Whats going on in Vancouver? Heard rumor of recent work force reduction? Seems strange with the news about them building a new facility there unless the plan is to consolidate all west coast sites there?
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Best wishes to all of you, these are difficult times in the private sector.
I bailed out of HP-Lake Stevens [north of Seattle] long ago, then got a nice public sector job with a secure pension. Sweet.
Bottom line: Advise your kids and grand-kids to go for the public sector: Government jobs may not be exotic, but the bennies are secure and the pensions are well-funded. Sweet !
My take on why the 3D group in Vancouver got hit is that HP is consolidating the plastic 3D printer design teams to Barcelona instead of having separate teams.
It's true that the product was released to production, but that was more than a year ago. Most times a core design team is left on that starts the next design cycle. Since this is the first / early release I can guarantee that a design spin was planned and is needed to sustain the product long term.
The HP Vancouver printer is quite different than the Barcelona design, it's going to be an interesting transition. The original design team was about 1/2 contract engineers and half HP regulars. The contractors were mostly gone last year. That made sense since it was a lot of new work that required a large team. What was left was not a very big support team. Between the contract engineers and the HP regulars a lot of design experience has been let go.
When they formed the 3D team they took what was considered to be the top performing engineers to form the teams. Those are the engineers that got let go.
Also, R&D at Vancouver is a somewhat overused term. It's mostly development with very little real research. The 3D printer project switched that emphasis to more research but it was still very design focused. Product design engineer doesn't sound as cool but it's more accurate.
Just found out the reason for the WFR in 3D. It is the plastics 3D and that product is no longer in R&D and is now a product. Vancouver is an R&D site, same as Corvallis. We all know that HP products are not manufactured in the USA, just R&D takes place here. Now the WRF in Vancouver makes sense.
3D metals is still in partial development, more like fine tuning now. That is the one that is suppose to be the big money maker. VW in Germany is currently testing and using it in their car assembly line.
Anyone who remembers edgeline knows what coming for 3D and why. But the why left the company long ago after building a career out of over promising and under delivering.
I heard 3D too. It's a great idea but it's not really contributing much to the bottom line. Probably needs more time.
Maybe consolidating like Xerox is doing.
Still wrapping up with the early retirements in Corvallis. WFR has not hit here yet, so far.
I heard that the 3D printer group got hit very hard.