Company Profile: Hewlett Packard

Company Profile: Hewlett Packard

As one of the world leaders in information, products and technology, Hewlett-Packard (HP) has an exciting future. Founded in a garage by two inventors - Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett - HP has been at the forefront of the technology revolution for over 60 years.

The company is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of computing, imaging and communications products, systems and services. HP continues to reinvent itself - growing and developing as aworld leader. HP operates in 120 countries and employs in excess of 83,000 staff, in 600 offices around the world.

HP has an enviable reputation, both locally and globally, as being a great place to work. Its objective is to create a flexible, inclusive, team-oriented environment, which attracts and retains highly talented people, enabling staff to develop their full potential. The average length of a career with HP Australia and New Zealand (HPA/NZ) is seven years - twice that of the IT industry. Its attrition rate of six to eight per cent is half that of the IT industry average in Australia.

"HP's global policy of flexible work environment has been fantastic for me - allowing me to combine my career as a corporate lawyer and a mother of a newborn - something which is often rare" Vikki Grimley Corporate Lawyer What makes HP a great place to work?

HP was awarded the ‘Best Employer to work for in Australia' earlier in 2000. This award was run by Hewitt Associates and HP won the category for companies with more than 1000 employees.

And here is why HP won the award

A great culture

HP Way - one of the most admired and studied organisational cultures in the world. Rules of Garage - the reinvention principles to guide us forward - encouraging and rewarding creativity and inventiveness.

Work/life balance/diversity

One of HP's basic organisational values is based on diversity, trust and respect for individuals. Every day, at all levels of HP's business organisations, it strives to create an environment where each individual is included and valued. This environment enables all HP people to develop and contribute to their full potential.

Regular and open communication

HP is open in its communication to its employees including: (global intranet), newsletters, staff magazines, team meetings, regular one-on-ones, open door policy and ‘management by walking around'.

Reinvention and change

HP is a dynamic company that continually re-invents itself to best align with its customers and manage its assets.

Career development

HPA/NZ's average career length is seven years against an IT industry average of two to three years. It can offer global career opportunities.

Management practices

HP's People Management practices provide a fair and equitable performance management system.

What does the future look like for HP?

HP is working hard to reinvent its company. It's going back to its roots of invention, to radical beginnings in the original HP garage.

As part of its reinvention, one focus for HP is capitalising on the opportunities of the Internet and the proliferation of electronic services. Industry commentators believe that before 2005, Australia will offer full-time, always-on Internet connection to everyone, and much of that will be accessed by a range of mobile devices that will drive transactions and new opportunities for businesses worldwide.

This exciting era brings a host of new opportunities, as HP reinvents for the Internet Age.

Contact: HP Recruitment

31-42 Joseph Street

Blackburn Victoria 3130

Phone: (03) 9272 2671

(03) 9272 2612

Recent corporate rankings

#1 Best Employer to work for in Australia (over 1000 employees) #2 Best Corporate Citizen - Business Ethics (March/April 2000) #5 Most admired Computers/Office Equipment Company in America - Fortune (February 2000)#11 Asia's Top 200 Leading Companies - Far Eastern Economic Review #11 Asia's Most Admired Company - Asian Business

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