|"Clocktower" belt buckle for employees
who had been at headquarters five years.
|Ken Olsen, President of DEC
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|Poster for DEC's search engine, AltaVista
DEC was not alone in suffering setbacks and contractions in the 1990s. IBM shrank from 405,000 employees in 1985 to 220,000 by 1994, and reduced its stock dividend by two-thirds. Data General, Wang Laboratories, Prime Computer, Lotus Development Corporation and Apollo Computer were all greater-Boston area computer companies that faded and folded or were acquired around the same time.