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Updated May 26, 2017
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  1. "project manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    flexible time, good work life

    Cons

    low pay, bad management, no overtime pay


  2. "Another Widget"

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    Former Employee - Program/Project Manager in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Program/Project Manager in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have good Benefits and the facilities at each of the campuses are well maintained, clean and up to date.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance, isolation is common, employees look out for #1 and that includes your mgmt, diversity is not valued but rather seen as a check mark to fulfill. It's a very Stressful environment with no support. People rarely stay in one position for more than a year and that creates unloyal employees and no desire to help a team and/or product grow.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees and they will take care you.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic and Dysfunctional"

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    Former Employee - Brand Management in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Brand Management in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is solid for the area I'm in compared to the rest of the market.

    Cons

    Managers are incompetent, politics rules about all else, ageism runs rampant and is endorsed by management. HR will not do anything about horrible managers, and they frankly turn a blind eye to anything unless it's impacting diverse employees.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. All of you. There isn't a single leader in the company. Managers that tell people what to do? Sure. Leaders? Not a one.


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  5. "Circling the drain"

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    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Boring, OR
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Boring, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have money and I want some

    Cons

    Stupid management. Company is a great example of why you should never take your company public.

    Advice to Management

    Go away.


  6. "Are You Kidding Me?"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Parking....lots of incompetent long timers. This makes it easy to for the talented players to use skills.

    Cons

    Bunch of Posers. There are two extremes, Highly Talented or Complete Idiot. You need a thick skin to combat the endless attempts to dump responsibility in your lap. The current "culture" requires submission. Duration is an open invitation to be a barbarian. Normal social standards of conduct don't apply.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to school and learn some new skills. Stop salivating over the skills of CWs to do your job. Your not invisible. Everyone notices that you are a brainless bobble head hoarding face time and taking credit. Learn how to behave, and treat people with respect. This is not 1998. There is a whole world of changes happening outside the walls of Intel. Professionals don't wait for a meeting to make decisions to act.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Company is sinking. Titanic."

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    Former Employee - CAD Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - CAD Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Temporarily a stable job.

    Will provide work visa if you need one.

    You can get a job if you are completely fresh out of college. In fact this is precisely what Intel prefers. Intel does not like to hire experienced people, and instead prefers to hire inexperienced college grads and pay them the lowest salary the market would allow. This gives Intel the advantage of having young, single, hardworking engineers at very low salaries.

    Surprisingly intelligent peers. One of the unfortunate things is that smart engineers graduating from top schools in the country think that Intel is a great company. Intel has a great legacy to talk about. It has a rich legacy and a great history of amazing products and innovation. But that era is long past. Intel is now a middle-aged (it is almost exactly 50 years old now) obese company with a totally crazy CEO. The era of Intel's greatness is over now. Unfortunately, students graduating from universities don't know this. They learn about what amazing things Intel did almost 15 years ago and are awe-struck, and they want to join!

    Practically the only major company with a large fab. So if you want a job in the fab, this is one of the companies you could consider. But as such jobs in the fabs are on a slow decline. Remember, automation is key in everything. And Intel's 10nm, 7nm, and 5nm are not really as far ahead of the competition as they claim. In fact the thing Intel senior staff has repeatedly ignored is that time to silicon is as important - if not more - as silicon manufacturing readiness.

    Cons

    Intel is a slowly dying company. And jobs there are about as stable as the temperature of water in a kettle that is on a low flame. So when you join you will not know at all that the company is dying, but it is slowly dying.

    Poor salaries. Actually the "highly paid" Principal Engineers are abysmally paid according to industry standards. Intel HR compares salaries with other companies of "similar nature", but Intel has to grow up and learn that employees do not use that criterion when deciding whether to stay.

    Intel does NOT reward additional industry experience or knowledge with appropriate salary difference against fresh graduates. As a result, your salary will NOT be ANY higher than a fresh graduate with zero industry experience, even if you have prior experience in industry.

    Stagnant salaries. In fact this is the #1 indicator of a slowly dying company. The smartest of their engineers could get a salary increment of less than $2000 additional, year on year. Their best performing engineers do not get the best salary increments. If you want a good salary increment you better hope that you are some sort of a manager. Intel rewards ONLY, and ONLY managers. In fact, the only individual contributors that might be rewarded are Program Managers.

    Practically the only main job growth avenue is to become some sort of a Program Manager or become the supervisor for your team. Yes, Intel does have a technical track for growth. And yes, there are divisions where tech ladder is a serious job growth avenue. But the VAST MAJORITY of Intel jobs can advance to the next level as ONLY a sort of Program Manager (or someone "driving" something tracking its schedule) or at best as the supervisor in your team - a minor promotion. But remember you became a manager ONLY because your boss became a second-level manager. And now there may be additional levels between you and the chain of command. In my view, job growth should be measured in terms of your sphere of influence - how wide is the circle of people you influence. What you'll realize is that while you may technically influence a very large number of people, you will probably never get rewarded for that. And even if your managerial sphere of influence is moderately improved, remember that Intel is an ocean of very smart people, all wanting to grow just like you.

    Be ready to be unsatisfied with the salary for years. Your manager will keep showing you a carrot of phenomenal job growth out in the future "if you do this one thing". But that doesn't really matter. They've decided to pay you what they plan to. This carrot is only a fake. When it comes time to actually give the increment you deserve "low budget", "lack of funds" etc., are commonly heard. Intel has the most unscrupulous and the most unfair and dishonest managers of all in the entire industry.

    Please be forewarned.

    Advice to Management

    Huh! As if they care what advice you have for them!


  8. "Toxic environment"

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    Former Contractor - Instructional Designer in Folsom, CA
    Former Contractor - Instructional Designer in Folsom, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was paid market rate for the term of my contract.

    Cons

    Probably the most unpleasant experience of my long career as a tech consultant. Contractors are called "contingency workers." They comprise nearly half of Intel's workforce, and are treated like second-class citizens. One contractor I was working with couldn't take it anymore and just walked off the job. Didn't say goodbye to anyone, including her hiring manager. I was later informed that this was not an isolated incident.

    This is also a high-stress, toxic environment for staff employees as well. The threat of layoffs always looms large, and as a result, much time and energy is expended ensuring you've covered your rear-end. The lack of job security keeps people on edge, and often manifests itself as a hostile environment.

    Advice to Management

    Intel reminds me of IBM in the late-eighties, just before it imploded and laid off approximately 100,000 employees. Like IBM, Intel is a lumbering dinosaur unable to keep up with accelerating markets. When the inevitable downsizing occurs, pray you find a Lou Gerstner equivalent with a view toward re-invention and long-term sustainability.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Intel overall not a good experience -"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Chandler, AZ
    Former Employee - Consultant in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big Company
    Gain experience across a complex organization

    Cons

    Brutal ranking/rating system
    Politics
    Long hours
    Sick days hardly taken because of stress of task completion
    Glad i found another opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Be kind to your people and reduce office politics.
    Create environment for less stress in office and encourage sick days


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible experience in Wireless division"

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    Former Employee - Senior Embedded Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Embedded Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Intel comp and benefits were good.

    Cons

    Zero work life balance in Wireless division. Management sets really unrealistic and very aggressive goals without considering capacity of the teams. Attrition rate was great based on which I was working with almost entirely new team within 3-4 years. Engineering efforts were minimally recognized. I was working in fire fighting mode on daily basis.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "worst company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no pros here ! Seriously worst comapny

    Cons

    BK who is the ceo is an IDIOT. graduated from SJSU. He is leading the company to hell

    Advice to Management

    Fire all of you

    Intel Corporation Response

    Mar 20, 2017 – HR Legal - Social Media Program Mgr.

    wow - it sounds like you're really unhappy working @intel. As you know, we want Intel to be a great place to work for us all, and we'd like to hear from you if there are specific things going on in ... More


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