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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)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

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.

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  1. Challenging and a different experience.

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    Former Employee - Technician in Rio Rancho, NM
    Former Employee - Technician in Rio Rancho, NM

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    On your feet for long periods of time

    Advice to Management

    None that I can think of at the present.


  2. Best at its core business but needs a new direction

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

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Advanced technologies, great benefits and give back to the community.

    Cons

    Lots of politics. Always the same group people get the best reviews and promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Please find a new direction for Intel. Find it early and do it fast.


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