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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Our amps go to 10.5

Bringing the intel population down to 92K is an interesting idea. I can't remember exactly, but Craig drew the line somewhere at 75K once and at 85K another time. How Intel ballooned to more than 100K (not counting contractors) is a bit of a mystery to me. Maybe there are some clues in the press releases...

EEtimes's write up mentions the initial cuts are in:
"management, marketing and information technology functions, reductions related to the previously announced sale of businesses, and attrition"

Hmmmm... bloated management, marketing and IT? Who would have guessed!

My condolences to those who are among the unfortunate who get in the way of the combine. The manager cuts were hardly what most would call "surgical" so there are going to be more injured civilians in this round.

I offer this site to anyone who is interested in posting their thoughts on this matter and who does not have a "safe" place to do so. Just leave a comment or email me -

Goodnight and good luck!


At September 07, 2006 8:07 AM, Blogger Pilan said...

yes, the rounds for the employees are really just begining to get brutal!!

I urge every admin and employee to seek survival tips on the web.

At September 07, 2006 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"we were told if we worked hard we would be saved" - author: those who died in german death camps.

some times I feel as if I am just waiting for my turn in the showers.

At September 07, 2006 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

5,000 are already gone. there's only 5,500 more. not 10k

At September 07, 2006 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The latest announcement is a complete non-event. 1K managers already gone. 2.5k gone with previously announced bus. unit sales, leaving 7k between now and mid 2007. With a hiring freeze that number will be acheived with slightly higher than normal historical attrition rates.

Why did it take 5 months to announce this?

At September 08, 2006 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was an IT Manager until about 9 months ago. They were mandating illegal courses (Working in a Multi-Cultural Org, Collaborating with Other Cultures, Anger Management, etc.). I also grew tired of the Focal process where, up until 2000, I was forced to meet the department's (100 people) distribution with my direct reports (a whopping 6). That is, I had to have an "IR" on my team for no other reason than the department had not yet reached 10%. Intel has turned into a monster: An unfair and politically correct environment that has "bent over" to accommodate GLBT (a disorder, by the way) and HR (the Psychology department) desires to discriminate against white males.

At September 08, 2006 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S., Otellini is a horrible leader and an even worse American.

At September 11, 2006 7:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck to those in the (formerly) Intel optical-networking components group.

Intel sends networking chip biz to Cortina

At September 12, 2006 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Intel should have announced a cutback in January and been done by April. Managers 4 levels up are making the decisions right now (how do they know who to keep and who to let go). They should get rid of whoever allowed them to hire to >100K employees and should probably get down to mid 80k people. If they're dragging it out to mid-2007, they could just say we're going to dump 1000 people every 6 months and then every one could constantly worry about their jobs.

At September 14, 2006 12:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how the process for:
1/ who goes and who stays?
2/ how they determine the severance of who goes?
3/ how they make sure they are sticking and abiding by #1?


At September 19, 2006 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this whole thing just missed the mark. IT, HR, and Marketing did not make the Pentium 4 suck in comparison to Operton. They did not make us lose our edge. They did not allow division after division to be run into the ground by Sean Baloney (and ultimately sold off to Marvell just to stop the bleeding). Intel sucks right now because its engineering teams suck. The engineering teams suck because the leaders of those teams suck. Decisions cannot be made unless it is by committee. Low performers cannot be given a "pack your bags" message. They do not even realise when they have nothing but low performers on the teams. Engineering managers are too worried about furthering their career by how much they can "influence" some OTHER design team while their own teams go off in the weeds. We all expected a large knife to go through engineering where the problems are--these "actions" communicated by PSO are just to placate Wall Street and to make everybody feel good. They will do nothing in the end to make Intel more "agile" or more competitive. Period.

At October 02, 2006 9:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find the blame game interesting here. The fact of the matter is this...

Otellini, Maloney, Barrett, all the execs since Grove have done 2 things:

1. They ignore, don't hear, won't listen to things they don't want to hear. Period.
2. They surround themselves with managers that will not report anything but what they want to hear.

And they think cutting marketing heads and selling to Marvel is going to fix this?

Keep paying the consultants guys. Great money well spent, more people that tell you what you want to hear.

"We're f'd up, please help Mr. ludicrously expensive Consultant, we think it's marketing's fault."

"Umm, it's marketing's fault?"

"Brilliant, now let's head on over to my Atherton home and celebrate!"

At February 15, 2007 11:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am an engineering consultant.

Offers from Intel are ridiculously low, like $45/hr, short term.

If you pay peanuts, you get only monkeys working for you.


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