Key: Legal successor and corporate names.
- 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)
- When EDS was sold to HP on Aug 26, 2008, it was
temporarily structured as a wholly-owned subsidiary called "EDS,
an HP Company."
On Sep 23, 2009, it was
renamed "HP Enterprise
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:
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
Other benefits issues for EDS alumni -- including 401(k),
stock, HPInc and HPE retiree benefits, vehicle discounts. Report disability or a
death to the
- U.S. The HPInc Retirement Service Center manages pension and 401(k) accounts
for HPInc (formerly named Hewlett-Packard Company.)
Also manages any pension or 401(k) accounts that
Hewlett-Packard predecessor companies (such as Compaq,
Digital, and EDS)
may have had. Operated by Fidelity Investments.
1-800-457-4015, M-F 7:30 AM to 11:00 PM Central
Time. Outside the U.S., call 1-508-787-9902 collect. Website:
- UK: Administered
- Outside the
HPInc Worldwide HR Support Country Selector
If country not listed, contact regional headquarters:
HPInc Offices Worldwide or
HPInc Corporate Headquarters
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
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. If you are not collecting on (or did not
cash in) an EDS pension, check for an EDS pension account
"You may have a benefit in the [EDS Retirement] Plan if you
were employed by EDS before HP acquired EDS on Aug
26, 2008, or if you joined "EDS, an HP Company"
[quotation marks added] between
Aug 26, 2008 and December 31, 2008. The plan was closed
to new participants on January 1, 2009. Eligibility to earn
Pay-Based Credits to Personal Pension Accounts (PPAs) under
the Plan ended on December 31, 2008, although Interest
Credits continue to accrue on existing PPA accounts"
--from our copy
EDS Retirement Plan Summary Plan Description
(SPD) -- which is dated January 2012 and may be out
of date. Ask the Plan Administrator for a current copy.
EDS Retirement Plan:
Name: "EDS Retirement Plan, a sub-plan of the Hewlett-Packard Company
EIN: 94-1081436 -- Plan number: 003 ("EIN" = IRS Employer
- Abbreviated as: 94-1081436-003
is growing at 5% per year if you left EDS after July 1,
1998. (HP's own legacy pension plans do not have that
What if HP
goes under? The plan is backed by a trust fund -- and is listed
on the federal PBGC website as insured. (Full payout not
guaranteed for larger pensions -- $5,812
per month maximum for someone who starts taking
pension at 65. See this table:
dies before payments begin, generally payable to surviving
spouse or beneficiary. (Details on SPD page 26.)
document: "EDS Retirement Plan Summary Plan
Description" (the "SPD") -- with many
key details, including annual interest credit, QDRO, and
surviving spouse provisions. Our copy of the SPD is "Updated as of January 2012" Contact Fidelity to
determine if there is a newer version.
There are at least two vintages of the EDS plan. Download the SPD
from Fidelity that specifically applies to you -- based on
when you left EDS.
For example, the
"Updated as of January 2012" copy of the SPD does
not apply if you left EDS
before July 1, 1998.
It says on page 1:
"Benefits for participants who terminated from EDS before
July 1, 1998 are subject to separate provisions not
described in this SPD. For more information about these
benefits, contact the HP Retirement Services Center."
If you left EDS on or after July 1, 1998 -- and have not cashed out
or started taking the pension -- the account has been and
will continue to grow at 5% per year.
"Personal Pension Accounts ...continue to receive
Interest Credits, even after ceasing to earn Pay-Based
Credits. Your PPA is credited with Interest Credits at a
predetermined rate that’s adjusted annually each January 1
subject to a minimum rate of 5% per year. Interest Credits
continue to accumulate until your PPA is paid to you or
converted to an annuity at retirement." [Page 9 of the
Summary Plan Description.]
How to decode an
SPD. (For example, many of the postal contact addresses given in
SPDs are extinct.)
Lump-sum payout offers:
- 2016: A pension
buyout offer was made to those with a "lump-sum present
value of your accrued benefit as of Aug 1, 2016" between $5K
- 2019: EDS folks with small
pensions were offered lump-sum payouts -- apparently to
reduce admin costs. "At the present time... the Plan does
not allow lump-sum distributions for amounts over $5,000. We
don’t speculate if that policy will change. However, if Plan
provisions do change to allow lump sums over $5000, affected
participants will be notified via mail." --email in response
to inquiry from an EDS alum, April 19, 2019.
- 2020: A
lump-sum pension buyout offer was made to some who have legacy DEC and EDS
pension plans. Deadline was July 15, 2020;
extended to July 22,
The EDS pension plan has survived the sale to GM in 1984,
spin-out from GM in 1996,
sale to HP, and
the split of HP into HPInc and HPE.
One person referred to EDS founder Ross Perot
EDS Alumni LinkedIn Group:
"Ross is the gift that doesn't stop giving."
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