This, to me, is what separates Woz from Jobs. One of my many qualms with Apple is their ability to create industry-defining technologies, and give little back in return. I'm all for businesses profiting, but imagine all the good Apple could do if it still maintained this mantra today.
I love Woz, but this strikes me as being a quite naive thing to say. Engineers weren't "bottom of the org chart." They are the lifesblood of a company like HP. HP is nothing without engineers. So the idea that they were nice to engineers - well, it was in the same way that other companies are "nice to engineers," totally self-serving in a mutually beneficial way.
He’s saying HP was different in that it listened to technical people with no direct reports. It didn’t only listen to managers.