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Intel Corporation Folsom Reviews

Updated April 4, 2017
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  1. "Toxic environment"

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    Former Contractor - Instructional Designer in Folsom, CA
    Former Contractor - Instructional Designer in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was paid market rate for the term of my contract.

    Cons

    Probably the most unpleasant experience of my long career as a tech consultant. Contractors are called "contingency workers." They comprise nearly half of Intel's workforce, and are treated like second-class citizens. One contractor I was working with couldn't take it anymore and just walked off the job. Didn't say goodbye to anyone, including her hiring manager. I was later informed that this was not an isolated incident.

    This is also a high-stress, toxic environment for staff employees as well. The threat of layoffs always looms large, and as a result, much time and energy is expended ensuring you've covered your rear-end. The lack of job security keeps people on edge, and often manifests itself as a hostile environment.

    Advice to Management

    Intel reminds me of IBM in the late-eighties, just before it imploded and laid off approximately 100,000 employees. Like IBM, Intel is a lumbering dinosaur unable to keep up with accelerating markets. When the inevitable downsizing occurs, pray you find a Lou Gerstner equivalent with a view toward re-invention and long-term sustainability.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Dying a Slow Death"

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    Former Employee - Senior Packaging Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Packaging Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work load is light. About 6 hours of work a day per employee. Free sodas and discounted cafeteria food.

    Cons

    Company is dying and has no way to turn itself around.

    Culture is a "go along to get along" / don't rock the boat. Most workers are very passive. Inclusive culture focused on internal "networking" rather than winning. A lot of make work going on, probably 25% extra headcount..

    Middle and upper management are in direct revolt against CEO and his plans.
    During my orientation (2nd quarter 2013) my orientation meeting was about how the CEO is wrong on his plans.

    Advice to Management

    Not much you can do. These problems are the result of near monopoly on PC CPUs for 20 years. This place is what Hewlett-Packard was probably like in 2000 (with the printer monopoly), the collapse is coming, but without starting over there is no way to fix it.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Diversity is Job #1"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Good pay/benefits (except dental coverage)
    - Smart engineers and technicians that care about quality
    - Manufacturing processes and capabilities are world class
    - Good work/life balance in many departments. Generally supportive of single parent needs

    Cons

    - Improving URM (Under Represented Minorities) ratios is absolutely Job #1. All other company goals and strategies (including shareholder value) are way down the list. This impacts everything from promotions, to hiring practices, to who gets laid off, to business unit performance expectations.
    - Support orgs like Corporate Services (facilities) and IT are a mess. The arrogance and hubris of the senior leadership in these two groups is stunning. Senior leaders act more like little dictators protecting their fiefdoms rather than coaches and mentors.
    - The HR Department is really the HR Legal Department. All HR policies and decisions are guided by what is legally defensible in court. The real goal/purpose of Intel HR is litigation avoidance, not "Human Resources".

    Advice to Management

    - Stop hiring/promoting based on URM ratios. The CIO's recent promotion to COO is just shameful pandering to the PC police.
    - Apply focal (the annual employee performance process) to org unit leaders as well as individual contributors. Way too many terrible leaders that should have been walked out years ago.


  4. "It's a TOUGH company to work for."

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intel seems to have a decent compensation package, there is a lot of opportunity within the company for younger recent college graduates,

    Cons

    Tough company culture to deal with; continuous offshoring and job relocations; higher level management is disconnected from the reality within the company; senior leaders protect their buddies.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and manage the company with something other than your best interests in mind. Encourage risk taking rather than punishing. Do some soul searching to see if you are the problem rather than the thousands of folks you release on a regular basis.


  5. "Former employee"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people to work with
    interesting projects
    competitive salary.
    Great products created by excellent engineers
    Great tools for virtual collaboration

    Cons

    upper management do not care about employees

    culture changing for the worst

    constant hiring and letting go employees

    high stress

    Advice to Management

    Put people first and profits will exceed your expectations.


  6. "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor/Business Analyst in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor/Business Analyst in Folsom, CA

    I worked at Intel Corporation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many Contract Positions are available

    Cons

    Business Analyst Positions are advertised for contract as Data Operators and are hugely underpaid.
    Business Practices at Intel are not pro employee, they are pro Intel.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Graphics Hardware Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Graphics Verification Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Graphics Verification Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice peers to work with
    other than that everything is bad. specially lower level management always keeps fighting between teams.

    Cons

    No proper communication between manager-employees and management-employees
    Unrealistic deadlines
    too much work pressure because of no proper definition of project goals

  8. Helpful (1)

    "my answer"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    free coffie and free fruit

    Cons

    have to be more political at higher grade levels

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Fire the CEO BK"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Decent benefits
    -Plenty of new projects

    Cons

    -Management sucks. They trick you in your focal by telling you are successful and give you low# of stocks and then fire you because they gave you low amount of stocks. They find ways to let he older employees go
    -Always being threaten to get laid off
    -They come and tell you have to move to another city or loose your job
    -You will get laid off after you reach 50 and replaced by few cheap heads in India or Malaysia
    -You will get laid off if you are close to retirement
    -You will get laid off if you take your sabbatical
    -You will get laid off if you go on medical leave

    Advice to Management

    Management job is turf building basically. They are clueless.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Enter at your own risk...."

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    Former Employee - Auditor in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Auditor in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Travel benefits and in-house training. Additional certifications are encouraged.

    Cons

    Highly dysfunctional work environment. Does not promote based on work effort and ethics, but favoritism towards certain employees regardless of their lack of competency. Very political based on certain past/present lead auditors allowed to infiltrate based on cut-throat anticates. This organization continuously has to be to told to hire minorities at the corporate level (although overall Intel is not known for endorsing behind closed doors). A lot of new employees immediately want out. Jobs/careers are threatened when managers become privy of those not adapting to the concentration camp environment. Management is corrupt and known for throwing employees under the bus when their (mgrs) mistreatment and unethical behavior becomes an issue. Have denied employees training when training budget was available.

    Advice to Management

    Managers are not known for soft skills, professional or ethical behavior which HR supports. This organization continuously loses great employees for the sake of keeping bad ones with no real audit competency dedicated to a hostile work environment. Internal Audit at Intel is the epitome of falsifying "Great Place to Work"


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