Intel

Apr 9, 2018 100 Comments

How is intel as a company for software engineers? Is it in the same league as the Big 4 or faang such as google, amazon etc? Also how is the compensation and difficulty of interviews? Im a sde 2 at Amazon with a TC of 200k. I live in phoenix arizona area and here Intel has a very big office in chandler(suburb of phoenix). So ive recently been wondering if i want to switch to a different tech company in future if Intel would be a good choice? Will intel match my pay of Amazon or should i expect a pay cut in salary?

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  • Intel / Eng pleb
    Sux. Stay away. Although if you're Indian, good at politics and ass kissing you could climb the corporate ladder and earn money.

    Otherwise you'll be miserable like most of us. Low pay, low rsu, low raises, low bonuses, low enthusiasm, low relevance no matter how skilled you are.
    Apr 9, 2018 15
    • Apple Qqejfnb
      Its gotten to the point that asking for a meritocracy is too much to ask for. That is how fucked up it is.
      Apr 14, 2018
    • Amazon bPRG82
      OP
      Indian inside! Rofl! Thats the funniest thing i have heard on blind. 😂
      Apr 14, 2018
    • Intel Qplux
      In my team, there are a couple of hardworking Indians, who never speak a lot in meetings, and never claim half the credit for the work they do. There’s an American, who just talks at meetings and I’ve hardly seen him actually deliver something real. Just because this American speaks a lot, he got multiple recognitions and a promo.

      Ps. I’m from Europe, and this was my observation.
      Apr 16, 2018
    • Intel fwDf64
      This is exactly what I observed at Intel.
      Apr 16, 2018
    • Intel baobao1
      I have observed that ass kissing and paper pushing gets you to the top. But this nature is the key. It is regardless of the race - Indians or white Americans.
      SMH.
      Apr 5, 2019
  • Intel internally is stuck in the 90s tech and process wise. Do not expect to work on anything new, modern or groundbreaking software wise. Do not expect good raises or promotions. Do not even expect good w/l balance, as that is no longer a given for Intel anymore in my experience.

    Pay is shit, projects are shit, they are desperate to survive, so they are cutting, merging and chopping anything they can, which has made the moral of all employees go through the floor and all the good employees leave to be valued better elsewhere. All that’s left at Intel are people who can’t find a better job outside and URMs who couldn’t make it in/into FANG.

    Stay far away.

    Working for Intel was the worst mistake of my professional career.
    Apr 9, 2018 12
    • Intel 🍩boy
      Good on you paperclips, good luck with your interview (not trolling).
      Apr 14, 2018
    • Intel / Product paperclips
      Thanks donut boy! I got the job! It's a year long server migration project. My manager is also a Transition Manager. Apparently Nike takes those roles very seriously. They are used often in infrastructure projects. Intel doesn't use us often. We are often an afterthought.

      I start April 30! Even after COBRA and taxes I will take home 20% more than what I earn now. Three years ago I became the breadwinner for my family. My husband had to close his business because he lost most of his vision to glaucoma. The fact that I'm earning $120k not long after making that switch is leaving me feeling mighty proud of myself, and hopefully sharing hope with others enduring hardship.
      Apr 18, 2018
    • Intel / Eng pleb
      Congrats ! Thanks for sharing your story and best of luck ! It's very rare that people come back here after they jump ship. It's inspiring to see people making big progress after Intel. I dream of when that day comes for me :)
      Apr 18, 2018
    • Glad you got the role and got out paperclips! Welcome to the ranks of us that have left and found it better on the other side!

      Every single person I knew that was hired at Intel has now left or is currently interviewing elsewhere to leave.. Just wait until the stock market catches wind of how bad things are for employees and engineers at Intel...
      Apr 22, 2018
    • Intel zprto
      Intel Mobileeye only hires the best of the best in Israel. Good luck finding an Intel ADG (Autonomous Driving Group) job in the USA.
      Jul 24, 2018
  • Intel fwDf64
    Not recommended.
    Apr 9, 2018 0
  • Intel / Eng Litecoin
    Avoid completely.
    Apr 9, 2018 0
  • Facebook Blink-182
    Intel doesn’t pay nearly as wel as google or fb. Not sure about amazon. I had a pretty awful experience there
    Apr 9, 2018 0
  • Cisco Beeping
    If you are a software engineer stay away from Intel
    Apr 9, 2018 0
  • Intel / Other
    goldieLock

    Intel Other

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    goldieLockmore
    Intel is the best place to be if you are around 60. Many old timers around this age have already retired on payroll. Join if you are done with your career, but would like a paycheck for a few more years. In any other case, RUN!
    Apr 10, 2018 0
  • Intel sillycon
    OP, how many years exp in sw do you have?
    Apr 9, 2018 10
    • Intel sillycon
      Then you should be able to bank 110k base, 8-10k rsu annually, 15k bonus ... my guess
      Apr 9, 2018
    • Intel / Eng pleb
      Yes, Santa Clara, California, USA, Planet Earth, Milky Way, Universe, Multiverse, Simulation.
      Apr 9, 2018
    • Amazon bPRG82
      OP
      Really? In SC a tc of 120k is low right? I was in chicago before and my tc was 110 k at motorola
      Apr 9, 2018
    • Intel sillycon
      If you accept 120k in Bay, you deserve the crappy servitude life you'll be living
      Apr 9, 2018
    • Intel / Eng pleb
      Are you also locked in place by the visa ?
      Apr 14, 2018
  • Amazon bPRG82
    OP
    Really? Can you guys give more info
    Apr 9, 2018 2
    • Intel / Eng Litecoin
      If you want to take a 50% pay cut, come to Intel.
      Apr 9, 2018
    • Intel / Eng
      PCIexpress

      Intel Eng

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      Verification engineer
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      ^ so true
      Apr 10, 2018
  • Intel yyuhj
    OP here's the deal. Like I mentioned earlier you can definitely get your pay matched at G8. At G9..... Definitely will exceed your current pay. You may or may not be able to negotiate a G9. Will depend on your cross group impacts at Amazon. That being said, the above posters are also right when it comes to Intel software. Because we are not software centric, I believe we have a lot to learn. My personal opinion about the management is not so pessimistic as the most posters above. I am an Intel bull and current management is trying to get us less dependent on silicon.... But how well they execute is TBD. Intel will not be an automatic win for you, however there are plenty of career wins to be had here. Good luck.
    Apr 10, 2018 3
    • Amazon bPRG82
      OP
      Hi, thanks for the response. Is g8/g9 engineering levels or are they management positions? To be honest not working on the latest and cutting edge high level languages is not a deal broker for me. On the other hand im very interested in processors and hardware interactions through software which means assembly, C, Operating systems and any low level embedded systems programming. The only issue i have is i have only done C, assembly etc either as a course project in university or as a hobby. So ive no professional experience. And secondly when i transititon from amazon to intel i dont want a pay cut
      Apr 10, 2018
    • Intel sillycon
      Gr8/9 is for both engineering and mamagement. What type of sw work is hiring at Intel Arizona?
      Apr 10, 2018
    • Intel / Eng Samaritan
      G8/9 can be either engineer or manger, Intel doesn’t have separate grade level for engineers/managers. Average TC is about 180-190k for G8, 220-230k for G9, so if you don’t want pay cut, you will be aiming at high-end G8 or low-end/mid G9. That said, Intel is still an awful place for SW engineers. If you’re truly interested in low-level software programming, why not move to Amazon Lab126? x86 is going nowhere, ARM is the king. Besides, I heard promotion to SDE III at Lab126 is much easier than Amazon.
      Apr 10, 2018

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