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Intel Corp plans to hire 5,500 this year

Intel is transforming itself into a company that delivers complete solutions: hardware and software platforms and supporting services


Semiconductor chip maker Intel Corp plans to hire some 5,500 techies this year, 1,000 of them software engineers. The corporation will also bring in 1,500 interns in the U.S., says Mary Wilner, software director of the LAN access division.

"We're going through a transition," she explains. "World computing is changing, and we need to provide computer solutions. To do this we need to bring in even more strong capabilities in software."

Intel develops advanced integrated digital technology, primarily integrated circuits, for computing, communications and other tech-focused industries. The company also develops computing platforms, which it defines as integrated hardware and software computing technologies designed to provide an optimized solution. In fact, Intel is working to become a company that delivers complete solutions in the form of hardware and software platforms and supporting services.

As a result, IT pros who understand how software interfaces with hardware, and others who specialize in middleware, applications and the user-centric approach, are highly desired. Wilner's LAN access division seeks more device driver and validation pros, and program management skills are also needed.

From the operating system perspective Intel builds on Linux and Windows and needs people with backgrounds in both. The company also seeks pros for data center efficiency efforts.

"We have a lot of variety," Wilner says. "This is a great environment for software developers because of all the things they can do, ranging from R&D; to maintenance. And there's always product development, supporting existing product lines and adding new features to the products."

Intel hires a mix of new grads and experienced pros, Wilner says. "It's not just about bringing people on board to achieve something specific, but how they learn and grow."

Intel does university recruiting at schools including HBCUs, and at SHPE and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. Recruiters also look for experienced tech pros at those events and others: the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, the national conferences of SWE, NSBE, AISES, the National Black MBA Association and more.

"We participate in high school activities, too," Wilner says. "We are interested in encouraging students to enter STEM fields, so we like to start igniting the interest early."

The company has diversity councils, teams and taskforces, and a global diversity and inclusion director whose office drives many initiatives. For example, senior employees, assisted by the diversity office, work together on the Hispanic leadership council to invigorate the Hispanic employee population.

The councils also handle a formal mentoring initiative. "I've done it a couple of times, and it's great!" Wilner says. "You're partnered with someone in a different division and while you're helping that person grow you're learning about other parts of Intel. You learn so much with the interaction."

Intel has an extensive list of employee resource groups, running through the alphabet from Agnostics and Atheists at Intel, American Veterans at Intel, Arab Intel Community and Asian Cultural Integration, through the Intel Vietnamese Group and Women at Intel Network.

Intel employees reach into their communities by serving as board members and providing legal, HR, marketing, finance and IT assistance to schools and nonprofits around the world, as well as local schools, non-profits and more. A matching grant program donates funds equivalent to employees' volunteer time with qualifying organizations.

Some recent projects include the rebuilding of a school in Peru, organized by Intel Oregon; Intel Ireland's Log On to Learn program; the company's sponsorship of the Oregon robotics tournament and outreach program; and provision of modern education for disadvantaged communities in China.

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Headquarters: Santa Clara, CA
Employees: 82,500
Revenues: $43.6 billion in 2010
Business: World's largest semiconductor chip maker; hardware and software platforms and supporting services

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