I agree, who were the rock star hires?
One of the key issues is that intel has hired rejects, failures and people without necessary skills and backgrounds; and given them responsibilities beyond their capability. This is true for internal promotions too. For internal promos, it is more about loyalties, friends and family than finding the right talent.
Everything starts with the leaders. At intel, we have weak leaders across the board. Look at some of the people for example look at who is responsible for the most critical Xeon business. A person who was a TA until a few years ago and did mostly Marcom type stuff.
Examples are endless. They just hired an svp to run Chief strategy office and intel capital. I know people don’t like it but checking the diversity box was high in the priority list for that hiring decision. Even if you think this person has a strategy background, he doesn’t have strong expertise in Corporate VC. Besides, intel has a good name, gives a generous executive package. Why can’t we have the best? Why do we settle with an ok.
It is pointless to write about this. We all know it. When you have weak leaders, they cause other problems. They promote/lay-off wrong people, they make bad investments (M&A etc). Weak leaders surround themselves with sycophants, yes men to feel good, increasing politics. They value dog and pony shows because they are less threatening to their capability.
So there are not many problems as you list. We have weak leadership issue. It is wide spread, across the board.