Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Intel Corporation CEO Brian M. Krzanich
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Pros
  • Decent work-life balance (in the right groups with the right managers) (in 528 reviews)

  • Opportunity to work with the cutting edge technology (in 139 reviews)

Cons
  • In manufacturing - brutal work/life balance (in 195 reviews)

  • Can be difficult in decision making (in 113 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Intel Process Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Interesting Leading-Edge Technology

    Cons

    Poor Work Life Balance, Long Hours, Highly Political


  2. Used to be great, but not anymore

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Specialist in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Specialist in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, profit share, stock purchase plan, good flexibility

    Cons

    adversarial atmosphere, frequent layoffs, can't figure out how to grow and expand into new markets

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of 'constructive confrontation' culture. It's gotten toxic. Stop taking benefits away and just to be 'in-line' with arbitrary benchmarks. Intel should do better if they want to attract and retain the best.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Process Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process TD Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Process TD Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work is challenging, never get bored. Working on the greatest transistor process technology gives you satisfaction. A place where your passion can be satisfied and working alongside some of the brightest minds.

    Cons

    Pathetic work culture. Great work life imbalance, infact no life. Shots called from top down and there is constant fear that trickles down from the top. Meetings held late night like 12, 1, 2 or 3am and expected back to work again by 7:30am. Work 80+ hrs/wk every single.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people. Work culture doesn't have to be that way. Employees contribute better when they feel loyal to work.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Annual review system was very unfair

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    If you like working for an enterprise, Intel is the place for you. Playing politics and joining circles is the way to survive.

    Cons

    The management and hierarchy system is very corrupt, it's all about politics and corrupt relationships

    Advice to Management

    Work on having an open door policy and increase visibility!


  6. Component design engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Great place to work. Big company

    Cons

    Too many changes last few years

    Advice to Management

    Stable environment, focusing and get the job done


  7. Not the place it used to be

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good compensation and great work/life balance. Ample opportunity to improve your skills either through new projects or onsite classes.

    Cons

    Culture seems to have shifted away from the way it used to be. Expectation of hours spent on projects can be excessive.


  8. Helpful (1)

    No work life balance-But great Benefits

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at Intel Corporation (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Health Benefits (like a doctors office right in the building), Excellent facilities, Many discounts and promotion, Brilliant People, Cutting Edge technology.They regularly heir new college graduations with no experience (many semiconductors rarely do not that) so its a great opportunity for them. This company is like having an IV league school on your resume in the semiconductor industry. Once you specialize in something finding a job can be done within weeks just because Intel was on the resume.

    Cons

    Raises are rare and usually very small. To get a promotion you essentially cannot have any life out side of Intel. I was specifically told by my manager that to be successful (not even Exceeds or Outstanding) Intel culture needs to be your life (which is why they like to hire new college graduates they feel that experienced engineers have cultural baggage from previous employers). Some times it is difficult for the management know what their employees are doing on a regular basis because they are pulled in many directions. This requires the employee to focus on perception rather than the actually job. I felt like I was simply a number rather than a valued contributor to the company even though I have made significant contributions and have saved the company hundreds of thousands of dollars (not much for intel as a whole but justified my salary over 5-6 times over. Having one "Needs Improvement" or "Successful with no stocks" rating during the annually review can result in a layoff 3-4 years down the road even though you have worked extremely hard to improve and become very successful and valuable member of the team. This does not layoff is not about saving money for Intel but the new CEO will regularly remove "low performers" to please stock holders. Extremely stressful because goals are always changing (but this is in the same in all semiconductor companies). The new CEO is very very focused on metrics on every level and ways that seem ridiculous to others from the outside. I was reprimanded for not meeting the quota for documenting minor safety caches i.e. I saw a person walk down the stairs without holding the hand rail and didn't document it. This is the level of detail of how Intel values metrics.

    Advice to Management

    Managements needs to focus on employee development and growth than the assume they know what to do especially a new hire (experienced or new collect grad).


  9. Often a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative Producer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Creative Producer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Global scale projects. Resources to do innovative and breakthrough work. Given the right manager, you can have freedom and excel. Strong culture that values speed and discipline.

    Cons

    Senior managers can micro manage and make last minute decisions at any time (not uncommon elsewhere). Unless one of the favored few by management, salary raises are very low and stock benefits decreased over the years for otherwise successful or above contributors. Focal review process is opaque at best.

    Advice to Management

    Let expert contributors spend more time on doing their jobs and less on reporting on the status of them. If collaboration is the stated reason for work success, compensate people for it.


  10. Stressed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with outgoing personalities that are very motivated and educated.

    Cons

    People tend to stress over seemingly very insignificant issues. Culture does not include strong people skills. People can seem very rude at times.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making every thing a competition and seek to focus on problem solving.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Success is dependent on your manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, schedule, flexibility, stability (until recently).

    The people you work with on a day-to-day basis are very smart. You get to work on the cutting edge technology. The processes are well defined, hence the work environment is not very chaotic. Internal transfer system and temporary assignments allow for career development opportunities, which are good for the most part.

    Cons

    The review system is very screwed up. It is entirely dependent on your manager's perception of your performance. It is very subjective, and there is no clear criteria on how you are graded. It is up to the manager to decide your rank and rating. It is important to do things that are visible to your manager so you are recognized. In most cases these don't contribute to real value. For instance speaking up in meetings even if you have nothing useful to say will get you a lot of recognition from short sighted managers. They also have way too many managers who do not get involved in the day to day work of the employee but still reserve the right to judge their performance independent of peer reviews.

    The culture is also shifting away from the core values under BK. The upper management stealthily tries to remove good people under the garb of performance management. People rated successful are being terminated because they landed on the wrong side of the successful scale (based on a manager's rating, which could be biased). Risk taking and innovation are not being rewarded. The only thing that matters is that you fall in line and impress your manager.

    The overall company direction under BK also does not make sense. There is a lot of marketing fluff with the diversity hiring. On the one hand they lay-off successful experienced employees and on the other hand they want to lower the bar for entry with diversity only reqs (a $300M fund for diversity hiring). Positions that have diversity hires will be funded by HR for over a year.

    Advice to Management

    Take another look at the performance review system. Eliminate the large and bulky middle management. A more flat organization will promote collaboration and lead to faster project turnaround.



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