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For EDS Alumni (Electronic Data Systems Corporation)   (Updated  Mar 5, 2021.)  Comments about this page to: info@hpalumni.org

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

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 Autonomy, Compaq, Digital, EDS, Tandem, etc. 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. HPE is responsible for any commitments to former employees of companies acquired by HPE, such as Cray, Nimble, etc. (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

HP 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

If you received a "Potential Private Retirement Benefit Information" notice from Social Security, it is based on years-old information, as indicated by the "Year Reported" box. The key word is "potential." Here's how to decode it -- and who to contact if you are not sure what happened with that account.

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 stock in up to seven HP-related companies (HPQ, HPE, A, KEYS, DXC, MFGP, PRSP.) Your stock may not all be in the same place. 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:

- There are two very active -- and useful -- independent EDS alumni groups on Facebook:
  Operated by Melinda Lockhart: "EDS Alumni" 19,000 members. (Includes an album of class photos of SED and other courses.)
  Operated by Howard Greif: "EDS Alumni - Proud to be Ex-EDS" 1,100 members.

- 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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