HP Employees Won’t Give Carly Fiorina a Dime

CUPERTINO, UNITED STATES:  Carly Fiorina, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Company address the media during the offical launch of the new company 07 May 2002 in Cupertino, California. Hewlett-Packard is ready to lead change in the high-tech industry now that it has taken over Compaq Computer, HP chief executive Carly Fiorina said 07 May. As Fiorina announced the formal launch of the combined firm following the 20 billion dollar tie-up between the technology giants, the company announced it would re-organize into four divisions and re-brand some of its products.                AFP PHOTO/John G. MABANGLO (Photo credit should read JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)

For curiosity’s sake, I found a hit piece from a month ago that describes how Fiorina’s former associates at HP don’t much like the thought of her winning the presidency. Admittedly a slanted article, but more fun than the last one.

The employees at Hewlett-Packard, where Carly Fiorina was CEO for six years, don’t seem interested in seeing their old boss become commander-in-chief.

Of the 302,000 employees at the company, not one has given a reportable amount to help Fiorina fund her 2016 presidential campaign, according to the campaign’s most recent FEC filings, which lists all donations over $200. HP’s corporate leadership also doesn’t seem keen on the idea of Fiorina in the White House. Among the 12-member board of directors, just one, Ann Livermore, has given a donation above that threshold. . . .

. . . Interviews with HP employees during and after Fiorina’s leadership reveal a deep and simmering well of discontent 10 years after she left the company.

Dean Soderstrom, a sales operations manager at HP from 1999 until his retirement in 2015, said he saw feelings for Fiorina among rank-and-file employees sour quickly after she took over.

“Right from the get-go with Carly, it seemed like it was a two-class company. It was her and the rest of us,” Soderstrom said. “Many of her employees were very disenchanted by her. When she was let go, I think for the right reasons, there was a lot of singing ‘Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead.’”

To Soderstrom’s point, Fiorina’s first year at HP not only included an immediate overhaul of the company’s famous corporate culture, widely known in Silicon Valley as “the HP Way,” but also instant celebrity status for Fiorina, who was the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company. She appeared on the cover of more than 40 magazine covers in her first year, had her portrait hung in the company’s Palo Alto lobby next to the founders, and bought a Gulfstream IV for her travels. The previous CEO, Lewis Platt, famously flew coach.

“I don’t care if she’s a Democrat, Republican, or Independent. I would not support her for president,” Soderstrom said. “I would not give her two cents.”

Read more at The Daily Beast

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