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HP Inc. is the overall legal successor to companies acquired by Hewlett-Packard before the company was split into HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Nov 1, 2015. In general, responsibility for original commitments to former U.S. employees of Compaq, DEC, EDS, etc. remain with HP Inc. – regardless of whether their last business unit ended up in HP or HPE. (Canada and UK: HPE. Other countries vary.
Country-by-country details)

Select the links below that fit your situation...

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

- HP or HPE employee in the process of leaving: use the ASAP checklist.

Received a "Potential Private Retirement Benefit" letter from Social Security? How to decode the letter and who to contact, if necessary: Potential Benefit letter

If you have paper stock certificates. What to do: Stock Certificates

HP Breakup. On Nov 1, 2015, the legal name of the Hewlett-Packard Company was changed to HP Inc. and a new, completely separate company – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (green-rectangle logo; no hyphen) – was spun out. Portions of HPE were later spun out into DXC and Micro Focus: HP Breakup

Which HP-related companies have me classified as a retiree or former employee? Due to acquisitions and spinoffs, this may not be obvious. Check here: Which Company

Contacts at HP Inc. -- the successor company: HP contacts

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

Check your LinkedIn profile. Even if not currently looking for a job, you need a strong, credible LinkedIn profile. Reconnect with people who know you and your work. Be found by hiring managers, recruiters, and recruiting bots. You can promote your specialized expertise. Your profile may have been automatically changed. Member advice: hpalumni.org/LinkedIn

Service at predecessor companies. Of the many predecessor companies, only HP, DEC, and EDS ever had U.S. pension plans. Only HP and DEC ever had U.S. retiree healthcare plans. Over the years, the companies set aside money in a dedicated trust fund for each plan. The benefits originally promised assumed continued high profit levels. Each plan was eventually closed to new participants.

Employees of other acquisitions did not have those expectations and there were no plans -- with associated trust funds -- to pass on to an acquiring company.

As employees were added to the retirement plans in effect at the time of acquisition, they did not get credit for service at the predecessor. However, they generally did get service credit for other benefits, such as vacation/FTO.

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

Stock: You may now have stock in HP, HPE, Agilent, Keysight, or DXC in multiple accounts – and may not have received cash payouts for Micro Focus and Perspecta. Your current cost basis depends on when you acquired stock as companies were merged and spun out. Plan administrators, transfer agents, and brokerages vary significantly in how (or if) they track gain/loss and cost basis for the many complex HP-related stock events – and what (if anything) they report to the IRS. Stock

Over the decades, Hewlett-Packard has been broken into several companies.

Depending on when you acquired stock, you may now have shares in HPInc, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Agilent, Keysight, and DXC – held in multiple accounts – and may not have received cash payouts for Micro Focus or Perspecta.

HPAA members have developed a step-by-step process to untangle HP/HPE-related stock – including spreadsheets to verify your records or estimate cost basis for employee stock purchases: Stock

HPAA's Complete Stock Decoder Tables for: Compaq   DEC    Tandem 

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  Article

NonStop jobs are often posted on this Tandem networking group:

- Tandem Alumni LinkedIn  (not operated by HPAA)


Facebook groups: Reconnect, celebrate the good times, and appreciate those who have passed. There are many HP-related social groups on Facebook, including: HP, Tandem, and Compaq. Private, independent online forums operated and moderated by people from each community. Leading HP-related Facebook groups: https://www.hpalumni.org/facebook


Other links:

- Employment Verification for former employees.

- 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 Bedsheet Tandem strategy and challenges detailed on a 36" x 24" poster, scanned by Gaye Clemson. (1980)


Tandem Atmos clock (10-year gift):

Members of the now-closed 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)


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