Intel Corporation

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Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
893 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work life balance depends on teams but don't expect any rewards for your hardwork (in 528 reviews)

  • It was a stable job in a cutting edge technology field (in 139 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not respected by managers in the validation group in Austin (in 195 reviews)

  • Very heavy decision making processes, usually involving a lot of stake holders (in 113 reviews)

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  1.  

    It's a big company. You get what you get.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Stock has been on a roll, which makes the stock purchase plan a good deal

    Cons

    Not a software company - software divisions are expected to be run using the same standards and processes as manufacturing chips.

  2.  

    Good company, just not if you're young.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    The company is at the forefront of technology in many different areas, allowing access to cutting edge pathfinding and development of new technology. The resources of a large company allow high dollar projects and collaborating across the world. Vacation time is not recorded for salaried employees and is mostly managed by the employee (and maybe his manager). Schedules are often very flexible for engineers (not technicians or FAB employees). Personal growth is encouraged and there are programs to try and help employees expand their skill set. Retirement contribution of ~5% is given annually to a 401K, regardless of the employees own contributions (i.e. not matching). Paid sabbaticals are given every 4 (additional 4 weeks) or 7 years (additional 8 weeks). That is probably the main advantage of working at Intel over similar companies in the area.

    Cons

    Being young at Intel is very difficult. Employees are considered "new" until they've been here 10+ years and given little respect. The raise / promotion system is heavily dated and causes serious problems within groups and among peers (strict quotas for promotions and ranking employees within a group). The benefits across the board have been heavily cut over the past 5-10 years, resulting in a significantly worse overall package than before. No shuttles available at the main headquarters (to SF, San Jose, etc). Vacation is nothing special (3 weeks until 10 years, then 4), vesting for retirement contribution is incredibly long (6 years total, nothing until 2 years - 20%), and vesting for stocks is also long (4 years).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update the Focal process (raise / promotions), make the work environment better for young employees, and add shuttles or subsidize use of public transportation for employees (Caltrain passes, etc.). Shorten periods for vesting and additional vacation if you want to attract young talent that isn't necessarily interested in spending 10 - 30 years at one company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Wonderful until managed by terrible manager.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits and working with people from all over the world

    Cons

    They put technical people with no people skills into people management roles. They protect managers over doing what is right to avoid law suits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the right people in the right seats, hire and promote people based on performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    good well rounded company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    plenty of career choices; easy to move around

    Cons

    heavy middle management level; slow decision making process

  6.  

    Overall good company-

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Balanced life, good bonus, good 401k option

    Cons

    Salary and grade increase takes a while

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great benefits and lots of perks, but meetings galore and little help from others.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Folsom, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Benefits, cafe, gym, discounts, stock plan, good pay

    Cons

    Too many meetings, no life balance, constant change

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Use to have a good work culture, but thing have changed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphics Hardware Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Graphics Hardware Engineer in Folsom, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    This was my dream company and I had pleasure working for this company for more than 8 years. It had good work life balance, other than 3-4 month of stressful work at the time of the product launch. Talented folks around you. Had a option of work from home on need basis (Not for all teams). This is typically a process oriented company and too much document and have good company polices. Here where the pros ends.

    Cons

    Intel work culture had changed drastically over years. Extremely difficult to grow in the organization. Over process oriented, nothing happens with out a meeting. Lots of meeting and emails. Use to have good work life balance, but things started slowly changing after 2008.

    After spending too many years it would be hard to find jobs outside Intel, as the technology you learn would be too specific to the Intel (this is specially if you work in the core team). There would few hands full of companies where your job profile would fit.

    Compensation is extremely low compared to the market. My salary was increased twice for the sake of market adjustment, but even then its still very low compared to the market of similar experience and job profile.

    Pay raises are very minimal or some time non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees, fix low level management. Provide employee growth opportunity, and help employees build their skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    great place to work, for a few people only

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Technology Development Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Staff Technology Development Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    great benefits (medical, vision, dental), good retirement contribution options, paid sabbatical program (8 weeks/7 years) which has expanded to include 4 weeks/4 years, good great place to work options, high job security for fab related positions

    Cons

    middle level management lacks long term vision, limited career growth opportunities, fab jobs can often get too specialized, and the scope to learn new skills are limited, the chance to diversify and learn new skills are often not provided.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Folsom is an amazing location. Peaceful., low cost of living

    Cons

    low salaries, heavy taxes. Not very happening town

  11.  

    Good company but you can definitely get lost.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Everyone works very hard and seems to enjoy their job. Great benefits. Pay is very strong. Employees get to manage their projects, which is great.

    Cons

    You can easily get lost, as the company is huge. Some people have been there for a long time and very stuck in their ways. Extremely difficult to find out where to go for some of the basic needs such as benefits. The job description can be very different from what you will actually be doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on goals and objectives. Get rid of the red tape that impeeds employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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