An Inside Look at Intel in Europe

Have you ever been curious about what it’s like to work at Intel? Looking for a way to connect with Intel recruiters and ask questions about working at Intel? While our recruiting team visits tons of campuses around the world to share Intel opportunities, it’s impossible to go everywhere and meet everyone. So we came up with a different way to meet people, wherever they are, through Virtual Events.

Talent is hard to find nowadays and the usual career fair might not be around the corner for everyone, so why not try it online? After collaborating with the experienced Virtual Events team in the US, we eventually had a rough picture in mind of what, who and when. Well equipped to organise an innovative virtual job fair, targeting students and college graduates all over Europe, our idea was to provide future talent with interactive, virtual information about Intel Europe and our Mobile and Communications Group. This was to be achieved by a virtual presentation held by Günther Harrasser (Manager Test and Build Automation) and an interactive element, our virtual “booths”, where Intel engineers and recruiters would be chatting with possible future candidates.

Promotion in the weeks before the event was running wild. Several postings via Intel’s Social Media channels, as well as targeted Facebook Ads and a Facebook event were utilised as well as promotions on our Jobs at Intel Facebook page. Moreover, supported by some internal helpers, our team got in contact with around 4000 people from our Taleo  candidate databases and LinkedIn connections in our group and company page and above 100 professors and staff at target universities throughout Europe. We definitely wanted to get the message out there!

After three months of intensive preparation, the day was finally here and we were finally ready to go! During the event, 8 engineers and 3 recruiters sat around a big table at our IMC Campeon site in Munich. The evening did actually look a little like a LAN Party, with all those cables and screens. Everyone stuck to their laptop, striving to answer every question asked in our Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and HR virtual chat booths. In order to avoid food or drink cravings, we had some Oktoberfest elements organised in advance, as it was that time of the year in Munich:). So the atmosphere during the event was fun, yet professional – just how we like it! At 8 p.m., after two hours of interacting with a bunch of very interested potential candidates, people in the chats thanked us for the great event, our laptops were shut down and 11 happy faces went home.

The next day we figured out our event was a great success. We had over 800 people register for the event, which included Günther’s presentation group chats in our virtual booths. Mission accomplished! – Thanks to each and every individual who contributed to this event, on the Intel side and the candidate side! Were you at the event? What feedback do you have for us? If you haven’t attended an Intel Virtual Event, be sure to check out our calendar and attend our next event!


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My Day: Growing in Gdansk

Guest blogger: Joanna from Intel’s Internal Employee Communications Team in EMEA

Photo credit: Sebastian from Intel’s Internal Employee Communications Team in EMEA

Jacek has watched Intel’s R&D site in Gdańsk, Poland, grow right before his eyes. Compared with other Intel sites worldwide, Intel Poland has in the past been relatively little-known. But with almost 1,000 employees, Poland is now one of the biggest Intel sites in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.

As the leader of PC Client Services Engineering organization, Jacek’s job is to help build a stronger team by encouraging cross-site collaboration and knowledge sharing, and developing the people who work for him.

We followed Jacek for a day in his life in Gdańsk, shortly before he decided that he and his family will relocate to Folsom, where Jacek will join the IDGz Chipset and SoC Strategic Planning group.

8:10 a.m.—Jacek is up at 6:45 a.m, and at work 90 minutes later. This week, his team moved to the new “green” building in Gdańsk which features freshly painted offices, conference rooms and state- of-the-art labs.

8:20 a.m.—Time to go through emails on his new PC, a Toshiba Ultrabook. The site sponsor for the Gdansk Great Place to Work team, Jacek is a sought-after trainer and coach; he also coordinates and leads site level initiatives like Business Update Meetings and senior leader visits. He gets many emails on these subjects as well as those that related to his day job.

8:50 a.m.—Jacek shares his plans for a busy day with his administrative assistant.

9:00 a.m.—Jacek meets with the Engineers in a new lab. The labs in Gdańsk host development systems, computation intensive work, and test infrastructure.

This lab is not fully functioning yet, and the four discuss the issues that may arise if the rest of team’s equipment is not moved into the lab within two days. However, Jacek is pleased that it took only two days instead of four to move, reconfigure, and make dozens of high compute servers and 120 test platforms fully operational.

9:35 a.m.—Jacek believes that one key every team’s success is keeping team members motivated and eager to work. When Jacek is delivering employee personal results, he sees it as a chance to share his team’s vision and make sure each employee is aligned to it.

10:30 a.m.—Jacek’s group uses Agile methodology to drive their projects: a daily Scrum. This method enables the team to run software projects in a tight, iterative way. They stay close to customer needs, deliver value rapidly, and adapt quickly to new requirements.

Those who can’t attend in person call in. They discuss success in performance tuning; changing an approach to resolve a bottleneck; a new anti-theft service beta release; and final touches on some McAfee software.

11:30 a.m.—Jacek discuss with other members of the management about the best way to train contingent workers.

12:30 p.m.—Can’t run on an empty stomach: “I like to eat everything, especially in good company,” says Jacek. On the menu in the canteen today: spicy oriental soup, crispy American chicken slices, spaghetti Bolognese, mixed grilled vegetables, and cheesecake. Jacek meets one of the Principal Engineers, who is in charge of the technical leadership pipeline in Poland. They collaborate on a pressing problem: as a remote site, Gdańsk lacks many conventional opportunities to grow people, so they need to be creative to support employees.

1:30 p.m.— Jacek bumps into one of his employees, software application engineer. They talk about different possibilities to improve the automated build infrastructure used in all of the projects of PC Client Division. He is very enthusiastic: “It will be so much faster and will add a flexibility vector for our engineers. They will love it!”

2:00 p.m.— The Great Place To Work team is taking care of the social side of Intel life. Here they are debating about building a new soccer field for Intel Gdańsk employees. Jacek loves sports. He shares his ideas on organizing a competition with prizes for local Intel soccer teams. Jacek also manages large-scale volunteering programs and since Intel invests a lot of effort in protecting the environment, the GPTW team plans to have volunteers clean up some nearby forestland.

2:55 p.m.—Because the Gdańsk campus is growing, employees move among three buildings. How does he shift gears between very different kinds of meetings? “The thing I use to reset myself is picturing my wife when she is smiling. It’s amazing how fast you can reach a positive state of mind when doing that–it’s a very powerful technique.”

3:00 p.m.—Apart from his strong presentation and storytelling skills, Jacek also shares his knowledge and experience with others as a certified transition coach and trainer for “Strengthening Managers Skills.” This means he is helping new managers to transit from individual contributor to manager. He meets regularly with one of the employees, a Visual and Parallel Computing Group (VCG) software engineer, to go through his Transitional Coach program.

4:30 p.m.—Jacek leaves work, heading home to his family. Thursday is the only day when he manages to take off early. Jacek moves some of his meetings to a later time and is able to get home by 6-7 p.m. A few years ago, Jacek didn’t have many late meetings so maintaining work/life balance was easier. “Being an employee at a remote site and having a nine-hour time difference with the U.S. does have a price. The more responsible the job, the more you have to fit it to the U.S. working hours,” Jacek comments.

5:30 p.m.—Jacek, his wife Magdalena, and their three kids are big fans of water sports. They love to spend time together and often go swimming in the local pool. This is a great break in a busy day that will soon resume with more meetings.

9:00 p.m.—There are two more meetings before Jacek can finally call it a day. Nora, his loyal German Shepherd, always accompanies him. “No matter what you do, at the end of every day there are still piles of tasks that you haven’t managed to close. The most important thing for me is to check whether I did everything I could to make my family happy and my team successful. Whatever I have achieved at Intel is because of my family: the support I got from my beloved wife and the happiness I experience from taking part in my kids’ lives. With such a great foundation it is easy to put 100% of yourself in the job and succeed.”


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Intel Poland – Global Employee Support

Over the last few years, the Intel site in Poland has grown significantly. We have hired the best specialists from all over the world. To build a strong team of the highest quality specialists, we decided to relocate some of our employees to Poland.

Do you remember our fantastic, Polish HR Team from previous entries?

This team is focused on helping our employees solve their everyday problems. If an Intel employee has any job-related issues or concerns, these are the people who will take care of it.

Irina is a part of our HR department which is responsible for providing such support for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region. She relocated from Russia to support the Russian speaking part of the Intel’s world.

Meet Irina – she is sharing her point of view on Polish stereotypes and working perspectives in Gdansk branch of Intel.

My name is Irina (or Irena in Polish style :-) ), and I am from Russia, Nizhny Novgorod. I am a part of Human Resources Enterprise Services (HRES) group, specifically, the Greater Europe Region (GER) Global Employee support team. Our team is responsible for providing employee support across HR products and services, with a strong focus on quality, efficiency and customer service. Right now I am a Customer Care representative for GER region, which means that I’m working with complex cross-functional HR issues, urgent / time sensitive issues, service extensions etc. I’ve been with Intel for 4.5 years, and all this time I’ve spent with GES team.

What do you like the most in Intel-Gdansk?

Everything :-) The first, and the most important thing to know is that “Intel’s greatest asset is people”, and I can say that people at Intel-Gdansk are great! Open, ready to help and support, easy-going! I truly appreciate the support which I received as a foreigner. And of course it’s great to have an opportunity to go to the beach after business hours :-)

What are the cultural differences?

Well, frankly speaking, there are more common things than different things. I can say that Polish people are a little bit more open and friendly than Russians. I would say there were some funny stereotypes that they have about Russia :-)

Why have you decided to work in Polish branch of Intel?

It was a great and unique opportunity! I was the first one from Global Employee Support team to move here and start to establish a new organization, so it was an exciting offer.

What did you think about Poland before you came here? Did you have any concerns about coming to Gdansk?

I knew something from school history course, but not many really. I didn’t have any concerns about Gdansk or Poland, only great perspectives. I’m fond of history, and this move is a great opportunity to see beautiful and famous historical places. And of course living by the sea side is great :-)

What do you like the most in your job? HR is always about working with employees, who are our customers. And this is what I like most – work with people and provide an excellent service.

Interested in joining us? Check job openings in Poland HR group! Apply here 

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Intern Voices: The Russia Edition

Every year we hire students all across the globe: US, Latin America, Europe, Asia. Sometimes these are summer placements, at times 6 months internships or in some locations interns stay with us for over a year. We work hard to make sure our interns get the most positive experience with us during their time with […] Read more >