Intel Corporation Reviews | Glassdoor

Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
8,402 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-time Part-time

3.7
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Intel Corporation CEO Brian M. Krzanich
Brian M. Krzanich
2,981 Ratings

8,402 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
Cons
More Pros and Cons

  1. Featured Review

    "Systems Programmer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (141)

    "Brutal employee ranking system"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Software engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big corporation. Really good work life balance. Different projects to work on.

    Cons

    Experience you accumulate can be specific to the semiconductor field and to the company.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Principal Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, great pay, great learning experience! Top notch technical company.

    Cons

    A bit of a sweat shop and there are many "re-deployments" which is like a layoff but you get a chance to find another job in the company first. Also you tend to have a different manager at least once a year.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing it!


  6. "Great Place to work, many benefits and great money"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Business Relationship Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - IT Business Relationship Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bonuses, GPTW, Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Very competitive in nature; Focal process sucks

    Advice to Management

    Stay ahead of the game; network and pick your battles


  7. Helpful (2)

    "The good and bad of working for Intel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting work. Opportunity to learn and contribute to leading edge technologies. Top pay and benefits. Compensation is merit based. Stock options too.

    Cons

    Super competitive work culture. Long hard days. Intense pressure to produce results. Little appreciation unless you're one of the fast track, super-star performers. Steady performers that meet their deliverables without fanfare will not succeed.


  8. "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Intel is certainly an international company and has very diversified work force. Employees come from almost every corner of the world. You can meet people from different cultures. Most people I worked with were very technical and professional. Employees showed respect to one another. I liked the working environment and culture. Never needed to worry about there was not enough technical challenges to work on. I can always look for new advance technology for future project or find better ways to do existing work. It is a good starting place for young people to build their working experience. Overall, Intel is very good company to work for.

    Cons

    Sometime work can be very stressful and work in long hour. The project timeline is getting shorter and shorter (in some situations, it can be good). Sometimes there might be too many meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Should put more effort to promote the idea of "Work/Live Balance" in order to retain good people. Eliminate unnecessary meetings to give more time back to engineers to work on their projects.


  9. "Brand Ambassador"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    + awesome atmosphere in work
    + people are really chill out

    Cons

    - I can't find anything what was wrong


  10. "Lots of Great Reasons to Work for Intel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - If you want to work with smart, driven people... this is the place to work
    - The benefits (medical ins., onsite services, etc.) are nice
    - The pay is good when compared to non technical industries
    - Great place for those who like continuous learning
    - Onsite services are a big plus (health centers, gyms, etc.)
    - 4 weeks of vacation after 10 years
    - Discounts on Intel stock purchases
    - Senior management really does want diversity in the ranks.
    - Great opportunity to work with others on a global scale.

    Cons

    - The pay is only average when compared to other tech. companies
    - A 40 hour work week would be a pipe dream. I didn't mind, but if you have kids at home....
    - This is a big corporation and life impacting decisions (aka layoffs) are made at the corporate level. If you don't like this, you should rethink whether you really want to work at a very large company.
    - Generally speaking, older employees are not as desirable as younger ones.
    - This is a technology company, so expect layoffs every couple of years. Even if you are not impacted, chances are you will know someone who is/was which is tough as well.

    Advice to Management

    At the corporate level, employees are encouraged to rotate into different groups and roles to get a broader experience/understanding of Intel. In practice, this is almost impossible when the requisition requirements are so narrowly focused. For example, a Business Analyst in IT, has little hope of getting a BA role in Supply Chain.


  11. "Senior Database Administrator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefit and career path

    Cons

    Big company and complex infrastructure


Showing 8,402 of 9,345 reviews
Reset Filters