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Intel Corporation Reviews in Folsom, CA

Updated April 15, 2014
Updated April 15, 2014
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Layoffs abound and people are very paranoid.

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Folsom, CA

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great pay especially for Folsom.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the roadmap so we can do one product GREAT instead of doing lots of mediocre products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good learning, good people, unhealthy environment

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Folsom, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Everything 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad place to work for temps

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    Former Employee - Temp Office Worker  in  Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Temp Office Worker in Folsom, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good experience. thats it. no other benefits

    Cons

    they 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 ManagementAdvice

    stop tracking every minute for temps, it stirs anger

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a great company to work at.

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    Current Employee - Validation Technician  in  Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Validation Technician in Folsom, CA

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Clean, Certain techs do very good work.

    Cons

    Green 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who can actually speak and read English fluently.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible, terrible, terrible place to work.

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Folsom, CA

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-vamp the entire culture. Improve feedback system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Capricious treatment of contractors due to impatient management with unrealistic expectations

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Folsom, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Getting 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't expect new employees or contractors to be superhuman clairvoyants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor strategy, bad execution

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, CA

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Learning the ropes for an entry level position

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much politics, and not enough challenging work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    flexible working hours, decent health benefits

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of all the dinosaurs and bring in younger and more talented employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Intel, sucks, the life out of its employees.

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    Former Employee - IT Security Consultant  in  Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - IT Security Consultant in Folsom, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Intel 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.

    Cons

    In 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 ManagementAdvice

    Intel Management needs to take an AR address the many employee surveys collected over the years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Highly political, fast degrading workplace

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer  in  Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Folsom, CA

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

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

    Cons

    HIghly 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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