Intel Corporation

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Intel Corporation Reviews in Folsom, CA

Updated 10 August 2014
Updated 10 August 2014
3,697 Reviews

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Pros
  • Work life balance depends on teams but don't expect any rewards for your hardwork (in 455 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 109 reviews)

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  1.  

    Internship experience is great, and even better if you work hard

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer Intern  in  Folsom, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer Intern in Folsom, CA (US)

    Pros

    Eventually received plenty of responsibility as an intern. Excellent company culture and vacation time. Great college graduate/intern culture

    Cons

    Internship started off slow, management can be overbearing at times. Not hiring very much in the bay area anymore, which is unappealing to new grad college graduates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain newer employees by giving them interesting and challenging work from the start. Hire more in the bay area for competitive talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting and fun, but not the location for me.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Folsom, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Folsom, CA (US)

    Pros

    I worked on some interesting problems from a programming perspective and I enjoyed it. I liked all the people I worked with and met there. The work/life balance was good, I stayed late sometimes if I was working on something that I was focused on, but never felt pressured to stay. There was a gym on campus, two cafeterias with lunch and breakfast if you wanted to pay, as well as free drinks all the time and sometimes free fruit. There were team "Great Place to Work" days, where we would do something fun, which happened once a quarter, we went to the river once and to a rock climbing gym another time, also ice cream once every month or so, to celebrate people's birthdays.

    Cons

    Folsom is an alright place to live, I guess, but it isn't really where I want to be right now. I'm also not really a fan of the cubicles, but they aren't terrible. Overall I enjoyed working there, the location is the biggest problem for me, I would definitely work for Intel in the future if it was at a different location.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A pretty typical large corporation

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Folsom, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Folsom, CA (US)

    Pros

    Lot's of job security, great benefits (life insurance, 401k, stock purchase program), and a lot of opportunities to do different things all within Intel, really smart people.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape to get anything done, lots of 'good ole boys' relationships that can limit your growth, Intel tends to ignore work experience outside of Intel (once you're hired), low-to-mid range salary wise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actions speak louder than words. Saying you want employees to take risks, but having a system in place that punishes (or at least does not reward) it is not an environment that promotes risk taking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company if you like a challenge and can handle a high pressure environment.

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer  in  Folsom, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Folsom, CA (US)

    Pros

    Intel is a great company for a stable job. They're not a startup type company where they throw around money on events, but they provide good stability. Intel a culture is based on results so they do out pressure on you than some other companies.

    Pros would be good benefits, stable job, huge company of over 90,000 employees world wide.
    There is a lot of options to move around the company and they encourage it too.

    Cons

    This is a large company so it's easy to get lost. If you've worked in a smaller company there is a sense of you know everyone. There isn't that sense of closeness except for your group or org.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work&life

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    Current Employee - Customer Quality Engineer  in  Folsom, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Quality Engineer in Folsom, CA (US)

    Pros

    good place if you seek work and life balance. and a lot of opportunities for career development

    Cons

    reduced benefits recently and company is too big to know the what are people doing in the same building

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Staff Engineer

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Folsom, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Folsom, CA (US)

    Pros

    Cutting-edge technology work. Best in the Industry.

    Cons

    Too many levels and hierarchy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need flatter org structure and more hands-on managers needed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, lots of politics

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  Folsom, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Folsom, CA (US)

    Pros

    Excellent engineering skills, upper management is open and honest about strategy, industry, etc.
    Most engineers are very good at their job, and are very dedicated. The entire company is very tech-centric. I've worked at companies that aren't this way, and it is refreshing to see upper management really understand the tech industry.

    Cons

    Lots of politics! Also, middle management seems to have a hard time accepting that the Intel way of doing things is no longer the universal way. There tends to be a lot of people there that think that the rest of the world is waiting for Intel to produce something before it will buy it. Trouble is, that's no longer the case. Lots of internal politics, also. A poorly worded email at the wrong time can kill your entire yearly review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to modernize procedures! Intel is badly behind in the tech world and needs to catch up. Upper management seems to be trying, but there is still too many middle managers that still push the old Intel way of doing things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Intel Corporation Response

    Jul 15, 2014Talent Branding Solutions Manager

    Thanks for taking the time to post this! Your insights are spot on. Our Senior Management team understands the need for us to shift the company culture and for us move with much greater velocity ... More

  9.  

    An old company moving swiftly into the 21st century

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Intern  in  Folsom, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Intern in Folsom, CA (US)

    Pros

    great benefits, interns received many benefits!, fun intern program to keep interns engaged outside of work, smart people everwhere, can always strike up an interesting conversation with many, company tries to minimize buerocracy and make it easy for the employee to do work

    Cons

    none i can think of besides getting a bit lost during the first few weeks in a huge campus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep jobs in california! oregon is great but not for everyone. Keep supporting open source!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr. Programmer - Telecommunications / Infrastructure

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer  in  Folsom, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer in Folsom, CA (US)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, many different projects

    Cons

    Putting up with R&R process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more employee training and consulting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Stable, limited upward mobility

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    Current Employee - Graphics Hardware Engineer  in  Folsom, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Graphics Hardware Engineer in Folsom, CA (US)

    Pros

    Great job stability
    Work on products that impact a lot of people
    Management usually listens to complaints of workers

    Cons

    Sub-par compensation
    Less and less focus on work-life balance
    Inefficient planning / work flow (you get to enjoy doing the same changes multiple times, and/or completing a task and THEN having it pulled from a project)
    Hard to get promoted past mid-level, at least in engineering
    Your hard work may very well go unrecognized

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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