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"Top folks are really great, but a lot of deadweight and politics"

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Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Good pay when you factor in the EB. Though they've started to cap the EB percentage.
The top 10% are really smart, the next 15% are pretty good. If you can work in a group with these people, your mind will be engaged and you will learn a lot.
Pretty good benefits, but not quite on par with Google, Microsoft, Apple, etc.
Extremely good CPU architects.

Cons

The remaining 75% are "meh".
Very, very political. If you tread on the wrong territory, even unknowingly, your project will be killed and your career possibly ended.
Very silo'ed...product strategies look like congressional districts. Turf wars abound.
Software org is a mess.
Promotion to Principal Engineer and above is difficult (as it very well should be), but sometimes, unfortunately, politics plays a role.

Advice to Management

Promote more technical leaders to executive management. Have engineers running engineering orgs. (Engineers who have delivered product.) Need to think outside the box (or the silo) a bit more at senior management levels, encourage initiatives at "the bottom".

The CEO has these tech briefings where engineers (ICs) will present some new technology developments, idea, or engineering progress. I think the goal is to get around intermediate management layers. This admirable goal is severely compromised by how thoroughly massaged these were by everyone in the intervening reporting chain.

Other Employee Reviews for Intel Corporation

  1. "Intel is a Great Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Great work life Balance.
    Lots of Freedom to challenge yourself

    Cons

    Lower pay than some other Silicon Valley giants.


  2. "Great place to work, learned a lot and advanced my career."

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent compensation, benefits and work life balance. Working with cutting edge technology is exciting and mentally stimulating. Makes me glad I chose engineering as a career.

    Cons

    Sometimes the pressure and stress levels get too high. Many times there is more work than people to do it but it still must be accomplished

    Advice to Management

    Keep communications open with all employees, even junior engineers should know how the business is going.

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