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Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 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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    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
  2. 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 (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
  3. 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
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  5. 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 (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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Old fashion, difficult to innovate

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Great salaries, very smart people.

    Cons

    Governed by gray heads that have very high salaries, implementing ANY type of change is extremely difficult. 50% of time is spent managing your career, so it is difficult to get things done. Everyone is concerned about getting ahead, no team-work encouragement. Company does not understand UX and only a few UX leaders have UX training/background or interest. Young people are highly discouraged to do anything innovative, leadership is not based on meritocracy but "grade levels" that are arbitrary and mostly related to politics and not accomplishments. Recognition is hard to come by. Different ways of working and solving problems are not encouraged. Engineering mentality rules, design and social sciences are second rated citizens that constantly fear the future of their job (and thus become very territorial). Most people that are good leave the company soon or are "managed out", the ones that stay become either very comfortable in a 9-5 lifestyle, or become cut-throat to advance their careers and agendas. Woman and hispanics have a very difficult time advancing (very little representation in upper management positions).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pave the way for young people to lead. Review your succession plan, who's going to take Intel into the future? Stop being so concerned with advancing; thinking about creating products and changing lives might be a good approach for all to succeed! Value and encourage team work. Challenge the status-quo. Make politics stop with you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    silo-teams, experience varies a lot from team to team

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

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

    Pros

    - work life balance in general is good
    - employee medical benefits is very good for family
    - gender balance is very good

    Cons

    - too much politics
    - too many re-orgs and shuffling of management, but not solving underlying issues
    - not good for young people building technical skills because work scope is too narrow for individual contributor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Huge company, just a number, just a pay check.

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Ocotillo, Maricopa, AZ
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Ocotillo, Maricopa, AZ

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    State of the art equipment. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Just when you get comfortable with doing your job, get moved to different area or technology. Excellerated training, expected to be an expert within a month. Feel as though you could be gone the next day, and the company would not miss a beat, and no one would care.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people, extremely lean.

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

    Be ready for layoffs!

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, time off, and health insurance

    Cons

    Crappy schedules, a lot of technicians get stuck working nights 7pm-7am and cannot get off of them. You have to work weekends and holidays all of the time also. Lately raises have been very little or none at all. Biggest of all, you have to worry "will I have a job next year, or will I have to move to another state just to hopefully keep it if I am lucky?".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier to move from the technician role into other areas of the company besides supervisor or engineering. Support techs that want to move into other areas of the business like accounting, finance or HR. Make it more fair for everyone and rotate the night shift schedule between ALL employees. The 16% night shift differential is NOT anywhere near enough compensation for the sacrifice to your body and home life that working nights is!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    What happened to the meritocracy?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    As long as you say 'yes' all the time, give up all personal life and spend a lot of time telling your manager and your manager's manager how brilliant they are, you'll do fine.

    Cons

    If you work your butt off and do amazing technical work, then either you'll not be recognized for that great work or someone will try to take credit for what you've done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to valuing technical talent. Stop rewarding sycophants.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 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 a 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

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