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"a brief intern experience"

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Former Employee - Graduate Research in Hillsboro, OR
Former Employee - Graduate Research in Hillsboro, OR
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Pros

Great training program and very specific path for advancement. The Intel culture encourages risk-taking which is great if you want to start side-projects if time-permitting. Managers will give you very specific and helpful feedback at performance reviews which gives you some concrete ideas of what you can do better next quarter. The reviews also outlines key achievements and where you fit in the Intel road map, this is extremely important because sometimes it is difficult to see the impact of your work in such a large company. Work schedule is very flexible as all employee performances are measured by results, not effort.

Cons

Contributions to the company may seem small. Although career advancement path is clear, it may be much slower than smaller companies. The work environment is very traditional and office-like. People work in separate cubes, although there are re no closed doors, it still seems like a closed environment. Hillsboro is essentially a farm, it's remote and very quite, but outside of work there is very little to do. Downtown Portland is not too difficult to reach but living in Hillsboro can be boring. Transportation in the Hillsboro area is not convenient, so a car is definitely required. Working at such a remote location makes you feel somewhat isolated.

Advice to Management

Great job on cost cutting

Other Employee Reviews for Intel Corporation

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    "Intel: The Ideal Place for an Internship"

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    Former Employee - Architecture in Hudson, MA
    Former Employee - Architecture in Hudson, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As an intern, the pay at Intel simply can't be beat. In fact, it is very nearly what a newly-hired full-time engineer would be paid. There are also several non-wage benefits, including relocation reimbursement, cash bonuses, stock options, and medical and dental insurance. All of these great benefits are even available to interns! Also, there were several paid days of Intern Outings, where all of the interns would go out to get ice cream and hang out at a park, or something like that.

    Besides the pay, the culture at Intel is great. People are friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to help.
    The small working groups really help to make a large corporation like Intel still maintain the intimate feel of a small company. Small groups are able to get things done more easily, with less interruption from the chain of command.
    Although the working groups have the feel of a small company, it is great to be able to leverage the resources of a large company like Intel. With a strong focus on ergonomics and safety in and out of the office, Intel leads by example in providing its employees with the safest and most comfortable working environment possible.
    With a great variety of special interest groups, Intel is a great place to keep up-to-date with new technologies, or just refresh your memory of things you once knew.

    Cons

    Working in Hudson, MA, I was somewhat disconnected with the corporate offices on the west coast. I have heard it said that the closer one gets to the corporate offices, the harder it is to get useful work done without interruption.

    For interns on short work terms, like three-month rotations, the employee cash bonus program does not work well, since the amount paid is based on the number of work weeks since the most recent hire date. This nullifies any weeks in the previous work term that were not already paid a bonus, since there was a termination in between.

    In the Hudson location, there is some growing pain in the area of converging on a common tool chain. I imagine that this is an artifact of the several acquisitions that have taken place over the years at this facility.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should provide clear and consistent expectations, and then give the engineers room to do what they need to do in order to get their work done.


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    "Intel - Your Career is placed in your manager's hands."

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    Current Employee - Validation Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Validation Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are currently improving the work environment by adding some perks such as free soda and fruits. There are a large variety of departments, divisions, and resources throughout Intel that one can move to in order to expand their career. When dealing with other companies, you receive somewhat special treatment when they know you work for Intel.

    Cons

    Management is very problematic. You are graded each year on a bell curve, which designates your raise and stock options. So 15% on the employee within a group will always received a below average grade no matter how much work they have done. Employees are also ranked within a group based on their value. This makes work somewhat competitive and does not promote teamwork. These grades are also solely based on what your manager thinks, therefore if your manager does not know how much work you are doing, you may not be graded fairly despite this being your manager's fault. A bad manager can really prevent your career growth at Intel, no matter how well you perform.

    Cubicles are mostly compressed making space somewhat limited. There are no offices. Some higher ups receive larger cubicles.

    Work-Life balance is in the hands of your manager. Bad managers will tend to accept any project or requirements despite not having the head count, requiring that any current members of the group work overtime in order to meet these added requirements.

    Recognition can be extremely poor and unfair. Often some people that work on a project are not recognized for their contribution due to them not directly working with the customer. Other times people are recognized (such as managers) for completing under resourced projects even though they do not contribute anything.

    Advice to Management

    I would permanently remove a bell curve and ranking system. This promotes competitiveness and unfairness. If everyone is working 60 hour weeks, then everyone should receive positive feedback.

    Recognize employees and pay attention to what they are actually working on. Don't forget about the players working on a project even though they aren't the project leader or being dealt with directly.

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