Student FAQ
We get a lot of questions from students who are researching HP. Here are answers to some of the ones we see most often. If your question isn't answered here, check the resources on our Student Information page. Also, check our information restrictions for details on what kind of information HP can and cannot reveal.
Q1: What does HP do?
A: HP is a technology company that operates in more than 170 countries around the world. We explore how technology and services can help people and companies address their problems and challenges, and realize their possibilities, aspirations and dreams. We apply new thinking and ideas to create more simple, valuable and trusted experiences with technology, continuously improving the way our customers live and work. For additional information see HP Fast Facts.
Q2: When was HP established?
A: HP co-founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard established the company in 1939 after successfully launching their first product, an audio oscillator, from a small garage in Palo Alto. For more information, see a detailed history of HP.
Q3: Where can I find information on HP's CEO and other executives?
A. Visit our executive team page to learn more about other HP executives.
Q4: How I can find out about current HP strategies?
A: News releases, executive speeches and executive viewpoints are all excellent sources of insight into HP's strategies. Beyond what you can find in such public documents, most strategy information is restricted information and cannot be shared with the public.
Q5: What are HP's subsidiaries?
A: A comprehensive list of HP subsidiaries can be retrieved at Edgar Online a Securities and Exchange Commission online resource for company documents.
Q6: Which companies have strategic alliances with HP?
A: HP news releases are the best way to keep up with company alliances.
Q7: How can I get a copy of HP's current annual report, proxy statement, earnings statements or 10K?
A: There are a few ways to get these documents. You can view them online in our Investor Relations section. You can also request online to have recent annual reports and other financial documents mailed to you. Or call (866) 438-4771 for financial information requests. International callers may call (402) 572-4975.
Q8: What is HP's market share in printers? What about PCs?
A: You can find information about the performance of HP's various businesses by reading the financial overviews and revenue segment data we publish in our quarterly results section. HP doesn't talk publicly about product shipments or the profitability of individual product lines
Q9: Where can I learn more about HP's corporate philosophy and objectives?
A: For the most detailed explanation of HP's approaches to business, people and processes, read the book The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company, written by HP co-founder David Packard. It is available in many libraries and through online booksellers. On the HP web site, read about HP's corporate objectives .
Q10: What are HP's goals regarding the environment?
A: HP is committed to providing customers with inventive, high quality products and services that are environmentally sound and to conduct our operations in an environmentally responsible manner. That commitment continues to be one of our guiding principles that are deeply ingrained in our values. It is from this history and these values that HP has become a leader in delivery of environmentally sustainable solutions for the common good.
Q11: What are HP's employee benefits?
A: HP's employee compensation and benefits program puts us among the leaders in our industry. See Working at HP for more information. HP’s compensation and benefits program both encourages and rewards employees by linking compensation to individual, business organization and company performance.
Q12: How can I get an internship at HP?
A: You can find information about HP's various internship opportunities on our web site. A small number of research internships are available at HP Labs.
Q13: Does HP offer any kind of certification or technical training?
A: HP offers a number of technical courses and training programs through HP Education Services . In addition, HP Education Services also offers IT certification programs, designed to provide rigorous technical training for specific job roles in complex environments.
Q14: How can I get a computer or other product donation for my school or myself?
A: HP is recognized as a leading giver among U.S.-based corporations. While we don't donate to individuals, schools do receive considerable philanthropic support from HP. You can get information about HP's philanthropic activities and instructions on how to apply for an HP grant in the Philanthropy section of HP's web site.
Q15: What scholarship opportunities or financial assistance does HP offer students?
A: For the most part, HP does not offer assistance to individuals. Instead, HP makes substantial philanthropic contributions through education grants to schools. HP also has partnerships with universities and school districts in four urban U.S. communities through our Diversity in Education Initiative . Each year, HP selects a limited number of HP Scholars from each of these four communities for scholarships and other aid as they enter their freshman year of engineering school.
Q16: Can I set up an interview with an HP executive or manager?
A: Due to the number of interview requests HP receives from the press and public, we are unable to grant personal interviews with students.
Q17: Where can I send a questionnaire or survey for my research project?
A: Due to the volume of requests we receive, we are not able to answer questionnaires or participate in surveys.
Q18: Does HP have videos, product brochures, posters or other promotional items that it can send free of charge to include in my presentation?
A: Unfortunately, no. However, you can browse the online HP Company Store to shop for logo items such as T-shirts, pens, mugs, posters and so on. While we do have product information on our web site, product brochures are not available.
Q19: Where can I go for technical support?
A: For help with HP products, go to technical support for additional information.
Q20: Is there HP information I cannot have access to?
A: Unfortunately, yes. HP is restricted by both legal and business reasons from disclosing a number of types of internal information. Please read our Information Restrictions for details.
Q21: Does HP offer a student/education discount?
A: Yes, HP Academy.

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