“As an employee, I know that my company cares about my aspirations—what I want and what I need—which makes it easy to come in every day.”
Stanislav Kreyzel is Global Talent Acquisition (GTA) Manager at Intel Russia. During his 12 years with the company, he’s had a lot of time to reflect on what makes it such a great place to work. In his experience, Intel takes a human-centered approach, shows strong industry leadership, and is very open to innovation. We recently asked him a few questions about his perspective and what he believes it takes to be successful at Intel.
What do you do here?
I am the GTA Manager for Russia and Central Eastern Europe, which includes Romania and the Nordics. I manage a team of nine folks based primarily here in Nizhny, Russia.
How did you become a hiring manager?
I joined Intel as a recruiter intern. After that, I switched and joined another placement in employee communications. When I graduated, I joined GTA again as the college-ready recruiter. I was recruiting for the UK, the Middle East, Turkey, and The Netherlands. I think it took me about four years to actually start supporting Russia as a recruitment location. Around 2014, I was promoted to the team lead. A couple of years after that, I was promoted to GTA Manager. So, I’ve come quite a long way and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it!
What attracted you to Intel?
Intel has a really good reputation. A lot of my friends from university had either heard of Intel or knew someone who had worked here. In 2008, there were not a lot of jobs available. Intel is known for running very attractive college programs. At the time, it was important for me to find a strong employer that I could count on, even in a recession. So, it was a mix of brand power and the fact that it was a big, stable company.
Why are you proud to be part of Intel?
In recruiting, no two days are the same, which is great, because you’ll never get bored. I appreciate the ever-changing environment. Secondly, we take a very human-centered approach at Intel. Managers here always focus on the human side of the job. As an employee, I know that my company cares about my aspirations—what I want and what I need—which makes it easy to come in every day.
Do you think Intel has a positive impact on the world?
Definitely. I’m specifically proud of Intel’s leadership. I think it’s very easy to be strong when everything is okay, but not as easy when everything changes. We’re creating new solutions to help fight COVID-19. Intel is sending a lot of donations locally and globally to support medical workers and create new technology. This is strong social responsibility. No matter how challenging these times are, Intel remains a vital player.
What benefits appeal to you most at Intel?
What I appreciate the most are the family benefits. We have access to free counseling services; financial, psychological, legal, and more. Whatever situation you find yourself in, the company has a solution for you. I appreciate this a lot. Today, because of the pandemic, a lot of people are working from home. So, Intel has reshuffled the benefits to support this new structure. We can upgrade our internet connection, hire a babysitter, whatever we need to get our jobs done.
What do you appreciate about working at Intel in Nizhny, Russia?
Russia is very open to innovation. It’s in our DNA to try new things. Even if we fail, we just say, “Okay, that didn’t work out. We’ll try another approach and then we’ll succeed.” I appreciate this attitude. Also, Russia has a big college program, so we’re constantly bringing fresh perspective to our teams and it’s motivating. By having this constant inflow of new talent, we’re not stagnating.
How does Intel differ from the other companies on the market?
We are in a very dynamic business, but Intel stands out because of its culture. New employees are surprised to see the focus on the employee side—the human side—because in the IT industry, it’s usually more about the product.
What makes your team successful and what challenges have you faced?
In recruitment, the biggest challenge is always the rate of change. How quickly can you react to the changing market or changing product portfolio? Not long ago, we were sitting comfortably at our desks. Today, we’ve been moved home and had to restructure all of our processes to work remotely. For some companies, that could be a problem, but Intel managed to repack and change our whole process in just a couple of days. We work to make sure everyone is happy; the business is happy, the candidates are happy, and we still deliver. No matter where we are, with the proper attitude and engagement, we can do anything.
What skills are needed to join Intel?
Firstly, when you join Intel, you should be ready to absorb knowledge. On top of all the hard skills, you need to be open to learning, experimenting, and hearing new perspectives. When I first started here, a manager told me something I’ve never forgotten: To be successful at Intel, you have to be open to trying new things. And be ready to adjust your performance according to the feedback provided. Secondly, you should have tolerance for ambiguity, because in many cases at Intel, you won’t have a script. You have your team, you have a manager, but you have to be ready to answer your own questions. At Intel, we build the solutions ourselves.
Interested in opportunities at Intel Russia? Check out available openings here.