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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Name: Mr. Kim Berry
From: HP Roseville California 1997-2000
Carly was a key player in outsourcing U.S. jobs and technology to India and China - leading to the economic decline and trade imbalance we have now. I've spelled this out in my opposition website:
She still doesn't get it! Her candidate statement is silent on U.S. trade imbalance and offshoring - and silent on the problem of illegal immigration. Her only pledge is to "cut costs" which must translate into "cut services" and is not realistic anyway.
Her statement is PDF page one here:
From: hp 1989 - 2009
A very disapointing leader. As an employee and stock holder I lost out twice. Her payoff was a disgrace.
From: HP 1978-2008
Do NOT vote for Carly. She will end all hope for California.
From: HP 1994 to 2007
Some random observations.
1. If it wasn't scripted by professional writers, it didn't come out of Carly's mouth.
2. She put "tour" in the word entourage---more like a world tour and plenty of roadies in tow.
3. Never met a Gulfstream she didn't like.
4. Made sure her husband had his own HP email address and HP office. Hmmmm----my spouse didn't get either one. Did yours?
5. Loved to brag that she could have bought PriceWaterhouse Cooper cheaper than IBM did but passed. Must have been one of those super-intellect brainy moves her press people write about.
6. Highly visible (by design) and equally theatrical (by nature) as a Davos participant.
7. Started out as a media darling. Ended as a postscript.
8. Seemed incapable of admitting mistakes. Still does. Maybe she is senate material after all.
9. Wrote a book. See number 8 above.
10. Put one heckuva goofy attack ad out there that makes one question if she and her team are playing with a full deck.
On the plus side, she loves Disneyland so she gets one check mark. Beyond that, sad to say, she didn't bring any Magic into the Kingdom that Bill and Dave and a couple hundred thousand of their closest friends built.
From: Compaq/HP 1993 to 2005
I was a Compaq employee. Compaq was a great place to work, with innovative products, and highly motivated people - until Compaq bought Digital. Digital engulfed Compaq and killed it from within. Carly Fiorina made a huge mistake in acquiring Compaq while it was in its death throes; a mistake borne from arrogance and self-interest.
My first experience with Carly was at an employee mass meeting. She was truly impressive. She spoke for nearly 45 minutes without notes, and without common public speaking stumbles or gaffes - no "ums, errs, or ahs." She seemed very polished and forward-thinking. It was nothing more than an act.
Something I learned while at HP was that all of Carly's speeches and memos were about her - she never said, "We." She always said, "I." She never said, "We accomplished x or y." She said, "I made x or y happen." It was all about Carly, not about HP or its employees.
She travelled to my home city once to give a speech to the Chamber of Commerce. She flew in on her private jet, with an army of shoelickers and yes-persons, and they rented an entire floor in the most expensive hotel in town. This was shortly after we'd all been told our base salaries were being cut. Prior to the speech she held a Town Hall meeting for the local employees. As we were waiting for her to arrive, her staff circulated through the assembled employees, picking out people and handing them preprinted Audience Questions they were supposed to ask of Carly, and warning the rest of us not to ask any unscripted questions.
Carly showed up, surrounded by bodyguards, even though this was just a hotel meeting room with HP employees. She gave a brief, canned pep-rally speech, and offered to answer questions. The people in the crowd started asking their questions, and she confidently tossed out the canned answers. Someone in the crowd had the audacity to ask a question that wasn't on the agenda - something about how the HP employee purchase program didn't provide much of a discount to employees, and did Carly think that the program could be improved? Carly's demeanor completely changed - suddenly she wasn't the equitable leader. She lashed out at the poor employee - how DARE you ask such a question? You don't even deserve a discount! You should be PROUD to pay full price for your employer's products!
We ex-PAQers learned that the two founders of Hewlett Packard Company were held in high regard; so much so that every HP office in the world had separate portraits of each of them mounted on the wall. When Queen Carly ascended to the throne, she ordered that the portraits in each office be moved apart, and a picture of her be placed in the middle. I was told by a long-time HP employee that no CEO before Carly had dared to do such a thing.
Under Carly's leadership each of us spent our days wondering if that day would be our last. We were constantly told that we should shut up and take it, because we were lucky to work on HP's behalf. All around us our friends and colleagues, including major contributors and those who had designed and engineered the products we sold, were cut...and cut...in a vain attempt to improve the corporation's stock price. Jobs were being cut so frequently and rapidly that internal IT and communications was often months behind in turning off email addresses and telephone voicemail boxes for WFRed employees.
When my turn came in 2005, I ended up actually feeling relieved. The waiting for the end was gone, the fear was lifted, and I found that the rest of the industry had recovered from the doldrums in which HP was trapped. A month after I left HP, Carly was fired. Within a year, the company had begun a significant recovery.
I cannot think of anything worse for the United States than for Carly Fiorina to be sent to the US Senate, where she will be rewarded for the bad behavior, arrogance, and egomania she has displayed.
Name: patrick ralph
Others will tell you how bad Carly was for HP. I just want to focus on one comment - hopefully someone has it verbatim here - she responded to criticism of offshoring thousands of Californian jobs to India with some crass comment along the lines of - people in California have no (god-given?) right to those jobs. If you can find that comment you will see that she has no real interest in the people of California, just her personal profit. That some idiot directors allowed her to snatch millions from HP doesn't help all of us who have since lived without jobs and medical coverage. Shame Shame Shame.
Carly destroyed the HP Way. No employee ever refers to it anymore. The HP Way used to mean something, another way of saying "do the right thing." Carly was all about marketing herself. Her picture was plastered in every lobby. We would have huge pep rallys at Compaq center that were to celebrate her as a rock star I guess. I remember once she said that the only thing that mattered was stock price, then when HP stock tanked, she changed her tune. The joke around HP was that Carly would make HP what it once was: two men in a garage.
From: HP 2000~2002
During Carly tenure at HP, the company was constantly in a restructure mode, without clear direction in execution. There is product line that can’t launch for more than 2 years due to her constant change in so call “strategy”. Carly has spent too much time in promoting herself, in stead o , managing HP. Carly has failed every quantifiable measurement as a CEO. California need someone knows how to execute, not another speechmaker.
From: HP 67-02
I had a chance to view her during the Agilent spin off. For all the good things that * * * Hackborn did hiring her had to be the worst. Carly was covered by her ex-NFL bodyguards wherever she went even inside the buildings.Completely hated the HP WAY. A scheming paranoic. It really irritates that she is using her golden parachute to fund her political ambitions. Run a poll on all the HPers and Lucent folks who knew her. She wouldn't get 10% support.
From: HP 1977-89, Tandem/Compaq/HP 1989-2005
While HP was hemorrhaging money and jobs, thanks to Carly, she held expensive off-site gatherings, with busses to take employees to them. I avoided these "Carlythons," but a coworker who felt obliged to go, for job security (such as it was), told me what they were like. People in the audience who tried to sit in the back were pressured to move toward the stage. Everyone in the audience was instructed to clap -- harder! -- for the TV cameras. Worst of all, in my opinion, was that Carly walked on stage to the tune of the song, "And then I saw her face, now I'm a believer." Can a person get any more conceited?! Finally, after giving so many others the axe, Carly finally got it herself. A song came immediately to mind: "And then I saw her back, NOW I'm a believer!" Unfortunately, what I really believed -- that she would take her platinum parachute and try to buy an elected office -- has come true. To whoever started this web site, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I pray that it works.