Thread regarding Intel Corp. layoffs

When did it become normal to check in during vacation?

I want to grow in my role. As such, I did a few things during vacation to make sure my projects were moving and learn, but I don’t think this should be the ideal. We were also told to cover emails, which is understandable if something related to lots of $$ comes through. I was surprised to notice that some people (including managers) were consistently online during vacations (and even during parental leave/sabbatical). I think that when people who have been here a long time do this, it sets a bad example of work-life balance for newer engineers since it seems some of these people were promoted. Do we need a firm rule that salaried workers cannot work over vacation unless they get paid for those hours and/or comp time?

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Previous Intel Engineer and Intel manager for 38 years, the last 24 at Intel before retirement this past year. I have not seen a situation where you have to check your email on Sabbatical or vacation. However, as managers there are things that may need to be addressed (or you can leave the issues if you don't care) so I would guess the majority of all managers pop in and check their email. It's part of the job as a manager. As a manager you should have a concern for your team both at work and home and a concern for their wellbeing. YOU have to control your own work/life balance. Easy to do. We aren't kids anymore folks.

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Post ID: @2coa+1eDK8vTl

I do not really care, when I go online during weekends/holidays, I will set my status to offline so nobody will notice.

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Post ID: @2gfx+1eDK8vTl

Most go online just to pretend they are there. It’s all for show, just like having your car in the parking lot at 7pm but you didn’t get to work until 10am, had coffee, then lunch and yet if appears you always work late. So very lame.

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Post ID: @1jie+1eDK8vTl

are you surprised managers are always checking in/up during vacations and time off. this is an expectation at any major company. how else are you going to be trusted or successful if you don't...? yeah, yeah, they preach about work life balance but that's just to retain certain ppl (the majority) w/ in the company. believe me, managers are more than well compensated in what they do, generally, w/ no life or aspirations outside the company. it's a win/win.

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Post ID: @1qwt+1eDK8vTl

you have to be very careful for when you take vacation and sabbatical (especially a full one) or maternity leave in the same year. A lot of managers hate it when you take these, especially one after the other. Your coworkers also get upset. That's an easy way to get a BE or worse. If you work in the supply chain or the fabs, it's pretty much a guarantee that you'll be thrown under the bus at focal,

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Post ID: @1rsr+1eDK8vTl

It’s been normal for decades in tech. Seriously, what rock are you sleeping under? You won’t survive at any tech company, especially a FAANG one, if you work only 8-5.

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Post ID: @1xyq+1eDK8vTl

Do not quite get the original posting. If some people wants and are able to check in work during their vacation, there is nothing wrong with their choices. That is their work-life balance. A new person needs to have his own WLB.

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Post ID: @trs+1eDK8vTl

Be grateful. TSMC is even worse. Talk to their employees in AZ.

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Post ID: @pmp+1eDK8vTl

It shouldn't be allowed. It's definitely not expected. People develop a lot of thoughts on their own, that they need to do this, that, or something else while on PTO. All management should really be squashing this at every turn.

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Post ID: @heu+1eDK8vTl

Wow that's unacceptable work-life balance. It is surprising that some manager would actually have the audacity to be that awful to their reports and expect anyone to stay.

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