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Intel Corporation Folsom Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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Intel Corporation CEO Brian M. Krzanich
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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Highly political, fast degrading workplace"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Since they are a monopoly, more likely to be in business and hence your job is less likely to disappear in economically hard times.

    Cons

    HIghly political, highly clanish atmosphere. Engineering competence is necessary to advance; but is not sufficient to advance. You have to know the right people in places. The politics is subtle. If you do the right project, you get the exposure and rewards. But you don't get the right projects. They do politics where your projects are allocated.

    Advice to Management

    The idea of "managers should not be technical" is boomeraging on you and is going to be disastrous in the longer run. You need to pour money back into the employees - to their salary increases, their perks etc. And, need to pay attention to stem the wrot caused by extreme politics in the work place.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Intel, sucks, the life out of its employees."

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    Former Employee - IT Security Consultant in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - IT Security Consultant in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Intel provides a great opportunity for an individual to travel and see the world in support of their international operations. Also when the chip business is good the bonuses and stock options can be financially rewarding.

    Cons

    In spite of their stated corporate values, “to be a great place to work’, and other “work life balance” statements, the Intel work culture is very high pressure and demanding. Yes its nice to get a seven week (paid) sabbatical after seven years employment, but most people I knew had developed health problems as a result of the constant pressure, long work days (ave. 50 – 55 hrs/wk) and stress to perform at very high levels.

    Advice to Management

    Intel Management needs to take an AR address the many employee surveys collected over the years.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Too much politics, and not enough challenging work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flexible working hours, decent health benefits

    Cons

    Too much politics and silos within a department. Decisions are not made quickly enough causing frustrations within the rank and file employees.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of all the dinosaurs and bring in younger and more talented employees


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Poor strategy, bad execution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Learning the ropes for an entry level position

    Cons

    layers of management, fatcats who feel entitled and do not act but just react

    Advice to Management

    fire the top 10% highly compensated employees and make room for the middle management to amke more current decisions.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Capricious treatment of contractors due to impatient management with unrealistic expectations"

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

    Pros

    Pay is above average, at least for contractors. Ability to work on leading technologies.

    Cons

    Getting set up to work in the Intel environment is very time consuming because of overly bureaucratic restrictions needing oodles of permissions to access even the most basic information needed to perform your work. Access to documents and tools particularly difficult for contractors, with minimal help from company employees, for very complex systems and tools filled with undefined Intel specific acronyms and jargon. Yet contractors are expected to perform useful work almost immediately despite the enormous information vacuum in which they are placed. Don't be surprised if you are summarily canned without warning because an impatient manager thinks you should be able to skip the learning curve that always applies to working with new technologies and systems.

    Advice to Management

    Don't expect new employees or contractors to be superhuman clairvoyants.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Terrible, terrible, terrible place to work."

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some merits to working for a big corporation such as Intel. The benefits are nice.

    Cons

    Terrible culture, terrible management, terrible offices and location, terrible mobility, and terrible salary.

    Advice to Management

    Re-vamp the entire culture. Improve feedback system.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Not a great company to work at."

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    Current Employee - Validation Technician in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Validation Technician in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clean, Certain techs do very good work.

    Cons

    Green Badges "Temps" or "Contingent Workers" are shut out of any and all Intel parties/programs/events. As a veteran I tried to attend their veteran event and was turned away because my badge wasn't blue. The Actual workers for Intel "Blue Badges" talk down on green badges. EXTREMELY one sided racial ratio. Nobody speaks English unless they have to. Very poor security, people walk out with items in their purse/luggage all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who can actually speak and read English fluently.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Bad place to work for temps"

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    Former Employee - Temp Office Worker in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Temp Office Worker in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good experience. thats it. no other benefits

    Cons

    they are micromanagement nazis, they track every minute. no perks, no free stuff, temps are treated like crap, no chance of being hired full time

    Advice to Management

    stop tracking every minute for temps, it stirs anger


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Good learning, good people, unhealthy environment"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Everything has a process, Intel University, smart people there who will mentor you, fast-paced and challenging. Used to be a metric driven company

    Cons

    Everything has a process... one of my peers told me 'Intel is where fun goes to die.' I would add... 'and where creativity goes to die.' A student once told me 'why would I work at Intel- it's just a bunch of type A people pissing on each other all day.' Pretty accurate. The culture actually draws out the absolute the worst type A behaviors in people there but of course, it is accepted since the hope is it also draws out the best type A behaviors- long hours, internal competition and confrontation on every little thing

    Advice to Management

    I am glad you have an engineering CEO again. Get back to metric driven decision making. Dont make it so managers have to break/undo something and put it back together to get a good review. Promote people there with high EQ and humanity so everyone doesnt just feel like some widget in a process. Remove RIsk Taking from your values. You know it iisnt true. Everyone there is absolutely terrified to take any risk in case it should fail in any way. The one phrase I heard there most was- fly below the radar and move internally to a new position every year, if possible. Figure out how to reward the good type A behaviors but severely punish the bad type A behaviors


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Layoffs abound and people are very paranoid."

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Systems 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

    Great pay especially for Folsom.

    Cons

    Very negative work environment especially with layoffs happening. No training, it's sink or swim. It's doom and gloom everywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the roadmap so we can do one product GREAT instead of doing lots of mediocre products.


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