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Verify employment at an HP-related company -- via Equifax. (Updated Jun 8, 2021.)
Advice from HP Alumni Association members for those from Hewlett-Packard, HPInc, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, predecessor companies, and successor companies.
Start at https://www.hpalumni.org/verif before using this page.
If you require a letter, go to HPAlumni member advice here: https://www.hpalumni.org/verif-letter
Equifax third-party employment verification service.(If left after 1994)
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 asking them to violate company policy.
As with 75% of Fortune 500 corporations, for legal and privacy reasons HPInc and HPE prefer not to verify current or past employment directly. Instead, they outsource U.S. 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.
The database contains payroll information, including your SSN, uploaded by every participating employer as each paycheck was issued over the years. The report does not indicate why you left -- except for "Retired" if the company has classified you as a Retiree.
You set up an account, which requires you to enter your DOB, SSN, etc. -- and answer trivial multiple-choice questions. This account is not related to your ADP payroll account or any other account.
Your employment history for the same position may be scattered across several different "Employer Codes." (For example, if you joined the company as part of an acquisition or merger, your earlier employment may be listed under the name of the predecessor company. Members have discovered an Employer Code for EDS: 11485.)
Classification as "retired." If an employee left at 55 or older with at least 10 years of service, or left after 2010 with age-plus-years-of-service of at least 80, or left under an early retirement program -- HPInc and HPE generally classify the employee as "retired" -- regardless of how they left and whether or not they have any retiree benefits. This is reported to outside payroll and employment verification services, but doesn't seem to have any negative consequences. Inquiries from state Unemployment Dept. claims examiners go to a specific group in HR, which replies via letter. Over the years, members have reported that HP did not block their UI claims.
Set up an Equifax Work Number employee account now -- before an identity thief uses your readily-available birthdate and SSN to do it. Your information is in the database regardless of what you do. An identity thief can gain further information for use impersonating you elsewhere -- for example, to file for a tax refund or to get credit (HELOCs and mortgages have been reported.)
- Members recommend that you check the data in the Equifax Work Number database every year at their Fair Credit Reporting Act page One member discovered dozens of $0 HP paycheck records in their Work Number report -- continuing for five years after their WFR. (HPAA member advice on how to interpret the cryptic report: https://www.hpalumni.org/verif-check )
- According to respected independent security reporter Brian Krebs, you can freeze access to your employment file at Equifax Work Number. (This is not related to freezing your credit file at the Equifax credit bureau.) He says "It’s not clear what may be the potential consequences."
Official former-employee pages on company websites. [Directions may not cover all former service.]
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