IHG Rewards Club has an offer for Gold status after one paid stay by the end of 2013. This offer is targeted at HP employees, but IHG really doesn’t have any means to verify the employment.
Anyone that has been reading for LoyaltyLobby should be at least a Platinum member with the program due to generous status match program.
It is common for hotel loyalty programs to offer instant status or extend a fast track offer for employees from large organizations such as HP or IBM. Sometimes you maybe able to piggypack on them.