Apr 9, 2018 101 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
    • 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.
      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
    • 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

    Intel Other

    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
      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
    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

      Intel Eng

      Verification engineer
      ^ 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
    • 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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