Thread regarding Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) layoffs

HPE Engineers in Cube-Land Have an Amazing Resemblance to Prairie Dogs in Prairie-Dog Towns

An HPE job can stimulate LOTS of diverse thoughts about LOTS of things, to include ethology (the study of human and animal behavioral mechanisms as biological adaptations) and anthropology and history (the next and higher levels of evolution in humans; AKA, “culture” and “civilization”). I’ve summarized my findings below; I hope that they are helpful. Sad to say, honest reporting precludes saying that “everything is coming up roses”. This is from the particularly bleak perspective of an employee of a workplace that deliberately fosters a dog-eat-dog work ethic, via constant layoffs, as driven by “metrics” of your rankings, as judged by clueless managers.

If you have the patience to sit still long enough, watch a prairie-dog town for a while. As a former farm-ranch-boy, I can tell you about such things! You may have to sit still for only minutes, or it might be hours or even days… The excitement comes in fits and starts; it’s “bursty”, in tech-speak. But sooner or later, you’ll see a prairie dog popping his head up out of one of those elevated holes… Perhaps even standing tall, on his hind feet… And making LOUD announcements! If you can understand prairie-dog, he is saying, “Watch out! Eagles and hawks, wolves and dogs, snakes and humans, oh my!” He’s scolding the predators, and warning all p-dogs, “beware”! He’s looking out for his fellow p-dogs… Often warning his biologically-genetically related p-dogs. An elementary step towards cooperative and then cultural, civilized behavior. … Similarly, in HPE cube-lands, if you sit there for long enough (no need to sit very still here, actually; the actors here are LOOKING to attract your attention), you’ll see engineers popping their heads out over the tops of their cubes (maybe even standing on office chairs, and standing on their hind paws, hazardous though that may be), and announcing to all in cube-land, “Lo and behold, for all to see! Co-worker XYZ has just come to ME, the All-Knowing Mega-Uber-Wizard, for help, at the mere task of making provisions for dis-ambiguating the slack pointers, for protecting the multi-snore OSPQW, in the event of a defrabrullator-coherency meltdown!”. If you perform elementary anthropological investigations afterwards, you’ll find that worker XYZ was merely trying to save hours or days or weeks of his/her work, so he/she went to Super-Duper-Wizard (or other specialist at that narrow skill), since (Uber-PCI-Express-Wizard or other, fill in the blank) Whatever-Wizard does it all day every day, and XYZ does this particular thing once, only every few years. XYZ made the mistake of thinking that efficiently getting it done QUICKLY, for HPE, by using a primary attainment of human cultural civilization, AKA “job specialization/cooperation/teamwork”, was more important than appearing to know everything, and being smarter than your co-worker. So now, XYZ will lick his/her wounds, and learn to study the manuals for hours or days on end, next time this sort of thing happens, rather than approaching Uber-Wizard for some quick help. XYZ will dream of the day when Uber-Wizard comes to him or her, and the tables are turned, and XYZ can get up on that chair, popping out above ALL of the cubes in Cube-Land, to announce that Uber-Wizard doesn’t know how to re-calibrate the deflection parameters tables of ionizing radiation-gradients so as to optimize provisions for radiation hormesis. … The advantages of civilization have been negated here, because it’s a ruthless war of all against all, under the constant threat of layoffs, with the losers of the ego-wars being the ones selected for layoffs. … But it gets even worse than that: If you think about it, the engineers (who indulge in this kind of behavior) have sunk (at least in this instance of behavior-categories) to a level of evolution below that of many animals! At least the prairie dogs, when they pop their heads out to make loud announcements, are looking out for the entire town of p-dogs. The same can NOT be said for the engineers… They’re looking out ONLY for themselves. There’s no cooperation here, unlike in prairie-dog-town.

Would HPE PLEASE try to promote civilized behavior, and teamwork, rather than sponsoring a ruthless war of all against all!?!?!? Do you REALLY expect good and sustainable results from the prairie-dog-eat-prairie-dog environment that you’ve created? Your “bell curve” performance reviews, AKA “rank and yank”, “forced mentally-disturbed-predation”, “stacked rankings”, whatever you want to call it (and then you have the unmitigated GALL to deny that you’re doing it), are a prime culprit, especially when combined with clueless management, never-ending layoffs, and un-ethical workers.

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Post ID: @UFdB1MC

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Cubes are a way of life in many, many companies. Before "offices" became the rage, people literally worked at desks pointed towards each other in huge open work spaces because it was cheaper and more space efficient.

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Post ID: @UFdB1MC-Bdga

What is OP saying here? That the prairie dogs are evolving towards a higher life-form, since some of them look out for the common, collective good?

And that some HPE engineers are de-evolving, towards a lower form of more selfish life?

I think someone sang (an admittedly crazy) song about our crazy world, and "de-evolution"!

Are we not men? We are Devo!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JfJlaLO9bk

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Post ID: @UFdB1MC-vuqr

So true and so sad, learn your lessons, get hptsd trauma therapy, possibly for years, and move on with your life. You are not alone. The survivor network of past hpe employees will help you.

A layoff can be a gift from hpe.

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Post ID: @UFdB1MC-movn

This made me dumber...

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Post ID: @UFdB1MC-esbw

@UFdB1MC-4mfb I do get it but this took much longer than 5 minutes to type out. If you does not like where they work then they just need to leave.

HPE showed me the door last year and it worked out the best way possible for me. I am sure it can for others.

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Post ID: @UFdB1MC-8xpr

I did the same thing (ranting). Then I went out and found that there are much better places to be than at HPE. Better to be supportive of folks when they are going through trauma (like working at HPE).

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Post ID: @UFdB1MC-4prc

The last 2 posters just don't get it. It is a way to let out the pent up anger and frustration for many people. It is worth it to take 5 minutes every now and then to let the steam out.

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Post ID: @UFdB1MC-4mfb

Who in the world has this kind of time?

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Post ID: @UFdB1MC-3vpu

Jesus, I can't believe such bizarre rants. Dude, just quit and move on. Hey I hear the US defense industry is looking for a few good men.

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Post ID: @UFdB1MC-2agq

Well said!

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Post ID: @UFdB1MC-2foy

RTFM... Just like a P-Dog pops its head up and chirps to alert the others in the community about predators (Eagles, Hawks, Coyotes, etc)... He fails to acknowledge a human is laying in wait... I then shoot the little tardo and he falls back in his hole. His family in the hole looks at his lifeless carcass, in amazement, and states "He should have read the f'en manual"... Watch out for everything, which is in the manual, those that won't eat you will still kill you... P-dogs on the ranch are not welcomed... All Ranchers know this...

Never heard of a farm-ranch-boy, thinking it has something to do with the Vatican.. Maybe go hang out with the pope and confess your sins... Been working ranches and farms since I was a young lad, late 70's... Always heard them "Boys" referred to as "Hands" Ranch Hand or Farm Hand...

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Post ID: @UFdB1MC-1tdi

Once a company gets to the point that HPE is at there isn't much chance of change occurring. Time to just sail off into the sunset.

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Post ID: @UFdB1MC-1tar

The “rank and yank” system was dreamed up by the disgusting midget of GE and all the minions in the industry including HP jumped on to the bandwagon. Now see what happened to what once was a legendary company. Truly a pathetic system which is still being followed by some of the HR departments in ruthless companies like HPE and Oracle which are fighting tooth and nail to keep that culture alive and are resisting change. What an abuse of power!

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Post ID: @UFdB1MC-1igm

Came expecting the typical whack job rant, but that was quite an interesting simile.

HEAR, HEAR

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