Some time passed since my last post on the Value of Networking. And there are some important changes in my work where I’ve changed my role, but still remain at Intel. This is a good news for a number of reasons. Let me share my thoughts why it makes my employer – Intel – one of the best companies to work for.
First, it’s great that I can keep growing professionally without switching companies. It’s good for the company – Intel wins because I’m a seasoned program manager and there’s no need to look for a new PM and then teach him or her all the things I know, instead, I’m still here but in a different role. It’s even better for me – I grow professionally and it makes me more satisfied with my job. I felt I needed a change in my job but I didn’t want or need to change my employer – so I was able to retain all my benefits and efficiently use my existing network within the company even if I was in a different role. Even better – I can grow my network (and this is something I really value, as many other people do too) and build upon existing connections.
Second, the flexibility of my work arrangements allows me to be more productive and save Intel money. Just imagine that you work for 8 hours in the office daily but also want to spend some time to talk to your family members, but their schedule is not that compatible with yours. But if your success is measured by objectives you establish and achieve (or fail to achieve sometimes) then it doesn’t really matter if you’re in the office 8 to 5. If you’re well-organized and disciplined to work from home for extended periods of time – then it’s good both for you and the employer because you’re able to be effective at work and life. And it’s just one example of what we call “Work-Life Balance” at Intel. There are many things which help one maintain that balance, they are supported by Intel management because we believe what’s good for the employee is good for the company.
Third, working for the big company may be no less adventurous than running your own business. There’s even a special name for this skill – “internal entrepreneurship”. It’s the ability to find a way to change something for the better for one’s business group or the entire company. It’s not just innovative thinking or ability to challenge the status quo, it’s also the desire and energy to drive the change, to prove to MRCs (Management Review Committees) that the idea is worth investing in. And I’m happy to say that there are many areas for internal entrepreneurship to be applied in Intel, moreover it’s often one of the expectations from the job you do here.
Having said that, I’m not surprised Intel gets recognized as an“Ideal Employer” all over the world year after year. And I’m really proud being an Intel employee. It’s really a Great Place to Work!