H.P. employees may hear of layoffs Wednesday

Wednesday could be D-Day for lots of employees of Hewlett-Packard, including those in Georgia.

That’s when the tech giant is expected announce plans to cut as many as 30,000 jobs across the company, according to a report in the New York Times  and other media outlets.

 Employees of its Georgia properties in Alpharetta and Suwanee have to be bracing for the announcement which is expected to come when H.P. releases its earnings report for its second fiscal quarter. No one seems to be speculating on how the cuts will affect its workers in Georgia.

The company will seek layoffs and voluntary retirements and the total could be as much as 10 percent of the 325,000 people it employs worldwide, the NYT reported. 

H.P. has a reputation for being late or less than successful in many recent tech trends like providing cloud computing services for big companies and smartphones and tablet computers.

What has been your experience with H.P. products? Anyone worried about his or her job with the compnay?

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May 22nd, 2012
1:25 pm

I interviewed with this firm in 1980 in Atlanta and they flew me over to Huntsville, Al for a final interview. I was about 24 years old had an undergraduate degree in bus admin at that time.

They interviewed one other person in the final interview spent over $1000.00 in air fare, rental car and meals for me ( I was reimbursed 100%)

They took the single female due to economics of having to help me sell my property and the fact that I was married having to help relocate my wife and soon to be son.

I thank the Lord many times over If I had actually taken this job as my life would never have worked out as well. I can only think that despite advances in electronics HP is one of the Great destroyers of jobs in America with most of their trinkets now made in slave cites in China.


May 22nd, 2012
1:33 pm

I have been with HP for nearly 27 years. We have had our ups and downs, recessions, economy downturns, but I thank MY lucky stars that I was privlidged to work at this company for so long. I still treat my business dealings with the HP Way I was taught long ago. I think the best thing that Meg could do would be to bring back the values that Bill and Dave instilled in us in the 80’s and 90’s.

I quote from an article written about the HP Way by Jim Collins:

Make a technical contribution and meet customer needs. Take care of your people and demand results. Set unwavering standards and allow immense operating flexibility. Achieve growth and achieve profitability. Limit growth to arenas of distinctive contribution and create new arenas of growth through innovation. Never compromise integrity and always win in your chosen fields. Contribute to the community and deliver exceptional shareholder returns. Behind these specifics lies the biggest “And” of all, the principle that underpins every truly great company: preserve the core and stimulate progress.

Good luck Meg.

Linda D.

May 22nd, 2012
3:47 pm

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May 22nd, 2012
4:21 pm

There is not much innovation from HP lately. My impression of HP is always old computers and expensive printer inks.

I cannot imagine why a box of ink costs so much money, as a result, I try to stay away from HP as much as I can.

Radar Love

May 22nd, 2012
4:46 pm

I worked at EDS, I worked at HP, reminded me of a dichotomy of Survivor episodes, everyone sitting around or running in circles, plotting against each other, but not quite sure what to do, yet doing their worst to ensure no one is performing any better than they, else they could be the next sacrifice.

What was EDS is now Enterprise Services and it’s what’s killing HP today. I believe HP is a good company and can still do great things but they need to learn to cut their losses and stick to what they do best and that’s making cutting edge products. I once heard an old Army Ranger tell a bunch of cadets “In the ARMY if you’re not INFANTRY you’re support!” That dynamic holds true in most organizations and in HP if you’re not making cutting edge products at HP then you’re supporting those that make cutting edge products, if you’re not in one of those two groups then…

EDS survived the better part of a decade doing nothing more than “Benefits Harvesting” via the tenured benefits of the employees they acquired during buyout after buyout in the IT services industry. Offshore workers were shoved into every group because it was what every other company was doing, “you WILL have this percentage of offshore heads” yet the first 6 we tried to hire laughed at the maximum salary we tried to offer, the next 3 dozen or so went through the 6 weeks of language and IT training then took the offer to IBM where they gave them the offer plus 10%. What we wound up with were just heads on the books, just one more layer to go trough to get something done, so what once took a week pre EDS/HP now took SIX WEEKS, I $h!t you not. They have no mechanism to take advantage of the ideas or products they acquire, if it doesn’t fit into man hours or assets that can be cut there are no calculations for it so it simply does not exist. EDS was ALWAYS two years or more behind every trend, even on off shoring jobs, HP acquired EDS, why has HP taken on this trait?

Since my chute was deployed I’ve purchased 3 HP printing devices, each a better investment than its predecessor, with the most recent device I was AMAZED at how easy it was to securely attache it to my network and start using it. I’ve purchased ONE HP notebook, a flagship top of the line notebook, the most money I’ve spent on a personal computer, ever! The first attempt had a blown pixel, the second had a heat sink fall off the CPU which caused thermal shutdowns, the final version of it had so many intermittent problems I gave up on trying to utilize what they refer to as a support department.

I’m typing this on an ASUS notebook.


May 22nd, 2012
7:02 pm

My employer furnishes me with an HP laptop. I have to supply my own fan. I have had two of them. They overheat at around 2:00pm every day. It didn’t take me long to figure out why the keyboard and mouse would lock up in the afternoon. I undocked it one afternoon and it nearly took a layer of skin off my hand.

EDS was a scourge on the industry. I don’t know why HP thought they needed them. More big companies die of indigestion than they do of starvation. HP is a barge adrift in the open sea. They have layers and layers of middle management that can’t manage. They are now paying a high price for the years of cost cutting at the hands of the scumbag, Mark Hurd. It’s unfortunate that a lot of hard working and dedicated foot soldiers will be axed because the generals made some really stupid decisions.

Don Price

May 22nd, 2012
8:34 pm

I am proud to work for HP. I am proud of the people I work with, the company I work for, and the work I do. We have had tough times, all companies have. Its a shame that the economy is double dipping recession, but a fact is, that numerous companies from industry leaders and lagards have had to lay off to continue to survive. Layoffs are not fun, and I am scared just as much as my fellow HP colleagues. Families will be affected and lives changed. However putting HP down is not the answer. The answer is to start growing our economy again, become business friendly in regulations and taxes, and start making America great again. Of the 325,000 employees for HP 80+% are US based, so for the person who thinks we sent it all offshore…you’re wrong. Instead of putting HP down, support your neighbor, friend, or family that will be affected. HP employees spend money in their towns they are critical to their economies, they buy from the restaurants, they shop at the stores, they buy gas, groceries, etc. So its not just HP that will be affected it will be all of US!!! HP and PROUD to BE!


May 23rd, 2012
9:04 am

I’m not sure how HP will ever get out of a slump when it keeps destroying it’s own workforce. I work in ES, and it’s been an ongoing slaughter for 3 years straight. Bad morale, low motivation, unhappy clients, off-shoring, no raises or bonuses. How can you motivate employees to be innovative when you keep cutting them off at the knees? Any corporation who persistently decimates it’s employees is never going to succeed.


May 23rd, 2012
10:26 am

HP could do a lot to help itself simply by clearly communicating to the public whether, or not, they’re still in the PC business for the long haul.

I believe that individuals and businesses are holding back on buying HP equipment because the news splash about the company exiting the PC business still resonates – and no one wants to get stuck with a white elephant.


May 23rd, 2012
1:52 pm

“Bad morale, low motivation, unhappy clients, off-shoring, no raises or bonuses. How can you motivate employees to be innovative when you keep cutting them off at the knees?”

Ive been with HP for 4 yrs and am very proud to work for this company. All companies have undergone layoffs/slumps etc, but I truely (personally) dont recall other companies that did what HP did when Hurd was in office -> lower salaries before firing people! That was a God send cause many other companies 2 yrs ago just laid people off (IE Cisco, Intel etc). Bad morale, low motivation, LISTEN be happy we’ve been employed much longer than other companies employees, that should have been motivation enough (this is my opinion of course). Ive lived in a 3rd world country for +5yrs and believe me countries like Emea, CR, India, just the fact that their employed is motivation enough to continue to work and do their best. Here in the states , its all crying, bitchin (cause of no raises?! Really, be happy your employed for goodness sake!) Its all a “me, me, me” mentality. Then you wonder why (aside from cost savings) the jobs are taken overseas, because I can tell you first hand, it dosnt always amount to savings when jobs are relocated, sometimes it honestly is the quality of service provided after trying a pilot program and customer satisfaction reports are recieved. Anyways, Ill cross my fingers! And if Im stilla round after this round Ill continue to work, if not even harder, to do my best and thank God for working in a company that is unfortunately seen under much more of a negative light than a positive one….

Wouldnt, of the 10% of the workforce, the majority be willing to take a pay cut before being laid off?!!!?>! Seriously?!!!!!!!!!! See Hurd wasnt all that bad as he was made out to be!

Larry West

May 23rd, 2012
2:25 pm

When HP rediscovers it’s roots in the old “HP Way” it may then have the foundation to build a new future based upon innovation, full belief in its employees to deliver as a family pack, and sound management.HP was unique in that it promoted from within, had very little internal politics, absolutely believed and managed by trusting its employees to deliver without fear and was wary or outside management coming in to take over. All that disappeared with Carly and Mark and has been a disaster since then.

John Cahill

May 23rd, 2012
5:11 pm

Carly Fiorina was the worst thing that ever happened to HP. A woman with “no proven track record” of having turned “any” company around.


May 23rd, 2012
7:36 pm

I commented first that I was glad never went to work for this firm. I can see by all the other comments blame/ layer of useless management etc. Well 27,000 were fired on 5/23/2012.

.The Federal government should follow this example with high paid useless 40% plus mininority employment. Save the mail carriers . It is a has been organization . save Marta in Atlanta employees 86% black like the City of Atlanta. The hole will continue to suck away at America while large corporations shed the jobs and people who used to pay taxes.

The only atlertavitive is to become self employed or partially like us to have some sense of pride and self financial control.

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