How Hewlett-Packard lost its way – Fortune Tech

Intriguing read about the decline of HP in the last decade, a name once synonymous with the upper echelon of manufacturers. A lot of lessons to be learnt here, though there’s still a slim chance for the ship to be steered to calmer waters under Whitman’s leadership.

“At HP’s office in Fort Collins, Colo., for example, the lights shut off automatically at 6 p.m. every day, effectively forcing workers to go home. An intrepid few brought their own lamps to the office, only to be scolded by facilities managers, who told them to remove the lights.

Decay had begun to show in some HP offices. Mice skittered in the corridors. Spiders fell from cracked ceilings. As the company cut back on trash pickups, detritus piled up, and in one location workers took garbage home in their cars. Upon arrival, Apotheker was informed that HP was missing 85,000 chairs. The figure was so farcical that he had to check to make sure it was right. It was.”

How Hewlett-Packard lost its way – Fortune Tech

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