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 2000-Present
This woman took a well respected company that was consistantly voted one of the top 5 "Best to work for" companies in the world, and drove it into the ground.
During my time under Carly, I saw morale drop through the floor, and record numbers of people laid off -- while the rest of us had to consistantly take pay cuts and benefit reductions -- even when the company was profitable!
She eliminated a "profit sharing" culture where we were all equal, with one that was "pay for performance", which was code for * * * everyone except the executives.
As someone else here said -- This vile woman destroyed my career, robbed me of my soul, and contributed to the decline of the technology industry as a whole. She's not qualified to walk my dog, much less be a US Senator.
When Carly would give her state of the company address during the year, my comments were, watch out she is going to run for Senate or Congress, mark my words. Well, here we are today and I will never vote for a person who put so many long term loyal employees (including myself) out of a job when they were within a few years of retirement. Carly never had heart for those people who helped put HP at the top. She wanted fresh eyes and less company knowledge so she could cover up all that wasn't right. Vote No - Carly will kill California and somehow walk away with more money.
From: HP, 1989-2008
Apparently Fiorina is now saying "The Nation With The Best Brain Power Wins" - but she clearly did not value brains or skill when she was running HP.
Her entire focus was cutting costs and mergers, not building great products to compete in the world economy. She is self-centered and short-focused and she would be a disaster in the Senate,
Life during the Carly years was a soul-killing and tragic experience for those of us who had worked during the glorious "HP Way" years. The earlier period was marked by integrity and trust, an open door to management, and as a meritocracy fostering hard work and genuine contribution. Carly turned all of that patiently built culture on its head in a matter of months, deliberatly building an "us" vs. "them" wall between the privileged and the employees at HP. The most obvious proof of the change in attitude at HP: no employees around after five o'clock. No one was putting in a minute of extra effort so that Carly could buy another Gulfstream jet and weekend in Davos. Not surprising, then, that productivity and innovation at the company crashed. And while Carly was changing the HP Logo to include "invent", she was re-labelling iPods for resale with the HP logo. Is she qualified to be my senator? She's not qualified to walk my dog!
From: HP 1984-2004
We all have to remember what made HP great. It was the people. It wasn’t Carly.
My commitment to everyone reading this is that I will share my experiences while being lead by Ms. Fiorina. I will share the internal fighting, the positioning of those who added no value other than being part of the problem. I will also share my experience of letting go people who had given their lives to make HP a better place to work, a better experience for the customers and a work place we could all be proud of. I will also share the diversity program that replaced those hard
We already have a President with the same qualities as Carly. While watching the State of the Union address the other evening, I couldn’t help but remembering the first year of Carly at HP. There were a lot of promises but looking at the year, nothing positive had been accomplished and our value continued to slide.
Carly was a visionary. She gave us all the ability to experience what is happening in our country today almost 8 years ago. No plan, high unemployment, and the chance to choose sides while being on the same team. Vote no for Carly. We simply can’t afford her lack of leadership.
Let’s compare Lou Platt (CEO before Carly) and Carly
Under Lou HP was selected by Forbes as the “Most Respected” Corporation with consistently high Stock prices – Under Carly HP Stock only went down and down and down…
When Lou was CEO HP employees were relatively equal to each other while contributing in their own way - Under Carly it became Us (Senior Mgt) and Them (everyone else).
Lou drove an HP Ford Taurus – Carly was chauffeured in Limo’s
Lou flew commercial airlines – Carly traveled by Private Corporate Jet’s
Lou had an office Cube (like everyone else) - Carly may have never walked into a Cube
Lou was compensated well – Carly was Extremely Over Compensated
Lou was given a case of wine when he left – Carly got $21M after she was Fired
During Carly's rein she and her Exec team saw huge increases in compensation while everyone else had to “Tighten their Belts” and were lucky to just keep their jobs.
Lou we loved you and wish you had never left!
Carly we wish you had never left Lucent!
From: HP, 1989-
Carly launched an ad campaign using the slogan "Invent", which was ironic because the whole time she was at HP there were no major new product initiatives. Instead of focusing on research and development, all her attention went into cost cutting, reorganizations, and acquisitions. She did not have the vision to run a technology company, and she does not have the vision to serve in the Senate.
I think that what was heard in the hallways the day she was FIRED says it all: Ding, Dong, The Witch is dead!
Name: Nancy N
From: HP, 2002-now
I was at HP during the tail end of Fiorina's years. I was lucky to be hired out of school... the company was laying off a lot of people, and there were very few new openings. It was a terribly depressing place to work, and everyone I talked to said the company was going downhill, maybe even being bought out.
When she was fired it was like a big weight was lifted from everyone. Look at where HP is today, and how far the company has come in just 5 years.
HP's turnaround could never have happened if Carly was still there.
Carly took a once wonderful company and ran it into the ground. During her tenure, it was "all about Carly", and her self-promotion. I never believed that what she did was for the good of the company, but rather was for her to "make an imprint", good or bad, on the company. I still find it rather amazing that the HP board at the time let her go on for so long.
And, lest we forget, the proxy fight for the approval of the Compaq merger turned very nasty, with none other than the Hewlett son fighting against the merger. Shortly after losing that fight, the last of the founders' children left the board. That, to me, more than anything signaled the end of HP as we knew it.
My HP stock is up under Mark Hurd, but the terrible taste of the Carly years stills lives with me, made worse by the astronomical severance package she got. Drive a company into the ground and get paid $21 Million to leave? What was the board thinking???
If she was such a great CEO, where were all the job offers to her after she got booted from HP? Failing to find a real job, she decides to become a senator?
Please join me in voting AGAINST Carly.