Intel Corporation

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Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people. Internal NIMBYism.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fort Collins, CO

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

    Pros

    Working at Intel, I had the opportunity to work on some pretty interesting projects with very intelligent engineers.

    Cons

    It's cutthroat. Dog eat dog. You've got to be better than your peers or you're not performing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and utilize them in an area which they want to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Process engineers are overworked and there are no clear boundaries

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

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

    Pros

    - Intel is on the cutting edge of technology, so what we make and how it's made is fascinating.
    - There are random and cool benefits (such as free fruit, free movie/sports tickets and 1 free CPU a year). Also, the more typical benefits such as health insurance, ... is very good.
    - Intel gives back to the community and the environment, there is a push to go green.
    - Intel is constantly trying to improve worker satisfaction.
    - They pay someone just out of school with a PhD very well.
    - There is good job security

    Cons

    - As a process engineer because you are salaried there are no boundaries with the hours you are expected to work and 60-80 hrs a week is the norm.
    - Even when you are not on-call, you will be expected to sometimes wake up in the middle of the night / work on the weekend to work on your tool and this time is not compensated.
    - The on-call time can be very stressful and sometimes it becomes more like extended work hours and less like on call since solutions to problems can sometimes take many hours. But, you are supposed to get a some of your time back for being on call.
    - There is little oversight by senior management of individual group managers and because of this, some groups require more of their engineers than others (for example, some do not give the on-call time back).
    - When you have only a masters degree you make significantly less with the same work load. If you calculate your hourly rate it is more typical to that of a technician.
    - Process engineers are treated as commodities that can be easily replaced. The turn around is very high. I have heard around 50 percent at around 2 years.
    - Often the work we do can be quite routine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enact some boundaries in terms of max hours expected and respecting nights and weekends as time off. Have more oversight of group leaders to verify that engineers are treated fairly and consistently across all groups. Work to remove the culture that process engineers are commodities that are easily replaced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Happy to have job but tired of the real culture

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    Current Employee - AE/TME in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - AE/TME in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits. Casual dress code. 15 years in some things haven't changed at all.

    Cons

    Getting along more important than good product. Ranking process means high achievers seen as threat to others' reviews. Pressured to not push for needed work from others. Talking the talk more important than getting things done. ('Fit' more important than function). And who you know outweighs what you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at middle lower management. Look at what products/processes are actually obtaining/keeping customers (not just revenue this quarter). Especially look at product groups that exist because the "market is there so you need this group" but aren't producing customers/product over time (even several years).Stop re-orging/moving these groups even though they're not producing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Becoming a nightmare of backstabbing paranoid asskissers

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

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

    Pros

    Technology industry, pays better than non-tech companies in the area.

    Cons

    Absolutely no teamwork or collaboration. Everything is a zero sum game - for me to do well, someone else has to do poorly, reality be damned. It's becoming less and less about how competent people are, and much more about who's ass you kiss, and who you are friends outside of work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually follow through on the words you use. It not a meritocracy when we are told that we have to accept "what the tool spits out" instead of actually rewarding good employees. Also instead of continuing to promote people to management simply because they are good contributors, maybe you actually promote and reward people for developing employees and being a good manager.

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

    Large bureaucratic corporation, little room for growth and lack of excitement/challenge

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

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Cushy job
    - Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Improvements required:
    - Pay people competitively
    - Focus on talent rather than headcount
    - Reward talent
    - Improve perks
    - Emphasize and drive towards dynamic, tangible goals rather than static line items
    - Make documentation a central part of any project
    - Fight to keep good employees. Anything less is demoralizing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Reduce the layers of management
    - Middle and upper management must interact with individual contributors

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

    Analog Circuit Designer for High Speed I/O and Clocking Circuits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with the cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Bad Management, Below-Average to Average Pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Intel has great Engineers but the mid level management is really terrible.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    company which is heading for extinction

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    big company which was a tech leader in last decade

    Cons

    too bureaucratic
    toxic culture
    every manager is territorial

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change the culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hierarchy and politics

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

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

    Pros

    -make excellent products
    -very smart people
    -working level people are typically great to work with

    Cons

    -leaders have big egos and aren't good at listening to input from below
    -senior leaders spend too much energy on politics
    -culture has transformed in a negative way. it used to be flatter, less hierarchical, and people we allowed to voice a thought or opinion even if they weren't a senior leader. now, more and more often, you aren't allowed to voice a different opinion or disagree with a thought unless you are of equal rank to the person to whom you are talking. it has become a culture of those who are allowed to speak (the senior leaders), and those who aren't (everyone else).
    --good ideas die because leaders don't want input
    --issues and problems never get resolved because people are afraid to challenge the thoughts of the leadership, to tell them when they are making the wrong assumption, or to voice an alternate view
    --if you are a "yes" man, this is the place for you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture. Start at the top. Drop the ego, treat others with respect, and help us to win together, as a team of equals. YOU are a big part of the problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good till you get your green card

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    Current Employee - Analog Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Analog Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Great with Immigration. After you graduate, join Qualcomm or Intel to get your green card. There are very few companies which are this good at getting you a GC. I know that Qualcomm is the fastest. Once you get the GC, wait for 6 months and join a company where you get a real analog job. This advice is for Indian and Chinese immigrants. For others, if you care for the quality of analog job, this is probably the worst (Qualcomm is hopeless too). You must join Silabs or Maxlinear for good analog/RF. Linear tech is the best for ADCs.

    Cons

    Very poor quality analog jobs, lot of politics, unstable business and organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop all the re-org mess and focus on stabilizing the org and to take over the markets to be a world leader again

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK if you are a process development or Microprocessor guy

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Pay is good. you get a sabbatical leave once every 7 years.

    Cons

    Power point engineers do well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you want to succede in wireless/cellular, stop aquiring third rate loss making european modem companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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