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Updated February 18, 2017
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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 (103)

    "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. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and at work culture

    Cons

    Management, hard to move around


  6. "Business Architecht"

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    Current Employee - Business Architect in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Business Architect in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intel is a great company with a rich history. Intel takes pride in being an American Company that manufactures in the United States, and yes we also do manufacture globally. Unless, you have a poor manager, Intel offers an employee to take their career where you want it to go, there is not just one path. You will be exposed to many smart people, you learn to look at people to what they bring to the table via their brain.

    Cons

    Intel is an interesting company in that it is engineering in it's history. That blindspot does tend to defocus Intel from time to time. I also think Intel is slightly cultish at times to a fault. I separate the top MCM team, because these are all rich people, from the large masses at Intel, for the most part I have traveled and learned about people and worked on teams where we have accomplished quite a bit. Intel's Supply Chain (where I work) is consistently ranked in the top 5 in the world, the sky is the limit. However, and this is important do not let you lust for advancement bypass a poor manager, a poor manager at Intel will take you out or at best make your life miserable until you find another job. Seek out like minded career goal oriented people and build a network, this will come in handy down the road, when a cool job opens up or you want to leave a horrible manager. Network, network, network, never take anything for granted.

    Advice to Management

    Quite frankly I love the strategic direction our leaders are taking us, it's exciting. I would really try to take the engineering hat off for one minute and not treat people like a Stalin Purge, when you want to fire older workers. Also, you really need to stop moving the goal posts, even though you have said for months ACT is over, people don't trust you. Reflect on this? Why don't people trust any word coming out of your mouths?


  7. "AA at CMO Division"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Great big company making a huge difference in the world.

    Cons

    non-applicable can't think of any right now


  8. "Great place to work but .."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can learn a lot, meet intelligent people, do interesting work.
    Sabbaticals, 4 weeks vacation after 10 years, at times, a good general flexibility in hours, location.

    Cons

    Will ask you every year for your career goals, draw up plans but there is little in the way job assignments are done to support goals.
    Managers at times can be confident & lost.
    Yearly pay seems to be tied to a table somewhere in HR, the employee contribution for a year might be high but pay still tied to some table.
    People who write patents all the time will get rewarded and promoted to the sky. Does not contribute to team goals, achievements.
    Employees at times may pay the price for managers that fail to plan and resource adequately. Paid in long hours, paid in skipped years for raise due to fail of team.


  9. "A big company with a history of highly ethical behavior"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    A strong company commitment to ethical behavior, especially in regard to diversity, global responsibility, and legal/regulatory compliance. World class user researchers. Access to cutting-edge technology and technologists.

    Cons

    Be aware that it's a large, global corporation, with both the momentum and inertia that implies. 2016 saw a large number of job cuts as the company changes from a personal-computer company to a server, memory, and Internet of Things company.


  10. "Product Engineer"

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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

    Pros

    Very good company to work for.

    Cons

    Need to act on vision


  11. "Lots of opportunities"

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

    Pros

    Many chances to move around the company, very smart, hard-working employees

    Cons

    As with any large company, change can be slow (and at times painful)



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