Intel Corporation

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Intel Corporation CEO Brian M. Krzanich
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Pros
  • Work life balance depends on teams but don't expect any rewards for your hardwork (in 455 reviews)

  • It was a stable job in a cutting edge technology field (in 131 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not respected by managers in the validation group in Austin (in 165 reviews)

  • Very heavy decision making processes, usually involving a lot of stake holders (in 109 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Intel was a great place to work.

    Cons

    It didn't pay as well as other tech companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase pay of software engineers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company aiming to be better. New emphasis on the people and their families.

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    Current Employee - Senior Server Architect  in  Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Server Architect in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Compensation among the best in the industry. Highly innovative company investing in future Research and Development. Great leadership and moves fast.

    Cons

    Vacation time is lower than industry average, but tries to make up for it with an extended emplyee sabatical every 7 years. Highly competitive environment, which can lead to information & recognition hoarding by some employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to increase focus on the people in the company. Be proactive in new technologies (stay ahead of the curve), place bets on a few of the most innovative ideas and commit.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Great place to work offering good salary base, great compensation benefits and perks (i.e paid sabbaticals, stocks) and extraordinary work-life balance

    Cons

    Employee evaluation process too focus on PM and management roles leaving individual contributors roles somehow in disadvantage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review traveling and telecommute policies for employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    My review

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    Current Employee - Senior Component Design Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Component Design Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Dealing with Top notch technology with reasonable pay package. Good future, commited to spend in research & developement, top notch technology.

    Cons

    Not as annovative as Apple, Google. Always does the catch up game. Review process is not very growth oriented. Process technology leadership is waning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the review process growth oriented, take out sycoophancy, beuracracy and inspire the new ideas. Take out the tools which are falling behind of industry standard eda tools

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work unless you're in ATTD

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

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Great package overall.
    Lifestyle is very relaxing.
    Open environment.
    Very casual dress code.
    Facilities offer great things like on-site gym, medical facility, cafeteria, softball field, basketball and volleyball courts.
    People (other than some management at TMG) are pretty cool.
    Multicultural (it seems like a UN meeting everytime).

    Cons

    Compensation ($) wasn't great unless you have higher degrees and not even then.
    Management at ATTD has a lot of flaws and they're not very open to change.
    Workload at ATTD can be a little too much very often.
    Not everyone is up to date when it comes to technology, so you have to deal with that.
    Some people might be to hard to deal with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better communication accross the board, not only with middle management, because they do not give the right message, it gets lost in transition.
    Thank your employees for their efforts.
    Encourage professional development by acting on it, not only talking about it.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much scope for politics and cronyism

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

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    top technology place. Best place to work at if you are interested in silicon technology. Also great now for server ingredient technologies.

    Cons

    Mostly based on meritocracy but lots of scope for mediocre people to get by with BS. Management is too preoccupied keeping themselves in place and looking after themselves than grooming their employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the management that exists only by playing politics. Politics to further company/group interests is one thing: it's quite another to use politics to hang around.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Much like joining the Army

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    No great surprises in company direction. Lot's of parking

    Cons

    Obsessive, but contradictory, policies regarding security. Very confused IT program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up on the military attitude towards management.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Meets

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    Former Employee - Senior VLSI Designer  in  Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Senior VLSI Designer in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    At Intel, I got to build products that really affected the world: walk down the aisle in a plane, and nearly every laptop you see would be something you worked on.

    Cons

    Big company, maturing industry, design by committee, FUD.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The technical ladder has been gamed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    The good v/s the bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, CA

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    Lets you balance work and life nicely (might depend on the group and your manager though)
    Flexible working hours
    Exciting time to work for this company

    Cons

    Almost like a government company
    Things proceed too slowly.
    Highly bureaucratic
    Some groups can be very demanding and not that rewarding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at what competition does right.
    Please offer competitive salaries like other companies do.
    Most employees are overworked and underpaid

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    I will work for half the salary at any other company

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    The salary is pretty competitive. Also, the stocks and bonus option is good. It gives a good opportunity to work in a cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Intel’s work culture is based on the book written by Andrew S. Grove titled “Only the paranoid survive”. Intel HR policies and management promotes this culture of paranoia in every employee of Intel. Per Wikipedia “Paranoia is a thought process heavily influenced by anxiety or fear, often to the point of irrationality and/or delusion. Paranoid thinking typically includes persecutory beliefs concerning a perceived threat towards oneself. Historically, this characterization was used to describe any delusional state.”

    As far as what I have seen, this kind of practice of making employees paranoia has made many or most Intel employees unhappy. In addition to the three letter abbreviations used at Intel, there are many other phrases used at Intel such as “slap on the face”. Simple things such as someone asking you a question while you are explaining to a group is “Slap on the face” since you did not do your job well enough to explain properly. I totally disagree with this kind of philosophy and it leads to a culture of un-openness.
    Simply asking your manager a question on his/her direction or suggesting some alternative solution which is better could get you labeled as “difficult”. Why? Because first of all, if your manager agrees to your suggestion, it would imply that your manager was wrong or did not think through. As such, your manager would fiercely fight back to any suggestions which are contrary to what your manager thinks. Secondly, your manager suggestions might be based on his/her politics or anger towards someone else which your manager could not explain to you properly. I once found mistake that someone else did which could have cost up couple of days of downtime and when I told my manager, she responded that this is not what I asked you to do and rebuked me. The person who made the mistake actually thanked me for finding that mistake. So, I also think that a lot depends on who your manager is. Some manager wants you to do exactly what you are told without thinking but the problem is when things go wrong, you get all the blame since you did not think it thoroughly. Makes sense, no.. right? Welcome to the world of paranoia… enjoy working at Intel!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    STOP from making people crazy!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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