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Retiree "Gold Badge"  Advice and reference info from members. (Updated August 7, 2017.)  Questions or comments to: info@hpalumni.org

John Young wearing traditional HP badge.

Now symbolic only. (At some older sites, may be useful for discounts at some local businesses.) Traditionally, a retiree gold badge allowed for unescorted access to most HP sites. This was not the policy at companies that HP acquired; worked only at sites with staffed lobbies; and was based on the assumption that HP retirees are fully retired from the industry. Since 2007, HP has required that all visitors be escorted by a current employee. This protects the former employee, any post-HP employers, and HP from potential legal issues.

Before switching to scannable employee badges, Hewlett-Packard used engraved 1" by 3" white plastic name badges giving your name, division, and the HP logo. You received a new badge every time you changed divisions (or your division changed its name.) Designed to help people learn each others' names, they were egalitarian -- giving no clue as to your job function, department, or management level. The photo shows John Young, CEO from 1978 to 1992, wearing the traditional badge.

The Retiree "Gold Badge" is gold-colored instead of white. It includes your name, an HP logo, and "Retiree."

Details and links:
- If you are classified as a HPI retiree, details are here https://www.hpcontinuum.com/gold-badge on the official "HP Continuum" password-protected retiree website.
- If classified as a HPE retiree, details are on the HPE retiree website: https://www.hpe.com/us/en/about/jobs/retiree/Benefit.html

(Photo: John Young, Hewlett-Packard CEO from 1977 through 1992, wearing his badge while managing by walking around.)

See also: Directory of member advice on all discounts (wireless service, HP PCs and printers, printer supplies, non-HP products and services.)

For more mutual help on these topics and many others, join the HP Alumni Association. You are eligible to join if you were formerly a regular, direct employee of Hewlett-Packard, HP Inc, or Hewlett Packard Enterprise– or have a defined retirement or termination date.  Thanks to the HPAA's Supporting Members, there is no charge to join the HP Alumni Association.

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