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For Compaq Alumni  (Updated March 28, 2018.)

       Questions or comments to: info@hpalumni.org

Select the links below that fit your situation...

- Current HP employee: Networking and Information for Current Employees. Join Ex-Compaq* group on LinkedIn.

- HP employee in the process of leaving: use the ASAP checklist. Join Ex-Compaq* and HP Connections groups on LinkedIn.

- Former Compaq employee who never worked for HP: Join Ex-Compaq* and HP Connections groups on LinkedIn.

- Recruiter wishing to post jobs: Post jobs

 

LinkedIn. How to get your LinkedIn profile to show the correct company for each position. LinkedIn Tips & Traps - Positions


Current employee stock issues: 

- New spinoff. If you own DXC shares on May 25, you will receive shares in a new company -- with corresponding adjustment in value of your DXC shares. Perspecta spinoff.

- Micro Focus tax liability on 2017 return. HPE shareholders received shares in a UK company -- Micro Focus -- in the September 2017 spinoff of HPE's software business. Due to unique circumstances, this transaction is taxable for US shareholders -- even if no Micro Focus stock has been sold. Some brokers and administrators either did not report -- or reported incorrectly -- to the IRS. You can file an amended return. Micro Focus tax

- Time to untangle your stock! Many have discovered that they have stock in more companies (as many as seven), located in more accounts, and with much less accurate cost basis values that they thought. You or your heirs could lose some of the stock or dividends as "abandoned" -- and you could wind up paying taxes twice on the same income. A team of HP Alumni volunteers has developed a step-by-step process to help you find all your stock, protect it from being treated as abandoned property, and prevent double taxation. Go to Employee Stock


If you bought CPQ shares under the Compaq employee stock purchase plan, those shares were automatically converted to HPQ shares at the time of the merger. Unless you have sold or transferred them, the shares (and your corresponding new Hewlett Packard Enterprise and other spinoff shares) are being held by the last administrator of the plan, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney -- which is no longer being paid by the company for this work. Details and HPAA advice for former CPQ employee shareholders

Morgan Stanley customers are getting different results from different divisions of the company -- depending on whether they were participants in the Compaq Employee Stock Purchase Plan or had transferred their HP stock to a personal account at Morgan Stanley's local-office-based retail brokerage division. Morgan Stanley issues reported by members

Former Digital employees should also see http://www.hpalumni.org/DEC

 

HP Inc is the legal successor to Compaq -- and has responsibility for any commitments. (Does not depend on whether your last business unit subsequently ended up in HPI or HPE in the HP Breakup.)

 

Compaq news:

- October 25, 1991: "The Day Everything Changed at Compaq" LinkedIn "Pulse" article by Sean Burke

- "Open: How Compaq Ended IBM's PC Domination and Helped Invent Modern Computing" – by Rod Canion. "...a series of risky and daring decisions – often facing criticism and incredulity – that allowed the open PC standard marketplace to thrive and the incredible benefits of open computing to be realized." BenBella Books (October 15, 2013) ASIN: 1937856992  Author's website: The Compaq Story

- Documentary based on Rod Canion's "Open" -- "Silicon Cowboys" page on Facebook.

 

Other links:

- Employment Verification for former HP and Compaq employees.

- Networking Directory of HP- and Compaq-related networks and groups around the world.

- Contacts for former HP, HPI, HPE employees  

 

Compaq history:

- Compaq company history (via the Internet Archive)

- Gordon Bell's Compaq/DEC timeline

- Compaq Wikipedia article – with references and links. Note: Wikipedia articles change over time, may not cover all aspects of the topic consistently, and may not be written from a neutral point of view.

 

* The informal Ex-Compaq Employees group on LinkedIn is operated by Compaq alumni, not by the HPAA. The group is not endorsed or supported by the company.

 

The Hewlett-Packard Alumni Association is operated by former employees who volunteer their time. Not endorsed or supported by the company. More about the HPAA

 

Rod Canion, Jim Harris, and Bill Murto

Rod Canion, Jim Harris, and Bill Murto – 1982. 


For more mutual help on this topic and many others, join the independent HP Alumni Association. 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, join the HPAA. No charge, thanks to HPAA members.


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