Intel Corporation - Terrific cutting edge EE associations; excellent pay and benefits; horrible work/life balance with high turnover. Wear y | Glassdoor
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"Terrific cutting edge EE associations; excellent pay and benefits; horrible work/life balance with high turnover. Wear y"

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Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Portland, OR
Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Portland, OR
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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Best overall association with some of the highest level scientists out there. Extremely competative between internal teams, but this brings out the talents and creativity of everyone. Salary plus bonuses and stock participation plans are very good compaired to the industry. An 8-week sabbatical every 7 years for all full time employees is terrific and seems about right timing-wise, because most employees are entirely burned out by then and need a break. Senior leadership is very strong at Intel -- what I would consider true vision-generating leaders. And the open-door polocy to talk with any of them is real. Not quite so with first-line managers (see below). When faced with mid year or year-end layoffs (see below) Intel does a terrific job of offering very fair and beneficial separation packages, rather than just walking the poor individual to the door with a cardboard box of cubicle pics and mementos. Generally, the employee is given a 3-month notice that he or she will be going into a "pool" and then an HR specialist is assigned to help the individual find another like-job somewhere else in the company. I would say this is successful maybe 50% of the time. If the employee decides just to leave then and not look for another internal job, the separation package typically ammounts to 1-month for every year worked in exit pay, plus other benefits such as extendede insurance coverage etc. Layoffs and department cutbacks do frequently occur, but In my opinion, Intel does a very good job of helping exiting employees if that time does come.

Cons

No work/life balance no matter how much Intel tries to tout their improvements here. Intel's demands and expectations on their employees' time is still extremely high. Seriously... on-the-job heart attacks are commonplace with the stress of getting product developed and out the door. Intel has a very old workforce with more than 50% of their US-based employees qualified for retirement. The various HR programs and overall emphasis is on hiring NCGs suggests that Intel is really wanting to replace the old guard with new younger (less expensive) blood. It's really a young man's world at Intel and getting more so every month. While senior leadership at Intel is very good in my opinion, the 1st line managers are generally groomed and trained to be tough results-only intimidation driven supervisors. Unfortunately, there is a very common and very strongly adheared-to year-end review policy for managers to promote only the top 5% at year end, give average reviews with near-zero raises to 80% of the team, and run the bottom 15% out the door. These are forced numbers that are very serious, and managers who don't hit them are really put under the microscope. If the team is all extremely good with nothing but top performers, there will still be a 10% - 15% out-the-door move. Perhaps this is also true at most other companies; I don't know as I've been here for 22 years. But every 6 months I see an aweful lot of great talent walking out the door. Overall career opportunities are there, but only for those who work extremely hard to get noticed, contribute, and are quite frankly good at office politics. You also neet to be very flexible and willing to take job location moves at the drop of a hat. Thinking you can progress succcessful at Intel while staying at the same geographical location your entire career (or even 3 to 5 years for that matter) is unrealistic. Nobody at Intel will help you with your career, and with all the top-petigreed talent around, it's quite frankly very tough to complete. There is a reason Andy Grove founded Intel on an "Only the Paranoid Survive" philosophy. It's as true today as it was when I started at Intel. A really terrific place to work as long as you can sink your nails in, hang on, and not get thrown off during the many, many challenging and turbulent political times.

Advice to Management

If individuals on your team are good, well qualified and contributing members, then fight for them. Switch from a negative intimidation management-oriented focus to a positive leadership-oriented focus.

Other Employee Reviews for Intel Corporation

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Intel Contract Experience"

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    Current Contractor - Graphics Hardware Validation Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Current Contractor - Graphics Hardware Validation Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intel Corporation as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lot to learn and lot of discover about the latest graphics processor. Great work environment.

    Cons

    lesser learning time. higher output expectation.


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    "Great Place to Work, Interesting Challenges, Difficult Work-Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Validation Engineer
    Current Employee - Validation Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Intel takes care of their employees with a good base salary compensation package, fairly decent raises for the first couple years, and the work provides opportunities to contribute to the company very early by embracing the "sink or swim" mentality.
    Also, the sabbatical program is one of the nicer perks. Every 7 years Intel provides an 8 week paid vacation for all Blue Badge employees.

    Cons

    With high demands at work, balancing the demand between your professional responsibilities and your personal life is very difficult. This is most evident in the engineering side of the company. There are long stretches of where the workload is extremely high as a project gets closer to one of the major milestones. It is so intense that there's a catchphrase that most employees significant others use: "the Intel widow".

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