Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  • Work life balance depends on teams but don't expect any rewards for your hardwork (in 528 reviews)

  • It was a stable job in a cutting edge technology field (in 139 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not respected by managers in the validation group in Austin (in 195 reviews)

  • Very heavy decision making processes, usually involving a lot of stake holders (in 113 reviews)

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  1. Intel lost the glamour ? Not a fun place to work anymore.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intel Corporation (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some stability but not lately

    Cons

    Management misconduct, Ethics issues, cover up of safety and quality issues, management "image" more important than company interests.
    Ethics forgot from management vocabulary, lack of innovation, creative thinking forbidden, "sausage factory" mindset. Recommend other industries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send the elevator down don't hold it, clean up the middle and senior management from non-effective elements, return to basics by valuing people more than equipment. Drive Ethics by example as a key company value.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Don't take a D1DR process engineering position. Really - it isn't worth it.

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Process Engineer

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The base salary is competitive. That is about it. Maybe free fruit? But the pay really isn't worth the pain. It really sucks.

    Cons

    Slavery. 24/7 oncall and you will get called. Not enough technicians or engineers on any shift to get everything done. ZERO work life "effectiveness." You want a life/free time? TOO BAD. Regularly work 80-100HPW.

    Intel claims to "pay marginal and bonus high" this isn't true.

    Also - new hires regularly make more than engineers with 3-4 years of experience. New hire salaries increase with cost of living. "Standard" raises for successful employees do not.

    Only reason to take/keep this job would be if you needed a green card.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay less and hire more engineers and technicians for all factory operations across all 4 shifts. The quest for lowering headcount has drained all the talented/intelligent employees from your company. I want out asap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Worker Beware!

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    benefits are not bad, people you work with are pretty knowledgeable, pay is middle of the road.

    Cons

    Almost no chance for advancement, no standardization on anything, very top heavy and cumbersome as far as getting anything done, way too many non productive meetings, Actions do not meet company standards...anywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to work at keeping your good employees, rather than replacing them with cheaper unknown new hires, especially if they are disabled, decorated Veterans such as myself. Shame on you!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Sweat Shop

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You'll never get bored here.

    Cons

    Read the title of this review.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Mixed bag

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Disclaimer: This is a very large company so my experience may not be the experience of others

    Pros:
    1) Well-known name, looks good on your resume

    Cons

    Disclaimer: This is a very large company so my experience may not be the experience of others

    Cons:
    1) No work life balance in the fab. Long hours. Expected to always be "on call" on weekends, nights. Cannot plan vacations because you will probably be called in at last minute.
    2) Forced employee ranking system, decided mostly on politics and your relationship with your manager rather than objective performance. This makes your coworkers your competitors and they are loath to help you especially if you are new in your job as you are their competitor. They even have yearly "attrition goals"
    3) Not much time given to training. You are responsible for your own training and pestering other people (your coworkers/competitors) to train you.
    4) You are entirely at the mercy of your manager re: looking for other jobs within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The ranking and rating system is a silent cancer killing workplace collaboration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. internship

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

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    good food at dining area

    Cons

    project was software
    project manager was a chemical engineer major...

  8. Political minefield

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    Current Employee - Software Validation Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Validation Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Salary is good, as is the knowledge gained by working on cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Must change positions every 2-3 years or risk bad reviews. Archaic forced distribution ranking system creates a competitive atmosphere with little motivation for teamwork.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Working in Hawthorne Farm CPTD as a green badge isn't what I expected

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    Former Contractor - Manufacturing Technician in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Contractor - Manufacturing Technician in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at Intel Corporation as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience of the working environment at Intel in CPTD (Customer Platform Technology Development) and also able to talk to employees in the cafeteria during breaks. You can make some good connections.

    Cons

    Don't work in CPTD (Customer Platform Technology Development) also called BDL (Board Development Lab) as a green badge. Green badge is the badge you wear when you are a contingent worker (temp employee through an agency).

    The pay is good and the work is fun and important and you can make a lot of good connections with people on campus. But, you have to be careful. One of the floor managers there and/or security watching the cameras are very observant of what the employees on the floor are doing, and they won't communicate to you exactly what you are doing wrong; They communicate to your staffing agency but don't give them good information and you can't ask the managers personally because of rules to protect them against being sued (I assume that's why). This same manager on the floor may say it's OK to do something after some hesitation but he/she report the incident to the agency anyway. So be careful.

    Some tips; Don't go talking to other people on the floor during your break, even if they don't seem busy. You can get in trouble for this. Even if it is to ask about what a machine does, or other innocent discussion ideas.
    Don't walk upstairs above CPTD where the cubicles are and don't store your backpack in a cubicle up there, use a locker or even store it under a table in CPTD before going upstairs.
    If you want to talk to someone who works in CPTD, or upstairs, or some other part of campus, it is best to get his/her name and add yourself to their calendar for a one on one appointment through Microsoft Outlook.

    The worst part of working in CPTD is that if they want to end your contract, they may make complaints to your staffing agency, claiming suspicious behavior and/or that you are not doing your job correctly (even though you are). It can be stressful so be prepared for it.

    Good luck working for Intel, it will look good on your Resume (though, the managers can't be a reference) and it's good experience. Working as a blue badge is much better.

    And don't be worried about the $1300 fine if you don't return your green badge. It's an empty, insulting threat.

    Some thoughts about Career Opportunities;
    In CPTD, which is manufacturing, most people on the floor are green badges and you can only work I believe for 18 months before you have to stop working at Intel as a green badge and some time later to can re-apply.
    So either you have to stop working, or Intel may make you an ICE (Intel Contract Employee), but most are not.
    Manufacturing is not the place to develop your career. Be in Computer Science//Engineering as a blue badge for a rewarding career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more communication transparency between the managers that manage the green badge employees and the employees. Not having the ability to talk to your manager (only being able to through your agency) leaves employees feeling less valuable and no real connection to the company. That may affect productivity and company reputation. It may make the employee feel like the manager has an introverted personality and doesn't like the employee. Perhaps stating why this is done during training would help.
    Also the tactic of telling the green badge employees to return their badge when their contract has ended or else face a $1300 fine is not the best move. One, because it is insulting, why does Intel feel the need to say this right off the bat? Two, the fine does not exist.

  10. Intel uses contract workers to avoid hiring permanent full time employees

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    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Legal Assistant in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Intel Corporation

    Pros

    great pay, fun outside events

    Cons

    no bonus for contract workers who are treated like second class citizens, crappy corporate culture, no hope of permanent hire. Abuse of contract workers to avoid hiring staff positions. Constant reorganization of departments under the guise of accomplishments and goal setting. Promotion of senior managers at the expense of staff who are expected to do the job of 3.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need staff to obtain the objectives you expect your employees to meet. you have people doing the work of 3 in some positions. Pretending the use of GBs is "educating" a vast labor pool is simply saying "we won't hire anyone."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. software engineer/fresher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    i wish to work with my effort

    Cons

    quite and tough
    over come with courage
    tensions

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