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Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated July 22, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    "Systems Programmer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Programmer in Rio Rancho, NM
    Former Employee - Systems Programmer in Rio Rancho, NM
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large enterprise company with great internal systems and procedures.

    Cons

    Large company that makes it easy to get lost in the fray.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on building one of the greatest companies around.


  2. Helpful (158)

    "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.

  3. "engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good company, good engineer, best food

    Cons

    bad life balance, bad pay, bad scheduling skill by PM

    Advice to Management

    Go for vacation after 7 years!


  4. "Engineering Director"

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    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being able to work on cutting edge technology, great pay, and benefits.

    Cons

    Large and you can get lost easily.

    Advice to Management

    Return on Investment tolerance


  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. "Great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Between health insurance being very affordable, great bonuses, stock and pay Intel has it all. They also have free drinks and fruit.

    Cons

    Sometime there are large shifts in workload. In some areas the work force can have a high number of temps.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate changes of work and allow for input on ways to handle the change in workload.


  9. "Manufacturing technician"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay with extra bonuses. Free drinks. Free gym. Good coworkers, Goodie drawer vouchers and compressed work week

    Cons

    Change managers almost every year is hard and depending on how good your new manager is depends on if you will get the training you want and need to move up. Stagnet employees keep up on the outs needed but fail at year end review time

    Advice to Management

    Work with employees and help them succeed.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work"

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    Current Employee - Graphics Hardware Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Current Employee - Graphics Hardware Engineer in Folsom, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good, great options to move around

    Cons

    Average base pay compared to competition


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