How Hewlett-Packard lost its way

Fortune has an excellent, EXCELLENT writeup on the happenings at the PC conglomerate HP since the Mark Hurd days till the end of Apothekar’s reign. Brilliantly written, it underscores the bureaucracy the company had stooped into & how spineless the board was! Some of the startling facts from the Hurd era truly surprise me

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. 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.

The lights being switched off was quite a common practice in India but chairs going missing is something out-of-the-blue. This is even more startling

A few months after she took over as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard last September, Meg Whitman held one in a series of get-to-know-you meetings with employees. Their heads were down, and they were tapping furiously on handheld devices. “Your comments are being live-blogged,” one employee told her defiantly.

One thing is certain though, this would definitely make a great movie script!