Joe Nocera reports for the New York Times:
The consensus in Silicon Valley is that Mr Hurd was despised at HP, not just by the rank and file, but even by HP’s top executives…. “He was a cost-cutter who indulged himself,” was one description I heard. His combined compensation for just his last two years was more than $72 million — a number that absolutely outraged employees since their jobs were the ones being cut.
Rob Enderle, a well-known technology consultant, noted that in recent internal surveys, nearly two-thirds of HP employees said they would leave if they got an offer from another company — a staggering number. “He didn’t have the support of his people,” Mr Enderle said. Although he was good at “holding executives’ feet to the fire, he seemed to be the only one benefiting from HP’s success,” Mr Enderle continued. “He alienated himself from the people who might have protected him.”