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For Tandem Alumni...  (Updated June 16, 2020.)  Comments about this page to: info@hpalumni.org

Select the links below that fit your situation...

- Current HP or HPE employee: Networking and Information for Current Employees. Also join the LinkedIn Tandem Alumni* group.

- HP or HPE employee in the process of leaving: use the ASAP checklist. Join LinkedIn Tandem Alumni* and HP Connections groups on LinkedIn.

- Former Tandem employee who never worked for HP: Join Tandem Alumni* and HP Connections groups on LinkedIn.

If you received a "Potential Private Retirement Benefit Information" notice from Social Security, it is usually based on outdated information -- as indicated by the "Year Reported" date on the form included in the body of the notice. Here's how to decode it: https://www.hpalumni.org/PotentialBenefitLetter

Compaq was the legal successor to Tandem. HP, in turn, is the legal successor to Compaq -- and has responsibility for any commitments.  This includes any retiree health coverage, pension, 401(k), etc. plans. (Does not depend on whether the employee's last business unit ended up in HPInc or Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the HP Breakup.)


Key: HPInc is the legal successor to DEC, Tandem, and Compaq. Responsibility was not transferred to subsequent successor companies such as HPES, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, DXC, etc. HPInc has responsibility for any commitments to former Compaq employees. This includes any retiree health coverage, pension, 401(k), etc. plans. (Does not depend on whether the employee's last business unit ended up in HPInc or Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the HP Breakup.)  HP contacts

Make sure that HPInc has your current postal address. Even if not classified by the company as a "Retiree" or if long gone from the company -- in case of class-action settlements or pension issues. Update address at former company


LinkedIn. How to get your LinkedIn profile to show the correct company for each position. LinkedIn Tips & Traps - Positions


Service at predecessor companies. Of HP's many predecessor companies, only HP and DEC had retiree healthcare programs. Only HP, DEC, and EDS had pension plans. Over the years, HP, DEC, and EDS set aside money in dedicated trust funds to pay for those programs. Compaq, Tandem, Autonomy, Palm, etc. did not have retiree healthcare or pensions among their benefits programs. Their employees did not have those expectations and there were no corresponding trust funds to pass on to an acquiring company. Therefore, employees of those companies do not get credit under HP's retiree healthcare or pension programs for service at the predecessor company. (Predecessor service does count for FTO.)  Details: DEC  EDS

Employment verification and Experience Letters. (Also covers the company's predecessor companies.) Official HP instructions -- and HPAA member tips -- on how to provide current and past employment status and salary to potential employers, financial institutions, and government aid agencies. employment and salary verification: https://www.hpalumni.org/verif. Experience Letter: https://www.hpalumni.org/verif-letter

HPAA volunteers and Tandem alumni have developed a Tandem Stock Decoder Table   

Compaq acquisition of Tandem: For each share of Tandem owned on August 29, 1997, Tandem shareholders received 0.525 shares of Compaq stock. Source: SEC 8K filing  "Compaq Computer Corp. said yesterday it plans to buy struggling Tandem Computers Inc. for about $3 billion in stock... almost 50 percent more" than Tandem's closing price before the June 23 announcement. Source: Washington Post

NonStop jobs are often posted on one or both of these Tandem networking groups:

- Tandem Alumni Forum* (Jimmy Treybig is a member)

- Tandem Alumni LinkedIn*

 

Other links:

- Employment Verification for former employees.

- Join the very active Tandem Alumni Forum  (operated by former Tandem employees, not by the HP or the HP Alumni Association.)

- Networking Directory of HP- and Tandem-related networks and groups around the world.

- Contacts for former HP and HPE employees 

 

Tandem history:

- "Tandem Computers Unplugged: A People's History" by Gaye I. Clemson. Stories and recollections from employees capturing the voices and history of this amazing company. FastPencil, Inc. (July 2012) ASIN: 1607466856

- Tandem Wikipedia article with references and links. Note: Wikipedia articles change over time, may not cover all aspects of the topic consistently, and may not be written from a neutral point of view.

- "Tandem Value System Core Values and Business Relationships" 30-page booklet

- "Tandem Value System" wallet card -- two sides: Core Values   Business Relationships

- Tandem Systems Review "Technical information about Tandem software releases and products" (1983 -1994)

 

Tandem Atmos clock (10-year gift):

Members of the Tandem Alumni Forum* posted in October 2017 recommending watchmakers who repair these rare Swiss clocks.

- http://www.atmosclock.us/  (clocksmith Mike Murray) Unofficial reference site with manuals, parts, etc. (541-559-1090)

- http://www.theclockmanonline.com (714.578.0089)

- www.curtsclocks.com (612.244.4557)

- http://www.lukinswatch.com (916-485-4545)

* The informal "Tandem Alumni" group on LinkedIn -- and the "Tandem Alumni" forum on Yahoo -- are operated by former Tandem employees, not by the HPAA or HP.

 

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Jack Loustaunou, Mike Green, Jim Katzman, Jimmy Treybig

Jack Loustaunou, Mike Green, Jim Katzman, Jimmy Treybig.

 


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