Intel Corporation

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Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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3.8 3,617 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Intel Corporation CEO Brian M. Krzanich

Brian M. Krzanich

(666 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Great company going downwards, at least for now.

    Architect (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsIn 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.

    Consinternal 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Micro-managers, cancelled projects, layoffs oh my!

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Hillsboro, OR

    ProsLow work expectations, free drinks

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementI 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?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Mask Manufacturing Technician (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsIts 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementTake a closer look at some of the departments such as mask operations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Rank and Rated To Death - Process Engineer

    Track Engineer (Former Employee) Chandler, AZ

    ProsBenefits were excellent, Pay was good, Equipment was state of the art.

    ConsSome of the management is harassing, not helpful, and it reminds me of what I heard once - it's a dangerous assignment. I hope they learn to treat people better some day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI was there for over 8 years. Try not to torture people you keep for over 5 years. And remember that you are people too, and it will happen to you!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Intel, not current with technology. Poor Work-Life Balance

    Process Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsGood salary and benefits for the area in which job is located.

    ConsNon-manager types in management roles. No focus on work life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain your managers or hire people with managerial skills.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Review of Intel

    Senior Admin (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsThe employee's that I worked with were really nice.

    ConsThe manager that I worked with, was a piece of work. Very harsh, with lack of training and expectations were way to high, considering the lack of training needed, should be required.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould be more patient. and the expectation's were way to high, considering the definite lack of training.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tighly closed company

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsLess work load for most of the senior employees

    ConsHuge hierarchy. Smart talent wont stick here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce hierarchy

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Software Enginner turned QA

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Hillsboro, OR

    ProsDecent 401K Investments, good bonuses if you are higher up... I am not. Very good education benefits.

    ConsPay structure is heavily vested towards bonuses and stocks rather than salary, work life balance is talked about but not followed through, poor commitment to software development, the company is full of ladder climbers, management is constantly throwing their teams under the bus, everyone is playing politics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLoosen up and let your teams self motivate, the seems to be an influx of micromanagers who have their fingers in too many pies. A coworker of mine termed it micro-meddling which is a very apt term for most Intel managers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Extremely Tedious

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Chandler, AZ

    ProsIf you search out the projects you may get to work on some interesting software technologies, unfortunately none ever see light of day (i.e. customer use).
    In general, the pay is above average,
    For those employees who contribute nothing to company income or morale, the pay is extremely generous

    ConsInnovation is frowned upon. I have seen incredibly poorly designed and written code praised just because done by senior developer, and obstinate hurdles put in the way of trying to fix it. There is a nonsense competition to appear to be productive.

    Advice to Senior Managementget rid of focal

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Hillsboro, OR

    ProsGood medical, 401k, and other benefits. Culture is around maintaining a 8-5 so good focus on work/life balance.

    ConsPromotions are based on tenure, not performance. Lot's of emphasis on process and bureaucracy. Hard to move around the company, there is a lot of structure in place. You get slotted where the business needs you as opposed to a part of the business you think is interesting.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a lot of things that Intel needs to change to make a recent college grad stay for a while. Good benefits are nice but there really was not a lot of career upside for me to stay there long-term unless I wanted to stay in one function forever and get promoted every 18 to 24 months. I was part of a planning process for 2012 that started in August 2011 and got approved in late November. Everything just moves too slow and people don't seem to mind.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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