I've been a CW for around 4 years now with each contract lasting for about 6 months to a year. I'll be off from the 19th to 30th for this upcoming shutdown. I've been informed that once I return from the break my next contract would only be for three months which is the shortest contract I've ever received. However I was also told that I would transition into a permanent role after those three months. I've been searching for other opportunities outside of HP and recruiters from different staffing agencies are giving me mixed opinions about this. Does anyone else have a similar experience?
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HP has been treating the contractors like step children. It got so bad that most of the developers left for more money elsewhere. I feel sorry for the techs that cannot find a better job. They are stuck and at the mercy of the HP chopping block.
Never trust HP on anything. With the just-announced plan to layoff 6000 people, do you really think you have a legitimate shot at getting in as a full-time employee?
Despite whatever your manager told you with his "promises", I suspect that many CWs will be the first on the chopping block next year. Better start looking for another job right away. If you trust HP, you're in trouble.
Trusting HP to hire you on from a contracting role is just ludicrous. HP loves to have contractors sit indefinitely in their roles for years. With how HP's performance has been, you shouldn't be betting on anything. Start getting stuff lined up.
I am in the same boat. I too am a CW. Off for the 2 weeks.
Manager tells me every few months that once he gets the opportunity to hire me as a permanent hp employee he will. My contracts are year to year. In January it will mark my 5th year as a CW.
I have no doubt he is being truthful since he has done that to other CW's in the past. In fact many of the CW's I have worked with in the past 5 years have become HP employees.
Just waiting for my turn.
Yes, keep a lookout while u r on contract. Things are always very dynamic in this day and age.
There is never a guarantee with contract to hire. He-l I've seen companies that just list positions as that because they get more candidates but they never intend to hire. Maybe your manager has a plan, but ultimately headcount additions are unlikely in the 1h of FY23 which we are in, so I question the likelihood of it happening. Unless your manager has L1 sign off on a req to hire you at the 3 month mark, then don't count on it.
Searching for other positions is smart. There are no guarantees about an HP hire and even that is no guarantee of job security (duh). I wish you the best.