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For Tandem Alumni  (Updated Mar 7, 2021.)  

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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.

"Potential Private Retirement Benefit" letter from Social Security. Reports the last transaction in a benefit plan that you were once enrolled in. If "Type of Benefit" is coded "A" -- in the previous year, you rolled the money into a different plan, bought an annuity, or took the cash. "M" if you left before vesting in that plan. How to investigate: https://www.hpalumni.org/PotentialBenefitLetter.

HP Breakup. On Nov 1, 2015, the legal name of the Hewlett-PackardCompany was changed to HP Inc. and a new, independent company -- Hewlett Packard Enterprise (no hyphen; singular; green-rectangle logo) -- was spun out. Portions of HPE were later spun out into DXC and Micro Focus, which have spun out other companies. Details: HP Breakup

HP Inc. is the legal successor to the companies acquired by the Hewlett-Packard Company before the company was split into HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE.) Responsibility for any commitments to former employees of Compaq, Digital, and Tandem remain with HP Inc. -- regardless of whether the employee's last business unit ended up in HP Inc. or HPE. This includes employment verification and any retiree health coverage, pension, 401(k), etc. plans.

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: Which Company

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

Make sure that HP 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. (HP Inc. is the legal successor to companies bought by HP -- including Compaq and EDS. HPE is successor to companies it bought -- Cray, Nimble, etc.) Update address at former company

Check your LinkedIn profile! You may be surprised. LinkedIn has changed how employers are identified -- dropping employers and modifying profiles without notice. In addition, HP positions were changed to HPE. You want recruiters to believe your profile -- and former co-workers to find you. Step-by-step instructions:  https://www.hpalumni.org/LinkedInPositions


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. (DEC employees get retiree health credit for DEC and HP service but not Compaq service.) Confusingly, predecessor service counts for vacation/FTO. Details: Digital  EDS

Employment verification and experience letters for Hewlett-Packard or Hewlett Packard Enterprise, predecessor companies, and successor companies. Employment and Salary Verification   Experience Letter

Time to untangle your stock! No one but you really cares about your employment-related stock. You may now have stock in up to seven HP-related companies. Your stock may not all be in the same place, or be registered to your current postal address. You may need to find stray accounts or retrieve lost stock, dividends, or cash payouts. The IRS does not have the ability to independently determine your cost basis; you may need to estimate it. An HP Alumni team has developed a step-by-step process. Employee Stock

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)

 

Other links:

- Employment Verification for former employees.

- 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 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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