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May 24, 2012

Employees on edge after Hewlett Packard layoffs report

  • 9,000 employees will be laid off before Halloween, according to an official statement released on Wednesday
  • 18,000 additional employees will be laid off by 2014, mostly from the Enterprise Services unit source

» So what about the remaining employees? No one is quite certain what plans CEO Meg Whitman has for the future of the company, though expectations are high considering her time as eBay’s chief executive. CareerBliss, a company with the stated goal of “helping you find happiness in the workplace”, says that employees have been less happy since Whitman became the company’s chief executive. Following reports of the layoffs, CareerBliss CEO and co-founder Heidi Golledge told Business Insider that honesty just might be the best policy. “This is a time for her and her team to be totally transparent,” said Golledge, adding, “HP employees need to be confident that the company has a future – and, just as importantly, that they have a future with it.”

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16:32 // 2 years ago
October 28, 2011
The market was created by Apple. That doesn’t mean there couldn’t be a strong No. 2 player.
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman • Reversing course entirely on two of former CEO Leo Apotheker’s key decisions as CEO — the departure of the tablet market (and the ensuing lulz) and the spinning off of the PC market. As for the latter, Whitman claims it would’ve been far too expensive — it would’ve cost billions and would’ve proven extremely inefficient. “If you try to hive a division off, it’s really hard because you almost have to recreate the whole thing,” she said. Will this be enough? source (viafollow)
9:00 // 2 years ago
September 22, 2011
These guys are a bunch of clowns, surpassed in incompetence only by Yahoo’s board.
Ironfire Capital managing member Eric Jackson • Expressing frustration with the Hewlett-Packard board, which reportedly leaked the news of Leo Apotheker’s ousting, and subsequent replacement with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, hours before the announcement was to be made. Not that Jackson is a big fan of Apotheker or anything. “Apotheker is the worst CEO hire in the last decade,” he says. But the problem is the process that led to his hiring — some messy rumors and an internal investigation led to the board dumping a pretty good CEO, Mark Hurd, and hiring Apotheker without even meeting him — meant that he turned out to be a horrible fit. Whitman at least has a shot at being good at this CEO thing, but the board sounds like the real problem. source (viafollow)
19:40 // 3 years ago
We are at a critical moment and we need renewed leadership to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead.
HP Executive Chairman of the board Ray Lane • Discussing the reason to ditch Leo Apotheker as CEO and replace him with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. What do you guys think of this move? Will this be enough to make up for the TouchPad idiocy? Will she move HP back in a consumer direction, after Apotheker tried to move it towards enterprise services?
16:32 // 3 years ago
Meg Whitman reportedly on track to become HP’s new CEO: Many people compared Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman during the 2010 election, due to their tech executive backgrounds and their high-profile rookie political campaigns. Soon, they’ll have another reason. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Meg Whitman reportedly on track to become HP’s new CEO: Many people compared Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman during the 2010 election, due to their tech executive backgrounds and their high-profile rookie political campaigns. Soon, they’ll have another reason. source

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12:47 // 3 years ago
January 20, 2011
I want [Jerry Brown] to be successful. California needs him to be successful. Let’s give the guy a chance to turn around and let’s see what he can do.
Meg Whitman • In a speech this week at the University Club. Some have taken this speech, along with another she’s set to give at the end of the month, as a sign that Whitman is planning a political comeback. We think that’s a tad premature. This is simply an ex-candidate wishing good luck to the guy who beat her. In our current political climate, that’s is a nice change of pace. source (viafollow)
22:31 // 3 years ago
October 28, 2010

Cost-benefit ratio: Meg Whitman spends high, polls low

Everybody knows that the California Governor’s race is really, really expensive. Meg Whitman has dropped  $162 million so far on her bid, with Jerry Brown spending an only-modest-by-comparison $25.5 million. However, Whitman’s spending (including $22 million this month alone) hasn’t been able to buy her a lead in the polls. The latest Public Policy Poll has Brown leading by 11 points, 53-42. This made us wonder: how much has each candidate spent for each percentage point they hold in the polls? The results were somewhat lopsided:

  • $481k the price Jerry Brown pays for one percentage point in the polls. Not a paltry sum, to be sure.
  • $3.8m the price Meg Whitman pays for one point in the polls. That’s eight times as much. And she’s still down! source
15:53 // 3 years ago

Meg Whitman’s money may not win California’s governor’s race

  • 49% of folks plan to give Jerry Brown another whirl as governor
  • 39% plan to take Meg Whitman’s eBay know-how into the governor’s chair
  • 12% plan to vote for Arnold again even though he’s not running source
10:03 // 3 years ago
October 21, 2010

And let this be a lesson to political campaigns: If you miss a character on a bit.ly URL, you might not get what you want. Meg Whitman’s press secretary lost a character in her tweet, pulling this entertaining video instead of the rah-rah endorsement that Whitman got from some police group. Sure, it happens to everyone, but it’s usually not as entertaining as this. source

7:42 // 3 years ago
October 20, 2010

The video speaks for itself, so we’ll keep our commentary brief: this is one of the most effective campaign ads we’ve ever seen. Absolutely brutal. Keep in mind, Californians really, really don’t like Schwarzenegger (he’s got a 28% approval rating as of last month). source

12:45 // 3 years ago