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For EDS Alumni (Electronic Data Systems Corporation)  (Sep 1, 2023)

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


Legal successors and company names. 

EDS sale to Hewlett-Packard. Due to declining growth and profits, EDS stock was down to $19 -- from $72 in 2001. Management and board negotiated the sale for a 32% premium. Completed Aug 26, 2008. EDS was temporarily structured as a subsidiary, "EDS, an HP Company." On Sep 23, 2009, it was renamed "HP Enterprise Services."

HP Breakup. On Nov 1, 2015, the legal name of the Hewlett-PackardCompany was changed to HP Inc. and a new, completely separate company -- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (no hyphen; green-rectangle logo) -- was spun out. Portions of HPE were later spun out into DXC and Micro Focus, which have spun out other companies.

HP Inc. is the legal successor to the companies acquired by Hewlett-Packard before the company was split into HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Nov 1, 2015. Responsibility for commitments to former employees of Compaq, DEC, EDS, etc. remain with HP Inc. -- regardless of whether their last business unit ended up in HP or HPE. Includes employment verification and any retiree health, pension, etc. plans.

Contacts at HP Inc -- the successor company: HP contacts 


Financial issues.

If you received a letter from Social Security entitled "Potential Private Retirement Benefit." How to decode the letter and who to contact: Potential Benefit letter (If the Plan Name is "EDS Payroll Stock Ownership Plan" instead go to EDS Stock, which describes how EDS stock was retired.)

EDS pension. If you were employed in the U.S. by EDS or "EDS, an HP Company" before Jan 1, 2009 -- you may have an EDS pension, administered by HP: https://www.hpalumni.org/edsPension

Pension change. If you have been receiving monthly U.S. HP, DEC, or EDS pension payments that commenced on or before November 1, 2020 -- your pension is probably among the 41,000 converted in September 2021 from a company pension administered by Fidelity to an insured annuity provided by Prudential. Details: https://www.hpalumni.org/pension2021

UK Pension -- HP, DEC, EDS. HP Limited Retirement Benefits Plan, administered by Equiniti. https://hprbp.com

Other countries:  https://content.ext.hp.com/sites/CountrySupport/CountrySelector.page (If difficulty: HP Inc Admin Headquarters, 10300 Energy Drive, Spring, TX 77389. 1-650-857-1501. At a Post Office window, you can specify Certified Mail combined with Return Receipt.)

Stock: You may now have stock in HP, HPE, Agilent, Keysight, and DXC in various accounts -- and may have missed cash payouts for Perspecta and Micro Focus. How many shares of which companies should I have? How much cash should I have received? Stock Recovery Process

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

Which HP-related companies have me classified as a retiree or former employee? Given HP's history of acquisitions and spinoffs, this may not be obvious. If any doubt, check here: Which Company

Make sure that the legal successor to 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 pension plan changes, employment lawsuits, settlements, or other issues. Update address at former company

Current status of major HP and HPE Employment Lawsuits

Benefits issues for EDS alumni -- including 401(k), HP and HPE retiree benefits, vehicle discounts. Death or disability of a former employee. https://www.hpalumni.org/edsBenefits


Career.

Employment verification and experience letters for Hewlett-Packard, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and related companies. Employment and Experience Verification

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

Update and strengthen your LinkedIn profile. Even if not currently looking, you need a strong, credible profile on LinkedIn. People check you out before working with you. Recruiters search for skills and background. LinkedIn helps you reconnect with people who know you and your work.

Check your LinkedIn profile. (Click your photo, select "View Profile.") LinkedIn has been standardizing company names, with odd results. Recruiters view illogical entries -- such as HPE positions before 2015 -- as fake. (HPE changed many decades-old HP positions to HPE.) Watch for typos. You can emphasize or de-emphasize some of your experience and background.

Tricks and traps: hpalumni.org/LinkedIn


Professional and social networking.

LinkedIn. "EDS Alumni" group on LinkedIn. For former employees of EDS. Join EDS Alumni on LinkedIn.

Facebook groups: Reconnect, celebrate the good times, and appreciate those who have passed. There are social groups on Facebook for HP, EDS, DEC, Tandem, and Compaq. Private, independent online forums operated and moderated by people from each community. Directory of leading HP-related Facebook groups: https://www.hpalumni.org/facebook

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


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