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Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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  1. 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.


  2. "Engaging internship"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation as an intern

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Interesting assignment (if you are lucky)
    Modern offices

    Cons

    Constantly changing workforce makes it hard to get to know people

  3. "Challenging but rewarding"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Folsom, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging environment. Industry competitive pay, but often lagging market value changes. Outstanding benefits. Generally flexible work environment. Very supportive of diversity programs.

    Cons

    Archaic grade-on-a-curve performance review system that most other tech companies have either avoided or dropped.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the review process like has been promised to employees for years.


  4. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Intel Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, good culture, good managers.

    Cons

    Management too slow to react to current market trends.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Intel Veteran"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    AWESOME benefits (stock, health, paid family leave)
    Sabbatical (every 4 or 7 years)
    Ability to rotate into different jobs, organizations to build your skills & expand career options
    Focus on work/life balance - allowing flexible workhours, open doors to discuss issues, some jobs ebb and flow with workloads

    Cons

    Large company makes for difficult to impact change - lots of people/orgs to influence, POLITICS get in the way
    Difficult to do business for customers - so customer facing jobs are that much harder (more selling to do within the walls of Intel than outside of Intel)
    Lots of pet / science projects being done - with resources invested - that eventually get killed - should've kept the resources on the money making projects
    The recent layoff is causing existing employees A LOT of pain (work has quadrupled, expertise is gone, products no longer being developed/supported upsetting customers, lack of trust - fear it will happen again)
    The "focal" annual review process needs an overhaul - to much politics involved

    Advice to Management

    Depending on the organization you're in - this review can look COMPLETELY different for the same company. Overall, this is a great company to work for. The current environment, where people, products, and budgets are being cut - makes it much more difficult to do business with customers and employees less trusting.


  6. "Excellent Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work culture ; respectable product line

    Cons

    Some managers are really problematic


  7. "Intel"

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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

    Great place to work with excellent Benefits!

    Cons

    Layoffs come around about every two to three years

  8. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Intern - Graduate Technical Intern in DuPont, WA
    Current Intern - Graduate Technical Intern in DuPont, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Intel Corporation as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to experience some of the latest chip technology in development. Great compensation for interns

    Cons

    Things can be more bureaucratic than they should be.


  9. "Business Analyst Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Intel Corporation as an intern

    Pros

    Very good entry level salary, health insurance benefits, food courts, free coffee/tea/soda, great work environment

    Cons

    My team in particular was extremely understaffed and did not have much time to train me.

    Advice to Management

    If you're bringing in interns to "help" (pay them less than a regular employee, but make them do the same work as someone with 20 years of experience) then you should probably train the interns.


  10. Helpful (165)

    "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.


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