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Employment and experience verification for former employees of HP, HPE, and related companies

Advice from HP and HPE alumni members.

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. Responsibility for commitments to former employees of Compaq, 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.

If you are a verifier, provide the employee with a link to this page ( https://www.hpalumni.org/verif )

The HP Alumni Association is not operated by HP or HPE, has no access to employment information, and is not able to forward verification requests.


Links to official verification contact points

In most countries, for legal and privacy reasons employees must initiate the employment verification process themselves.

If you left the Hewlett-Packard Company before November 1, 2015 -- or if you left HP Inc. on or after November 1, 2015 -- you are legally a former employee of HP Inc. -- regardless of which part of HP you left.
Employment Verification or Experience Letter  US    Member advice on WorkNumber    Advice on experience letters    Other Countries

If you left a Hewlett-Packard predecessor, such as Compaq or EDS, before that company was sold to HP -- HP Inc. is the legal successor to your former employer and should have any records of former employees.
Employment Verification or Experience Letter  US    Member advice on WorkNumber    Advice on experience letters    Other Countries

If you left the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE) on or after November 1, 2015 -- you are legally a former employee of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
Employment Verification or Experience Letter  US   
Member advice on WorkNumber    Advice on experience letters    Other Countries

If you transitioned to DXC or Micro Focus, it is treated as though you left HPE to join another company. HPAA info about DXC    HPAA info about Micro Focus


How to provide a valid employer address and phone number.

Instead of using an address on a paystub -- which may be for a building that the company no longer occupies -- members recommend that you use the headquarters address for the country where you worked.

- HP (Hewlett-Packard Company, now named HP Inc.)  HP Worldwide Country Headquarters  

- HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company)  HPE Worldwide Country Headquarters


Member advice: Which company?

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; singular; green-rectangle logo) -- was spun out. Portions of HPE were later spun out into DXC and Micro Focus, which have spun out other separate companies. Details: HP Breakup  (Note: HP Labs is part of HP Inc. -- but Hewlett Packard Labs is part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.)

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. Responsibility for commitments to former employees of Compaq, 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: Which Company

What do you need to provide?

For legal reasons, many companies forbid managers from giving references for former employees while the manager is still with the company. If you ask one of your former managers for a reference while they are still employed by the company, you are probably asking them to violate company policy.

Find out what the specific employer, financial institution, or government agency requires. Three possible choices:

- Earnings Statement (W-2 in the US) or other company document that shows your current or former employment. (See How to obtain your annual W-2 or final Earnings Statement )

- Employment Verification Service. As with 75% of Fortune 500 corporations, for legal and privacy reasons HP and HPE outsource US employment and salary verification to a third-party company, the Equifax Work Number service -- which you must contact yourself to authorize the release of your personal information to the specific employer, lender, landlord, or social service agency. You also control whether final salary is provided. Be sure to use our directions: Member advice on WorkNumber  (Procedure for other countries is detailed on the HP and HPE worldwide contact sites linked below.)

- Experience Letter. The company emails you a pdf file of a letter documenting your dates of employment, last job title, and -- if requested -- salary. Be sure to read our advice: Advice on experience letters

You may also want to obtain a copy of your personnel file to assist in developing your résumé: HP Personnel File   HPE Personnel File


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(Updated Mar 10, 2022.)  Comments welcome. info2@hpalumni.org  


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