Select the links below that fit your situation...
- Current HP or HPE employee:
Networking and Information for Current Employees. Join
Ex-Compaq* group on LinkedIn.
- HP or HPE employee in the process of leaving: use the
groups on LinkedIn.
- Former Compaq employee who never worked for
groups on LinkedIn.
If you received a "Potential Private Retirement Benefit
Information" notice from Social Security, it is usually
based on outdated information -- as indicated by the "Year
Reported" date on the form included in the body of the
notice. Here's how to decode it:
Key: HP Inc is the legal successor to DEC, Tandem, and
Compaq -- not subsequent successor companies such as
HPES, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, DXC, etc. -- and has
responsibility for any commitments to former Compaq
employees. (Does not depend on whether your last business
unit subsequently ended up in HP Inc or Hewlett Packard
Enterprise in the
Make sure that HP Inc has
your current mailing address.
Even if not classified by the company as a "Retiree" or
if long gone from the company. (For example, some may have
missed out on wage-and-hour class-action settlements.)
The company will only update payroll records.
It is your responsibility to notify the Benefits Center,
Fidelity, etc. -- and watch your subsequent paperwork to
verify that changes have actually been made in every
- Former Employee: Tabs for
Change of Address, Employment Verification. The
"HR Questions" tab includes Payroll, HR, Equity Awards,
HP Inc official US External HR Support page
- Classified as a Retiree:
Retiree Clubs, "HP Continuum" official retiree site,
Employee Purchase Program, Discounts:
HP Inc official Retiree page
Worldwide: To find the
official contact page for former HP Inc employees worldwide.
(Employment verification, Experience Letters, payroll,
address change, HR issues)
HP Inc HR Support Country Selector If
country is not listed, contact regional headquarters:
HP Inc Offices Worldwide or
HP Inc Corporate Headquarters
LinkedIn. How to get your LinkedIn profile to show
the correct company for each position.
LinkedIn Tips & Traps - Positions
Time to untangle your stock! With any employer, no one but you
really cares about your employment-related stock. You may have stock in
up to seven HP-related companies. It may not all be held in the same
place. With each spinoff, the cost basis for your shares changed. Many
find stray accounts -- or need to retrieve stock or dividends turned
over to a state as "unclaimed." You could pay taxes twice on the same
income. Your heirs may not find it all. An HP Alumni team developed a
step-by-step process to find it, protect it, and help you avoid
double taxation. Go to
HPAA and alumni have developed a
Compaq Stock Decoder Table
Comments about this page to:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Updated May 23, 2019.)
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
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
Former Tandem employees should also see
Service at predecessor companies. Of HP's many
predecessor companies, only HP and DEC had retiree healthcare programs.
Only HP, DEC, and EDS had pension plans. Over the years, HP, DEC, and
EDS set aside money in dedicated trust funds to pay for those programs.
Compaq, Tandem, Autonomy, Palm, etc. did not have retiree healthcare or
pensions among their benefits programs. Their employees did not have
those expectations and there were no corresponding trust funds to pass
on to an acquiring company. Therefore, employees of those companies do
not get credit under HP's retiree healthcare or pension programs for
service at the predecessor company. (Note that qualifying
years-of-service may vary for different types of benefit. For example,
predecessor service counts to determine FTO.) Details:
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 HP
Inc or Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the
Employment verification and Experience Letters. (Also
covers the company's predecessor companies.) Official HP
instructions -- and HPAA member tips -- on how to provide
current and past employment status and salary to potential
employers, financial institutions, and government aid
agencies. Employment Verification:
- 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:
- Documentary based on Rod Canion's "Open"
Verification for former HP and Compaq employees.
Directory of HP- and Compaq-related networks and groups
around the world.
former HP and HPE employees
Compaq company history (via the Internet Archive)
- Gordon Bell's
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 officially endorsed or
supported by any company.
The Hewlett-Packard Alumni Association is operated by former employees
who volunteer their time. Not officially endorsed or supported by any
Rod Canion, Jim Harris, and Bill
Murto – 1982.