Intel Corporation
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www.intel.com Santa Clara, CA 5000+ Employees

Intel Corporation Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.5 428 reviews

                             

74% Approve of the CEO

Intel Corporation CEO Brian M. Krzanich

Brian M. Krzanich

(80 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great technology, strong brand but company size matters!

    Director of Marketing (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsIntel is a juggernaut in the corporate technology world and a recognized brand. Have competitive salaries with great benefits (health, RSU) and a 60 day paid sabbatical program for all FT employees after 7 years of service. A lot of opportunity to switch positions and try new technologies and markets. When you have a strong manager and a fun and creative team...it's a great place to work

    ConsToo big for it's own good...you become a number and it's difficult to make a big impact. Can easily get lost in the crowd and not enough financial or career motivation to work extra to get ahead...complacency is rampant because of the benefits. Too many internal promotions to middle managers with direct report responsibility who should not be handling people's careers. Intel losing big time in mobile and consumers don't see Intel as a relevant company despite what management thinks and the kool-aide they serve. Office politics are increasing and end up spending more time and energy internally rather than on customers or growing market share.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreater scrutiny to how they promote internally to give people direct report responsibilities. Too many managers should not be allowed in their role which only creates a toxic environment. Invest and innovate as much as possible to win in mobile...Intel is losing and not relevant yet and has a ton of work to do. At the entrance to Intel's HQ office says..."innovation is everything"...it's time to live up to that belief.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for, Amazingly talented people

    Engineering Leader (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    Pros- Very open / candid culture
    - Very talented people (world class experts on the topic at hand)
    - Management open to moving people around, so you get diverse sets of experiences

    Cons- Currently (mid 2014) uncertain future. This poses a challenge on many levels throughout the corporation
    - "Pie" is not growing, so politics is
    - Like any large company, it all depends on your manager. So be sure to pay a lot of attention to who you are reporting to. Within the company, your experience will vary a lot

    Advice to Senior Management- Allow more experimental culture (and less process driven)
    - Take some aggressive action to remove the perception of "empire building" and growth based on political connections

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome

    Scrum Master/Assistant PMOS (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsHello Everyone .. Nice Good Environment and best facility one of the kind.

    ConsTight Schedule and not much negative vibes nor N/A.

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    A place where you can have a big impact

    Business Development (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsThe center of the computer industry and probably the best of the chip companies to work for. Large number of very smart, hard-working people. Very good total compensation package. Management takes extraordinary measures to avoid large layoffs. Ability to gain experience in multiple disciplines. High ethical standards.

    ConsLack of growth limits upward mobility. Large, geographically dispersed organization and long product design cycles can make decision-making complex and slow. Strong corporate culture (also a pro) contributes to resistance to change. Work / life balance has improved in recent years but still has a ways to go.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease VP accountability for meeting financial targets. Take decisive action if mobile growth strategy is not working. Invest more in software businesses.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    Pros1- Job security is very high. Firing is very low although in 2014 they have done some layoff through an attractive voluntary separation plan.
    2- Laid back culture. High degree of freedom in terms of project goals, implementation methodology, working hours (almost nobody ever questions attendance in meetings/work)
    3- Excellent cash bonus and stocks for senior employees (Grade 7 above)

    Cons1- Base pay is less compared to other employers. Not a top payer.
    2- Upper management is slow in decision making, lots of reorganization happens and lots of duplicate efforts for a single area.
    3- Slow rate of promotions, career growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDecision making should be much faster. Products should be released on a faster cadence.
    Redundancy within the organization should be reduced.
    Employees should be rewarded monetarily for good work and penalized more for sloppiness

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Analog Design Engineer (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsGood Work/Life balance, good pay and bonuses, good perks. Care for health of employees by offering free fruits and Gym facility (though a very small one in Santa Clara compared with other sites).

    ConsNo room for growth if you don't know how to play politics. No interesting work for analog engineers. No risk taking. Lot of politics and its review system is the worst.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsThe best reason to work here are the people. The people are extremely intelligent and work really hard. The other reason why I love working here is you have the opportunity to do anything and everything at Intel. There are always so many things going on internally that you can easily find a good job that fits what you want to do and need.

    ConsThe company is huge so it functions like a big city. A lot of processes to get things done- so there is bureaucracy. Sometimes the middle management isn't up to par due to the high demands on the industry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work, when growing

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsIntel is a great place to work because of its global scale, deep and knowledgeable employees and strong culture. Over a long career, I was able to live and work around the world and developed long lasting relationships with fellow employees. There are many smart people and good managers at Intel. If you find yourself working for one of them you will learn a lot and have many opportunities to grow.

    ConsWhen growth is slow or even modest, marketing takes a good share of the immediate financial cuts and there can be a lack of clarity or competing priorities. Too many decisions need to go all the way to the top which shows a lack of trust in staff's abilities and adds many layers of bureaucracy while at the same time contradicts management's desire for shorter cycle times. Very few chances to move up given the long tenure of middle to senior managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet the priorities and get out of the way. Stop the demands for constant status updates. Allow more decision making to be made at lower levels with the people closer to the project. Believe it or not, they know what they are doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company

    Senior Process Engineer (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsFine company with good folks, benefits and job satisfaction.

    ConsUpper management is mediocre at best with no capacity to execute in growth areas like phones.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some PhDs promoted to upper management!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Expat Administrative Tax Department (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsGreat manager, autonomy, good working team environment

    ConsRepetitive, no room for growth

    Advice to Senior ManagementRotate job duties, training

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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