Intel/ Qualcomm/ Nvidia Referrals?

HelloFresh RDUv78
May 10 24 Comments

Hi all! I am a recent graduate with a BS in CE and want to go into the hardware/semiconductor industry doing firmware/embedded engineering. I found it difficult to get these positions as a new grad and now have the urge to enter this space. I believe these three companies can get me a foot in the door in this industry. I would like to know if anyone is offering referrals for any entry level positions at these companies. Thank you in advance.

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  • WeWork / Other
    vVxN63

    WeWork Other

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    Intel Corporation
    vVxN63more
    Avoid INTEL like the plague.
    May 10 8
    • Samsung EternalACT
      This. Intel is a dumpster fire of corruption and incompetence.
      May 10
    • WeWork / Other
      vVxN63

      WeWork Other

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      Intel Corporation
      vVxN63more
      Yea, I can't tell you how many times we fucked over MSFT. Too many poor perfomers, too much nepotism. Nobody knows what they are doing so they promote based on visibility. I can't tell you many engineers would not deliver on time because they were "blocked". Yet they wont hand off thd work to someone who is capable of actually doing the work. Oh well, let's just fuck over MSFT some more. They're not trying to run a business at all.
      May 10
    • HelloFresh RDUv78
      OP
      I looked through Blind and know that people have had bad experiences at Intel but I truly think that it would be a good place for an early career job (due to having exposure to the field). They also have a great tuition assistance program and want to go for a masters.
      May 10
    • Samsung EternalACT
      Dude, just say no. Intel instantly silos new grads and corrupts them from the start with the cult of the BKM (best known method), the worst words you'll ever hear.

      You want exposure, join a startup.
      May 10
    • Microsoft edocteeL
      MSFT? How?
      May 10
    • Intel / Eng Samaritan
      Totally agree. You won’t get the exposure you expect almost for sure, and the chance you get tuition assistance is slim given many groups are cutting cost aggressively now.
      May 12
    • Intel / Eng Samaritan
      @edicteeL There are multiple in the past; most recent one is Intel NSG (manufacturing SSD) screwed MSFT pretty bad.
      May 12
    • Maxim Integrated / Eng neRx20
      Or how about Skylake chipset bugs?
      May 15
  • Intel AgtBough
    I’ve seen several new grads and people in n their early careers join and regret it pretty bad. You might end up working on trivial and grunt work and the max technology you will be exposed to is Excel and Powerpoint. Hope you’ve heard of them.
    May 14 0
  • Intel / Eng Samaritan
    FYI, I have heard more than one Intel junior employees (out of college not long ago) complaining “I studied X in the university and expected to do X at Intel, but instead I’m doing Y.” Y is usually some repetitive and trivial work using outdated technologies, or without any technology at all.
    May 14 1
    • Samsung EternalACT
      That's all of intel. Doing the same stupid task with proprietary methodology for years so you become unhirable elsewhere and you're stuck with shitty intel tc and political managers.
      May 14
  • Intel Hunting
    If you are a comp science grad, go for pure software comps. Avoid semi conductor companies.
    May 13 3
    • HelloFresh RDUv78
      OP
      Im a computer engineering grad so I feel as if this is the best fit for my interests
      May 13
    • WeWork / Other
      vVxN63

      WeWork Other

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      Intel Corporation
      vVxN63more
      And you think you'll get to do embedded work?! Something you'll learn, "Just because it looks good on paper doesn't mean it's good in reality."

      Look, if Intel is the best you can do, fine, take the job, work on yourself and your skills on your own time until you are good enough to leave. If you don't, you'll be stuck there wishing you had never taken the job, having developed no real skills to speak of.
      May 13
    • Nvidia mwmwm
      You can do embedded and systems software work at pure software companies as well. At a semi company, the attitude is always that software org are second class citizens.
      May 14
  • New / Eng qPiX74
    Doesn’t NVIDIA have a hiring freeze in effect?
    May 10 3
    • Nvidia 1emoji
      True
      May 10
    • Nvidia sygie
      Not any more.. multiple positions opened in the last few weeks
      May 10
    • Nvidia ECTT56
      Unfortunately hiring is more of the exception than the rule right now, Mellanox was expannsive af.

      Have a feeling next year should be super interesting for the company though.
      May 10
  • Qualcomm stupendicu
    I'll give referrals to Qcom.
    May 10 2
  • Qualcomm dynasty01
    @dynasty001
    May 25 0

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