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Unhappy HP Employees Named Mark Hurd a 'Turd'

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Former HP employee blogs discontent over the company.

Late last week a surprise came from HP when it announced that its then-CEO Mark Hurd had stepped down amidst a sexual harassment investigation.

Chuck House, a former HP worker of 29 years and author of "The HP Phenomenon: Innovation and Business Transformation" (Stanford Press, 2009) is shedding more light on the situation in his blog HP Phenomenon.

While the woman who was involved with Mark Hurd said that there were no intimate sexual relations involved (but settled with Hurd on monetary terms privately), the HP CEO was still found to have violated company policy through improper expense reports.

House wrote in his blog:

A few mis-stated expense reports, that "totalled" somewhere between $1,000 and $20,000? This turned out (missed by nearly all the columnists) to be for EACH ONE. The 2008 10K report says Hurd was re-imbursed $79,814 in tax "True-ups" for the estimated $243,000 in "personal meals" that he ate on behalf of HP. This was in the midst of the three years cited with "his girl friend" -- sounds like a little more money than the initial reports.

House also said that HP employees didn't like Hurd very much, characterizing him as a thug:

This guy was a thug, nicknamed Mark Turd by ex-HPites who worked directly for him -- stories that have circulated in the Valley for three years. He raped HP employees (figuratively, without violating the sexual conduct code at HP) by eliminating the sixty-five year concept of profit sharing, preferring to move to obscene bonuses for himself and his five top minions -- a mere $113 million payout for them in a year he chopped everyone else's pay by 5% plus profit-sharing. These were raises for some of the five people by as much as 400% -- a tidy uptick.

He was profane, a bully, autocratic, threatening, demeaning, vindictive, and rude. Blogs over the weekend by current employees said "Hooray, the tyrant is gone!" I couldn't contain my glee on the 11pm news -- best news for HP in a very long time!

The Voice of the Workplace, HP's thirty-five year historic 'measure' of employee feelings (done every five years) showed in April an astonishing finding -- more than two-thirds of HP's employees would quit tomorrow if they had an equivalent job offer. Not a raise, not a promotion, simply an alternative. That number never used to be in double digits. Other companies in the Valley have reported an amazing rate of HP resumes being submitted; one large company saying, "we didn't know they had that many people working there".

Of course, this is just one man's take on the situation, but the numbers are there to suggest that Mark Hurd had one of the lowest CEO approval ratings in the tech industry.

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    rdhood , August 12, 2010 1:04 PM
    $243,000 in personal meals in 2008?
    That's a meal allowance of $665 a day.
    If he had one meal a week, then that was a $4673 meal.
    Three meals a week, $1550 each.

    That's 3x/4x that salary of the average employee!

    He definitely had the Marie Antoinette complex.
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    gomi , August 12, 2010 10:14 AM
    HP has been unreliable ever since this took over. Good riddance!
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    moomooman , August 12, 2010 10:17 AM
    Proves the old saying that the biggest rise to the top

    Why some bosses think they can act in that kind of manner is beyond me
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  • 14 Hide
    gomi , August 12, 2010 10:14 AM
    HP has been unreliable ever since this took over. Good riddance!
  • 14 Hide
    moomooman , August 12, 2010 10:17 AM
    Proves the old saying that the biggest rise to the top

    Why some bosses think they can act in that kind of manner is beyond me
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    pcworm , August 12, 2010 10:18 AM
    yea..I know what it means to work for an aggressive bully...
    sometimes u might look for an alternative with lower pay,to get out of it..
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    Fetal , August 12, 2010 10:21 AM
    HAhah turf
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    irh_1974 , August 12, 2010 10:34 AM
    Wow, just wow, that's like 5 year olds in the playground.
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    mikewong , August 12, 2010 12:12 PM
    Now I know why my HP wasn't that reliable
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    figgus , August 12, 2010 12:29 PM
    I've not had anything from HP yet that wasn't a (expletive deleted).
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    namecnassianer , August 12, 2010 12:54 PM
    A very similar situation is currently playing out at other used-to-be great places to work: the acronym HAL comes to mind...
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    jplarson , August 12, 2010 1:03 PM
    Bring back Carly!
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    rdhood , August 12, 2010 1:04 PM
    $243,000 in personal meals in 2008?
    That's a meal allowance of $665 a day.
    If he had one meal a week, then that was a $4673 meal.
    Three meals a week, $1550 each.

    That's 3x/4x that salary of the average employee!

    He definitely had the Marie Antoinette complex.
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    neiroatopelcc , August 12, 2010 1:20 PM
    rdhood$243,000 in personal meals in 2008? That's a meal allowance of $665 a day.If he had one meal a week, then that was a $4673 meal. Three meals a week, $1550 each.That's 3x/4x that salary of the average employee!He definitely had the Marie Antoinette complex.


    With expensive wine, this figure is rather easy to reach. European politicians know everything about that.


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    Anonymous , August 12, 2010 1:37 PM
    HP is in deep trouble if only it realised it. The price of (specifically HP's) printer ink has become the butt of jokes on mainstream TV shows even in Europe, they don't seem to be brand leaders in any field, class actions are brewing on alleged unremedied known faults on laptops.

    Now we learn why. Ill behaved, greedy, management -- and stupid enough to get caught treating their employees as badly as they do their customers.
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    ArgleBargle , August 12, 2010 1:46 PM
    So this is what it takes to be a CEO: be an avaricious, brutish who does nothing in life but take, take, take. Probably gets a golden parachute on top of it. Must be nice to be immune to the effects of lazy old Karma.
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    Camikazi , August 12, 2010 2:22 PM
    ArglebargleSo this is what it takes to be a CEO: be an avaricious, brutish who does nothing in life but take, take, take. Probably gets a golden parachute on top of it. Must be nice to be immune to the effects of lazy old Karma.

    Sounds about right yea, that is about right to describe most CEOs.
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    bildo123 , August 12, 2010 2:27 PM
    Quarter million for food? That's so wrong on so many levels.
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    dark_lord69 , August 12, 2010 2:32 PM
    Sounds like a greedy!
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    orionite , August 12, 2010 2:39 PM
    And now watch him become the CEO of the next major corporation. Those just move around from one money fountain to the next. No matter how bad their previous stint was, there's always another open seat on the board waiting. That is what truly disgusts me.
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    pale paladin , August 12, 2010 2:47 PM
    I have an idea. We find, capture and shoot this type of person. Who's with me? I'll spend a few years in the pokey to know evil humans like this don't exist.

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    dextermat , August 12, 2010 2:47 PM
    Bush perv look alike... he should get neutered...

    I think he might of harassment male too!! LOL

    +1 on good riddance bad CEO MUST be punished :p 
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    lauxenburg , August 12, 2010 3:41 PM
    gomiHP has been unreliable ever since this guy took over. Good riddance!


    You could say that again. I love how my laptops GPU overheated playing Youtube videos and then shut down because of heat protection. Oh and then it fried itself a week later...
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