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For current HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise employees

Information and advice for current employees from HP, HP Inc, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise alumni. (Updated August 11, 2017.)

 

If you will be leaving HP Inc or Hewlett Packard Enterprise shortly. For more mutual help, join the independent, volunteer HP Alumni Association if you have a defined retirement or termination date. Thanks to our Supporting Members, there is no charge to join.

Questions or comments to: info@hpalumni.org

Advice from alumni to current employees:

Based on extensive online discussions and private communications with HPAA members, some hard-earned advice...

- Determine if you are in a dying or stagnant segment of the industry. Follow the online magazines and forums in your field. To determine where the company expects to grow, read transcripts of the quarterly stock analyst conference calls -- if you read closely, they are often remarkably revealing. HPI   HPE   DXC   Micro Focus

- Evaluate your current skills by analyzing the degree requirements and course descriptions on a university website. Could you compete with a new graduate? "I wish I had faced the fact earlier that my knowledge was mostly HP-centric and that my technical skills were out of date."

- Your knowledge of legacy products may be more valuable to a customer or reseller than to the company. Unobtrusively ensure that the outsiders you work with know how to contact you personally. Update your LinkedIn profile (but first set "Sharing profile edits" to "No" -- so as not to alert all your LinkedIn connections.)

- Despite your workload and performance, you are not indispensable. The company may decide that your product is no longer important, or that the contract you are working under won't be renewed. The company may decide to reduce labor costs in your business unit, or to consolidate the work at another location, or...

Establish your personal network. Powerful while at HP -- and you may need it later:

- Recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates. You can use LinkedIn to reconnect with former co-workers who know you and your work. Many HPAA members report that LinkedIn helped them find a new job. Use HPAA's LinkedIn Tips and Traps

- Check your LinkedIn profile. As part of the HPI/HPE separation, HP changed the personal profiles of many former and current employees to display the Hewlett Packard Enterprise logo rather than the Hewlett-Packard logo for past positions. This may not be what you want. How to fix the positions on your profile

- Join the 81,000-member HP Connections LinkedIn Group to reconnect with former co-workers inside or outside HP -- they know you and they know your work. LinkedIn helps you find current and former HPers in your area -- or where you would like to work. (HPAA membership not required.)

- Professional and social networking -- directory of 190 Professional and social groups for alumni and current employees of HP, HP Inc, or Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

 

Move from company to personal PC and email. For privacy reasons now -- and impossible to do quickly if you retire or leave.

- Personal business on company systems. No matter where you work, what your job situation, or how innocent your activities -- there are serious legal and privacy issues with using your employer's IT facilities for your personal business. The email accounts and files (and the email and file backup archives -- which may cover years) all legally belong to your employer, not to you. Emails that you wish to receive may be inadvertently discarded as spam or phishing by the company firewall. There are also identity-theft and data-loss risks.

- How to set up professional email. Advice from HPAA members on getting a private email account on Yahoo Mail, Google Gmail, or Microsoft Outlook.com -- and choosing a professional email username.

 

Plan for transition when you retire, get WFRed, or leave:

- ASAP Checklist. What you need to do before losing access to internal systems and in the following few weeks.

- Questions to ask if you are offered the "Golden Boot" Pragmatic advice from Jane Bryant Quinn.

- "What I wish I had known before I left HP"

- Advice from HPAA members on job hunting -- inside or outside HP.

- How much notice to give on retirement -- at any company. Advice from HPAA members.

- Advice and info on returning to HPI, HPE, DXC, or Micro Focus -- including informal and formal restrictions.

 

References recommended by HP alumni:

- Social Security. Slides from the August 2016 HPAA Social Security presentation and webinar. Member advice from an ex-HP perspective.

- "You're no longer nailed to your job in order to get health insurance" (AARP membership not required.)

- If not 65 yet: A “qualifying life event” gives you a limited “special enrollment period” to purchase health insurance under the ACA: www.healthcare.gov

- If approaching 65: "Medicare and You" Download a searchable pdf copy from the official Medicare site. Especially see the very helpful flowchart on page 16 and the table on page 69.

 

Information and links specifically for people from HP predecessor or spinoff companies:

Agilent   Compaq    EDS   Keysight   Tandem

 

News:

- Join the "HP Remembrance" email distribution list to receive obituary announcements of current and former HP, HP Inc, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise employees (HPAA membership not required.)

 

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