Intel’s CEO Thinks 3 Things Limit Your Career

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who took the top post at the chip-maker in 2013, sat down recently with Oregon Live for a wide-ranging interview about his management philosophy and plans for the company.

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As part of that discussion, he offered some advice for those working their way up the ladder, including what he sees as the three big mistakes people make in their careers:

First, they neglect to create a five-year plan. “You have to know: Where do you want to be?” he said. “What do you want to accomplish? Who do you want to be in five years?”

Second, they keep quiet about their dreams, hopes and aspirations. Krzanich thinks everybody should share those things with bosses, mentors, and anyone else who can help with resources or advice.

Third, they don’t seek out mentorship. “You have to have someone who’s watching out,” he added, “helping you navigate the decision-making processes, how things get done, how you’re perceived from a third-party view.”

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Krzanich also commented on Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s recent gaffe, during which the latter recommended that women not ask for raises, by suggesting that everybody—male and female alike—should communicate their needs to management. “When you want a raise you’re not only going in saying: I want more money,” he said. “You’re going in and saying: Here’s what I want out of my career. Here’s what I accomplished. Here’s what I said I was going to do. Here’s what I’ve done. Not only do I deserve more money but I want to get to here on my career.”

There’s much more at Oregon Live.

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6 Responses to “Intel’s CEO Thinks 3 Things Limit Your Career”

  1. Fred Bosick

    It’s actually 4 things.

    4. Outsource crazy CEOs who take out the lower and midrange career positions and give them to those who can’t quit on pain of deportation or desperate 3rd World residents trying to avoid having to open roadside fruit stands in teeming slums.

    What good is your 5 year plan when your CIO is scheduled to eliminate the department you work in, in 3 years and sends you packing? Oh yeah, you gotta train your replacement!

      • Thanks Fred, I am with you on the issue of outsourcing jobs and we need a better solution for that. Its unacceptable when our very own capable people are replaced but I personally feel binge drinking hatorate by singling out a section of human population will solve the issue? is it not demeaning and generalization ? Is my name more important than the thought ? I will shut up now and will leave it up to readers to interpret my “rhetorical” questions!.

    • 4. Don’t work for abusive companies like Intel that subject their employees to the “stacked ranking”
      rating system. You know, where there’s a quota to find 10 or 15% of the employees (in each and every department or group) to be underperformers who are then brutally shamed and deprived of raises, bonuses … and ultimately paychecks. Been there and done that with a different company.

  2. Fred Bosick

    It’s not racist, but the result of labor arbitrage. I’m talking about H-1B visa staff and outsourced workers from the Indian subcontinent and S.E Asia. These places have most of the largest cities in the world. They also have giant slums.

  3. John Kris


    Fred posted his full name. You did a drive by self-righteous comment.

    It’s not racist: if you’ve ever been to India or Mexico, outside of your comfort zone, you’d know what he’s talking about.

    The other thing Fred mentioned was why Intel, Apple, Google, et al “caved” on the high-tech worker program lawsuit. They’d illegally (monopoly! anti-trust!) agreed not to hire from each other, and there was a paper trail.

    If they’d gone to trial, they’d have had to open up their employment files. I knew 5 people at one of those companies, a former employer of mine, who were in the “you can’t move residence, or we’ll yank your H1-B visa.”

    So what? You say. If you’re unemployed and your boss can have you unemployed (no longer his problem) and you and your family will have to go back to a country teeming with people and lacking a place to employ your skills…slavery was cruel, unusual punishment.

    The current system, which the aforementioned TRILLION dollar (combined worth) three employers, is built on psychological slavery and abusive employment practices.

    B.K. is no different than his predecessors. And this is *great* advice for the 2-5% of the INTC, APPL, or GOOG employees who become lifers by following it.

    For the rest of the serfs, it’s good money while it lasts, for 3-5 years. But Craig Barrett said it best: the half-life of an engineer is that 3-5 year mark. After that, the employment policies will be written by the lawyers such that no matter how good you are, if you’re not in the management pipeline, your days are numbered. Like individual atoms, no one can predict when it’s going to decay, but for all, it’s only a 3-5 year time.

    “It’s not business, or personal, Charlie. It’s only science.”

    Just like Fred’s commentary about the teeming masses elsewhere. Life is ugly, short, and brutish, even with Internet and social services. Pretending to care, that’s been the noblesse oblige of kings for centuries. Now, it’s the CEO’s “job,” to get the puff pieces like this written and folks like me and Fred being a bit more cynical (and knowledgeable) than the average bear.