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Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated January 5, 2015
Updated January 5, 2015
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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.  

    Political minefield

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Validation Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Validation Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Salary is good, as is the knowledge gained by working on cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Must change positions every 2-3 years or risk bad reviews. Archaic forced distribution ranking system creates a competitive atmosphere with little motivation for teamwork.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Working in Hawthorne Farm CPTD as a green badge isn't what I expected

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at Intel Corporation as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience of the working environment at Intel in CPTD (Customer Platform Technology Development) and also able to talk to employees in the cafeteria during breaks. You can make some good connections.

    Cons

    Don't work in CPTD (Customer Platform Technology Development) also called BDL (Board Development Lab) as a green badge. Green badge is the badge you wear when you are a contingent worker (temp employee through an agency).

    The pay is good and the work is fun and important and you can make a lot of good connections with people on campus. But, you have to be careful. One of the floor managers there and/or security watching the cameras are very observant of what the employees on the floor are doing, and they won't communicate to you exactly what you are doing wrong; They communicate to your staffing agency but don't give them good information and you can't ask the managers personally because of rules to protect them against being sued (I assume that's why). This same manager on the floor may say it's OK to do something after some hesitation but he/she report the incident to the agency anyway. So be careful.

    Some tips; Don't go talking to other people on the floor during your break, even if they don't seem busy. You can get in trouble for this. Even if it is to ask about what a machine does, or other innocent discussion ideas.
    Don't walk upstairs above CPTD where the cubicles are and don't store your backpack in a cubicle up there, use a locker or even store it under a table in CPTD before going upstairs.
    If you want to talk to someone who works in CPTD, or upstairs, or some other part of campus, it is best to get his/her name and add yourself to their calendar for a one on one appointment through Microsoft Outlook.

    The worst part of working in CPTD is that if they want to end your contract, they may make complaints to your staffing agency, claiming suspicious behavior and/or that you are not doing your job correctly (even though you are). It can be stressful so be prepared for it.

    Good luck working for Intel, it will look good on your Resume (though, the managers can't be a reference) and it's good experience. Working as a blue badge is much better.

    And don't be worried about the $1300 fine if you don't return your green badge. It's an empty, insulting threat.

    Some thoughts about Career Opportunities;
    In CPTD, which is manufacturing, most people on the floor are green badges and you can only work I believe for 18 months before you have to stop working at Intel as a green badge and some time later to can re-apply.
    So either you have to stop working, or Intel may make you an ICE (Intel Contract Employee), but most are not.
    Manufacturing is not the place to develop your career. Be in Computer Science//Engineering as a blue badge for a rewarding career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more communication transparency between the managers that manage the green badge employees and the employees. Not having the ability to talk to your manager (only being able to through your agency) leaves employees feeling less valuable and no real connection to the company. That may affect productivity and company reputation. It may make the employee feel like the manager has an introverted personality and doesn't like the employee. Perhaps stating why this is done during training would help.
    Also the tactic of telling the green badge employees to return their badge when their contract has ended or else face a $1300 fine is not the best move. One, because it is insulting, why does Intel feel the need to say this right off the bat? Two, the fine does not exist.

  3.  

    Intel uses contract workers to avoid hiring permanent full time employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    great pay, fun outside events

    Cons

    no bonus for contract workers who are treated like second class citizens, crappy corporate culture, no hope of permanent hire. Abuse of contract workers to avoid hiring staff positions. Constant reorganization of departments under the guise of accomplishments and goal setting. Promotion of senior managers at the expense of staff who are expected to do the job of 3.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need staff to obtain the objectives you expect your employees to meet. you have people doing the work of 3 in some positions. Pretending the use of GBs is "educating" a vast labor pool is simply saying "we won't hire anyone."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    software engineer/fresher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    i wish to work with my effort

    Cons

    quite and tough
    over come with courage
    tensions

  6.  

    Very political

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

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

    Pros

    Work in the cutting edge.

    Cons

    Extremely political environment. There are many senior people who get a lot of money but don't do much work.
    If you are just good at work and want to move up in this company ....forget about it. Almost 90% of the people who have moved up the chain in this company is either because they sucked up to somebody or they are good at office politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Why do I work there?

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Intel Corporation as a contractor

    Pros

    Good benefits to permanent blue badge employees only.

    Cons

    Unhappy work place. Once a contract employee is up to speed and the fully experienced, the contract is up and they bring in a new guy who needs full training. If Intel makes contractors at lease ICE, Intel is way ahead. Compared to what they pay to job agency, "it is costly to have an ICE is a BS.

    There are two different contractor workers; contractors employees who are employees of a company, c2c contractor employees, who are kind of like aliens. These leans just come to work, get a simple paycheck, but not a part of either company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consult me, I certainly will help overcome this changing contract employee issue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Used to be okay... now -> terrible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Munich, Bayern (Germany)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Munich, Bayern (Germany)

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can work with on future technologies with realy smart guys. Office culture is fine. Just fine. Used to have team events.

    Cons

    No money for anything. No trainings, no conferences. If you want to buy a book for 10 USD you need to ask at least 3 managers for an approval and even then you will probably not get those 10 USD. You always hear how Intel is making money but really they just cut cost everywhere.You have to pay for all the trainings and books from you own pocket.

    I was employed for a position that never worked out. I never did anything that they told me on the interview. NEVER AGAIN.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managment is an old school group of people who really does not understand how a tech company in XXI century should work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Very political place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time

    Pros

    A lot of good people with some good employee perks

    Cons

    Very political place, not a true meritocracy as much as they like to think

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    They do not care about employees, experience nor years of service.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Folsom, CA

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

    Pros

    There was flexibility in work schedule and location. Work was never very hard as there was so much B.S overhead that what should take a week would take 6 months.

    Cons

    Too much worthless and irrelevant forced training, what appeared was necessary to make their lawyers happy. Always more and more expected with little to no compensation. Constantly let go senior employees and excepted remaining workers to just take up the slack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the employees as the valued assets they are. Do not just through them away once they get near retirement, a RCG is never a good replacement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    beware

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contractor Ethernet Testing in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Contractor Ethernet Testing in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    pay '; experrience with an industry leader
    Portland Hillsboro is awesome !!!

    Cons

    relocated contract workers are second class citizens

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nurture contract workers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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