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  • vinnie_baggadonitz vinnie_baggadonitz Mar 11, 2013 10:31 AM Flag

    Out of the group I worked in (as a contractor)


    The manager was fired because he spent too much time at a funeral overseas. One engineer quit from severe depression and is now living on welfare in Florida. Another engineer has severe depression and stress problems and recently had a heart attack. One NCG engineer hated the company so much that he dropped out and joined a Buddhist commune. The one remaining engineer was a ditzy forty year old who never did any work but managed to back stab all the other people in the group and often took credit for work that they did. My bet is she is fine and has probably received several promotions.

    You cannot make this stuff up. No wonder they can't sell any phones.

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    • "One NCG engineer hated the company so much that he dropped out and joined a Buddhist commune."
      Hare Krishna, hare krishna, hare, hare....
      Have you ever worked or came close to Micron?

    • Andy Grove ran a tight ship. There was accountability. There was fear. And, there were results for shareholders. I dont see that with Paul O's tenure. WTH are the results? Intel has gotten way too fat - over 100K employees. Are you kidding me? How can you grow # of employees without showing growth. Worst CEO Intel ever had.

    • No one said working for Intel was easy. Intel has always expected employees to give 150% and make whatever sacrifices are necessary in their scchedules and personal life to achieve the improbable in an impossible amount of time. The atmosphere encourages dissent and conflict. Even the the "ranking & rating" process employees go through is known internally as "ranting and raving". Screaming matches are common and surviving in this environment requires having a thick skin. The suicide rate of Intel employess has always been alarmingly high. The "disagree & commit" approach - with a heavy emphasis on disagree - is a legacy of the "Grove" era.

      Being a non-employee contractor in this atmosphere would be tough and I have sympathy for anyone in that situation.

      But does this work culture produce results? Absolutely it does. As Grove said, "only the paranoid survive" and they need to maintin this philosophy to prosper.

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      • I joined Intel in 1990 and at that time the divorce rate among Intel employees was around 35%. I spent the last 22 years there before retiring, and from my perspective this rate has not gone down.

        It has been a financially rewarding place to have worked, however it definitely takes its toll on ones central nervous system.

      • I worked as a vendor at dozens and dozens and dozens of fabs (never made it to TSMC though).
        IDT and Cypress would slam and and almost beat the ...out of vendors when equipment was down.
        Was involved with 8 inch start up at D2 (Santa Clara) and process transfer to the the UK when Intel bought hundreds of etchers - at this time Intel was unique because they demanded to run the same process on all the equipment.
        They ran DOEs on the process and once the process was qualified they would not make any changes.
        It can be very difficult to make the hardware identical to produce the same process results.
        That's one of the "secrets" of Intel being able to run multiple fabs..."copy exactly" and tool matching.
        No matter Moto, Samsung, Micron or Intel ...when things don't work out it can get very ugly.
        I never encountered a private contractor at Intel - they even have their own facility crew.

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