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If leaving or recently left, see our ASAP Checklist. Member advice on what to do before losing access to company systems -- and in the following few weeks.

How to verify employment at an HP-related company -- or request an experience letter. (Updated Jun 8, 2021.)

Advice from HP Alumni Association members for those from Hewlett-Packard, HPInc, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, predecessor companies, and successor companies.

The employee must initiate the verification process themselves. 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 HPInc or HPE, has no access to employment information, and is not able to forward verification requests.

Verifiers in a given country will be aware of the customary procedures used in that country -- such as the use of the Equifax third-party employment verification service in the U.S.


Step 1. Which company?

HP Breakup. On Nov 1, 2015, the Hewlett-Packard Company was renamed 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  Note: HP Labs is part of HP Inc. -- but Hewlett Packard Labs (no hyphen) is part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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

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

How to give previous employer's address and phone number on an application. Instead of using an address on a paystub -- which may be for a building that the company or a predecessor company has not occupied for years -- members recommend that you use the appropriate Corporate or country headquarters address. HPInc   HPE 


Step 2. Choose a verification method.

Find out what the specific employer, financial institution, or government agency requires.

You may be able to provide an earnings Statement (W-2 in the U.S.) or other company document that shows your current or former employment. See How to obtain your annual W-2 or final Earnings Statement If retired, your current HP Retiree health plan card may suffice. Some members have found that an old business card works for discounts.

There are two mechanisms. We have detailed directions for each, based on advice from HP Alumni Association members:

- If you require a letter, go to: https://www.hpalumni.org/verif-letter

- To quickly verify via the Equifax third-party employment verification service, go to: https://www.hpalumni.org/verif-equifax

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


Comments welcome. Do not send personal information to us. info@hpalumni.org  (Do not send employment verification requests to us -- we are not part of the company.) 

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