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Career and employment issues for EDS alumni  (Electronic Data Systems Corporation) (Updated Dec 18, 2021)

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See all of HPAA's information for EDS alumni -- pension, stock, benefits, networking, EDS history/culture  -- whether or not you ever worked for HP: https://www.hpalumni.org/eds

EDS online: For 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.

Key: Legal successor and corporate names. 

- 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 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. HPE is responsible for commitments to former employees of companies acquired by HPE.

- 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."

- On Oct 21, 2015, Hewlett-Packard Company spun off Hewlett Packard Enterprise (no hyphen; singular.)

- HP Inc, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, DXC, and Perspecta are completely separate companies. Details: HP Breakup

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

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

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

Select the HPAA link below that fits your situation...

- Current HP or HPE employee: Networking and Information for Current Employees.

- HP or HPE employee in the process of leaving or being laid off: ASAP checklist.

If you are working -- even if not currently looking for a job -- you need to be on LinkedIn. LinkedIn helps you reconnect with people who know you and your work. Join"HPConnections"on LinkedIn (HPAA membership not required.) LinkedIn works differently than you might think: LinkedIn Tips and Traps

"EDS Alumni" group on LinkedIn. For former employees of EDS. 44,000 members, join EDS Alumni on LinkedIn

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

Many former EDS folks have the wrong company on their LinkedIn profile. A recruiter searching for ex-EDS people may not find you. Check the logos displayed on your LinkedIn profile for past positions:

1. You may have selected "EDS" as a past employer and wound up displaying the red-chevron logo of Egyptian Document Storage... or the cerise triangle logo of a computer-aided design company in India. Or an unrelated tiny private company called "EDS Group."

2. As part of the HPInc/HPE split, HP changed the personal profiles of many former and current employees to display the HPE logo for past positions. You may wish to display the EDS logo for early positions on your profile instead. Or you may have worked for HP instead of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

3. If you just enter "DXC" you get a blank logo. There's a trick to that one too.

Step-by-step instructions on how to get the correct company and the blue "bowling ball" logo: https://www.hpalumni.org/LinkedInPositions

If leaving or recently left: ASAP Checklist.

Other links:

- HPAA's unofficial list of EDS Acquisitions

EDS/HP overtime allegations: The class action filed in 2006 concerning EDS/HP overtime was settled after nine years, 79 depositions, and 1.5 million pages of documents -- paying an average of $950 each. Details: HP and HPE Employment Lawsuits

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