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Poking the beehive with a stick

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Poking the beehive

Josh the Great has a post on paranoia at Intel which has sent a couple readers this way. Thanks Josh! If you didn't come here from there, don't forget to put his blog on your list as well.

Reading the comments gives you a pretty good perspective of what rules Intel. Only a couple of the readers left their names (one I have confirmed is no longer an Intel employee) and the others like me hide behind pseudonyms. Does that sound more like anger or paranoia to you? Does the word "fear" ring a bell?

But to those on the outside, all of this is voiced internally, it just seems to be disregarded as unproductive complaining. I'll have to dig up the email or WTK response I read that was so dismissive of the negativists. All I have to say is that sometimes there is a wolf...

A hungry one.


At March 29, 2006 6:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog has potential. Get the word out.

At March 30, 2006 12:28 AM, Blogger Posty said...

Gotta love those "Write to No" replies. I don't think I've ever seen one that actually answered the question that was asked. Those managers who reply are experts at dodging the questions and replying with a bunch of nonsensical, market-speak BS.

At March 30, 2006 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is irony, I am posting this anonymously...just like the author and the bulk of who are commenting here.

That is a sad, sad reflection on Intel and its culture. We pride ourselves on constructive confrontation and openess, but virtually everyone here is anonymous. Shame on all of us...every one of you should look in the mirror, ask yourself if you're role-modeling (and enjoying) Intel's values and if not, feel free to move on. I for one expect more from Inteler's and will not post anonymously again - nor read sites where this becomes the norm or advocated.

At March 30, 2006 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, anonymous 2:50 PM, why don't you role-model your own "rhetoric" and post using your name? What a chicken.

The simple fact of the matter is, that all intel employees DO live in fear...fear of retribution, fear of recrimination, fear of a bad FOCAL, fear of many things. Paranoia and fear are the facts of life at Intel.

Do you remember when cameras weren't allowed in teh building, and required their own "camera passes" what were like blue-badges? It took an act of God to get a camera pass even for an office-only building that didn't have manufacturing or labs in it.

Do you remember getting your bag searched at the front desk as you left Intel to go home each night?

Do you remember the infamous "late list" where your time of arrival at work was recorded and forwarded to your manager if you arrived at 8:01 or later?

Do you remember the CC notices that go to your manager if you are one month late in paying your Corporate AMEX card?

The fact of the matter is, that Intel breeds a culture of fear and loathing.

How many times have you heard someone say the TRULY LOVE working at Intel? That they LOVE the culture and thrive on it?

In many many years at Intel, I have never -- NOT ONE TIME -- heard anyone say that like the culture nor working there.

And now that the stock options are worthless, the golden handcuffs are off and people are leaving in droves. Have you seen how many top execs (VPs and higher) have left in the past couple of years? Many of them left because the upside and earning potential is FAR HIGHER at many many other companies besides Intel.

Intel is coasting on its reputation to get good RCGs, and even that is starting to fail becuase of Intel's well-documented below-average pay scale. They are scrambling to give engineers big raises in order to stem the engineering defections that have been happening in recent years.

At March 30, 2006 10:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's time to get the word out to the world about what is REALLY happening inside Intel.

It's not pretty, folks!

At March 30, 2006 11:13 PM, Blogger IIS said...

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At March 30, 2006 11:44 PM, Blogger IIS said...

All anonymous ? oh come on... and share how can we improve! not just rant...

At April 01, 2006 9:37 AM, Blogger Josh Bancroft said...

Great conversation. Very glad to see it happening. And I, for one, am not posting anonymously, either here, or on my own blog. :-)


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