Intel Corporation

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Stay away if you think you're good

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Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Santa Clara, CA
Current Employee - Research Scientist in Santa Clara, CA

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

Pros

Specific to Intel Labs: Good work/life balance. Decent pay
Intel-Specific: Great healthcare. Free coffee. Free fruit.

Cons

Company struggling for direction, zero vision (in labs), turf-wars. With the diversity of work we do, we should have found far more opportunities for revenue accretion, which we sadly do not. Very CPU-centric thinking that's killing innovation, and hurting productivity

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be quick on your feet. Find a way to reward true talent. Find a way to peel through layers and layers of management and power point presenters to truly reward your best employees. There is a lot of potential that's remaining untapped, and what's worse, is leaving in droves (esp in labs). Managers are happier with useless employees (esp in labs) who they're assured will not leave them. Some managers actively discourage you from working on ideas that may be relevant to Intel (for fear of you gaining visibility). You're only as successful as your manager wants you to be. And most of them have long lost their technical edge, or have other considerations....

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Intel Corporation

  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Challenging work but very impersonable and cut-throat

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    It's a great company to gain experience working with the latest technologies and some of the smartest people anywhere. There are always opportunities to move into other roles, either permanently or on a temporary assignment. The company has done a lot in recent years to improve the stale cube environment.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is non-existent. There is a reason they give all employees laptops and it's not because they want you to telecommute (only one day a week is allowed)... it's because they expect you to be available for early morning or late night calls, weekends and holidays. The pfmn management system rewards individual accomplishments over team/company goals, so there is very little collaboration or knowledge sharing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting people into management roles who have no management ability or training. Just because someone is an outstanding individual contributor does not mean that person will necessarily be a good, or even a competent people manager. At least put some effort into training new managers so that the employee morale will be better.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Just OK

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time

    Pros

    - Pay is decent for the area.
    - Finance has a rotation program which lets you experience different business units, groups,and job functions.
    - Lots of perks (gym, free soda, company planes that fly between campuses)
    - In general the people are really smart, hard working and fun to be around

    Cons

    - Middle management is a dead layer. Lots of people promoted because they were great individual contributors, but are really poor people managers. Almost all promotions come from within, which is great for morale but also means that you never get any new blood with experience managing at other companies.
    - Lots of management layers, so decision making is slow, and by the time something gets up to the top decision makers things often fall apart and create huge fire drills to get things done on time.
    - Work life balance can be non-existent depending on your manager. There tends to be a lot of emphasis that you can work "smarter" but they really just mean get the work done, regardless of what you have to do. The good managers help folks prioritize and kill low value projects, the bad ones just expect you to get it done and eventually you'll rotate anyway.
    - Career advancement past a certain point is extremely difficult and slow.
    - Culture can be super competitive and cut-throat.
    - Lot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make work/life balance consistent across business functions and hold those senior managers accountable. Flatten the organization, some orgs have almost as many managers as they do analysts. Annual reviews for people managers should include feedback from their direct reports, especially the formal surveys that get sent out each year. Look at hiring some external managers to shake things up.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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