Longevity – I grew up at Intel

If I look way back, I grew up here at Intel. I joined the company a year after graduation and completed 21 years in August. I’ve learned so much and am so grateful to work for such a fabulous company. Intel has changed so much since I first joined. We’ve moved from a standard 8-5 / 5 day a week workweek (for non-fab workers) to nearly full flexibility – get your job done and it doesn’t matter what hours you work. This is very helpful when you work for a multi-national company. Some days I have meetings that start at 6AM, other days I have meetings that start at 10PM. It’s great to be able to take a few hours off in the afternoon to pick up kids, dry-cleaning and do some grocery shopping. When I first started working at Intel, that wasn’t the culture. My, how things have changed – and it’s because of the technology we’ve created! I can work at home over a secure connection, I can work at the Gymnastics center while my daughter takes a class, I can even pop into my favorite coffee shop and access everything I need to do my job. It is such a contrast to 21 years ago when I had to log onto a desktop and be at work to get anything done. I remember going for the dot-matrix monster printer to pull off enormous mainframe reports that I then went over with a ruler and a pen and paper tabs to reconcile accounts. Now everything I do doesn’t require any paper or plastic overheads for the projector. 

At Intel, we work very hard to lessen our impact to the environment. We may bleed Intel blue, but boy, are we green! We work to conserve energy, reuse water, and harness solar energy. Intel is the largest voluntary purchaser of green power and most recently, we matched 100% of our US electricity use with green power. You can read about our Solar facilities and learn about the other things we do by reading the Sustainability report.

We also work hard to volunteer and give back to the communities where we live and work. Intel employees volunteer millions of hours to help locally. Even better, Intel matches each hour we work with real dollars for the non-profits and educational institutions where we choose to volunteer our time. I sit on a local non-profit Board of Directors and for each hour I help them out, they get cold hard cash from Intel’s Foundation. If I donate money to my alma mater, Intel matches my donation. Talking about bang for your buck—and your time!

We also get involved when disasters strike. We fly in experts and set up networks – we help people connect with their loved ones. We go to other countries and teach teachers how to use technology in the classroom. Intel matches our personal donations to the Red Cross and other agencies around the world.

You should see our recycling percentages! I remember when recycling was just a little idea – some of the facilities guys collecting cans and getting $$ back so they could buy some new equipment to do their jobs. Now we recycle tons of waste and work with our community leaders to help recycle the harder things – old electronics, chemicals and paint.

When people ask me why I’ve stayed at Intel for so long – one of the primary reasons is because I am so proud of what this company does – and I can see what we will continue to contribute in the future.

What Intel is doing in the medical field is also amazing. We have all sorts of projects going to help our aging population live in their homes longer. We’re involved in telemedicine and research. There are a bunch of engineers here that support Stephen Hawking with his voice and computing needs.

My favorite project this year is “Girl Rising” – Intel sponsored the making of this film showing the extraordinary stories of girls around the world tackling nearly impossible odds on the road to education. I am so proud that we are working to shine a light on the importance of educating young woman across the world. As the Oregon Women @ Intel Chair, I am leading a team of Women from McAfee and Intel to help young women find their path forward. We are hosting 80 young women for three hours of speed mentoring with 60 Intel women from diverse backgrounds (engineering, legal, anthropology, construction, human resources, finance to name a few). They will be able to ask questions, gain clarity on different careers, understand what to study for each type of career and see the diversity we have here at Intel.

I hope you will join us and help us continue to extend computing to the ends of the earth while we enrich and enable people’s work and dreams.



6 thoughts on “Longevity – I grew up at Intel

  1. NIcely put! And thank you for being a role model for those of us who begin at Intel by introducing us to what is possible with work/life balance. Also for sharing your passion about working for Intel!

  2. I grew up WITH Intel, watching my dad wrestle with SLRP and Focal as a manager in OPSD. I already knew what ARs were and understood “disagree and commit” when I picked up my green badge last century. Now I am planning my 2nd sabbatical, and I still don’t want to work anywhere else. I spent my first 15 years of work at places that weren’t Intel, and I have no wish to go back.

    P.S.: on my first day as a blue badge, my dad brought me balloons and had lunch with me in the cafe. Then we walked around talking to people that once were his direct reports and were now my teammates. Priceless.

  3. I was curious if it was possible to get a job at intel without an undergrad degree. I have been in sales and marketing for almost 20 years with increasing levels of responsibility all the way to the director level for several large companies.


    1. Hi Stone, it is possible but it depends on the position. Some managers are pickier than others but others may not care as much as long as the years of experience is relevant to the job requirements. 20 years is a lot of on the job training, so that should be attractive to some of our hiring teams! Good luck!

  4. *sigh* to work at a company where your work is valuable and you are valued as a human being, the ultimate job.

    Every day there seems to be more and more news reporting about the ridiculous “perks” that some companies are showering their employees with, yet little reporting on the “good” that those companies do. Here we have a short story from a long term employee about how the company she works for provides a few of those perks, but really keeps the employees by providing meaningful employment through valuing their humanness. The good that Intel does through its employees and the good that Intel is doing through its projects is why I hope to someday join the Intel team…

    …if only I can just get past that darn HR database of millions…

  5. @Jennifer – thanks for your note. I am happy to share – and learn so much more when others share their stories too.
    @Jenny – love your story! I have a feeling my children will feel the same way. I hope they’ll want to work here too. Your dad sounds awesome – love that he still treats you like a princess!
    @Stone – I agree with Sejal. Some are pickier than others. When you interview – focus on your accomplishments and your statistics. Intel loves numbers and results!
    @Shela – I have one word for you – Network! Get out there and meet some folks and tell them what you’re excited about and what you want to do for them and the company. Provide them with ‘gifts’ – I am not talking money or stuff – but gifts such as articles you’ve read that may help them, connecting them with people who can help them with their projects and any free resources you feel with be of benefit. Be positive and don’t give up. When you share your dream with others, they become invested in helping you find the right role.

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