Intel Corporation

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Good company in IC design

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

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

Pros

Leader in innovation in IC design

Cons

Poor management and takes too much time to come to a decision

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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Leader has lost its way

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Intel has been a highly recognized industry leader that compensates its employees well; high salary, 2 bonuses per year, stock options (grant plus RSUs), great medical plan (Cigna) and other great benefits. The Intel name looks great on your resume and can boost your career. Intel has many very intelligent and dedicated employees that want the company to succeed. But...

    Cons

    The best way to currently describe Intel is "High Risk". The company has struggled with poor leadership and has stopped living the core values that made Intel great. Since founder Andy Grove retired, an executive power struggle ensued over the past 10 years and many of the best senior managers have left for better opportunities or due to health issues. Intel has prided itself in driving industry transitions but has absolutely missed the mobile revolution (smartphones and tablets) and is ill positioned to catch up to it's ARM competition (Apple, Qualcomm, Samsung, TI, etc). There is little work-life balance despite frequent HR programs to improve moral so expect to typically work 60-70 hours per week and in excess of 80 during peek times, including early morning, late evening and weekends. I traveled up to 60% of the time domestic and international but 20-30% is typical. Bottom line is your family and you will pay for the pay. I worked there for over 20 years, loved the first several years and believed that I would finish my career at Intel. Then things changed and would now not consider returning again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make wholesale changes before it is too late: exec team must visibly role model original Intel values and refocus the entire company on them, remove excessive senior management (grade 10+) and get senior managers to cooperate together for benefit of company, eliminate rank and rate reviews and motivate teams to work together for common goals, shutter unsuccessful business units and dramatically scale back corporate programs offering little ROI, listen to your customers and sell strategically instead of driving customers to follow your roadmaps which are no longer industry leading, bet the boat on the Atom processor because if you loose the low power transition then you'll be relegated to niches of servers and gaming platforms. Don't pretend to be a platform company when you realistically sell just processors and comms. Intel is not a SW company and never will be so don't waste any more time trying. Stop buying other companies because you haven't successfully integrated a single one, thus wasting billions of dollars. Hope your manufacturing team continues to lead process transitions because this is strategically critical.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Top folks are really great, but a lot of deadweight and politics

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay when you factor in the EB. Though they've started to cap the EB percentage.
    The top 10% are really smart, the next 15% are pretty good. If you can work in a group with these people, your mind will be engaged and you will learn a lot.
    Pretty good benefits, but not quite on par with Google, Microsoft, Apple, etc.
    Extremely good CPU architects.

    Cons

    The remaining 75% are "meh".
    Very, very political. If you tread on the wrong territory, even unknowingly, your project will be killed and your career possibly ended.
    Very silo'ed...product strategies look like congressional districts. Turf wars abound.
    Software org is a mess.
    Promotion to Principal Engineer and above is difficult (as it very well should be), but sometimes, unfortunately, politics plays a role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more technical leaders to executive management. Have engineers running engineering orgs. (Engineers who have delivered product.) Need to think outside the box (or the silo) a bit more at senior management levels, encourage initiatives at "the bottom".

    The CEO has these tech briefings where engineers (ICs) will present some new technology developments, idea, or engineering progress. I think the goal is to get around intermediate management layers. This admirable goal is severely compromised by how thoroughly massaged these were by everyone in the intervening reporting chain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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