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From: HP 1995-2001
"There is no job that is America's God-given right anymore," said Carly Fiorina, chief executive of the Hewlett-Packard Co. "We have to compete for jobs."
A truly vile individual. The HP Way was the most wonderful philosophy for running a business that anyone has ever devised and it worked beautifully for 60 years until Bill and Dave both passed on and this greedy, sociopathic witch was brought in and allowed to kill it. She doesn't deserve to be elected dog catcher let alone to the US Senate.
There was no need to go through the hundreds of responses on this website, the few I read are all true. I cringed when I woke up to NPR this morning hearing she won the primary. All the comments are true and as a former employee, I too had hope in the beginning of her tenure, especially given her breaking new ground for women. I also heard from many people I knew at Lucent when she worked there. One of the more interesting comments I heard when she took the reins at HP were "good luck, better HP than Lucent"! It took me about six months when I realized what they meant. She is disingenuous, incompetent, a narcissist and not qualified to run a company or be in political office. Make no mistake, it is all about Carly and she will blatantly lie at every turn if it serves her. I witnessed this continually while at HP and her lack of respect and disdain for all of it's employees was evident. That's why legions of current and former HP employees are so bitter and caustic in their commentary. She destroyed an incredible culture at HP and one cited repeatedly as one of the finest in the world. It continues to be a culture many companies try to emulate today.
My message to all who can vote in California...do not be fooled by this woman or buy into her rhetoric. Seek out the truth about her. I know there are many challenges ahead for your great state, she is not and should not be part of the solution. Best of luck.
From: 1995 - 2005
I had some great times at HP - went to England on an EBT due in a small part to Carly (i.e., she set a tone that risks could be taken, and spending a few dollars to put people in places to take said risks was OK -- this was a good thing for HP, and give credit to her for setting that tone). But in the long run, she was bad for me, bad for the rank & file HP employee and bad for the company -- she didn't give a dam about either the employees or the HP way, and would have redirected the company toward selling toilet paper if she thought that's where the profits were. (FWIW, I don't think Mark Hurd gives a * * * either ... profit is the only measure to both these people; it's just that Hurd knows the strengths of the company and is capable at making a profit from those strengths).
After Carly's honeymoon ended, and then the whole Compaq fiasco...many employees at HP (I'd guess 50%, if my small circle of co-workers was any indication of the company's attitude) openly questioned the direction she was taking the company. From this, Carly developed a disdain for the rank and file HP employee (a friend told me she often used the word 'crybabies' in closed door meetings to refer to us).
I shudder to think what will happen if Carly becomes a senator. Two years down the road, I'm sure the 'crybabies' of California that elected her will be wishing they could wake from the nightmare they created.
Not living in California (and before she won the primary), her candidacy seemed like a bad joke, because having gone through this once before, she just feels like a bad joke. But the electorate is in that honeymoon phase, and god help them when its over.
From: HP Employee 1979 - 2001
Carly, I am one of the many HP employees that you laid off in your career there. So, you are looking to bring jobs to California? I find that to be an outright lie. You laid thousands of us off, you shipped jobs out of the country, and you were fired from HP. You could not run a company, and you expect to move into a leadership role for California? Not going to happen. I will create No on Carly signs and place them everywhere that I can.
I remember the day when the CEO, Lew Platt introduced you as we all listened over the PA system. Many women cheered, because you were becoming the first women CEO at HP. When you were finished, I said to my co-workers,
"we are all going to be sorry one day". Well, we were.
From: HP 1975 - 2000
When she was announced as the next CEO, I thought it was a great move.
Unfortunately, the only thing she promoted was herself. Everyyhing was fluff, when we need to drive into new areas like the internet.
She changed our logo, redefined the HP way and travel a lot. All non valued items that were expensive.
Carly took a very proud company in a downward spiral.
From: HP 1984 - 2002
All style, no substance.
Yet, she keeps resurfacing and fooling people.
When is America going to learn that Carly Fiorina represents the absolute worst qualities of America?
"It's all about me!"
Sometimes, the dumber they are, the more popular they are (see Sarah Palin)
From: HP 1982-2007
Her track record speaks for itself. She will line her pockets with gold and leave your state in shambles. Oh come to think of it, it already is!
Carly got the HP CEO job because she makes a terrific first impression. She is very bright, articulate, full of energy, pleasant looking (back then), and visionary. She seemed so good, the hiring committee skipped right over the reference check. Turns out that that shiny surface was fairly thin, and soon what we realized was that her limitless personal ambition, arrogance, lack of self-awareness, lack of attention to detail, complete lack of empathy, blatant suspension of basic ethics in her communications, and indifference to the effects of her power moves on the company/employees/customers/communities, made her a truly awful CEO. Please, California, learn from our mistake!
From: HP 1980-2002
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From: HP 1997 - 2000
As a student at American River College in Sacramento in 1979 I chose my major "Computer Electronics" largely on news that Hewlett-Packard was breaking ground in nearby Roseville. The projection at the time was that there would be 20,000 employees at the site by year 2000.
I worked as a co-op at HP Roseville in 1989 while completing my BS degree in computer science, working on firmware for the Vectra PC replacement. At the time the R&D and much of the production of HP personal computers was done within the U.S. I felt I wanted to spend my career at HP.
When I graduated in 1990 there were no openings at the Roseville site. But I did work there again 1997 to 2000 on the firmware for the Superdome server. HP was still a nice place to work at the time. There were over 6000 people at the site. Already this was less than the 20,000 that had been projected 20 years prior - in part because NAFTA and other trade agreements provided incentives for U.S. corporations to set up overseas.
In 2000 I left on "would rehire" status to work for a dot-com startup. My supervisor told me that my experience would bring value to HP if I should return.
In 2001 the dot-com failed. I applied for many jobs at HP over the subsequent years, but never even received an acknowledgement. Meanwhile I saw that the Roseville site was sponsoring many H-1b workers. Over the next few years, under Carly's watch, I was contacted by many employees who were being laid off. Many informed me that their projects were being transferred to India or China. By the time Carly departed at least 2000 jobs had been lost just at the Roseville facility.
Those 20,000 jobs that were projected in 1979 were created. But, like IBM and Intel and Microsoft and dozens of other U.S. companies - these jobs are fueling the economic boom in China and India.