Select the links below that fit your situation...
- Current HP or HPE employee:
Networking and Information for Current Employees. Also join
LinkedIn Tandem Alumni* group.
- HP or HPE employee in the process of leaving: use the
LinkedIn Tandem Alumni* and
groups on LinkedIn.
- Former Tandem employee who never worked for
Tandem Alumni* and
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based on outdated information -- as indicated by the "Year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:
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
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
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:
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:
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.
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*
Employment Verification for former
Join the very active
Tandem Alumni Forum (operated by former Tandem
employees, not by the HP or the HP Alumni Association.)
Directory of HP- and Tandem-related networks and groups
around the world.
former HP and HPE employees
"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:
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.
– Core Values
and Business Relationships" 30-page booklet
"Tandem Value System" wallet card -- two sides:
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.
* 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.
The Hewlett-Packard Alumni Association is operated by former employees
who volunteer their time. Not officially endorsed or supported by any
Jack Loustaunou, Mike Green, Jim Katzman, Jimmy Treybig.