Tens of thousands of HP and Compaq employees who saw Carly Fiorina's mismanagement and lack of leadership understand why she should not be elected to the US Senate.
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From: HP 1981-2002
Carly claimed HP 'purchased' Compaq and yet over 9000 of us HP'ers lost jobs...many more than the Compaq acquisition lost. I like many other commenters here worked many years for stock options in lieu of raises, only to find them basically worthless.
Talented employees were tossed like garbage into an industry pool that was no longer capable of hiring her castoffs.
No wonder she thinks of herself as a politican, it's what she DOESN'T say that we should be afraid of! It's the attention and power she wants not the work that goes with cleaning up the government.
From: HP - 1983-2009
I remember when she forced all employees to go to the HP Pavillion center so that she would feel like a pop star. Imagine if she was elected and forced all californian to bow to her feet.
Well, she did some good things too: She gave every employee 100 stock options!! worthless, of course, because the stock price simply went down for 10 years.
From: HP 1972 to 2002
I took early retirement since I was concerned about my job and thought that retirement with health benefits was better than getting a layoff notice. When I retired, I had over 10,000 shares option stock and had to exercise them within three years of retirement. I waited as long as I could and got a measly $4,000 for my 10,000 shares while Carly left HP with a $21M handshake. She was fired, I retired; go figure!
From: 1992 - 2006
There are a number of critically important characteristics I look for in anyone. First and foremost, honesty. After that but not necessarily in any order (and I'll leave out a number of characteristics that no doubt I should - you can fill in the blanks as it were.....) integrity, humility, humor, intelligence, competence, concern, pragmatism, decency, ethics..............
Fiorina sadly possesses none of the aforementioned, starting with honesty, integrity, humility and competence, for that matter intelligence. She is by inherent nature a raging megalomaniac. She is about one thing and one thing only; herself. Period. To say that she is cunning is an understatement. Bull sharks have nothing on her.
No business, above all no public sector position can afford someone as wholly despicable as Fiorina. HP already fell victim to her Cruella de Vil persona. It comes as no surprise that she (and what has sadly/tragically become as I have dubbed same today, "the country club Republican Party") would join forces as it were and propel her to be within the U.S. Senate.
As an ultra-conservative and more than pragmatic individual who is doing all he can to still respect our once great nation - in this case the horrific and beyond hubris ridden countenance of (a) Barbara Boxer, it's hard to imagine that anyone could be worse than Boxer herself. But, alas, voila..............., Fiorina more than eclipses Boxer (and most other incumbent reprobates within congress). Indeed, she does. With righteous aplomb.
I shudder to think that Fiorina might be given the penultimate 'mirror-mirror on the wall' by the California electorate.
I worked enough with Ms. Fiorina her first year at HP to get a pretty good read on her as a leader. That experience converted me from a complete fan to a very discouraged executive. Unfortunately Ms. Fiorina had no grasp of what it requires to actually execute a vision. She was long on positive words and very short on cooresponding actions. Personally I experienced this when I recieved her "full support to make this happen," for a key project she said "call me if someone gets in the way." The next time we met and I was seeking specific action on the plan. She could not recall the plan the project or her previous full commitment.
HP was in need of change when she arrived but in retrospect it did not need the change she brought. HP went from a fast growing west coast tech leader to something that todays resembles all the other east coast based tech followers that grow through acquisitions and cost cutting. Gone are the days when HP led in creating good California jobs. Carly was instrumental in making that change. I shudder to think what damaged this very self promoting and inherently naive person will do if given the chance in the Senate.
At HP my experience what that it was always about Carly not about HP, shareholders or employees. If she is elected I do not think the voters of California will take first or second place in her thoughts. It will be Carly first, donors second and everyone else last.
From: HP, 1983 to present
This woman mismanaged what was once a great company, shipping tenís of thousand s of jobs overseas and laying off with the coldest heart I have ever seen a living being have. She is one cold fish when it comes to caring about anything except her. Why is she doing this run, because it continues to be about her and nothing else! I saw 20+ year employees who were extremely productive and creative marked out the door with VeriFone (she sold them to a VC for 5 cents on the dollar) requiring these people to be terminated and not even a simple thanks, they were asked to terminate themselves (true) as she pushed them out the door. This lady should not even be washing police cars let along a US Senator with NO public service experience. I do not really like Boxer very much either (and as the incumbent would love to vote her out too) but nothing could be worse than Carly Fiorina getting into office. This country is in REALLY bad shape and I hate to see Carly chase down all the movie star moments she is looking for. I have asked ALL my friends and relatives to please NOT vote for her. I am not a political activist and never have been until I heard she is running.
From: HP 2000 to present
Carly did such a poor job running HP, it scares me that she may take part in running our government. I knew no HP employees that thought she was a good leader.
She spun her way into Lucent (formally the prestigious Bell Labs, where the transistor was invented) and promptly took it down/made it only ordinary, then spun her way into HP (the amazing culture which enabled development of so many of the important technologies we depend upon today) and promptly took it down/made it only ordinary, and now she's spinning her way to Washington with California squarely in her crosshairs. So what's California to do?
I love how she touts the doubling of the value of the company.. It's all about instant gratification.. I believe Carly single handedly lead to the ultimate demise of such a prestigious company.. She left it as a hemorrhaging, dying company.. Compaq, really? Her EGO is too big for public service. Don't limit it to just HP/COMPAQ-anyone wanna look eastward and ask some classic Lucent folks? Dear lord, she's a train wreck and has wrecked everything she has touched. She has done more damage to the economy of this state and her record proves it.
From: HP 1994 2000
DELUSIONAL noun: Believes she's been successful and key in everything she's done, while actually leaving behind trainwrecks, diminished value and job loss. Just say NO to Carly!!!