Software Program Manager,
Software and Services Group
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
"My job exposes me to daily contact with many teams both local and worldwide (US, Europe, Israel, China). This helps me gain and maintain a broad perspective.
What is a cool opportunity or project I've had while working at Intel?
I had the opportunity to work on our Intel® Parallel Studio, a new generation product that will help software developers worldwide design multi-threaded applications faster and easier.
I was so excited about the project; I was able to go far beyond my role of a project coordinator. I enjoyed testing the product and directly working with Beta customers. This was a real team effort where we achieved outstanding results.
What's the biggest misconception that I think people have about working at Intel?
Before I came to work here, I believed Intel was just a big corporation with top-to-bottom directions and where personal opinions do not matter. The meritocracy principle here at Intel unveils this wrong assumption.
What other teams or communities do I participate in at Intel?
I am part of a team uniting other program managers to improve common engineering processes in the organization. I am also an instructor of Intel University courses. One of them - Effective Interpersonal Communication - is aimed at improving employees' communication skills which are vital in such a diverse company as Intel.
Why do I think Intel is a great place to work?
Because Intel believes that employees are its Number 1 asset and we are provided with all resources we need to grow professionally. You are surrounded by talented engineers and professional managers you can grow daily. Work-life balance is also sincerely respected; you have the flexibility to choose from a variety of programs that work for you best.
What do I do when I'm not at work?
My family members are my best supporters so I try to devote time to my beloveds. Of course, I also participate in my sporting activities, which help me keep my energy up.
If I could live and work abroad for a year, where would I go?
Somewhere in Southeast Asia (China), Singapore, Korea, India, etc. Why? To learn more about their culture and mentality; each has something special.
What's the most adventurous thing I've ever done?
Back in 1997 I went to Chateau d'if (the French Island with a prison, famous for being one of the settings of Alexandre Dumas' novel The Count of Monte Cristo) on a small boat in a sea storm. As my group went further out to sea, the storm increased and we could not make it, but impressions (and fear) from that trip surpassed a later visit we made on a calm sunny day!