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
"HP Connections" on LinkedIn
- Former Tandem employee who never worked for
group on LinkedIn.
If you got a letter from Social Security entitled "Potential Private Retirement Benefit." Look at the "Year Reported" and the table on the back of the letter. If "Type of Benefit" is "A" -- you rolled to a different plan, bought an annuity, or took cash. How to decode and what to do:
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 (no hyphen; green-rectangle logo) -- was
spun out. Portions of HPE were later spun out into DXC and Micro
Focus, which have spun out other companies:
HP Inc. is the legal successor to the companies acquired
by Hewlett-Packard before the company was split into HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise on Nov 1, 2005. Responsibility for commitments to
former employees of Compaq, DEC, EDS, etc. remain with HP Inc. -- regardless of whether
their last business unit ended up in HP or HPE. Includes employment verification and
any retiree health, pension, etc. plans.
Which HP-related companies have me classified as a retiree or former employee?
Given HP's history of acquisitions and spinoffs, this may not be obvious. If any doubt, check here:
Contacts at HP Inc. -- the successor company:
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
Update and strengthen your LinkedIn profile. Even if not
currently looking, you
need a strong, credible profile on LinkedIn. People check you out before
working with you. Recruiters run searches for particular skills and
background. In addition,
LinkedIn helps you reconnect with people who know you and your work.
Check your profile. LinkedIn has been standardizing company names, with odd results. Recruiters view illogical entries -- such as HPE positions before 2015 -- as fake.
(HPE changed many decades-old HP positions to display the HPE name and
logo.) Watch for typos, like "principle engineer." You may wish
to emphasize (or de-emphasize) some of your experience and background.
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, 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. (DEC employees get retiree health
credit for DEC and HP service but not Compaq service.) Predecessor service counts for vacation/FTO. Details:
Employment verification and experience letters for
Hewlett-Packard, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and related
Employment and Experience Verification
Time to untangle your stock!
Depending on when and how you acquired HP or HPE stock, you may now have stock in up to six completely separate HP-related companies in
various accounts -- or have missed cash payouts. How many shares of which HP-related companies should I have? How much
cash should I have received?
HPAA's detailed Stock Decoder tables for:
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 this
Tandem networking group:
Tandem Alumni LinkedIn (not operated by HPAA)
Reconnect, celebrate the good times, and appreciate those who have
passed. Social groups on Facebook for HP, Boise, Corvallis, Cupertino,
Medical Group, Response Center, Santa Rosa, Southern California, EDS, DEC, Tandem, and Compaq.
Private, independent online forums operated and moderated by people from each community.
Directory of leading HP-related Facebook groups:
Employment Verification for former
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)
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
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.
Operated by volunteers. Not officially endorsed or supported.
Jack Loustaunou, Mike Green, Jim Katzman, Jimmy Treybig.