Intel Corporation

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Intel Corporation Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.8 3,582 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Intel Corporation CEO Brian M. Krzanich

Brian M. Krzanich

(657 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance depends on teams but don't expect any rewards for your hardwork(in 454 reviews)

  • It was a stable job in a cutting edge technology field(in 131 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is not respected by managers in the validation group in Austin(in 165 reviews)

  • Very heavy decision making processes, usually involving a lot of stake holders(in 107 reviews)

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    Great employer and a good place tonwork

    Business Relationship Manager (Former Employee) Sydney

    ProsLooked after its staff and provided very interesting work environment with good training, access to good resources, comfortable offices and sportive of telework and other initiatives

    ConsUS management often slow to respond to local issues and career progression limited in country but available if you are willing to travel

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, Great people, and brighter future

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Chandler, AZ (US)

    ProsThe quality and variety of the people that you work for and with is top notch, It will challenge you to be on. I have had a variety of opportunities in my 20+ years and have very seldom been bored. New CEO is improving accountability and expectations for the company and leadership.

    ConsStress can be challenging if not managed properly, also Constructive Confrontational style is not for everyone and can take some getting used to.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up, definitely taking things in the right direction lately

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    many more pros are there as this is a good compaby...great place to work for..totally satisfied

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Bangalore (India)

    Prosmany more pros are there as this is a good compaby...great place to work for..totally satisfied

    Consnot many cons...you can join this organisation closing your eyes...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great first job,

    Component Design Engineer (Current Employee) Austin, TX (US)

    ProsLearning a lot about hardware, working in a company that actually makes things, company is large but not completely mired in big-company thinking (probably due to the large amount of working managers), very flexible work hours. The people are really what make Intel great.

    ConsCafe is relatively expensive, training is a little sluggish (most person-to-person)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Excellent.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Hillsboro, OR (US)

    ProsVery good environment to work in.

    Consthere has been no negative experiences.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook for and consider employees that are willing to except challenges and want to learn.

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    Don't let the size of it scare you off

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Hillsboro, OR (US)

    ProsPersonally I've been able to weather a number of general economic downturns at Intel by virtue of its size and stability. What it lacks in dynamism it makes up for with a deep well of resources that can see it through hard times. Also, because Intel is a big place, you can change jobs every couple of years internally without having to brave the waters of the open market. If you want to have a long career here, you can.

    If you work in an office role vs. a factory role you have wonderful work flexibility. The ability to work from home on a discretionary basis is literally game-changing for me. I would hesitate to work anywhere else that did not offer a similar policy.

    Sabbatical is a wonderful benefit (8 weeks paid time off every 7 years or 4 weeks paid every 4).

    ConsAll of the downsides associated with working at a big company -- the inefficiencies, excess management layers, the diffusion of purpose -- are present at Intel but are common "big company" issues and not special "Intel" issues. As long as you can tolerate this sort of big organization sclerosis you'll do fine at Intel.

    Intel is top-heavy from a management perspective, which limits your options for growth via promotion. You'll have to be content making lots of lateral moves.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople managers need to put more energy into developing career tracks for employees that don't involve making a jump to management. Employees want a sense of job progression tied to increasing benefits no matter what they do for a living. Intel sometimes leaves this too much in the employee's hands. Use the technical roles as a guide -- figure out how to simulate the "principal engineer" track in the non-technical fields.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    challenging

    Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee) Glendale, AZ (US)

    ProsChance to learn and grow - great benefits

    Consgraveyard shift hours - time available to learn

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Good Company to work with with flexible timings

    Software Engineer In Test (Former Employee) Bangalore (India)

    Pros1. Flexible timings.
    2. Good Environment
    3. Talented colleagues

    ConsSince every six months there will be a performance review, which is good

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    Engineering Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsStable products and mature processes, many long-term employees that enjoy sharing their experiences and knowledge of the company and products. Great employee benefits and health considerations

    ConsLack of drive for innovation or improvement in manufacturing department. Development of new products is the focus, whereas manufacturing systems of the older products are neglected.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company but limited career opportunity

    Program Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsSome very smart people and a decent collaborative culture, engineer driven and stable environment. They work to try to develop their people and promote from within - which is good from the perspective of the individual contributor. Decision making is based on a form of democracy - with the option to Disagree and Commit if there is an impasse and someone feels like they would be held accountable for the failure of the decision. There's a lot of vaporware being done internally though - the decision to proceed or cancel a project can be very perplexing at times as it can be more of a political decision than a practical or strategic one driving the outcome.
    Total Compensation uses a form of profit sharing to bring the overall $$$ package above the median - in great business years it's well above the median, but the last couple years have worked out to be barely above median comp. At this time, the company is restructuring the bonus calculations and payouts - its being sold as a simpler and easier to predict model for employees who count on the bonus, but there's a lot of distrust and general feeling is that the overall comp will drop as a result. Still, the Intel Retirement Stock program is one of the best in the industry -- average annual deposit can be up to 7% of your salary in stock grants to your Fidelity account.

    ConsOnce you achieve a middle tier grade level position, the promotion engine gets incredibly slow. In fact, most people will be content once they reach a Grade Level 8 since there is no pressure anymore to be promoted beyond that. There is one more grade level beyond that which is considered an Individual Contributor or non-executive level - once you hit Grade Level 10 you no longer abide by the rules afforded lower levels - but your annual "focal" (review) doesn't have very well defined goals to work against or be measured against.
    From a task or project perspective - reviews are terribly subjective since you could meet expectations on your normal duties, but create a brand new multi million dollar business from scratch as a self driven initiative - and still only end up with a Satisfactory or Expectations Met review result with a meagre salary increase (cost of living) and a token quantity of RSUs. Health insurance is ok - High Deductible program is heavily promoted, and for single or childless couples it's a great deal. With kids, it works out to roughly the same - the HSA makes up for the premiums you would pay for your family to be covered.
    Decisions to promote or cut projects can be really opaque - some projects are allowed to live on unexplicably, while others get cut for no good reason. Similarly when RIFs are called for - some engineers get the package for no reasonable explanation, while there is still considerable deadwood floating around the various teams known for being great places to hide out and :"rest and vest".
    Speaking of decision making - there is a culture that has been taking hold of "analysis paralysis" - meeting upon meeting to decide to have another meeting prior to making any decision regardless how harmless or pointless the issue could be. Its become a frustration point for many people within the company, but the sheeple mentality and the fear of raising concern or objection (see below) keeps everyone's mouths shut for the most part.
    For all the Constructive Criticism that is touted as being company culture, people get upset if you are simply frank and honest about situations and contributions. In any company arseholes shouldn't be tolerated, but just communicating reality to someone who is under-performing or calling someone out on the carpet for missing a commitment can result in a reprimand from your manager.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt might be time to split the Grade Levels into sublevels - make the promotion path somewhat more linear instead of the exponential curve and the lengthened timeframe it's assumed that the individual will take to develop those skills. Not getting promoted or being told that someone else has been longer in level than you so therefore they're first in line - that's horribly demoralizing and demotivating.
    Simplification of the review process resulted in both more clusterfking from lead level managers, but also a feeling that your reviews have already been predetermined before self-review docs are even started. Frustration of knowing you have absolutely no channel to support your case for the review you expect - sometimes the manager is ineffective in communicating where you rank or how your meeting expectations throughout the year. Though the claims being made to the rank & file are that there's no stack rank or bucketing system - we all know that's bull so just claim it and own it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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