I left HP after the split, was not laid off, left on my own. All that work to split HP was super exhausting and many things did not make sense or worked well.. Thousands of contractors were hired to assist, most people (especially us here in IT) worked 60+ hour weeks for months to ensure that the split.
During this time, use of personal vacation days was frond upon or outright forbidden. Within my team of about 15 people, about half quit the company seriously… We did not need layoffs, folks just quit..
Management asked for nuts levels of process control, and bureaucracy in a one-size-fits-all approach on the effort to make sure they were aware of the progress and any issues. As you can imagine it was hell for us working on the split.
We had to update five different reports several times every week week with the same exact status details. And when we had issues, they were escalated to management who helped by pulling in key resources. In reality, folks who they called “key resources” were individuals who sought even more status updates on the problem's resolution, and we were on your own to get the help that needed.
I got assigned to and I faced a drastically different culture - a lean, agile, start-up mindset with hand selected employees to make the company successful. OK, that long-term strategy sounded promising, but tactically things were not good as there were no detailed plans on how to execute the strategy…
One day, I guess they will fix this but I will not be around…
ON the HPE side, things are even worse, they are floating somewhere, I do not think they have any clear strategy how things will work. They follow Meg’s lead and she’s all about cutting costs and surviving another year so she can get yet another multimillion dollar bonus. She announced the company would lay off an additional 30K of the 310K employees in coming years – how is this going to help the company nobody knows...So cut 30K more, and we just cut 50K? How is this going to work???
Your guess here is as good as mine.
I know many HPE folks who just want to jump the ship, that’s it nobody cares any more. The leadership is lost, it’s confusing to work there, they are unable to handle the solutions and services they are taking on. I can only wish them the best and hope everything works out in the end – but I will not be there to witness the birth of that new and well-fucntioning HP.