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Retiree "Gold Badge"  Advice and reference info from members. (Updated August 7, 2017.)

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 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: Lew Platt, Hewlett-Packard CEO from 1992 through 1999, 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.

The Hewlett-Packard Alumni Association is an independent volunteer organization of former HP, HP Inc, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise employees – and current employees in the process of leaving. Operated by former employees who volunteer their time; not officially endorsed or supported. 


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