Intel Corporation

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Not for everyone, but can be a Great place to work

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Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager  in  Hillsboro, OR
Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Hillsboro, OR

I worked at Intel Corporation

Pros

For the best performers, Intel provides the greatest stage on which to perform. Silicon and software drive the industry, and Intel SW engineers see the future of silicon years before their peers at other companies. For example, there is no better place to explore parallel computing, Linux or system firmware.

Cons

Intel can be a mind-numblingly complicated organization to navigate, and your success as a new employee is very likely to depend on the quality of your first manager- choose carefully!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay more attention keeping teams together when business circumstances require shutting down a project. Give intact teams new projects.

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    Intel has ethics on the outside, but not when it comes to actual engineering work.

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Chandler, AZ

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    It was nearly impossible to get fired, so very good job security. The benefits are pretty good, and include everything you would expect such as health, dental, vision, including a link to the Mayo clinic for more information. Intel really tried to get employees to be healthy with initiatives to get you to exercise, drink more water, etc. Every campus has an exercise facility, which is nice. There are some managers who are pretty good and actually care about their employees. Intel hires a lot of smart people, so you can feel intellectually stimulated most times. They also reimburse education costs, as long as the degree is towards a job within the company.

    Cons

    They don't actually use the data to make decisions. They make decisions and then manipulate the data to match the decision. There is a lot of unethical data manipulation and way too much politics to make engineering decisions. Managers are not trained very well, and to increase the "technical" aspects of employees, people who are poor managers but did well as engineers are promoted. People with PHD's are hired for positions that are also done by college graduates, leading to a question as to why this makes any sense. The reasons for doing things such as these seem more political and to get certain statistics up rather than actually doing the right thing for the factories or its employees. Intel likes to hire people straight out of college so they don't know that the workplace could be better elsewhere and Intel can work them to the bone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up the real ethics of the company. People should not have to pull teeth to get real information from so-called partners (eg. HVM vs. Development factories).

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intel - Your Career is placed in your manager's hands.

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    Current Employee - Validation Engineer  in  Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Validation Engineer in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    They are currently improving the work environment by adding some perks such as free soda and fruits. There are a large variety of departments, divisions, and resources throughout Intel that one can move to in order to expand their career. When dealing with other companies, you receive somewhat special treatment when they know you work for Intel.

    Cons

    Management is very problematic. You are graded each year on a bell curve, which designates your raise and stock options. So 15% on the employee within a group will always received a below average grade no matter how much work they have done. Employees are also ranked within a group based on their value. This makes work somewhat competitive and does not promote teamwork. These grades are also solely based on what your manager thinks, therefore if your manager does not know how much work you are doing, you may not be graded fairly despite this being your manager's fault. A bad manager can really prevent your career growth at Intel, no matter how well you perform.

    Cubicles are mostly compressed making space somewhat limited. There are no offices. Some higher ups receive larger cubicles.

    Work-Life balance is in the hands of your manager. Bad managers will tend to accept any project or requirements despite not having the head count, requiring that any current members of the group work overtime in order to meet these added requirements.

    Recognition can be extremely poor and unfair. Often some people that work on a project are not recognized for their contribution due to them not directly working with the customer. Other times people are recognized (such as managers) for completing under resourced projects even though they do not contribute anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would permanently remove a bell curve and ranking system. This promotes competitiveness and unfairness. If everyone is working 60 hour weeks, then everyone should receive positive feedback.

    Recognize employees and pay attention to what they are actually working on. Don't forget about the players working on a project even though they aren't the project leader or being dealt with directly.

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