Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated July 21, 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 (5)

    Intel has ethics on the outside, but not when it comes to actual engineering work.

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was nearly impossible to get fired, so very good job security. The benefits are pretty good, and include everything you would expect such as health, dental, vision, including a link to the Mayo clinic for more information. Intel really tried to get employees to be healthy with initiatives to get you to exercise, drink more water, etc. Every campus has an exercise facility, which is nice. There are some managers who are pretty good and actually care about their employees. Intel hires a lot of smart people, so you can feel intellectually stimulated most times. They also reimburse education costs, as long as the degree is towards a job within the company.

    Cons

    They don't actually use the data to make decisions. They make decisions and then manipulate the data to match the decision. There is a lot of unethical data manipulation and way too much politics to make engineering decisions. Managers are not trained very well, and to increase the "technical" aspects of employees, people who are poor managers but did well as engineers are promoted. People with PHD's are hired for positions that are also done by college graduates, leading to a question as to why this makes any sense. The reasons for doing things such as these seem more political and to get certain statistics up rather than actually doing the right thing for the factories or its employees. Intel likes to hire people straight out of college so they don't know that the workplace could be better elsewhere and Intel can work them to the bone.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the real ethics of the company. People should not have to pull teeth to get real information from so-called partners (eg. HVM vs. Development factories).


  2. Helpful (3)

    You have to learn to play politics for career development at Intel

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The location is close to my family

    Cons

    lower pay and benifit than other competitor

    Advice to Management

    value the work of the employee


  3. Helpful (6)

    Be Aware before you start at Intel

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    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and pay, clean work environment, located in good areas to live.

    Cons

    Corporate culture in Oregon. Lack or respect shown to employees. Lack of utilization of employees to the level they are capable. Lack of ability to make improvements and change things. Bad management. It's not the high end research place that many are led to believe when starting.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to treat your employees with respect. Recognize high turnover for the problem that it is. Managers need training on how to be a leader not just technically capable. Managers who cannot treat people with a basic level of descency should be held accountable.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Not worth investing your time, build seniority with another company.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Better than being unemployed. Free drinks in the cafe. The people are generally nice. The managment could be more clueless but not by much since they are approching absolute zero.

    Cons

    Insane pressure to meet ridiculous schedules set by incompetent managers. The bathrooms in C7 are too small and smell pretty bad. The new cube configuration is a mess, the walls are so low there is no privacy. Low moral due to long hours and poor T-Comp. Most employees would leave if given a similar job at another company. The stock options are worthless. Sub par employees are made managers because of the people then know or of the pictures they have.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to feedback from employees in the trenches. Follow your own practices, I had the ‘Effective meetings’ class over 8 times and not one meeting followed the class guidelines. I would routinely ask for an agenda for a meeting placed on my calendar but was rarely provided with one.


  6. Helpful (10)

    Uncertain future for US engineers @ Intel

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    Current Employee - Design Engineering Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Design Engineering Manager in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you live in Oregon and are an electrical engineer then there are not a lot of options - Intel is the best from a very small selection.

    Cons

    Most of the interesting engineering work is being done outside the US - China, India, Israel, etc... Continuous pressure to move engineering work outside the US - either Israel expansion or low-cost geo. Polarization between marketing and engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Intel has decided that it's allegance is to the stockholder at the expense of the US job market and US engineer. The rationalization is that it's selling mostly outside the US, it can't get the engineers it needs in the states, etc. I say this is BS, there are good engineers, but a lot know Intel's policies about the US and they aren't interested. Also, Intel is stuck on improving diversity and URM (under represented minorities). So am I - but it's like finding a needle in a haystack. Hiring other than an URM requres high-level management approval with detailed justification. Intel is consistently looking to "low cost geos" in order to get 5+ engineers for the price of one (Israel is the exception as it's not considered a low cost geo). At the end of the day the US headcount is decreasing, Israel, China and other places are increasing. My job in the US exists today, but what about tomorrow...


  7. Helpful (8)

    Wish I could have the year I spent at Intel back!

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    Former Employee - Ecosystem Marketing Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Ecosystem Marketing Manager in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay in the local area, LOTS of smart people. There are good places w/in the company, but it totally depends on whom you get as a manager as to whether or not you will be successful.

    Cons

    managers whose motto is "what have you done for me lately", a management team that thrives on fear & intimidation. I was in a group where both my direct manager and the director were arrogant and headstrong, and it made for some very unpleasant times. My manager expected inordinate amounts of time from me, and not that I'm unwilling to give it for a position I love, but for someone who constantly terrorizes and berates you, is it really worth it? I complained to HR about his behavior, and was told my complaints were unfounded. I did some investigating on my own and found that he had been demoted and moved out of a group after mistreating a number of employees.. and then 3 years later, he's up to his same tricks in a different department. If you are thinking of working here, be VERY CAREFUL and ask to talk to former group members to see if you can get the real scoop on your potential new boss.

    Advice to Management

    let people have a life. Do not expect them to answer email at 3am, do not dismiss ideas because they do not match your own. DO NOT allow bad managers to continue abusing employees after many many many complaints.


  8. Helpful (8)

    You probably don't want to work here.

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    Current Employee - TMG in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - TMG in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. We are essentially a monopoly in the processor business. 2. If you kiss the right butt at Intel, you can survive anything.

    Cons

    1. We are essentially a one product company and we seem to be incapable of succeeding at anything else. 2. Our marketing has been hideous since the late 1990's and we have no idea how to fix it. 3. Executives are rotated into jobs they have no experience in or ability to succeed at and the company suffers for it. 4. The morale is hideous and there are many people like me who pretend to be happy working for the company, when we really could care less anymore. 5. The SET was a complete disaster. Intel let go of a lot of talented people and kept a lot of sycophants and suckups. Even worse, the good people who remain are still angry at the company. 6. There is a marked lack of executive talent in the upper ranks and it's hard to see where our company is headed. 7. No recent college graduate in their right mind would pick Intel over places like Google and Yahoo.

    Advice to Management

    Do a clean sweep of the executive management ranks and bring in fresh talent from the outside with some new ideas and ways of doing things.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Be carefull what group you work for at Intel

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    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The medical Benefits are decent. The culture tries to push work/life balance, but it is a changing culture.

    Cons

    Chance for moving up thru the pay grade is very limited. In the group i was in, senior management had no idea what to do with Software Engineers, including my direct manager. We felt like they never understood what we needed to do our job. The chance to move between groups and move up the chain is very limited and hard to do. If you decide to work for Intel, take some time to investigate the group you are going to work for and what the options are to move up the chain.

    Advice to Management

    make sure you understand the jobs of your employees and what they need to do those jobs.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Big companies, big challenges, big opportunities

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    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I like my coworkers and the people I work for. Interesting stuff (combined with the mundane tasks that all job has), there is a sense of empowerment and you can take the initiative to make your job what you want to

    Cons

    sink or swim mentality requires a certain personality. a big company so there are a lot of faces to get to know.

    Advice to Management

    Cut some of the extraneous work, be more streamlined in processes, decisiveness will help us to not recreate work


  11. Helpful (4)

    Upright Meritocracy

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Brand and market leader, fast paced environment, ability to learn new skills

    Cons

    uptight meritocracy and culture, long hours, non competitive compensation, flat stock. Performance appraisal process subjective,

    Advice to Management

    Please start to reward employees with cash upfront in salary vs. backend loaded compensation and flat options



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