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What is your opinion of Intel?

Good - I work for them now or have in the past 17% [ 3 ]

Bad - I work for them now or have in the past 22% [ 4 ]

Good - I have only dealt with them 28% [ 5 ]

Bad - I have only dealt with them 33% [ 6 ]

Total votes : 18

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Kirt Blattenberger

Post subject: IntelPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2005 7:56 pm

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Post subject: Intel interviews Posted: Tue Nov 01, 2005 3:45 pm

Got an interview with Intel for equipment technician, a two day ordeal, interviewed with two engineers and two techs, said they would get back to me in a couple of weeks. More than a month went by with me making phone calls to HR and submitting follow up letters, not one word. After 6 weeks I called HR again and finally was told I was not techical enough. Their a great company to work for if you can ever get hired or a word back from them.



Post subject: IntelPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 12:47 am


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I just left Intel after 6 years. I am refraining from voting as I needed a better options but I will state this:

Technically; If you can ensure that you are doing technical work in a core engineering support group, dedicated to a product or process, it is a great company.

Unfortunately the company has become a political nightmare. This coming from someone who did not suffer there. I had a great technical position as a lead IO and analog circuits designer and process development engineer for IO's and ESD. I averaged promotions every 1.5-2 years, but it became very painful to work there as I wanted to drive innovative change and improve the products. I left as a result of many business related issues such as:

:a 6 month debate on a power pinout because the product manager had an MBA and a degree in biology but no understanding of engineering and could not decide how to direct the product team. Nor could he allow his technical experts to make the decision, "HE" was the manager.

:A different manager more concerned about collecting data for a status update on 5 year goals for a presentations to a VP, and at the same time having an entire collateral team ignore the request from product teams who were taping out in 3 months because "it does not improve our visibility to senior management".

:a division reorganized 4 times in 5 years to deal with problems in execution, unfortunately all of the senior managers who were the execution problem remained in place after every reorg becuase the covered for each other. There is no accountability of senior managers.

To be honest, I loved and miss dearly the technology, but as the old-timers would put it, Intel is no longer the engineering company it used to be, it has been overrun by MBA's more concerned about personal agendas than products. I sincerely hope that the new reorg being announced directs the company to better execution and engineering. I still have a lot of stock there and may very well get back in.

For now I am enjoying engineering challenges at companies willing to take innovative steps.

As for the gentelmen who never got the call back...the biggest issue right now is that for the last 3 years, hiring has been frozen and opened and re-frozen so fast it became ridiculous. managers would wait with baited breath for a hiring freeze lift so they could get someone in in an instant, because the lfit could change and the freeze be put back on in a week. It is quite possible their job opening was frozen just after they contacted you, and then they waited and waited to get the position re-opened up so they could talk to you further. They probably did not want to tell you it was frozen or closed for fear you may go elasewhere when they knew it was completely possible for the job to be reopened at any moment and then they would slide you in in a heartbeat. Its hard to say what really happened.

Last year Otellinin wanted to grow the company to 100'000 plus, this year he wants to layoff around 16000...go figure.


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Post subject: Posted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 3:10 pm


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I worked for a circuit design group as an intern back in '95. It was a horrible experience. Most of the people I know who have worked for them have also had bad experiences. The culture felt very stiff and confrontational, very high pressure and very political. It was all business and everyone trying to be the alpha male over everyone else and lots of arrogance. My manager was gone most of time I was there, and then hung me out to dry for my final project report. My lack of success was blamed on me being a bad intern, not on poor management (that was never there). It looked like if you were buddies with someone on the inside, you would go far. Otherwise, you take your chances. I've heard others talk about posters that proclaim prozac and other anti-depressants as "wonder drugs", because they need to stay doped up to be happy. It is a toxic, depressing place to work. If you're looking for technical challenges, look elsewhere.



Post subject: Posted: Mon Jul 21, 2008 11:31 pm


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Location: MA, USA

I worked as consultant for Intel in the post of Signal Integrity Engineer. My experirnce was more or less good. There is however too much discussions on the petty things rather than focus on the core issue.

Few guys act smart even when they know just the ABC of SI.



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