When we reached out to Intel directly, they said individualized assessments are done that may “exclude [candidates] due to a prior conviction.” In other words, candidates’ criminal histories are part of the research they do when deciding whether to hire or not.Since Intel is a large technology and software company, it’s normal that they need to understand exactly who they’re hiring. In addition to background checks, they also examine the number of offenses, age at the time and efforts you’ve made to better yourself since then.
Here’s what you need to know about background checks:
It’s good to know there are states making positive action towards background checks. The following states understand you can grow from your mistakes, and look at nothing older than seven years on your record:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)
There are a handful of states that are only interested in your guilty convictions. These states won’t see anything you weren’t convicted of:
- New York
Regretfully, some states insist on looking at your entire record. These states will see every charge you’ve had:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
On glassdoor.com, a popular employee review website, Intel got a 3.8 out of 5 rating. On another review website, indeed.com, Intel got a 4.1 of out 5.
Even though Indeed scored them a little higher than Glassdoor, both scores show fairly positive reviews. On the other side, there were complaints about bad management and workplace politics. This is pretty typical, though, so don’t get hung up on that.
What felonies Intel will not hire
Intel hasn’t really said, but they did say ther are for sure some convictions that will stop you from behing hired. See below for more!
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Some convictions will make it harder to get hired at Intel. While the company has said they look at factors like age at time of offense, number of convictions and the rehabilitation efforts you’ve made, some of your history might work against you.
Convictions where some or all of the following were involved will hamper you:
- Theft of electronics or technical equipment, especially from the workplace
- Technology-related offenses, including using technology to carry out a crime
- The crime was committed at work or against coworkers
Rehab and counseling efforts show employers that you have addressed this area in your life, though. Take a violence reduction program to account for violent crimes or join a support group to curb your impulses, for example. You can make the changes employers need to see!
Does Intel hire sex offenders?
Intel didn’t tell us if they hire sex offenders or not, but not many companies publicize this. Online reports were, not surprisingly, also absent.
Does Intel drug test?
In their official company policy, Intel makes it clear that they do drug test all of their employees. A drug test is required within 72 hours of their job offer, so be ready for them to drug test you at that point.
This policy means that every Intel position has the possibility of drug testing.
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