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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

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


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 retained 50% of the stock when EDS went public. GM contracts were 31% of revenue when he 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 on Nov 1, 2005. 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. 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.

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 run searches for particular skills and background. In addition, LinkedIn helps you reconnect with people who know you and your work.

Check your 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 display the HPE name and logo.) Watch for typos, like "principle engineer." You may wish to emphasize (or de-emphasize) some of your experience and background.

Tricks and traps: hpalumni.org/LinkedIn

Job posts on LinkedIn. To see job openings shared by other HP alumni -- and post opportunities at your current employer: Join the "HP Connections" group on LinkedIn (Operated by HPAA, but HPAA membership not required.) 

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