Intel Corporation

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Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
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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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  1.  

    Lack of innovation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Steady environment. Will survive for a long time.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Senior engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time

    Pros

    high tech and fair compensation

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Intel is a hardware company attempting and failing to create software.

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

    I worked at Intel Corporation as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to produce software.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Not for those who are innovative and like learning

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    Former Employee - Engineer Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Steady income and good work life balance. If you want a job it's a great place as they have lots of reserve cash.

    Cons

    Managers/Leaders more worried about their careers than producing innovative products. There is a general fear of being innovative and failing. There are lots of groups who compete against each other for projects. This creates tension between teams and as a result they don't help each others. Very odd way of managing business. Annual review process is more of a popularity contest than rewarding people for strong results. Their pay is typically less than most hi-tech companies. Sadly, best days are behind them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many people in the company for amount of work. As a result people are fearful of keeping their jobs and not looking for innovative products. Remove managers who can't manage or produce strong results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Go in with open eyes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time

    Pros

    -Intel still has an amazing, world class brand
    -Decent work-life balance (in the right groups with the right managers)
    -What the company actually does is amazing
    -Opportunities to learn from truly smart people

    Cons

    1. No growth, an execution problem, and a culture crisis

    Intel's revenue has been flat/down over the last 3 years, and we have some huge advantages that we've failed to leverage. There's an execution problem that seems to be an outgrowth of middle management and certain critical product groups really not "getting it", "it" being that Intel faces an existential threat and can't afford to do things the way they've always been done. Upper management is driving a culture change, but a not insignificant number of folks seem to have missed the memo.

    2. Fundamentally political and bureaucratic environment

    One of the firs things you'll hear when you join Intel is that it's exceptional in being a results-oriented meritocracy. Drink this Kool-Aid at your own peril. It is very much your usual corporate America environment. Your success depends entirely on your manager and his/her manager. Play the game or lose. And losing in the current environment can mean losing your job.

    Also, in a company with the size and complexity of Intel, the number of stakeholders that need to "buy in" to any decision worth considering is staggering. It can take forever to affect change and inevitably you will run into at least one person who will need to be dragged kicking and screaming to accept, or even try, something new (see point #1).

    3. Subpar compensation and increasing duplicity from upper management on compensation

    Intel's explicit strategy on compensation is to pay better than market in good years, at market during avg. years, and below market during bad years...and there haven't been many good years recently. "Raises" are essentially inflation buffers, and there have also been a number of changes to bonus calculations (large part of comp and the main lever for pay) and retirement/pension plans that are thinly veiled pay cuts. Management seems to be resistant to being forthcoming about this.

    4. Recruiting/staffing "strategy" is a mess for everyone involved

    The company pays a premium for "top tier" talent, but any effort to differentiate between "top" talent and others seems to be abandoned when candidates are placed. A significant amount of Masters and PhD hires are paid top dollar only to be tool or design monkeys, and they hate their jobs. Stars from OK schools are understandably frustrated when they compare notes, and older managers are not immune to jealousy either. It's a lose lose for everyone involved. Intel's locations are horrible for attracting younger talent as well. Phoenix, Portland, and Folsom are less than stellar locales for young professionals.

    5. "Lifer"/"True Believer" culture becoming more intense in the new, more challenging environment

    Intel's taken pride in being a company with a culture that induces people to "commit" to being lifers or jumping ship early. Middle managers seem to have the directive to weed out people they think aren't in it for the long haul. The kind of openness you can have about medium or long term goals is limited. This is something to be conscious of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Continue to hammer home the emphasis on velocity and thinking outside of the box
    -Treat your employees like adults and stop obfuscating the compensation issue
    -Be more transparent about layoffs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Look elsewhere if you want career growth

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    Current Employee - Graphics Software Engineer  in  Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Graphics Software Engineer in Folsom, CA

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No career growth or promotions even with great performance and awards. Moving within the company can also be hard, especially because of mediocre upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Past, Current, Future

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Reputation, leadership are good in IT.

    Cons

    Future position are not clear.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not good for new grads

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours, friendly people, good perks, job security, good work life balance

    Cons

    Slow process, lot of time wasted in process than real development work. Internal politics are high

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Such great potential, resources, and people encumbered by past success.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Intel is light years of the competition in the areas of semiconductor process engineering and manufacturing. And some of the best people I have encountered in the hardware and SOC development areas. For hardware engineering, and software to a lesser degree, offers amazing resources and challenges for a technical contributor. Has interesting and challenging problems to solve. If you get in the right group can really be a great experience. BK and most of the exec staff have a true appreciation of people and creating a good work environment. Good benefits. Physical work environment for me was good (1970s era cubicles with separate lab space), but rapidly converting to mobile work environment which is *horrible* for technical/knowledge workers.

    Cons

    Big, slow, encumbered by past success, unable to move crisply and decisively to take advantage of opportunities. New experienced execs brought in to build new agile organizations only succeed in building self-serving fiefdoms.

    I came to Intel after having worked at several start-ups (I had also been a Founder in the past). Very, very bureaucratic - one spends 90% of your time justifying your existence and 10% doing actual work. Intel has a disease prevalent at many large aging organizations that are coasting on past success: information hoarding and herds of people spending time guarding their turf. In a start-up environment I spent a lot of time working with colleagues to get things done. At Intel I spent too much time justifying what I was doing, and why working to address other orgs fears that I (and my org) would encroach on their turf. Very depressing.

    My first two levels of management (immediate supervisor and Director) were horrible - long time Intel employees who managed me remotely and had no clue about what I should be doing, and what I was doing. THis despite proactive weekly status reports from me. I don't think my immediate manager ever read any status reports I sent. After I left Intel I also found out he also failed to pass along any mgt feedback requests from HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    0. "Product Management" at Intel is totally broken, fix it. The Strategic Planning function worked for Intel 10 years ago, doesn't anymore. Switch to 1) Product Management model rather than Strategic Planning, 2) empower Product Managers with significant product responsibility, including P&L, 3) distribute Product Mgt function to product divisions, not centralized at the corporate level. And most important break-up SSG and integrate core functions with corresponding silicon design teams.
    1. Ditch mobile work-stations. These are very dehumanizing, worse than cubicles. One has no "Intel home" which for many people gives them pride and a sense of ownership. Horrible idea.
    2. Make sure you get meaningful and timely feedback directly from individual contributors on their management chain up thru VP (I worked directly with this level). Do not rely on mgt to solicit and deliver this information.
    3. Fewer VPs, more individual contributors with autonomy, resources, and responsibility to get things done.
    4. Divorce TMG from X86 architecture, open the doors for Intel Fabs to aggressively compete with TSMC and GF. The fabless model is the future and the sooner Intel gets on that boat the better.
    5. Take x86 ISA off the pedestal - let alternative architectures developed internally compete.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Full of possibilities but tied up in bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Design Engineer  in  Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Design Engineer in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of cash. With enlightened management could own the semiconductor space

    Cons

    Not a design company -- run by process engineers. Far too many meeting. Many arrogant career managers with no ability but climbing the ladder. No recognition for the brightest and best so they leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick something; find the right people and hire them outside your HR system; stick with something to the bitter end -- doing something properly will take a decade to bear fruit. Prepare to support it that long. Use you money to start and support the right StartUps.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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