A look at technology company Intel (plus tips for how to get hired)

Intel is “on a journey from a PC-centric company to a data-centric company.” Learn all about the company that wants the world to run on Intel, including more about the company culture and advice on how to get hired.

Intel rundown 

Size: The company has 110,000 global employees, approximately half of which are based in the U.S.

Industry: Technology

Locations: The company’s headquarters are in Santa Clara, California. In addition to the U.S., the company has a presence in more than 50 countries around the world. 

Founded: 1968

Founders: Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce

CEO: Robert Swan

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Mission: “Intel invents at the boundaries of technology to make amazing experiences possible for business and society, and for every person on Earth,” the company’s website states. “Harnessing the capability of the cloud, the ubiquity of the Internet of Things, the latest advances in memory and programmable solutions, and the promise of always-on connectivity, Intel is disrupting industries and solving global challenges. Leading on policy, diversity, inclusion, education and sustainability, we create value for our stockholders, customers, and society.”

How much do Intel employees make?

The average salary for an Intel employee is $116,623 per year. Ladders estimates are based on our calculations.

Intel Jobs

The company is currently hiring for a NCLG Marketing Campaign Manager and a Senior Network Software Development Engineer to join the team in San Jose, California. Open roles in Phoenix, Arizona include a Cloud Media Software Application Engineer and a Material Traceability Software Engineer. View Ladders’ Intel Jobs page for a full list of open roles.

Company culture

One of the company’s corporate values is to make the organization an inclusive, great place to work. The company works to achieve that goal with a great benefits package that includes flexible work options, holistic health benefits, training and tuition assistance, competitive total compensation and more.

The culture is also built on a commitment to giving back to the surrounding communities, led by the company’s non-profit organization, the Intel Foundation. Last year, Intel surpassed its fiftieth anniversary goal to have 50,000 employees give one million hours to its global communities, with over 68,000 volunteers contributing approximately 1.5 million hours. Through the Intel Involved Matching Grant Program, qualified schools and nonprofit organizations are eligible for Volunteer Matching Grants from the Intel Foundation for every hour volunteered.

Office Life

At the company’s larger campuses, Intel provides services that make it easier for employees to manage their work and life, such as dry cleaning, banking, fitness classes, spas, cafés with healthy meal options, and exclusive employee discounts.

At the Santa Clara headquarters, there is also a nail salon, massage room and restaurant that serves locally-sourced food.

Interview advice

The company looks for people that “have a passion for problem solving, life-long learning and enjoy a challenging workplace.”

According to its employees, the company’s teams are diverse, competitive and continually searching for the next big idea.

Funding and acquisitions

The company raised $2.5 million in one Seed round in 1968. The company has acquired a total of 96 organizations, the most recent being Smart Edge on Oct. 16 for $27 million.

Employee benefits

  • Health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance
  • Flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Health savings account (HSA)
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Occupational accident insurance
  • Mental health care
  • Accidental death & dismemberment insurance
  • Health care on-site
  • Retiree health & medical
  • Retirement plan
  • Performance bonus
  • Charitable gift matching
  • 401K plan
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Stock options
  • Maternity & paternity leave
  • Fertility assistance
  • Adoption assistance
  • Reduced or flexible hours
  • Family medical leave
  • Dependent care
  • Military leave
  • Unpaid extended leave
  • Vacation & paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Sabbatical
  • Sick days
  • Volunteer time off
  • Bereavement leave

Employee perks

  • Employee discount
  • Employee assistance program
  • Company social events
  • Gym membership
  • Travel concierge
  • Diversity program
  • Professional development
  • Tuition assistance
  • Job training

Employee reviews 2019

Reviews on Glassdoor range from two-star reviews titled “elitist mentality, over-qualified, underpaid” to five-star reviews stating that it is “an amazing company to work for.”

“Good for career development but hard to executive your own innovative ideas,” one reviewer wrote.

Another wrote that “new leadership from outside is bringing in a new perspective.”

What does Intel do?

The company creates products and solutions across the technology industry.

Here is the list of products that the company offers:

  • Systems and Devices: Laptops, Desktops, Tablets, Smartphones, Drones
  • Processors: Core, Xeon, Atom, Pentium, Celeron, Itanium, Intel Quark
  • Boards and Kits: 
  • Chipsets: Mobile, Desktop, Server, and Embedded
  • FPGAs and Programmable Devices: Intel FPGAs, Intel SoC FPGAs, CPLDs, Acceleration Solutions, Configuration Devices, Design Tools and Software, Boards and Kits, Intellectual Property, Intel FPGA Support, Documentation
  • Structures ASICs
  • Power Solutions
  • Memory & Storage
  • Server Products
  • Networking & I/O: Ethernet Products and Fabric Products
  • Wireless
  • Software and Services
  • Gateways
  • Technologies: Featured Technologies, Intel FPGA Technologies, Data Center Technologies, Intel vPro Platform Technologies, Memory & Networking Technologies, Security Technologies, Graphics & Visual Technologies