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Intel Corporation Phoenix Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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Intel Corporation CEO Brian M. Krzanich
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  1. Helpful (172)

    "Brutal employee ranking system"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits. In normal times there is visible and tangible reward for your effort and achievements. Excellent job mobility and flexibility for work and personal circumstances and a real team-oriented 'all in this together' attitude. Plus, there is an indescribable thrill to be working on the bleeding edge of the science, the technology, the process, etc. Intel remains a world-class technology innovator.

    The majority, a smaller majority than before (pre 2010 ish), of people there are very very skilled, capable and productive. They are easily able to overcome the statistically necessary under-performers while they have a bad year, or two. It all works out as the teams naturally form a mix of skills and attitudes which complement each other. Over the long-term these mixes are more productive than homogeneous groups of excelling performers.

    Famously, the sabbatical benefit is to die for. 8 weeks paid sabbatical, no strings, every 7 years, or 4 weeks every 4 years. Intelites count in 7-year increments. Plan it well, make use of it. DO NOT fritter it away on home improvements.

    Cons

    It all goes to hell in January & February. The Focal system encourages poor antisocial behaviors as employees compete for finite compensation crumbs which are distributed by a multi-tier rating and ranking system. All the objective behaviors of 10 months are tossed aside for subjective visibility-promoting activities in the critical 2 months with a healthy dose of lies and self-promotion. You are at the mercy of short term whims and transitory fads where the appearance of productivity outweighs the achievement of the whole 12 months. It is brutal. Sometimes you win; sometimes you lose. But nowadays losing carries a terminal prognosis.

    All the above is flavored by a new positive discrimination towards underrepresented minorities (URMs) which by executive decree have preference for promotion, transfers, and in some measure the ranking benefits. Non-URMs have an additional hurdle of proving their unique ability to fit a role; URMs can fit anywhere and do not cost a department headcount budget for a period of time. Net-net is that if you are not a URM then hiring, transfer, and benefit opportunities narrow quickly. Already there are pockets of URMs which almost exclusively hire each other and even speak their own language in meetings to exclude employees not of that background.

    Advice to Management

    The positive discrimination policy is hurting your business. It has the greatest of intentions, but the full-force implementation in most aspects of employee relations is crushing the opportunities for your non-URMs. To meet the national racial and URM/non-URM mixes in all of your businesses, programs, activities, and organizational slices in such a short timescale when the graduate mix is nowhere near the target mix it logically MUST place less skilled employees above those with greater skills. It only looks good in a spreadsheet presuming fungible resources; once the individuals and the contributions of individuals is accounted for it is painful.

    Most of the time 20% of employees do 80% of the work. (Which employees are which varies from project to project, and month to month, of course. You need a mix). Your policies of focal, positive discrimination, transfer freezes, and now ISP/VSP (the layoff mechanisms) are cutting deeply into the pool of the better employees at a low-pint in their natural contribution cycling. Individual first-line managers who have their own axes to grind are becoming judge and jury and in a world of introverts and extroverts the extrovert braggart is winning and doesn't even realize they are really losing.


  2. "Manufacturing/Engineering manager"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health benefits, all services from haircuts, massages to dry cleaners as well as doctors and masseuse.

    Cons

    Like most corporaton as they lose baby boomers, we are always fighting the internal struggle not to be PC.

    Advice to Management

    Excellent opportunity. Great movement with lots of opportunity.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Please Address the common concerns of your employees"

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    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Operations Program Manager in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very Good Pay; great people solid processes

    Cons

    Poor HR practices, Culture in decline as a result.

    Advice to Management

    I'd like to see the person assigned to respond to employee concerns expand his role to actually address the common concerns of employees. Current role seems to be just to try to put a positive spins on things. Someone should respond to the issues with ranking and rating that detracts from true team work and leaves people feeling merit takes a back seat to political tactics , the poor open door process that leaves many feeling they don't have an opportunity to clear their name regarding false accusations. Another common theme is a lack of a market driven leadership. While the operations side has been a traditional strength. product marketing and development needs to take the lead. Even the 4004 was spec'd and defined by an outside company busicomm. Every other effort to break out of CPU's has lacked a coherent market strategy. Someone with true marketing skills should probably replace BK as Intel's leader. I came from TME, and love the discipline and striving for operational excellence, but Marketing needs to take the lead for Intel to break out of its strength in CPU's.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. Great place to work. Clear path for upward mobility if you willing to put in the extra hours of work.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy of big company's get in way sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline decision making process, to make company respond quickly to changing market dynamics.


  5. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting environment, opportunity to advance, multitasking presented and interesting challenge

    Cons

    At times stressful and immediate turn around of work

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic place to work with a great laid back culture, with great compensation."

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    Former Employee - Undergrad Technical Intern in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Undergrad Technical Intern in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Culture Pay\ Work Locations Benefits Events Work from home Great management

    Cons

    The only thing I could possibly complain about is that I got an old laptop.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  7. "Excellent environment to work within."

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    Current Employee - R and D Engineering Support in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - R and D Engineering Support in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, relaxed atmosphere, great cafe great culture

    Cons

    Honestly can't think of one.

  8. "Can be stressful at times"

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    Former Employee - Senior CAD Design Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior CAD Design Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation when you factor in the benefits. Everyone works hard and time off is built into the culture.
    The maturity leave and a sabbatical every 7 years is a great way to stay connected with your family.

    Cons

    Lots of group churn. It can be hard to tell if your group will be dissolved or you will be moved around.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Intel folks are "trying to survive their daily interactions bosses"."

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    Former Employee - 20 Year Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - 20 Year Employee in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the pay is equitable to other large companies. the check clears every 2 weeks. Intel is one of the largest phoenix employers. Free fruit. No much else.

    Cons

    employee to employee, and boss to employee backstabbing is normal mode of operations. no trust within the culture. management by fear. employees "are just trying to survive" their daily grind with their managers. Forget about being inspired and enriched and collaboration. Just take it for a paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    White male bosses are allowed to verbally demean and emotionally beat up on their female employees. examples are available if you would like.


  10. "Group Leader"

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    Former Employee - Group Leader in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Group Leader in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Continuous learning environment, advancing opportunities, cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Politics, exhausting work hours, somewhat impersonal environment.

    Advice to Management

    Adhere to IMBO.


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