Why I think Intel is a Great Place to Work: Employee Groups

We recently received news…BIG news. Intel was named as one of Fortune Magazine’s* “100 Best Companies to Work For”! As someone who has been working at Intel for over 19 years, I already knew this, but boy did it feel good to hear someone else, someone on the outside, agree! Soon after the announcement, one of our VPs of HR wrote a blog post (yes, our execs blog!) on the topic. In his post he included, “This is bigger than simply having our name on a list. It’s an opportunity to have pride in and showcase our company to the outside world…” That got me thinking, “What makes Intel such a great place to work?” For me, one of the reasons is because of the rich Employee Group Program.

 

Maintaining an environment where employees from diverse backgrounds are valued, respected, challenged, acknowledged and rewarded is important to Intel, and to me. Intel understands the important connection between a positive workplace and its effect on maximizing the productivity and success of its employees. The network of Intel Employee Groups encourages this vital interaction. In 1990 when I came to Intel, there were only informal groups of employees meeting together for lunch and social events. Today we have over 20 Employee Groups with 102 chapters around the world. These groups are organized around racial groupings, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and more.

 

The group most related to current university scholars is the College Graduate Network (CGN). The mission of the group is to provide CGs with professional development, networking and community involvement opportunities that enrich their Intel experience. Many Intel scholars, interns and new full-time hires have benefited from the experience of CG members who have been with Intel for five years or less. Active chapters exist all over the world in places like Bangalore, Beijing, Chengdu, Costa Rica, Dalian, Malaysia, Shanghai, Israel, Ireland, the US and more. Rather than take my word on the value behind this group, here’s what some current members shared with me around the benefits of the group:

 

“By giving new employees opportunities to step out of their normal routine, the CGN enables them to candidly connect with a group of people that are (or recently were) in the same situation. Suddenly, the new employee goes from being on a lonely island of bewilderment to having an understanding support structure with company and local community resources, opportunities to meet new people with similar interests and an easier-gained contextual understanding of the company and their role within it. Although I can imagine that they are scary to join, they are (often) an unexpectedly helpful resource for all of those that participate in them.” Chelsea, BIOS Engineer, CG Member, Jobs@Intel Blogger Intel (USA)

 

“Basically, by joining and getting involved in CGNet – Malaysia, I’ve been able to discover and connect with new peers in various business groups within Intel, and have been able to learn and grow with one another in work and life. Besides, I’m able to develop my talent and click with peers who have similar interests via networking sessions and self-development groups that are organized offsite. Last, but not least, by collaborating our efforts through CGN, I’m able to dedicate my time and effort in helping my community through various volunteering activities such as Beach Clean Up at the World Heritage Site Preservation in Malaysia (in conjunction with World Coastal Day).” Wai, Industrial Engineer, Long Range Planning Strategic Capacity, Intel (Malaysia)

 

From inception, Employee Groups have provided members with powerful means of support and integration. They provide opportunities to participate in a variety of company-wide programs, such as cultural awareness events, mentoring, community involvement, and recruitment (such as Women’s Leadership Council, the Intel Latino and African American Leadership Conferences, Virtual Chats, Roundtable discussions, summits, and more.) However, I believe the greatest benefits are obtained through the consistent opportunities to network with other employees, increase leadership skills, and grow professionally. I’m not the only one that thinks so. In comparison to our peer companies, Intel stands with the best in this space and has received numerous recognitions

 

Yes, Employee Groups make Intel a Great Place to Work! And just one of the many reasons why; stay tuned as I share more reasons in future blog posts.

 

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9 Responses to Why I think Intel is a Great Place to Work: Employee Groups

  1. CS says:

    I am an Intel ee from 1987-2006. I am looking for an opp to come back to Intel in the past few years but no success. I have sent my resume thru jobs at Intel on line and nothing was happened. is there any better way to do this?

  2. Markus Pettersson says:

    Very good initiative. I like the graphics too. It should “fall-into” the common man. =)
    Today we live in a technologically developing society with a large step for each year that passes. Mobile phones become smaller, computers are becoming smaller and large corporations centralize their IT functions.Employees are talking about energy efficiency and capitalistic lobbying organizations about implementing “green” solutions to issues and to promote the multi-national organizations’ turnover.
    What exactly is the concept of energy efficiency? Often, it creates more negative thoughts and divert more than they attract independent which generation you are from.
    I would like to divide this into three phases with the first exposure, from the first oil crisis, we had to skimp on car travel and resources. Authorities wanted to conserve resources where some saw themselves as “victims” despite a more economical lifestyle. Interaction and understanding from authorities and the collective common sense allowed us to drop our comfortable existence for some time.
    The second phase, which remains a central concept is efficiency. Usually, it points out to the equal-balance “win-win” strategy where there are no losers. Organizations and individuals are expected to perform their tasks as efficiently as possible in which all parties can gain from the situation. Then we also discovered the concept that how should we do more for less? Which is more correct than the other? We see this dilemma in several countries when we look at the tex-class differences in population or business graphs, and projections of energy that are still stuck with negative costs. Are we really happy to consume and abuse of resources? Do people not believe in a perfect market or general equilibrium. There is still a huge potential of resources for “energy efficiency”. We have the technology in the society, we have the knowledge!
    Let us take a serious effort and find a new way to promote communication and take hold of it in ourselves and in our organizations, and focus on the efficiency of society!
    The next phase is all about comfort, modern methods / techniques, temperatures and values. The means and methods will communicate that energy efficiency is not a rational need and a necessity. By describing how a sustainable society should be when we look at information technology, human resources, customs and worldview in the common man or corporation. The fact is that a change is in progress in the industry where the environment and tools are very helpful. The technology within the server environment and PC infrastructure now makes it possible to offer IT functions and services in a more sophisticated way. More advanced equipment allows the control to the IT staff where there is the possibility that their IT is administered more centralized and automated from one single location. Modern, energy-saving IT equipment with a better design to make IT a more functional and beautiful process.
    ICT should be promoted as something where people feel at home and takes a liking to. Energy efficiency should be desirable, comfortable, natural and fostering efficiency and modernization. We will have an opportunity to make cost-savings on a short and a long term, while we want to work with a green-stamp in the activities we pursue.

  3. The greatest reason I want to work for Intel is it’s importance in the world. My favorite author, Ray Kurzweil, said that Moore’s law is human evolution. We have increased our human knowledge with the power of fitting more transistors on an integrated circuit. Intel helps bruit force mathematics in Beowolf clusters and increases the power in servers that made most of the world’s knowledge accessible through a Boolean search. To work in any part of this great transformation into the Information Age would be awe inspiring.
    Linda Wells-Hott or other Intel employee,
    I’m a recent MBA graduate and I applied to recent grad program about two months ago. Whom should I be speaking with to get more information on that program? I live in the Chandler, AZ area and my B.S. is in Computer Science. I feel this program would be an amazing fit for me!
    Thank you,
    Daniel Jerome Broz

  4. I was really happy when Apple switched to Intel’s CISC architecture. They lost a lot of market share, in the past, trying to support PowerPC. Being able to provide advancements like this to Apple really want to be part of Intel! I hope my recent college grad application goes through!
    -Daniel Jerome Broz

  5. Sejal says:

    Hi Robert! I don’t specifically know someone who is using Boolean Ring Logic, can you be a little more specific on what you’re looking to discuss and what you hope to get out of the conversation? That may help me think of someone! Thanks!