Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is the prototypical garage-to-Wall Street success story. Started in Palo Alto in 1939 by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, HPE is now a global force, with more than 60,000 employees worldwide generating $27.8 billion in revenue.
Throughout the years, HPE has significantly expanded its range of products and services. One of the original innovators for both personal computers and printers, HPE solutions now cover six primary areas: cloud, compute, storage, networking, software, and services. Moreover, HPE’s storage-as-a-service line includes a wide range of hardware, software, and data management services, and HPE storage accounts for between $5-$6 billion of total revenues.
Although HPE’s storage business experienced an extended decline in revenue both before and during the pandemic, it began rebounding in the second quarter of 2021.
HPE remains a leading high-tech employer and offers numerous opportunities in the storage sector.
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HPE as an employer
HPE has locations in 53 countries, with 10 sites in the United States and corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas. The majority of HPE employees work out of the United States (21,000), India (9,200), and the United Kingdom (2,600).
In late 2020, HPE launched the Edge-to-Office hybrid work model. With edge-to-office, most HPE employees, except essential personnel, can spend much of their time out of the office. HPE reconfigured its offices to include more collaborative spaces. According to CEO Antonio Neri, the goal of Edge-to-Office is to “deeply embed HPE’s company culture into the work experience, whether remote or on site.”
Because HPE promotes remote work for nearly all employees, HPE’s careers website frequently does not identify positions as remote or on-premises.
HPE’s culture revolves around teamwork and innovation. Its new Life Inside the Element program, launched in 2020, seeks to strengthen corporate culture through team interactions, both within HPE and with its communities. The program includes a Culture Resource Center and Culture Catalyst Network with 850 team members in 54 countries.
To strengthen corporate culture and promote innovation, Life Inside the Element concentrates on three employee needs: career development, leadership development, and personal well-being.
A nearly $8 million investment by HPE Learning and Development resulted in HPE team members averaging 23.2 educational hours throughout 2020. In addition, HPE promoted career development via formal education through its Employee Development Grant and Student Loan Repayment programs.
HPE also has a strong focus on corporate responsibility and advancing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals. It is committed to addressing the environmental challenges facing its business, including reducing its carbon footprint, improving energy and water consumption by IT and manufacturing operations, and finding creative solutions to e-waste.
HPE also focuses on issues facing the world as a whole, collaborating with other companies to deal with global food security issues. More information on HPE’s cultural, social, environmental, and community initiatives is available in its “Living Progress” report.
The vast majority of HPE employees have technical backgrounds and work in IT (17,000+) or engineering (13,000+). Sales professionals also have a substantial presence (11,000+).
Regarding education, almost 10,000 employees studied computer or computational science, with another 5,000 in electrical engineering or information technology. For non-technical degrees, nearly 6,000 employees pursued business administration and marketing studies.
Recognizing the diversity challenges for the high-tech industry, HPE has invested heavily in diversity initiatives. In 2020, HPE created an Inclusion and Diversity Council based on input from employees. The Council includes the CEO, executives, and team members from all of HPE’s business groups and has four primary areas of concern: inclusion, equity, advocacy, and community.
Internally, the council’s goals are to support “unconditional inclusion.” It all starts at the top with leadership training on inclusion. In addition, the council is moving HPE towards having all management teams within three levels of the CEO include at least one diverse member. Externally, the Diversity Council supports racial justice issues with a 2:1 charitable contribution match.
Currently, women hold under 32% of all positions and under 25% of management roles. Similarly, ethnic minorities fill 32% of all U.S. positions, a 2% increase from 2018 to 2019 (HPE does not report minority management participation). Of these, African-American employees represent 5.49%, Hispanic employees are 6.52%, and Asian employees fill 17.99%.
HPE is building minority representation through its hiring practices. Ethnic minorities now comprise 42.2% of all new U.S. hires, and women account for 35.72% of new hires worldwide.
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The satisfaction of HPE employees and HPE’s efforts to create a strong corporate culture have resulted in numerous awards for the company in the past five years, including:
- World’s Most Ethical Companies (Ethisphere, 2019, 2021)
- World’s Most Admired Companies (Fortune, 2021)
- Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality (Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2017, 2021)
- Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index Organization (Working Mother, 2020)
- Military Friendly Employer (Military Friendly Employers, 2017-2020)
- Top Latino Executive (Latino Leaders Magazine, 2019)
- America’s Best Employers for Women (Forbes, 2019)
Former and current HPE employees generally rate the company highly on Glassdoor.
- Overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars
- 4.3 out of 5 for diversity
- 3.5 out of 5 for benefits
- 84% would recommend to a friend
- 93% approve of CEO Antonio Neri
- 68% of applicants report a positive recruitment experience
Reviewers on Indeed.com are somewhat less complimentary.
- 3.8 out of 5 for overall rating
- 3.6 out of 5 for culture
- 3.4 out of 5 for benefits
- 67% CEO approval
- 63/100 diversity score
- 73/100 work happiness score (above average)
- 80/100 flexibility score (above average)
- 79/100 appreciation score (above average)
HPE has an extensive and comprehensive benefits package, including:
- Financial/retirement: 401(k), employee stock purchase plan, performance bonuses, stock options, equity incentive plan, charitable gift matching, pension plan
- Health: Health, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability, and occupational accident and supplemental life insurance; health spending and flexible spending account options; mental health care; on-site health care; retiree health care
- Family and work-life balance: Six months paid parental leave, parental transition support, family medical leave, fertility and adoption assistance, military leave, unpaid extended leave, career reboot for employees restarting careers after extended absences, and retirement transition
- Vacation and PTO: Paid leave, bereavement leave, volunteer time off, sick days, paid vacation, paid holidays, and sabbatical
- Lifestyle perks: Wellness Fridays, employee discounts, employee assistance program, legal assistance, gym memberships, mobile phone discount, and travel concierge
- Professional development: Job training, diversity training, apprenticeship program, and tuition assistance
HPE currently has nearly 500 job openings across the globe related to storage, in both technical and sales capacities, with around 150 in the United States. Among the available positions are:
- Advanced software engineer, data services
- Artificial intelligence (AI) technology and solution engineer
- Senior front-end developer, data management framework
- Cloud application developer, storage networking
- Senior product manager, data management
- Primera storage system/software engineer
- Data and business intelligence (BI) analyst, storage and data infrastructure support
- Big data support specialist
- Storage pricing manager
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