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Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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  • Amount of work can be consuming - you have to find your own work/life balance (in 445 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (46)

    "Great company...but still has its challenges"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work with incredibly intelligent, dedicated people at all levels from administrators to executives. A well run company that pays very close attention to the bottom line.

    Cons

    Challenging to learn Intel's unique lexicon--it's acronym hell taken to a new level and then some on top of that! Working across business units is a must and not easy to execute--not impossible but the constantly changing landscape makes it something extremely challenging to successfully execute an agenda.

    Intel Corporation Response

    May 5, 2016 – Social Media Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We can certainly empathize with the acclimation processes- especially when it comes to acronyms- a common challenge that many of our new hires ... More


  2. Helpful (146)

    "Not supportive of over 40 employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Supports innovation a great place for young recent college graduates to get their feet wet. I would take advantage of the experience and then look for opportunities at other companies.

    Cons

    If over the age of 40 mostly likely will be part of the layoff selection. Intel is not supportive of its long time employees and are the first to go when job cutting happens. Performance does not play a part in the decision it is mostly age related.

    Advice to Management

    Poor leadership is why you have to cut so many jobs year after year.


  3. Helpful (105)

    "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.


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  5. "Excellent Company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits; Ability to change jobs within the company; great support structure!

    Cons

    To many groups make decisions by committee

    Advice to Management

    Allow people the freedom to make more decisions on their own


  6. "Intel- A great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits; competitive salary; engaging, smart workforce

    Cons

    Downsizing resulted in over 16,000 employees losing their jobs


  7. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Cutting technology, Opportunities to learn and grow

    Cons

    Too many people. Too many layers of management

    Advice to Management

    Flatter management structures will help. Can further reduce head count


  8. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, In office perks, good co workers

    Cons

    Work life Balance is tough


  9. "Network Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time

    Pros

    On an upward path for IoT

    Cons

    To many young inexperienced engineers


  10. "Great people and benefits!"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Portland, OR
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will never be bored...or lack work. As with most large companies there are pros and cons but the level of expertise and intelligence you will come across far outweighs the cons. I have been very well supported and given amazing opportunities just within my first 2 years of working here at Intel. If you like challenges, hard work, and constant change this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Have experienced some bureaucracy and hierarchy in some groups at Intel, and in general the corporate culture can dramatically shift depending on your manager and business group. Nothing ever sits still - orgs change structure, tech focusses change and people move around a lot. So don't expect everything to keep stable and constant, but change is also fun and exciting! Must keep that mind-set to work here.


  11. "hardware"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time

    Pros

    there are lot of oppurtunites

    Cons

    managment needs to be more orgabnized



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