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For EDS Alumni (Electronic Data Systems Corporation)  (Updated  May 19, 2021.) 

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Information from EDS alumni for EDS alumni -- whether or not you ever worked for HP...

EDS was sold to the Hewlett-Packard Company on Aug 26, 2008. EDS stockholders were paid $25 per share in cash from HP in exchange (32% over market price.)

HP Breakup. On Nov 1, 2015, the Hewlett-Packard Company was renamed HP Inc. and a new, independent company -- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (no hyphen; singular; green-rectangle logo) -- was spun out. Portions of HPE were later spun out into DXC and Micro Focus, which have spun out other companies. Details: HP Breakup

HPInc is the legal successor to the companies acquired by the Hewlett-Packard Company before the company was split into HPInc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE.) Responsibility for any commitments to former employees of EDS remain with HPInc -- regardless of whether the employee's last business unit ended up in HPInc or HPE. This includes employment verification and any retiree health coverage, pension, 401(k), etc. plans. (About the HP Breakup)

Which HP-related companies am I a retiree or former employee of? (Not always obvious.) Given HP's complex history of acquisitions, divestitures, and spinoffs, the company or companies that you are legally a former employee of may not be obvious. If any doubt, check here: Which Company

Contacts at the successor company: HPInc contacts

Make sure that every company you ever worked for has your current postal address. Even if not classified by the company as a "Retiree" or if long gone -- in case of class-action settlements or other issues. Update address at former company

"Potential Private Retirement Benefit" letter from Social Security. The key word is "potential." It reports the most recent transaction in a benefit plan that you were once enrolled in. If both "Type" and "Frequency" are coded "A" -- it means that during the "Year Reported" you rolled the money into a different plan, or  bought an annuity, or took the cash. For details or if coded otherwise, go to Potential Benefit Letter.

You may have an EDS pension. If you were employed by EDS or "EDS, an HP Company" before January 1, 2009 you may have an EDS pension that you have forgotten about. https://www.hpalumni.org/edsPension

Time to untangle your stock! No one but you really cares about your employment-related stock. You may have had stock in up to seven HP-related companies. Your stock may not all be in the same place or be registered to your current postal address. You may need to retrieve lost stock or dividends, find stray accounts, or estimate your cost basis. An HPAlumniteam has developed a step-by-step process to find and protect your stock. Employee Stock

Stock issues for former EDS employees. https://www.hpalumni.org/StockEDS

Check your LinkedIn profile! You may be surprised. LinkedIn has changed how employers are identified -- dropping employers and modifying profiles without notice. In addition, HP positions were changed to HPE. You want recruiters to believe your profile -- and former co-workers to find you. Many former EDS folks have the wrong company on their LinkedIn profile. A recruiter searching for ex-EDS people may not find you. Step-by-step instructions on how to get the correct company and the blue "bowling ball" logo: https://www.hpalumni.org/LinkedInPositions

Join the alumni and networking groups that fit your situation:

Job openings posted by recruiters searching for EDS background, benefits and career discussions related to EDS service, and EDS history -- join the EDS Alumni LinkedIn Group.

Facebook. There are many independent company alumni social groups on Facebook -- reliving the good times, reconnecting with people you worked with, and memorializing those who have passed. Leading examples -- and how to find Facebook groups that match your career experience: Facebook groups for HP, successors, and predecessors

See the HPAA's directory of 190 informal HP-related social and professional groups around the world.

If you have ever been an HP or HPE employee, also join the Hewlett-Packard Alumni Association

Other benefits issues for EDS alumni -- including 401(k), stock, HPInc and HPE retiree benefits, vehicle discounts. Report disability or a death to the company. https://www.hpalumni.org/edsBenefits

If leaving or recently left: ASAP Checklist. Member advice on what to do before losing access to company systems -- and in the following few weeks.

Career and employment issues for EDS alumni. Openings posted by recruiters searching for EDS background. Employment verification. Leaving HP. Untangling and strengthening your LinkedIn profile. Networking with other EDS alumni. https://www.hpalumni.org/edsCareer

EDS history and culture. Online groups for EDS alumni. Classic EDS ads. "The lost legacy of EDS." Books about EDS. Sale to HP. Corporate names.  Details: https://www.hpalumni.org/edsHistoryCulture


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