Intel Corporation

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Intel Corporation Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    good

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

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great place to work
    leading edge technology

    Cons

    time to market is bad
    need to bring innovation rather than focussing on time to market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop beuracracy
    good people are leaving

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    No clear direction, team charter, roles or responsibilities - one big mess

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are competitive. Work/life balance in my team is also good since there are no deadlines or other commitments, just reference designs that have no identified customer.

    Cons

    Archaic processes, tools and ways of working. Bloated teams with no decision-makers until 3 org levels up makes it very hard to get anything moving forward. The loudest people get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a direction and stay with it. Get rid of the redundant teams and useless middle managers (mostly Indian men). Get rid of the stack ranking system that inhibits any collaboration between teams and team members, and makes people hire less competent employees than themselves for the sake of job security. Make sure anyone in a management position has taken some management and leadership training so they don't have to yell so hard all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intel Media is a subsidiary of Intel Corporation. Horrible place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    You can put Intel on your resume

    Cons

    Everything. Such a dysfunctional workplace. No direction is ever provided by senior management. Senior management thinks they are the 'king of the castle' and impose fear and intimidation tactics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop keeping secrets, provide direction, lead by example, stop being hostile/bullying

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Present opportunities to be part in the forefront of leading technologies in computing industry

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    Former Employee - Design Component Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Design Component Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Got opportunity to work and get involve in new or current leading technologies in the computing industry.

    Cons

    Projects are huge and tasks are divided into too small making visibility of the whole project or architecture very short sighted. Big pictures are only available to very few. Plus it is cutthroat in getting good tasks or assignments. And then if you are unlucky, have to contend with managers that don't have any respect to the engineers that work for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I have nothing pro about this company

    Cons

    I was a contracter here for the IT division in santa clara. employees act like school teachers bullying contractors ; they do the same excel sheet job for 20 odd years and expect new joinees to learn it in 2 days .They insult you in the meetings,talk behind your back . This is one of the worst client I have ever worked for .They don't allow contracters to use their coffee machine too , wow penny piching management .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up and be broad minded .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    I often wonder how companies with such poor corporate culture can be so successful. I saw a lot of unhappiness there.

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Salary is good. Equipment needs are generally met. Most people working there were OK. The work presented few surprises.

    Cons

    Corporate environment sucks. My group would meet endlessly and never reach a plan or consensus. Meeting which should have never taken place at all (or could have been conducted in under of an hour) would last endlessly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get involved with your people. Like too many companies you'd offshore your work to satisfy your personal GREED.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    holding on to a dying ecosystem

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    They pay reasonably well; there are some pockets of excellence (but these are few).

    Cons

    Can't let go of the past....will not embrace change: transition to mobile; reduction of importance of microsoft; realization that they are a distant second in mobile where x86 ISA doesn't matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need technical competence, and it's severely lacking. Decision are made looking backward, not looking forwards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    the company is full of free riders

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    you can learn how large teams function. You also get to learn project management, SDLC and decision making through observation.

    Cons

    Wrong people working in wrong positions. Performance is not measured properly. Everything is about how well you play politics and manage to get other people to do your work. Many arrogant bullies don't do anything and they are getting paid for giving a hard time to those who are working hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    identify and get rid of the people who are not doing anything but playing politics and bullying others.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the company it once was

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    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    The bonuses are nice. Eight week paid sabbaticals every 7 years

    Cons

    Projects are too often cancelled. Workers are not valued. Comany lacks a good direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Engineering Intern

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Not much pressure, Relatively good salary

    Cons

    Not creative, Not professional people, Not many worthwhile events and activities for interns, Not clear vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should have more knowledge of technology and clear visions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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