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"Great place to work, highly innovative company, the industry leader."

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Current Employee - Fab Engineer in Chandler, AZ
Current Employee - Fab Engineer in Chandler, AZ
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Pros

Highly rewarding, great compensation, opportunity to lead the industry in technology leadership. Risk taking is rewarded. Overall compensation is well above industry average, and frequent bonuses are directly tied to performance.

Cons

Can be a highly stressful environment. When you work for a company that is the industry leader, staying in front takes a lot of effort, working with ambiguity is a must.

Advice to Management

Keep it up! Continue to seek growth opportunities.

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    "Great place to work but not if you care about career advancement and career growth."

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    Current Employee - Senior Component Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Component Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
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    Pros

    First, Intel provides a great place to work with effort made by the senior management to constantly adapt and tune the company culture to reflect the "in" thing in the valley. For example, as a result of Conan O'Brien's parody of the company's gray walled cubicle farm's a pilot project to convert an entire floor in a Santa Clara building was launched and received tremendous approval from employees. Starbucks coffee shop style bays adorn the four corners of the floor with giant flat screen TVs, bookshelves, and bar stools etc. Also, hot beverages and cold fountain drinks have been made available free to all employees.

    Second, technology runs through the company's veins. So anything technology related is valued and great many resources are thrown at employee ideas that sound worthy of further pursuit.

    Third, the management culture is cut throat. Hence it is a great place to spend a few years to sharpen your sword and get out and fight the war outside.

    Cons

    First, It is a creaky ship and it is leaking from all sides. It is an old tech company with very little attrition. The main reason for this is the dot come bubble. Those who joined at least a few years prior to the bubble received stock options in spades and worth some money. Those who joined during or after the bubble really suffered and as a result have been leaving in droves.

    Second, there is too much bureaucracy when it comes to career development and promotion opportunities. Those who suck up to their manager stand a better chance at getting promoted. Managers lie on a continual basis to employees. They promise the world before a project is about start and when the project is successfully delivered, they conveniently forget all the reassurances made earlier. They are self-serving assh*les who'd rather satisfy their own managers than their employees. Managers routinely make ass saving decisions rather than what's right for the project or the company. Employees usually suffer the consequences.
    Third, promotions are based on a rotation system although it is clearly stated that the company is a meritocracy. It is a socialistic meritocracy not an absolute meritocracy. As a result you'd have high performers routinely passed over for higher grade promotions in favor of lower grade promotions for someone else within a rank group. This unwritten policy is very shortsighted and ends up sucking talent away from groups.

    Advice to Management

    First, make good on your promises for career advancement and career growth made to employees. There is nothing in the ranking and rating system that supports this claim. The new system, with manager only R&R is punishing those that perform well but are not manager favorites due to lack of communication and relationship building skills. This is a good majority of the engineering community within Intel.
    Second, identify talent based on what employees can do for the company in areas that match their career interests as opposed to basing measures of talent on what employees did on a previous project. Provide opportunities to employees to pursue their interests within the company. There is too much red tape. Its sickening.


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    "It's a mixed bag working at Intel- Both good and bad apples"

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Safe place to work, cutting edge products, top dollar compensation, many opportunities for growth.
    Many very smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Focal performance reviews are arbitrary and grant too much power to manager.
    Low trust among company and workers.
    Declining stock prices as product line turns into a commodity.
    Constructive Confrontation and Risk taking -- Two values that are not rewarded at all.
    Creatively dormant. Obsessive diversity efforts.
    Your manager can screw up your career even if it seems fine one day it could slam you down hard.

    Advice to Management

    At least give raises out for cost of living. Drop the requirement to rank 10-20% at below expections rank even if they don't deserve it.

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