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For EDS Alumni (Electronic Data Systems Corporation)  (Updated Jun 23, 2022)

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


"Potential Private Retirement Benefit" letter from Social Security. If "Type of Benefit" is "A" -- you rolled to a different plan, bought an annuity, or took cash. How to decode and what to do: hpalumni.org/PotentialBenefitLetter.

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


Successor company.

EDS sale to Hewlett-Packard. In 2008, due to declining growth and profits, EDS stock was down to $19 from $72 in 2001. EDS management and board negotiated a $13.9 billion sale to HP at a 32% premium -- which was completed Aug 26, 2008. (Founder Ross Perot had sold the company to GM in 1984; GM spun out EDS in 1996.)

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; singular; green-rectangle logo) -- was spun out. Portions of HPE were later spun out into DXC and Micro Focus, which have spun out other separate companies.

DXC is a completely separate company -- not a legal successor corporation to HP or HPE.

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. Responsibility for commitments to former employees of Compaq, 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.

At completion of the sale on Aug 26, 2008, EDS was temporarily structured as a wholly-owned subsidiary called "EDS, an HP Company." On Sep 23, 2009, it was renamed "HP Enterprise Services."

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


Financial issues.

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

EDS pension. If you were employed in the U.S. 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! Depending on when and how you acquired HP or HPE stock, you may now have stock in up to six completely separate HP-related companies in various accounts -- or have missed cash payouts. An HP Alumni team has developed a process to determine what stock you should have and how to find it. hpalumni.org/stock

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

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

Check your LinkedIn profile! Profiles were changed without notice. HPE changed many decades-old HP positions to HPE; LinkedIn deleted many employers. Recruiters and hiring managers view entries that don't make sense -- such as HPE employment before Nov 2015 -- as signs of a fake profile. You may wish to emphasize (or de-emphasize) some of your background by breaking out (or merging) separate positions. Step-by-step: hpalumni.org/LinkedIn


Networking.

LinkedIn. Benefits discussions related to EDS service. Career discussions. EDS history. Job openings posted by recruiters searching for EDS background. EDS Alumni LinkedIn Group.

Facebook groups. The best place for advice on EDS issues is on the very active and helpful EDS groups on Facebook. Reliving the good times, reconnecting with people you worked with, and remembering those who have passed. Leading examples -- and how to find Facebook groups that match your career experience: Facebook groups for HP, HPE, EDS, DEC, CPQ

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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