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How the HP name and logo were taken over by HPE  (Updated March 17, 2018.)

Many have found that Hewlett-Packard Company positions on their LinkedIn profiles were changed to Hewlett Packard Enterprise -- even positions that ended years before HPE existed or positions that had nothing to do with HPE products. In addition, logos on many positions were changed from the internationally-recognized "hp" logo to a wordless version of the HPE green-rectangle logo. Recruiters view employer names and dates that don't make sense as indications of a dishonest or fake profile. 

It appears that this change was made by HP, not by LinkedIn.

- For most companies, there is a "company page" on LinkedIn that is maintained by the company in question -- with a company name and logo provided by the company.

- If there is no company page for the exact name you enter for a position, you can enter that company name and a blank logo will be displayed. 

- Each company page on LinkedIn is managed in the LinkedIn databases by "company number" rather than company name.

- Instead of creating a new company page for the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, it appears that HPE took over and rewrote the Hewlett-Packard company page -- Company Number 1025

- A side effect was that the logos displayed on the profiles of many former and current HPers were changed -- regardless of where or when they worked at Hewlett-Packard.

- HP Inc created a new HP Inc company page from scratch -- Company Number 5390798 


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