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What They Do
Manufacture semiconductor chips that are used worldwide in computers and other electronic devices.
Headquarters: Santa Clara, California
What Makes Intel Corporation Great
Most people are familiar with the five-note “Intel Inside” jingle that brands the company's advertising in more than 130 countries. But what’s it like to actually be inside one of the world’s largest tech companies?
Employees here describe an environment that captures the exciting feel of a technology start-up while providing the security, opportunity and lavish benefits of a giant multinational corporation. And to boot — technology that impacts millions of people around the globe every single day.
“Intel offers a unique combination of enormous economic stability, extreme integrity and opportunities to work with other, very smart people, on leading-edge technology and products that have changed this world,” one employee says.
It’s all about innovation at Intel, and the atmosphere here can be intense and fast-paced; the engineers, researchers, and technicians are among the smartest and most talented in the business.
Employees enjoy challenging work and diverse career paths geared toward extending the reach — and benefits — of Intel’s technology to people all over the planet. It’s no surprise, then, that people here believe in the work they do. Eighty-eight percent of employees say they feel a sense of pride when they look at what they accomplish and 91 percent are proud to tell others they work here.
“It is a great feeling to see what we make in all sorts of very cool products,” one employee says. “I think we have the most advanced manufacturing technology in the world, which makes me very proud and excited to work for this company and is why I have been here for over 25 years.”
In fact, lots of Intel employees have been with the company for a long time. Of its more than 49,000 U.S. workers — three-quarters of whom are at least 35 years old — more than half have been there a decade or longer.
Safe and sound
Part of what fuels that longevity may be the semiconductor chip maker’s generous eight-week paid sabbaticals for employees who put in seven years. More substantially, however, employees credit the combination of rewarding work, solid health and retirement benefits and even just having a safe environment in which to work, something that 97 percent of employees say that Intel provides. That’s no small feat in the highly complex world of semiconductor manufacturing.
“This company is so big on safety,” one employee says. “They would rather you stop the job and escalate if you feel any activity is unsafe or unclear.”
Intel is also a company known for having huge economic and philanthropic impacts on its surrounding areas, and 92 percent of employees say they feel good about the company’s contributions to the community.
Employees themselves are a big part of that give-back, donating funds to nonprofits that the Intel Foundation then matches with donations to United Way. In 2012 alone, the effort generated more than $17 million in employee and retiree donations. Intel employees volunteer all over the world, and the company matches volunteer hours with donations of up to $10,000 per organization and $15,000 per school, per year. Teams of employees can also apply for funding of up to $5,000 to get their own community service projects up and running.
“I think it is important for companies to do their part in social responsibility,” one employee says, “and Intel has done that.”
While Intel's global scope provides employees many advantages, product development schedules, manufacturing pressures and the need to coordinate work across international time zones can make for long hours. Some employees also say managers don’t always avoid playing favorites and that promotions don’t always seem to go to those who most deserve them.
But if you are inspired by working in a challenging yet rewarding environment for a company whose technology touches the lives of millions of people around the world every day, Intel is hard to beat.
“Our technology is needed for so many applications,” one employee says. “It's a true opportunity to make an impact on the lives of people.”
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