Intel Corporation

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Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
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3.8 3,604 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Intel Corporation CEO Brian M. Krzanich

Brian M. Krzanich

(658 ratings)

82% 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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    Stable, limited upward mobility

    Graphics Hardware Engineer (Current Employee) Folsom, CA

    ProsGreat job stability
    Work on products that impact a lot of people
    Management usually listens to complaints of workers

    ConsSub-par compensation
    Less and less focus on work-life balance
    Inefficient planning / work flow (you get to enjoy doing the same changes multiple times, and/or completing a task and THEN having it pulled from a project)
    Hard to get promoted past mid-level, at least in engineering
    Your hard work may very well go unrecognized

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

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    Good Experience, not a great place to work as a Contractor.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Hillsboro, OR

    ProsGreat opportunities for Full time permanent employees. Wonderful and Friendly Co-workers, Interesting and challenging projects.

    ConsLow Compensation & Benefits for doing the same work as permanent workers with little to no chance for them to be hired on as permanent workers. Lack of adequate advancement for Contractors who get cut with no warning when the time comes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFix the churn of contractors. you are going to lose valuable skilled workers by keeping them as Green Badges to other companies that are willing to offer them full time permanent positions.

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

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    Contractors Beware. Be Prepared to do the work of a regular full-time employee without the "Great Place to Work Value"

    Software Testing (Former Employee) Folsom, CA

    ProsFantastic Learning Opportunities. The most advanced microprocessors in the world. Intel owns the facilities and spends copious amounts on Research and Development.

    ConsSwearing, yelling, blaming, pointing the finger, and just plain unprofessionalism. It depends on what lab you work in. Some managers have too much time and others not enough. Some managers spend a great deal of time "spying" on employees. I guess it's the same in any company, but I thought Intel had higher standards.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBlue badge employees, supervisors, managers, and team leads are placing too much responsibility on Green Badge employees and or the contingent workforce.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The pay is good.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey pay competitively at the time of hire. The bonuses are real and they are substantial.

    ConsWork/life balance here means don't ever let your life get in the way of work from 7am to 4pm. After those hours, a compelling reason for absence is okay, as long is it happens infrequently and nothing bad happens when you're away.

    In 4.5 years, I never saw anybody get a raise better than the real inflation rate. For the people managers love (which seems to have little to do with performance), they get 3%. Managers there love people that will not speak up when given impossible tasks or when told blatant lies. Managers all manage up, meaning they want you to say you are on top of everything so they can go back to their meetings. When something falls through the cracks, they want to be able to say you didn't ask for help. They do not want you to actually ask for help, and if you do they will burn your time up justifying what you've been doing every minute, but they never take anything off your task list.

    The few Managers I saw that actually spent time trying to help their team get their jobs done were laid off or demoted. Everything new that is rolled out is presented with the punishments for not complying. I never saw a new initiative or process rolled out with rewards or positive encouragement. Every failure, even mechanical breakdowns like welds breaking, are viewed as personal discipline issues because a good engineer knows the condition of all their systems. If you asked to upgrade the system and got turned down, the failure is your fault because you didn't specify when and how it was going to fail, and you didn't re-submit your request with better justification.

    I had an alarm that went unattended for 2 hours and caused a problem. One root cause was that they just laid off 2 of the 3 job positions that were supposed to respond to the alarm and hadn't figured out a backfill plan yet (normally 3 job positions are all supposed to make sure the alarms are handled). Two of the three were laid off, the ops tech was busy repairing other broken equipment, and the managers at the incident review rejected those root causes. The only root cause accepted was the ops tech thought the alarm was not critical and took two hours to respond. The solution adopted was to change the alarm message to sound more critical.

    I've worked for many companies, and I've never seen a place where deception by omission is the only way to keep your job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart accepting feedback from your lower managers. You have built a culture of yes men that will not tell you when you're steering into a wall. Start dividing up work so that people are doing what they're best at. The current mindset is everybody should be great at everything, and if not, that's what we'll make you do until you get great at it. The result is inefficient teams where most people are spending hours doing something that would take the right person minutes, and pointing out examples of that is considered insubordination and poor attitude.

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

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    Not What It Once Was

    Manufacturing Technician (Current Employee) Ocotillo, Maricopa, AZ

    ProsHigh concentration of talented people, very intelligent and deliberate values,

    ConsTalented employees identify others as 'competent' or 'incompetent' on a hair trigger - judgement is rampant. More idiots who can play the game than people with real passion or ideas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower your employees to do what they care about - quit 'no more free candy - but here's 250k to blow on a totally unnecessary part because the Engineer said so.'

    THE SKILLED MTs ARE THE ENGINEERS HERE

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    We make logic, but certainly don't use it!

    Senior Process Engineer (Current Employee) Hillsboro, OR

    ProsIf you do find yourself in the right job then all the benefits and compensation is pretty good

    ConsChallenges include finding the right fit for skills, lack of direction, unable to retain top talent, corp politics play a big role in how and what is worked on. many mid level managers make intel a slow moving ship. There is a lack of creativity, risk taking, innovation. Engineers in Fabs over worked and have no life .. ability to move into new position is near impossible/

    Advice to Senior Managementif you want to know why there is high churn and why the recent college grad engineers prefer to go work for companies like google, then dial in and listen to these RCG's. They likely hold the key to the companies success.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lack of innovation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSteady environment. Will survive for a long time.

    ConsManagement is lack of vision. Reluctant to move forward and compete wih other high tech companies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior engineer

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee)

    Proshigh tech and fair compensation

    Consobserving a lot of poor managers caring about their self interest only regardless of negative impact to the company and they are hiding the truth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Intel is a hardware company attempting and failing to create software.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Chandler, AZ

    ProsThere are a lot of nice benefits if you are a full-time employee.

    ConsManagement does not know what they are doing on software projects. They produce ideas for new projects, get 20% completed, then cancel the projects without giving any reasons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to produce software.

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

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    Look elsewhere if you want career growth

    Graphics Software Engineer (Current Employee) Folsom, CA

    ProsGreat work-life balance. Job rotation to try out different teams.

    ConsNo career growth or promotions even with great performance and awards. Moving within the company can also be hard, especially because of mediocre upper management.

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

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