I'm with David, not likely to ever buy HP again. An early digital camera was basically junk and a $400 printer has become a big "paper weight" since I refuse to buy all the cartridges needed to make it "happy". It didn't help, either, when they took the HP name away from engineers and gave it to consumer products. And who on earth is Avago? Regarding management, compare HP's executive team with TI's where the CEO has been with TI for 32 years and has an engineering degree! Ditto with most of the others - been with them 1, 2, 3+ decades and most have engineering degrees. Go compare with HP and make your own conclusions. (No, I don't work at TI or own stock - I just like their products.)
hp is as dead as dy, it just does not know it yet. Some years ago, I purchased a hp desktop computer. Yes it was a entry level desktop system from a big box store. It would not keep operating. Every time it went belly-up we sent it back to hp for warranty service, it would be gone for a number of weeks. When it returned, it would work for a day or two and the same cycle was repeated. After about 9 months of this, hp agreed to give me 60% of what I paid for it. Luckily that was enough to purchase a Dell which worked just fine. After this experience, I will not purchase anything with hp on it. It is my belief that a company that does business in such a manner, cannot stay in business for the long haul.
Today's HP is not the original Silicon Valley company. It just has the name. HP started as a test and measurement company. Agilent is HP's test and measurement division spun off as a separate company. So Agilent is the real original Silicon Valley company. It just does not have the name.
So true that big money acquisition blunders have real work consequences. More specifically, consequences for the 27,000 fine individuals who had nothing to do with those decisions. Not so for the ones who actually made those grossly incompetent decisions. They continue to glide along their favorite carribean beach on their golden parasail with the wake of destruction they left only a distant memory.
I once worked for HP as a chip designer (over 15 years ago) and would have to say this is completely going to be the new HP way going forward. Well, it already has been for the past 12-15 years already so no reason to suppose it will change.
Layoffs are also destined to be a way of life for HP given it's 25 billion dollar printer business is in a 9% decline per year and I don't see HP as having any of the engineers left it once had to do anything to stem this tide. MBAs do not add value to a company and HP and others following their lead are a clear example of this. Expect to see others like Cisco share their fate as they follow the "HP Way".
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