Staff cull begins at HP

Staff cull begins at HP

The process of making redundant between 10 and 15 per cent of the post-merger HP's approximately 4,000 staff has begun under a "managed selection" process.

A spokesperson for HP confirmed last week the process of staff rationalisation -- which could see up to 600 employees lose their jobs -- has begun at a trickle but will only take "a couple of months" to be completed.

"It is not a pleasant business at all," the spokesperson said. "The process of redundancies has started and that process will continue as we reorganise the business and build the organisational structures of the new teams.

"We would like to complete that and have the business fully functioning as soon as possible. Any change in tenure for staff will be done with the maximum possible dignity and with respect for the individual."

The spokesperson would not comment on which individuals were first to go, from which business division they had been culled, or from what geographical region.

As reported in ARN last week, the personal systems group is well under way in reviewing its structure. Tony Bill, general manager of the personal systems group, said that four of his direct reports were no longer working for HP and that the next tier of management and their staff were under review. Bill expected the whole process to be finalised by mid-July within his group.

"The PSG group is smaller and therefore [Bill] can get through that process a lot faster," the spokesperson said.

According to Bill, there is no favouritism being shown to Compaq staff, despite the fact the HP country manager, three of the four divisions' general managers, and eight of the 11 senior managers within his group are ex-Compaq.

"In every case, the best person for the job who will deliver what HP needs to moving forward will be appointed," Bill said.

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