Intel Corporation Reviews

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Intel Corporation CEO Brian M. Krzanich
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Pros
  • Decent work-life balance (in the right groups with the right managers) (in 528 reviews)

  • Opportunity to work with the cutting edge technology (in 139 reviews)

Cons
  • In manufacturing - brutal work/life balance (in 195 reviews)

  • Can be difficult in decision making (in 113 reviews)

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  1. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Hillsboro, OR
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good direct management, growth opportunity, good pay, ethical company

    Cons

    Lack of promotion opportunities, less stock value

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do what you are doing


  2. 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
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    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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    Intel: The Ideal Place for an Internship

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    Former Employee - Architecture in Hudson, MA
    Former Employee - Architecture in Hudson, MA
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    Pros

    As an intern, the pay at Intel simply can't be beat. In fact, it is very nearly what a newly-hired full-time engineer would be paid. There are also several non-wage benefits, including relocation reimbursement, cash bonuses, stock options, and medical and dental insurance. All of these great benefits are even available to interns! Also, there were several paid days of Intern Outings, where all of the interns would go out to get ice cream and hang out at a park, or something like that. Besides the pay, the culture at Intel is great. People are friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to help. The small working groups really help to make a large corporation like Intel still maintain the intimate feel of a small company. Small groups are able to get things done more easily, with less interruption from the chain of command. Although the working groups have the feel of a small company, it is great to be able to leverage the resources of a large company like Intel. With a strong focus on ergonomics and safety in and out of the office, Intel leads by example in providing its employees with the safest and most comfortable working environment possible. With a great variety of special interest groups, Intel is a great place to keep up-to-date with new technologies, or just refresh your memory of things you once knew.

    Cons

    Working in Hudson, MA, I was somewhat disconnected with the corporate offices on the west coast. I have heard it said that the closer one gets to the corporate offices, the harder it is to get useful work done without interruption. For interns on short work terms, like three-month rotations, the employee cash bonus program does not work well, since the amount paid is based on the number of work weeks since the most recent hire date. This nullifies any weeks in the previous work term that were not already paid a bonus, since there was a termination in between. In the Hudson location, there is some growing pain in the area of converging on a common tool chain. I imagine that this is an artifact of the several acquisitions that have taken place over the years at this facility.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should provide clear and consistent expectations, and then give the engineers room to do what they need to do in order to get their work done.


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  5. Intel is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Senior Market Research Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Market Research Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Satisfaction of working for the global leader in its industry, and being well compensated for it. Opportunity to work with talented, motivated colleagues and peers in a global organization. Working on challenging issues that provide an opportunity to grow professionally, with the resources needed to meet those challenges.

    Cons

    Dealing with the occaisional bureaucratic processes necessary at a large multi-national company. Difficulty of advancing at the higher job grade levels, as competition is high and increases as one advances. Finally, the pervasive attitude that an engineer without marketing experience can be put in a senior marketing position and be successful, while the opposite consideration of putting a marketing person in an engineering job would never happen

    Advice to Management

    Look at trimming some of the prodcut division staff, just as was done with the marketing staff. more is not necessarily better.


  6. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Intel allows the ability to choose career path in a variety of technical/non-technical fields. Many people who have been with the company for 20+ years started out in engineering and then moved to management, marketing or other technical fields. Intel has a high level of integrity ingrained in the corporate culture and also has a culture of innovation. There is an open-door policy at all levels of management. Free coffee/tea/Coke.

    Cons

    Rigid definition of "priority schools" for recruiting purposes; students at non-priority schools have a harder time getting a foot in the door. The gray cubicles are a little depressing, but are slowly being replaced by newer, better-looking cubes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  7. Intel's values and style can accomodate almost anyone in a positive environment to work.

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Folsom, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great quality of work, challenging, many networking opportunities, great benefits, treat the employees well.

    Cons

    It's very large so it's hard to get to know the group you work with on a day to day basis.

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. Great place to work...

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    Former Employee - Technical Consulting Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Technical Consulting Engineer in Portland, OR
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    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Intel is a great place to work. It is a world leader and there is great fexibility at work. Compensation can be very good if you care to negotiate while joining and they need you badly enough. There is no deferential treatment; the CEO to the RCG - all sit in similar cubes and are provided the same resources.

    Cons

    Values hard to practise in reality. The real value of the very elaborate process of rating and ranking employees during focal is questionable. But I suppose that is true in all companies of that size. I have seen disgruntled employes in several groups who were unhappy about their dead end jobs. Once again, I think this is true for all big companies. It is not possible for everyone to have a spectacular growth path.

    Advice to Management

    None. Just don't get over-confident and complacent.


  9. It's not about how good the company is but rather how good the manager is!

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    Former Employee - Graduate Technical Intern in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Graduate Technical Intern in Hillsboro, OR
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a past intern at Intel I would say Intel truly is a great place to work. (Or maybe I was very lucky to be on a team with a manager who made it that way!). I came to know a lot of nice people through group meetings and team lunches. My manager was very positive about me getting to know the company on my own, as well. I was given 100% ownership on some of the projects that I worked on and I enjoyed working on this culturally and geographically diverse team. The team manager is by far the best I have known (compared to reports from interns working with different groups and teams at the same time). To recall one small incident, even though he clearly did not have to, my manager offered to part with some of the team's travel budget for that quarter (which by the way was in the negative) to cover my travel expenses for a full-time job interview scheduled at Intel's other site. All in all it was a great first experience to work at a big company like Intel and I would work for this manager any day.

    Cons

    I was only there for 7 months and frankly I could not find anything wrong with the team or the company.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. Intel

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    Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Recognition Opportunity Pay Leader ship

    Cons

    Growth Politics Bureaucracy Fairness Travel

    Advice to Management

    be bold


  11. Great Company, Great Technology, Great People

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Hillsboro, OR
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Three reasons I enjoy working at Intel - great technology, great people, great company. This place is filled with bright and energetic people who create really cool stuff. The ideas, innovation, drive and creativity of Intel employees is astounding. It's invigorating to work here. Intel's innovation has literally changed the world. The combination of the company's financial track record, corporate social responsibility and environmental practices are unparalleled. Sure there are things in the work environment that need to be improved and updated. The good news is that senior leaders know this and are working on it thanks to open channels of communication and a very in-touch human resources function. To sum up my experience of Intel as an employer in one word I'd say: integrity.

    Cons

    A perpetual challenge at this large multinational company with employees in over 60 countries is building and developing relationships with co-workers on virtual teams. Another downside of working at Intel is watching the company miss opportunities that were within its grasp. For instance, because of Intel's position as a component supplier to the PC industry Intel has sometimes failed to benefit from its innovation. As an example, years ago Intel came out with an Intel branded MP3 player - this was years before the debut of iPod players. Undoubtedly company strategists had the right idea and were ahead of the market, but they pulled back seemingly for fear of alienating downstream partners. That was painful. On the bright side, the company learns from its mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Great job. The company is on the right track with a philosophy to grow from the core, on the right track with the big bets, with Atom, Nehalem, and WiMAX. The restructuring of the last few years has been painful but we’ve come out of it a better, stronger company. Now look ahead with vision. Continue to paint the picture for employees. Tell more stories. Help inspire the human spirit with stories that spark employees faith in a company that is “going off and doing some wonderful things,” faith in the big bets, faith in the everyday heroes who work beside us, faith in a company whose technology and programs are world-changing.



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