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:
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:
Contacts at the successor company:
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
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 HP Alumni team has developed a step-by-step process to find and protect your stock.
Stock issues for former EDS employees.
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:
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
informal HP-related social and professional groups around the
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
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.
Leaving HP. Untangling and strengthening your LinkedIn
profile. Networking with other EDS alumni.
EDS history and culture.
Online groups for EDS alumni. Classic EDS ads. "The lost
legacy of EDS." Books about EDS. Sale to HP. Corporate
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