Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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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. Helpful (3)

    You have to learn to play politics for career development at Intel

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The location is close to my family

    Cons

    lower pay and benifit than other competitor

    Advice to Management

    value the work of the employee


  2. Helpful (8)

    You probably don't want to work here.

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    Current Employee - TMG in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - TMG in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. We are essentially a monopoly in the processor business. 2. If you kiss the right butt at Intel, you can survive anything.

    Cons

    1. We are essentially a one product company and we seem to be incapable of succeeding at anything else. 2. Our marketing has been hideous since the late 1990's and we have no idea how to fix it. 3. Executives are rotated into jobs they have no experience in or ability to succeed at and the company suffers for it. 4. The morale is hideous and there are many people like me who pretend to be happy working for the company, when we really could care less anymore. 5. The SET was a complete disaster. Intel let go of a lot of talented people and kept a lot of sycophants and suckups. Even worse, the good people who remain are still angry at the company. 6. There is a marked lack of executive talent in the upper ranks and it's hard to see where our company is headed. 7. No recent college graduate in their right mind would pick Intel over places like Google and Yahoo.

    Advice to Management

    Do a clean sweep of the executive management ranks and bring in fresh talent from the outside with some new ideas and ways of doing things.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Big companies, big challenges, big opportunities

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    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Portfolio Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I like my coworkers and the people I work for. Interesting stuff (combined with the mundane tasks that all job has), there is a sense of empowerment and you can take the initiative to make your job what you want to

    Cons

    sink or swim mentality requires a certain personality. a big company so there are a lot of faces to get to know.

    Advice to Management

    Cut some of the extraneous work, be more streamlined in processes, decisiveness will help us to not recreate work


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Upright Meritocracy

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Brand and market leader, fast paced environment, ability to learn new skills

    Cons

    uptight meritocracy and culture, long hours, non competitive compensation, flat stock. Performance appraisal process subjective,

    Advice to Management

    Please start to reward employees with cash upfront in salary vs. backend loaded compensation and flat options


  6. Helpful (8)

    Intel Corporation -- stay for a resume-padding job, then leave for a real career elsewhere

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    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hmmm... large company, resume name-recognition, free coffee?

    Cons

    Bureaucratic mess... decision-making and matrix-type management often entangled by political agendas and vendettas. Not a place to advance a career. Doesn't match up to the careers available to new college grads or MBA's from top schools say at Google or Wall Street. Often, grads from top schools leave because they realize most of the senior people at Intel are from much lesser backgrounds and don't share the fast-tracking mindset and career interest.

    Advice to Management

    Shape up. You've been a tech giant for 40 years, and yet every venture outside the microprocessor arena has yielded a net operating loss. Do something different. Chips are a commodity now. Nobody (including Wall Street) gives a f*ck. If you need a hint, look at Apple's company history -- oh wait, you probably are still bitter about the fact that Apple was your customer and yet they took you for a spin and left you high and dry. ha ha ha.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Not for those who like working with human beings.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to design microprocessors or semiconductor technology, this is the place. The technology is as good as it gets, though it can be difficult to pursue new ideas within the existing bureaucracy. There are advantages to working for a market leader in terms of resources, technology, marketing, etc.

    Cons

    People are simply meat puppets. "You own your own employability" is the excuse for having no management investment in employee development. It's a cold, competitive culture. Only the paranoid survive is taken by many employees to be paranoid about their fellow employees rather than the competition. It's so very big there are pockets of excellence and pockets of crap. It's difficult to know which is which before you sign up.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the people like they are an asset, not a liability to be minimized.


  8. Helpful (7)

    Intel is a career death trap.

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    Former Employee - Hhh in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Hhh in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    more or less a retirement community. steady job, decent pay, no pressure, no challenges. good for some one not career oriented. Totally non-innovative bureaucratic environment.

    Cons

    extremely high level of org. politics. people care more about who you are connected with than what you do. almost no chance of career advancement. working for intel is like career suicide.

    Advice to Management

    for heaven's sake, you are on board of google. Take a lesson or two from them and apple. when was the last time your company ever came up with a cool product? You focus too much on cost control, stifling innovation.


  9. Helpful (4)

    job sucks

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Component Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Component Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - big company - security - good health bnifit

    Cons

    - very unrewarding - management do not value work - less bonus compared to amount of work - less profit sharing compared to amount of work

    Advice to Management

    cut some slack for the engineers


  10. Helpful (6)

    Upward mobility in Legal: 0

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Attorney in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Attorney in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Intel's name carries weight both nationally and internationally. It is a good place to have on your resume and might open doors to other potential employers.

    Cons

    No upward mobility opportunities, no risk taking from management regarding allowing someone to move into an upward position; instead they hire from outside even though that person is not as qualified. This tends to send a bad message to existing employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management should focus on employee promotions and its current human capital as appropriate. Having outsiders fill positions of upper managment sends a bad message to its current workforce.


  11. Helpful (9)

    Extremely stressful, competitive, shady management

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Recognized leader world wide, has some of the best and brightest employees working there

    Cons

    Intel doesn't have a hierarchy like I guess most companies in silicon valley. Everyone is in a cubicle to show "equality". However, the fact that there's no hierarchy means that you can easily become your boss's boss, if you are smarter and ruthless. Their incentive system is based on smartness, period, but it generates intense competition that people are not free to share their work with you, so that you dont get ahead of them. Also, the managers I worked with were not forthcoming. They lied, hid to cover their behind. It wasn't a good experience for me, but it taught me that I'd never want to work for them again

    Advice to Management

    Just try to be a good, ethical person



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