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Career and employment issues for EDS alumni  (Electronic Data Systems Corporation)  (Updated  Apr 24, 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 was sold to the Hewlett-Packard Company on Aug 26, 2008. Before the announcement, EDS sales were up 3% but net income was down 62% year-over-year. Stock peaked at $72 in 2001 but was down to $19. HP paid $25 per share in cash, $13.9 billion -- a 32% premium.

- HP Inc. is the legal successor to the companies acquired by the Hewlett-Packard Company before the company was split into HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE.) Responsibility for any commitments to former employees of Autonomy, Compaq, Digital, EDS, Tandem, etc. remain with HP Inc. -- regardless of whether the employee's last business unit ended up in HP Inc. 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.

- 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.)

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

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 pension plan changes, employment lawsuits, settlements, or other issues. (HP Inc. is the legal successor to companies bought by HP -- including Compaq and EDS. HPE is successor to companies it bought -- Cray, Nimble, etc.) Update address at former company

Other benefits issues for EDS alumni -- including 401(k), stock, HP and HPE retiree benefits, vehicle discounts. Report disability or a death to the company. https://www.hpalumni.org/edsBenefits

Employment verification and experience letters for Hewlett-Packard or Hewlett Packard Enterprise, predecessor companies, and successor companies. Employment and Salary Verification   Experience Letter

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.

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 "HP Connections" on Linkedin For current and former employees of Hewlett-Packard and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. (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! 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. 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. Member advice on what to do before losing access to company systems -- and in the following few weeks.

Other links:

- HPAA's unofficial list of EDS Acquisitions

- Networking Directory of HP- and EDS-related networks and groups worldwide.

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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