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Hewlett-Packard now produces massive quantities of printers, computers and other personal information appliances.

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									LAWCROSSING FEATURED EMPLOYER OF THE WEEK                                                                                      1. 800. 973.1177

[Joann Chang]
If you think you might enjoy providing legal counsel in the laid-back and pleasant work environment of a top Fortune 100 company, it doesn’t get any better
than Hewlett-Packard.

A two-employee company that began by               . The company has also garnered the Cor-            To enter this pleasant work environment and
making audio oscillators, Hewlett-Packard          porate Champion award from JOB. Clearly,            haven of financial stability, candidates need
now produces massive quantities of printers,       the company tries to remain as committed to         to have a minimum of strong work experi-
computers and other personal information           creating a decent work environment as it is         ence and solid academic credentials. Those
appliances. In addition to being one of the        to making a profit.                                 attorneys wishing to work abroad must also
largest companies in the U.S., HP has been                                                             fulfill the language proficiency requirements
gaining attention for being led by Fortune         When it comes to legal matters, Hewlett-            that vary from bilingual skills to conver-
magazine’s “Most Powerful Woman in Busi-           Packard doesn’t have to look far for help.          sational ability. Although the location of
ness,” Carly Fiorina. Fiorina began her reign      Senior Vice President, General Counsel and          its corporate headquarters, as well as the
in 1999, and has since not only restructured       Secretary Ann O. Baskins leads the inter-           history of the company, has made HP very
Hewlett-Packard’s organization, but also           national 300-attorney HP legal team with            receptive to California schools, the company
completed a $19 billion merger with Compaq.        almost 20 years of experience at HP. The            does consider other top law schools.
                                                   in-house attorney staff handles a variety of
The company’s history began with two elec-         issues, including corporate, employment             Jobs
trical engineer graduates from Stanford, Bill      and intellectual property work. The inter-
Hewlett and Dave Packard. It was probably          national opportunities for attorneys are            Hewlett-Packard currently has several
unfathomable to these two partners that            endless at this company, as HP often needs          openings in Houston, Palo Alto, San Jose,
their initial investment of $538 would one day     legal counsel in exotic locals like Shanghai        and New York, including opportunities for
bring in $74 billion worth of revenue. Among       and Kuala Lumpur. When the legal team               experienced corporate, litigation and intel-
HP’s first clients includes the Walt Disney        needs additional help, it has been known to         lectual property attorneys. More information
Company, who ordered 8 HP oscillators for          call on local favorite Irell & Manella, as well     regarding in-house positions at Hewlett-
its new picture, Fantasia. The company has         as other regulars Gibson, Dunn and Littler          Packard can be found in the LawCrossing job
also had its share of ties with the govern-        Mendelson.                                          database.
ment including HP’s work with the Naval
Research Laboratory during WWII and Dave           One of the best aspects of working at this
Packard’s tenure as U.S. Deputy Secretary of       company is its basket of corporate good-
Defense under Nixon.                               ies. Hewlett-Packard has made a legacy of
                                                   providing its employees with a wide range
With its corporate headquarters in Palo            of benefits, including stock options, fitness
Alto, CA, Hewlett-Packard tries to bring its       centers and performance-based bonuses.
laid-back and informal California culture to       Hewlett-Packard was also the first U.S.
over 142,000 employees in 170 countries. The       company to allow flex-time in order to allow
company was one of the first in the nation to      its employees better management of their
instill an “open-door” policy in which execu-      work schedules. And in the aftermath of the
tive offices remained open for all employees.      Enron fiasco and other corporate messes,
The workplace awards won by HP include             Hewlett-Packard’s commendation as being
being ranked as one of the 100 Best Compa-         the 6th Best Corporate Citizen by Business
nies for Working Mothers and one of the top        Ethics also speaks to the company’s high
gay-friendly employers in the country by           ethical values.


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