Intel Corporation

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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

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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  1.  

    Stable but boring place to work for some

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Fort Collins, CO

    Pros

    Easy going culture can relax at work without consequence

    Cons

    Fixed flows. Less room for innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop politicking

  2.  

    Challenging and a different experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Technician  in  Rio Rancho, NM
    Former Employee - Technician in Rio Rancho, NM

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Three to four days off each week

    Cons

    On your feet for long periods of time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None that I can think of at the present.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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