Intel Corporation

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Intel Corporation Reviews in Folsom, CA

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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3.8 272 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

Intel Corporation CEO Brian M. Krzanich

Brian M. Krzanich

(48 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance depends on teams but don't expect any rewards for your hardwork(in 455 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 109 reviews)

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    Layoffs abound and people are very paranoid.

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Folsom, CA

    ProsGreat pay especially for Folsom.

    ConsVery negative work environment especially with layoffs happening. No training, it's sink or swim. It's doom and gloom everywhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSimplify the roadmap so we can do one product GREAT instead of doing lots of mediocre products.

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

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    Good learning, good people, unhealthy environment

    Human Resources Manager (Former Employee) Folsom, CA

    ProsEverything has a process, Intel University, smart people there who will mentor you, fast-paced and challenging. Used to be a metric driven company

    ConsEverything has a process... one of my peers told me 'Intel is where fun goes to die.' I would add... 'and where creativity goes to die.' A student once told me 'why would I work at Intel- it's just a bunch of type A people pissing on each other all day.' Pretty accurate. The culture actually draws out the absolute the worst type A behaviors in people there but of course, it is accepted since the hope is it also draws out the best type A behaviors- long hours, internal competition and confrontation on every little thing

    Advice to Senior ManagementI am glad you have an engineering CEO again. Get back to metric driven decision making. Dont make it so managers have to break/undo something and put it back together to get a good review. Promote people there with high EQ and humanity so everyone doesnt just feel like some widget in a process. Remove RIsk Taking from your values. You know it iisnt true. Everyone there is absolutely terrified to take any risk in case it should fail in any way. The one phrase I heard there most was- fly below the radar and move internally to a new position every year, if possible. Figure out how to reward the good type A behaviors but severely punish the bad type A behaviors

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bad place to work for temps

    Temp Office Worker (Former Employee) Folsom, CA

    Prosgood experience. thats it. no other benefits

    Consthey are micromanagement nazis, they track every minute. no perks, no free stuff, temps are treated like crap, no chance of being hired full time

    Advice to Senior Managementstop tracking every minute for temps, it stirs anger

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

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    Not a great company to work at.

    Validation Technician (Current Employee) Folsom, CA

    ProsClean, Certain techs do very good work.

    ConsGreen Badges "Temps" or "Contingent Workers" are shut out of any and all Intel parties/programs/events. As a veteran I tried to attend their veteran event and was turned away because my badge wasn't blue. The Actual workers for Intel "Blue Badges" talk down on green badges. EXTREMELY one sided racial ratio. Nobody speaks English unless they have to. Very poor security, people walk out with items in their purse/luggage all the time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire people who can actually speak and read English fluently.

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

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    Terrible, terrible, terrible place to work.

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Folsom, CA

    ProsThere are some merits to working for a big corporation such as Intel. The benefits are nice.

    ConsTerrible culture, terrible management, terrible offices and location, terrible mobility, and terrible salary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRe-vamp the entire culture. Improve feedback system.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Capricious treatment of contractors due to impatient management with unrealistic expectations

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Folsom, CA

    ProsPay is above average, at least for contractors. Ability to work on leading technologies.

    ConsGetting set up to work in the Intel environment is very time consuming because of overly bureaucratic restrictions needing oodles of permissions to access even the most basic information needed to perform your work. Access to documents and tools particularly difficult for contractors, with minimal help from company employees, for very complex systems and tools filled with undefined Intel specific acronyms and jargon. Yet contractors are expected to perform useful work almost immediately despite the enormous information vacuum in which they are placed. Don't be surprised if you are summarily canned without warning because an impatient manager thinks you should be able to skip the learning curve that always applies to working with new technologies and systems.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't expect new employees or contractors to be superhuman clairvoyants.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor strategy, bad execution

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Folsom, CA

    ProsLearning the ropes for an entry level position

    Conslayers of management, fatcats who feel entitled and do not act but just react

    Advice to Senior Managementfire the top 10% highly compensated employees and make room for the middle management to amke more current decisions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too much politics, and not enough challenging work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Folsom, CA

    Prosflexible working hours, decent health benefits

    ConsToo much politics and silos within a department. Decisions are not made quickly enough causing frustrations within the rank and file employees.

    Advice to Senior Managementget rid of all the dinosaurs and bring in younger and more talented employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Intel, sucks, the life out of its employees.

    IT Security Consultant (Former Employee) Folsom, CA

    ProsIntel provides a great opportunity for an individual to travel and see the world in support of their international operations. Also when the chip business is good the bonuses and stock options can be financially rewarding.

    ConsIn spite of their stated corporate values, “to be a great place to work’, and other “work life balance” statements, the Intel work culture is very high pressure and demanding. Yes its nice to get a seven week (paid) sabbatical after seven years employment, but most people I knew had developed health problems as a result of the constant pressure, long work days (ave. 50 – 55 hrs/wk) and stress to perform at very high levels.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIntel Management needs to take an AR address the many employee surveys collected over the years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Highly political, fast degrading workplace

    Senior Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee) Folsom, CA

    ProsSince they are a monopoly, more likely to be in business and hence your job is less likely to disappear in economically hard times.

    ConsHIghly political, highly clanish atmosphere. Engineering competence is necessary to advance; but is not sufficient to advance. You have to know the right people in places. The politics is subtle. If you do the right project, you get the exposure and rewards. But you don't get the right projects. They do politics where your projects are allocated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe idea of "managers should not be technical" is boomeraging on you and is going to be disastrous in the longer run. You need to pour money back into the employees - to their salary increases, their perks etc. And, need to pay attention to stem the wrot caused by extreme politics in the work place.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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