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Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Grinder

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are lots of top-notch people to work with. The pays is very good and employees are provided with free coffee, drinks and fruit. The health benefits are good but not great.

    Cons

    Work/life balance has significantly deteriorated over the years. It's hard to do good work as there are too many obstructionists and managers in the good ol' boy network. There is too much micromanagement and the whole place is meeting-happy, leading to low productivity. It's a slow moving giant. Along with the great, smart coworkers, there are just as many people who don't pull their weight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hardware Architecture Engineer

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    Current Employee - Hardware Architecture Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Hardware Architecture Engineer in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Work-Life balance, Great Salary and benefits, Latest technology

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted, Unfair focal process - Not ranked by performance or compared to other teams, Manager's paternalism, More Talkers than Workers, Very low quality internal products/code, Deadlines over Quality, Huge useless teams of high grades

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop diversity programs. Find a way to hire best and do not allow your teams to hire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Principal Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Not much exposure to outside technologies

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    no good career path for verification engineer

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

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    stable job, free drinks and coffee

    Cons

    bad work life balance, very low salary growth..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to improve work life balance if salary growth is so bad..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    System Integration Engineer

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    Current Employee - Integration Engineer  in  Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Integration Engineer in Folsom, CA

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    job security, work life balance, flexible hours

    Cons

    bureaucracy, less pay, lack of competitiveness,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give more incentives to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked employees lead to stifled innovation

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    The products that you get to work on are cutting edge, no shortage of brilliant people. You learn a lot in a short amount of time.

    Cons

    Some engineers are overworked and underpaid. Management demands 60 hours per week, around-the-clock work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees for the long-term. Allow them more time to innovate and be creative. This would help increase productivity over the long-term. For instance, investing a few hours a week, I could automate half of the repetitive task, thereby doubling my output.

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Limited career growth. Execs who can't make decisions or be up front with their long term plans.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The money isn't bad and benefits are pretty good. Lots of great people are still in the engineering workforce and some parts of Intel function pretty well.

    Cons

    Where to start? The culture is highly political. If you work in manufacturing or one of CPU design teams you can find an old boys' network to join. Outside of that you can forget about advancement. The ranking and rating process used during evaluation is a relic from the 1980s: it rewards throwing others under the bus and disincentivizes teamwork.

    Innovation was killed off in the early 2000s and replaced with a series of silos. If you don't color inside your own lines you're going to be punished.

    Messages given to employees are constantly of bad news and impending problems. Employee morale is low and workers are treated more like cattle than anything else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be up front with the workforce on what your plans are. "Trust us" only works when people...trust you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company going downwards, at least for now.

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

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

    Pros

    In Intel, there are more opportunity to move laterally; the company tries to make it a good place to work; it has good healthy benefits; bonus was good but not good from last year and probably won't be good for a while.

    Cons

    internal competition or job security mentality is very strong, collaboration is almost non-existence. career opportunities for senior technical people are not much. current Intel culture is different than Intel culture 15 years ago (from what I hear), current culture doesn't value people who do the work, even though the company value execution but more on the process than people. too much politics. pay is behind the market especially after you stay for a while.

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

    Micro-managers, cancelled projects, layoffs oh my!

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Low work expectations, free drinks

    Cons

    Micro-managers, pointless projects, expensive cafeterias, no company direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was advised before I joined Intel that it was a big ship that takes a long time to change course. It is certainly a large company that seems to focus more on keeping their people placated with fun things while wondering why their quality is so poor. Their almost fanatical embrace of globalization causes a lot of problems for teams that have to coordinate through several different time zones.

    Currently Intel is a company in panic. It is desperately looking to stay relevant. All of my experience is in one of their mobile departments where they are trying extremely hard to compete in the mobile space. Word on the cube row is that the only department in the company that is making money is the server group. I've worked on some good projects, and some awful morale-shattering assignments.

    The managers I've dealt the most with are, for the most part, dishonest, refuse to take responsibility for issues that arise that they could have prevented, and often expect you to be psychic so you can read their minds to know what is expected of you.

    Prepare to sit through extremely pointless meetings that consist mainly of management waterfall items. These are often about reorganization, the latest golden goose that Intel wants to chase, or some higher-up moving from one three-letter organization to another. Learn to look forward to that daily email of encouragement from the CEO or some other nameless executive talking about how the future of Intel is ever so cheery and bright.

    Should you even think about changing groups, expect to be stonewalled, ignored, or even berated. From my experience it is all about choosing business needs over people. As with most large companies, things run the most smooth when a person accepts their place and stays there until they expire. Pro-activity is not desired here unless you're writing patents for the company's benefit.

    The most enjoyable part of the job is when I have no work to do and little chance for interruption. Then I can spend time bettering myself by learning something new. The hardest part of my job is when actual work comes and I know that my efforts are wasted because, either the technology is pointless, or the project is going to be cancelled and shuffled onto the next mobile device attempt.

    The cafeterias are run by outside companies who seem to delight in shafting Intel employees with high prices and small portions. Why would a company house a for-profit company on campus at the expense of its employees? Also, the vending machine prices are about 175% what they should be.

    Prepare to be stuffed into a 3x6 cube surrounded by noisy people. It's a wonder that anyone gets anything done in such a disruptive environment. Thank goodness for headphones and early mornings! Many of my co-located workers don't come in until 10am.

    The yearly review process harkens back to college days when you're judged on an essay that you produce detailing your accomplishments over the past year. Better make use of those buzz-words. Then the essays are pitted against each other by impartial employees to see who gets a large piece of the pie, and who gets the shaft.

    This is only one person's experience and may not reflect the whole of the company, but I call it as I see it. Certainly other companies face similar problems. On the other hand, some people really do well in this environment. For me it was a good experiment but I enjoy being treated like a person and not livestock. But hey, free drinks right? Right?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Happy to have a job, but unhappy at my job.

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    Current Employee - Mask Manufacturing Technician  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Mask Manufacturing Technician in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Its the number one company for processors. Intel is a stable company and layoffs rarely happen. The main departments in the company are very professional and good career growth.

    Cons

    The career growth in certain departments is non-existent and its not about the most qualified candidate, but about who they know or who likes them. Its shocking that some departments in Intel run like this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a closer look at some of the departments such as mask operations.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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