families, and to assure them they would receive full pay while they began to pull their lives back together. We set up a disaster recovery center and gave direct financial assistance to those who lost their homes or were displaced. 

To help employees get back to their normal lives, we set up an Employee Relief Fund, to which Keysight employees around the world have donated more than $1 million, and a share vacation bank that allowed employees to donate their time off to those impacted by the fires. We also offered professional support and counseling to affected workers in the aftermath of the fires. 

Supporting diversity

Keysight is committed to diversity and has set up programs to attract the most diverse pool of candidates, along with outreach efforts to empower under-represented groups. We are truly an equal opportunity employer, and our personnel policies and practices are built on the principle that all employees are treated with dignity and respect. A particular focus is investing in the success and advancement of female employees, helping to develop the next generation of engineers. That’s why we foster long-standing relationships with organizations that empower and inspire women — such as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). We also run programs in schools and universities to introduce women to engineering and technology subjects. 

Driving positive change 

At Keysight, we believe the purpose of corporate social responsibility is to do good, not just to look good. We have a long tradition of outstanding corporate citizenship, and we’re proud of the role we’ve played to enrich the many communities where we operate. We continuously assess our impact on the environment, reducing our emissions, and conserving more energy and water every year, as outlined in our recent blog. A key part of our CSR programs is also actively supporting employees in working on philanthropic and environmental projects, and education-based initiatives, to help them reach their full potential both inside and outside of the workplace. 

These are just a few of the many reasons why Keysight is a great place to work. If you’re interested in finding out more about becoming part of our valued team, why not start your journey here?