Raluca Gadiuta, Country HR Lead, HP
- Tell us a few words about your company, services provided and type of roles you accommodate.
HP was founded in 1939 as an American multinational information technology corporation and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, United States. HP Inc. is the new entity reinvented which focuses on the printing and personal system business. We are the leading printing and personal systems technology company in the world offering a combined solution for PC and Print, and we are here to create technology that makes life better for everyone everywhere.
To support the business growth, HP is looking for dynamic, motivated, hard-working, and agile employees. The company is hiring in multiple job categories such as Finance, Sales, Global Procurement, Customer Support, Marketing and Supply Chain & Operations and many more.
- What makes your company a great place to work for?
I am proud to say that HP is a solid company to work for. I really appreciate the fact that even if we all have to work hard, we can also benefit from the flexible schedule, accommodate diverse needs and we can feel ourselves at work. The company is a leader in social responsibility, is actively working to promote diversity in the workplace, and influence business partners to increase diversity. It’s very rewarding to work for a company that wants to have an impact not just in the business area it is operating in, but overall in the world, whether we are discussing about the ambitious sustainability pledges or about committing to supporting inclusion as a practice in the business world overall.
- Give us more details about the company’s culture and working vibe/atmosphere.
At HP, we embrace our role in creating positive, lasting change in the communities where we live, work, and do business. I love how the company contributes with new skills, technology, and investments to strengthen our resilience and vitality. It’s a pleasure to be working in a work environment that allows us to create moments and memories with meaningful activities which focus on our wellbeing and on making our environment desirable and comfortable.
I have found at HP a warm culture, with colleagues who are supporting each other and determined to work together and find solutions.
- Do you ensure career paths to your employees?
We intend to be recognized as a school of talent, ensuring that our employees follow their development paths within the company.
We are putting special emphasis of offering our colleagues opportunities to develop internally, either through promotions or through horizontal moves. We have in place transparency policies in order to ensure that people have visibility over the opportunities they might be interested in and they can apply.
We are accompanying our employees in their development journey: from a very comprehensive onboarding program to ensure a cultural immersion of new employees and ramping them up for their roles as soon as possible, to programs for each level in the company, focusing a lot on developing leadership at all levels or digital skills. Our training curricula comprises various tutor-led and self-paced trainings, development opportunities include coaching and job rotation opportunities and so on.
We are also focusing on young talents: we are currently running our internship program and we are planning to add our graduate program, which will bring even more structure and development steps to starting one’s career at HP.
- What trainings do you offer?
From using an internal training platform to attending conferences, tradeshows, and infinite workshops, personal growth always comes together with professional growth. We are always encouraged to invest in our own training programs or to collaborate with educational institutions or other educational partners for building the capabilities we need for our current roles and for the future ones.
- You know how dynamic our industry is – so what is your strategy to keep your employees engaged, motivated and boost their creativity so they can innovate?
I am so very proud to share with you the fact that HP always creates for us the proper path to develop a stronger relationship between our organization and our colleagues from other departments through Site Communities, a voluntary system which allows us to take part in various activities that create a very distinct work environment, by giving us the opportunity to be part of something greater than our day-to-day work. We can choose from a wide range of options from sport activities to parties, from doing social events for our colleagues to developing our financial health and from great in-house facilities to well-being programs, everything is possible. The company is always mindful of our level of enthusiasm and dedication to our job.
- We’re all unique, so how do you succeed to answer to different needs that your employees might have?
It starts with measuring and becoming aware of the needs that our employees have: we are measuring yearly the feedback from our people through our annual satisfaction survey, to which we are adding various pulse surveys on different topics that we want to focus on.
The company is open to feedback and we have various means for our employees to speak their mind.
We are also acting on the feedback received, by ensuring that our offering in terms of development, benefits or support is always up to date and aligned with their current needs. To give some examples, we pun emphasis on communities within the company, recognition programs and encouraging volunteering and ownership of employees themselves.
- Tell us more about your diversity and inclusion strategy.
It’s amazing to work at the same time with people from US and from France and from Japan. But this, for sure comes with a greater responsibility and to a better knowledge of their customs, their cultures, and so on.
Our company has always focused on driving a more diverse, equitable and inclusive technology industry. Human Rights is a major pillar of our Sustainable Impact strategy, and today’s news represents our commitment to achieving greater progress in the coming years. With a broader focus on accelerating gender and racial equality and supporting human rights across our ecosystem, we create more of the conditions for HP to thrive. We want to step up to combat discrimination in all its forms. HP is also committing to achieve greater than 30 percent technical women and women in engineering; meeting or exceeding labour market representation for racial and ethnic minorities; and reaching one million workers throughout our supply chain through worker empowerment programs to support growth and development.
I always loved how HP’s success was always about creating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. I am proud to say that I am part of this working environment that always puts people on the first place, not considering their colour or their gender or their country.
- Our industry is well known for the employee’s benefits. Tell us more about the ones that you are offering (maybe something rare or unique).
Your professional life becomes easier to manage when your individual needs are taken into account, as HP has always offered its employees a great springboard for personal and professional development and has always provided us flexibility. This has been more obvious during these pandemic times, when we all faced working only from home, maybe with our kids at home or with an improper improvised office corner. Our company made this transition easier: we were given special benefits for buying proper furniture and devices, we had the opportunity to improve our digital skills by attending many online trainings and webinars, there has been an emphasis on mental health support and overall wellness and so on. We adapted to this new way of living and I am proud of all my colleagues and how we all live the HP values, how we helped each other, and how we learned from each other.
- What did your employees appreciated in your offices and how do you think the working (from the office) environment will change post pandemic? What are the new top features?
At the office, we had so many features that we all liked: the cafeteria were we could meet up for lunch, the coffee corner where we could spend 5 minutes together, our desks that were always personalized with personal items such as family photos, diplomas, flowers, that gave the floor a sense of belonging, of feeling at home, the face to face meetings, the team building activities, the smiles, and the way we could just walk to our colleague’s desk and solve an issue without having to send an e-mail.
For sure, the post pandemic office is going to be different, as we will have to obey regulations such as: keeping the distance, always wearing a mask. I believe that the office of the future will be a hybrid one: we will be using the office for engaging in teams, that require brainstorming, creativity and innovation, for maintaining our sense of community and belonging and we will be working from home for those activities that require focused work or engaging internationally with colleagues from other countries.
- Some of the employees appreciate WFH and also the flexibility it comes when choosing their location and program. Besides that, it’s a huge opportunity for companies to access new talent pools. Did your company consider working from anywhere? This includes anywhere in Romania or also abroad?
The office will still represent the centre of HP’s culture, but it will be approached differently. We will be significantly more flexible in where we work from and the reasons why we will be present in the office or working from home, as outlined above.
We will implement more flexibility, according to each of our roles and responsibilities and will take into account our individual needs.
In working from anywhere from Romania, we will take into account both business needs and roles, together with individual needs of employees and teams.
- Is there a channel/web page where people can learn more about your company and career opportunities?