Thread regarding HP (Hewlett-Packard) layoffs

Is this some kind of a joke?

How are we among the top one hundred companies to work for according to Glassdoor? Maybe years ago, but today? HPI is not the company it once was and it certainly is not one of the best places to work for.

https://www.glassdoor.com/Award/Best-Places-to-Work-LST_KQ0,19.htm

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Post ID: @WudKB1G

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"Closest thing HP managed to do was the Jornada PDA .... not even close."

By itself I agree but with some of the HP concepts and the iPaq tech, HP could have beat Apple to the punch. Even the RX products were a step, it just needed the phone.

It's just not something HP does anymore other that 3D printing and even much of that isn't all HP.

They are making money in their areas and that's all that matters at this point.

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Post ID: @WudKB1G-axrn

It's really more interesting to look at what HP (Carly) killed in order to buy Compaq. Information Appliances. Small portable devices, always connected to the internet. Color touch screen, GPS etc. Sound familiar? Next time you hear Carly talk about what she did, ask yourself why HP didn't do the iPhone (first released by Apple in 2007). In 2002 there was a conference room in Building 4 on page mill road with concept displays of what it would be used for (finding a restaurant, getting driving directions ... ). Hit it right on the head. For years there's been the rumor that the Bldg 4 lower conference room is where Jobs got the idea (it was pretty easy to get in there at that time). Closest thing HP managed to do was the Jornada PDA .... not even close.

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Post ID: @WudKB1G-auxf

I remember the merger well. HP told the HP employees to be open and friendly to the CPQ employees. The CPQ employees were told to be aggressive and take over anything they can. Ignore anything HP wanted and fight, fight, fight at all cost. They told them HP was going to dump (fire) all of the HP PC people and just roll in CPQ PC people. I was in meetings where someone from CPQ would say, 'every one here is CPQ so here's what's really going to happen. Ignore anything the HP tell or ask you.'

While it started that way, HP slowly started to dismantle CPQ from the top down until only 3rd level director/managers were in Houston and then it was whittled down to 2nd level for the most part. Over time, Houston started to rise again in the PC business while printers locked the doors and limited HEAVILY how many CPQ people got in. That division is still the norm. You want "HP", go to printers. You want CPQ? Go to PC's. It's night and day.

That said, there were and still are some very talented CPQ people still around. Great folks. I did have some people mention that they appreciated the HP way (no quote marks) in that it forced CPQ people to f-ing lighten/stop the illegal and unethical stuff up but the management arrogance is still around in many areas but at a very throttled lever. You can pick out the blue people from the red people in Houston easily.

It's still not a bad company to work for all things considered but it's not as "tech" as it used to be. Alas, things change. HP was around for the HPQ/HPE split and it sounds like HPE went through and ugly period but has tried to pull it back. It has a lot of baggage from the various businesses that were purchased while HPQ less so.

Yes, Agilent, then Keysight got what was the "tech" of The Hewlett-Packard Company. Those days will live in infamy. HPQ is working on 3D printing but for the most part it's just commoditized PC and printing. Too bad HP blew it with the Jornada/Ipaq/WebOS possibilities.

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Post ID: @WudKB1G-8ahz

How many acquired Compaq employees remaining/still standing so to speak on the Original “HP”? Are there many working in Corvallis? Nothing against them but, I was not a fan of the acquisition back in the day. I ended up on the Agilent side of the fence when the “Rock-star” took the helm. Lewellyn was well respected AND missed! RIP Lu.

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Post ID: @WudKB1G-8dkg

Well, Platt tried to continue in the same vain but ...

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Post ID: @WudKB1G-5scm

OP....you got that right!b

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Post ID: @WudKB1G-2qjw

HP hasn't been a top company to work for since Bill and Dave left.

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Post ID: @WudKB1G-2knw

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