Intel Corporation

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Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
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3.8 3,593 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Intel Corporation CEO Brian M. Krzanich

Brian M. Krzanich

(655 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • Work life balance depends on teams but don't expect any rewards for your hardwork(in 454 reviews)

  • It was a stable job in a cutting edge technology field(in 131 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not respected by managers in the validation group in Austin(in 165 reviews)

  • Very heavy decision making processes, usually involving a lot of stake holders(in 107 reviews)

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    Not for those who are innovative and like learning

    Engineer Manager (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsSteady income and good work life balance. If you want a job it's a great place as they have lots of reserve cash.

    ConsManagers/Leaders more worried about their careers than producing innovative products. There is a general fear of being innovative and failing. There are lots of groups who compete against each other for projects. This creates tension between teams and as a result they don't help each others. Very odd way of managing business. Annual review process is more of a popularity contest than rewarding people for strong results. Their pay is typically less than most hi-tech companies. Sadly, best days are behind them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many people in the company for amount of work. As a result people are fearful of keeping their jobs and not looking for innovative products. Remove managers who can't manage or produce strong results.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Past, Current, Future

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsReputation, leadership are good in IT.

    ConsFuture position are not clear.

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    Go in with open eyes

    (Current Employee)

    Pros-Intel still has an amazing, world class brand
    -Decent work-life balance (in the right groups with the right managers)
    -What the company actually does is amazing
    -Opportunities to learn from truly smart people

    Cons1. No growth, an execution problem, and a culture crisis

    Intel's revenue has been flat/down over the last 3 years, and we have some huge advantages that we've failed to leverage. There's an execution problem that seems to be an outgrowth of middle management and certain critical product groups really not "getting it", "it" being that Intel faces an existential threat and can't afford to do things the way they've always been done. Upper management is driving a culture change, but a not insignificant number of folks seem to have missed the memo.

    2. Fundamentally political and bureaucratic environment

    One of the firs things you'll hear when you join Intel is that it's exceptional in being a results-oriented meritocracy. Drink this Kool-Aid at your own peril. It is very much your usual corporate America environment. Your success depends entirely on your manager and his/her manager. Play the game or lose. And losing in the current environment can mean losing your job.

    Also, in a company with the size and complexity of Intel, the number of stakeholders that need to "buy in" to any decision worth considering is staggering. It can take forever to affect change and inevitably you will run into at least one person who will need to be dragged kicking and screaming to accept, or even try, something new (see point #1).

    3. Subpar compensation and increasing duplicity from upper management on compensation

    Intel's explicit strategy on compensation is to pay better than market in good years, at market during avg. years, and below market during bad years...and there haven't been many good years recently. "Raises" are essentially inflation buffers, and there have also been a number of changes to bonus calculations (large part of comp and the main lever for pay) and retirement/pension plans that are thinly veiled pay cuts. Management seems to be resistant to being forthcoming about this.

    4. Recruiting/staffing "strategy" is a mess for everyone involved

    The company pays a premium for "top tier" talent, but any effort to differentiate between "top" talent and others seems to be abandoned when candidates are placed. A significant amount of Masters and PhD hires are paid top dollar only to be tool or design monkeys, and they hate their jobs. Stars from OK schools are understandably frustrated when they compare notes, and older managers are not immune to jealousy either. It's a lose lose for everyone involved. Intel's locations are horrible for attracting younger talent as well. Phoenix, Portland, and Folsom are less than stellar locales for young professionals.

    5. "Lifer"/"True Believer" culture becoming more intense in the new, more challenging environment

    Intel's taken pride in being a company with a culture that induces people to "commit" to being lifers or jumping ship early. Middle managers seem to have the directive to weed out people they think aren't in it for the long haul. The kind of openness you can have about medium or long term goals is limited. This is something to be conscious of.

    Advice to Senior Management-Continue to hammer home the emphasis on velocity and thinking outside of the box
    -Treat your employees like adults and stop obfuscating the compensation issue
    -Be more transparent about layoffs

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Such great potential, resources, and people encumbered by past success.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsIntel is light years of the competition in the areas of semiconductor process engineering and manufacturing. And some of the best people I have encountered in the hardware and SOC development areas. For hardware engineering, and software to a lesser degree, offers amazing resources and challenges for a technical contributor. Has interesting and challenging problems to solve. If you get in the right group can really be a great experience. BK and most of the exec staff have a true appreciation of people and creating a good work environment. Good benefits. Physical work environment for me was good (1970s era cubicles with separate lab space), but rapidly converting to mobile work environment which is *horrible* for technical/knowledge workers.

    ConsBig, slow, encumbered by past success, unable to move crisply and decisively to take advantage of opportunities. New experienced execs brought in to build new agile organizations only succeed in building self-serving fiefdoms.

    I came to Intel after having worked at several start-ups (I had also been a Founder in the past). Very, very bureaucratic - one spends 90% of your time justifying your existence and 10% doing actual work. Intel has a disease prevalent at many large aging organizations that are coasting on past success: information hoarding and herds of people spending time guarding their turf. In a start-up environment I spent a lot of time working with colleagues to get things done. At Intel I spent too much time justifying what I was doing, and why working to address other orgs fears that I (and my org) would encroach on their turf. Very depressing.

    My first two levels of management (immediate supervisor and Director) were horrible - long time Intel employees who managed me remotely and had no clue about what I should be doing, and what I was doing. THis despite proactive weekly status reports from me. I don't think my immediate manager ever read any status reports I sent. After I left Intel I also found out he also failed to pass along any mgt feedback requests from HR.

    Advice to Senior Management0. "Product Management" at Intel is totally broken, fix it. The Strategic Planning function worked for Intel 10 years ago, doesn't anymore. Switch to 1) Product Management model rather than Strategic Planning, 2) empower Product Managers with significant product responsibility, including P&L, 3) distribute Product Mgt function to product divisions, not centralized at the corporate level. And most important break-up SSG and integrate core functions with corresponding silicon design teams.
    1. Ditch mobile work-stations. These are very dehumanizing, worse than cubicles. One has no "Intel home" which for many people gives them pride and a sense of ownership. Horrible idea.
    2. Make sure you get meaningful and timely feedback directly from individual contributors on their management chain up thru VP (I worked directly with this level). Do not rely on mgt to solicit and deliver this information.
    3. Fewer VPs, more individual contributors with autonomy, resources, and responsibility to get things done.
    4. Divorce TMG from X86 architecture, open the doors for Intel Fabs to aggressively compete with TSMC and GF. The fabless model is the future and the sooner Intel gets on that boat the better.
    5. Take x86 ISA off the pedestal - let alternative architectures developed internally compete.

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    Not good for new grads

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsFlexible hours, friendly people, good perks, job security, good work life balance

    ConsSlow process, lot of time wasted in process than real development work. Internal politics are high

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Full of possibilities but tied up in bureaucracy

    Senior Staff Design Engineer (Former Employee) Chandler, AZ

    ProsLots of cash. With enlightened management could own the semiconductor space

    ConsNot a design company -- run by process engineers. Far too many meeting. Many arrogant career managers with no ability but climbing the ladder. No recognition for the brightest and best so they leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPick something; find the right people and hire them outside your HR system; stick with something to the bitter end -- doing something properly will take a decade to bear fruit. Prepare to support it that long. Use you money to start and support the right StartUps.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Old fashion, difficult to innovate

    Research Scientist (Current Employee) Portland, OR

    ProsGreat salaries, very smart people.

    ConsGoverned by gray heads that have very high salaries, implementing ANY type of change is extremely difficult. 50% of time is spent managing your career, so it is difficult to get things done. Everyone is concerned about getting ahead, no team-work encouragement. Company does not understand UX and only a few UX leaders have UX training/background or interest. Young people are highly discouraged to do anything innovative, leadership is not based on meritocracy but "grade levels" that are arbitrary and mostly related to politics and not accomplishments. Recognition is hard to come by. Different ways of working and solving problems are not encouraged. Engineering mentality rules, design and social sciences are second rated citizens that constantly fear the future of their job (and thus become very territorial). Most people that are good leave the company soon or are "managed out", the ones that stay become either very comfortable in a 9-5 lifestyle, or become cut-throat to advance their careers and agendas. Woman and hispanics have a very difficult time advancing (very little representation in upper management positions).

    Advice to Senior ManagementPave the way for young people to lead. Review your succession plan, who's going to take Intel into the future? Stop being so concerned with advancing; thinking about creating products and changing lives might be a good approach for all to succeed! Value and encourage team work. Challenge the status-quo. Make politics stop with you!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    silo-teams, experience varies a lot from team to team

    Component Design Engineer (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    Pros- work life balance in general is good
    - employee medical benefits is very good for family
    - gender balance is very good

    Cons- too much politics
    - too many re-orgs and shuffling of management, but not solving underlying issues
    - not good for young people building technical skills because work scope is too narrow for individual contributor

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Huge company, just a number, just a pay check.

    Process Engineer (Current Employee) Ocotillo, Maricopa, AZ

    ProsState of the art equipment. Benefits are good.

    ConsJust when you get comfortable with doing your job, get moved to different area or technology. Excellerated training, expected to be an expert within a month. Feel as though you could be gone the next day, and the company would not miss a beat, and no one would care.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more people, extremely lean.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Be ready for layoffs!

    Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee) Albuquerque, NM

    ProsGreat pay, time off, and health insurance

    ConsCrappy schedules, a lot of technicians get stuck working nights 7pm-7am and cannot get off of them. You have to work weekends and holidays all of the time also. Lately raises have been very little or none at all. Biggest of all, you have to worry "will I have a job next year, or will I have to move to another state just to hopefully keep it if I am lucky?".

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake it easier to move from the technician role into other areas of the company besides supervisor or engineering. Support techs that want to move into other areas of the business like accounting, finance or HR. Make it more fair for everyone and rotate the night shift schedule between ALL employees. The 16% night shift differential is NOT anywhere near enough compensation for the sacrifice to your body and home life that working nights is!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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