Barbara McMahon

My work makes an impact - helping teams see the bigger picture.

A lot has changed since the early days at Leixlip.I remember when they started construction on the Intel campus. We were driving by one day and I said to my husband, “I’m going to work there someday.” I knew it was going to be big and cutting-edge but had no idea how big or how impactful Intel would be—on the world or on my life.

I always knew I wanted to be a people manager. I started at Intel with a team of five and today, I manage a team of 47 people. We monitor how the factory is performing and determine how things can be improved. It’s great to see our employees grow and change as the company changes. We work hard, but we want our employees to enjoy their work and have fun, too.

When I first joined Intel, my twin girls were young, so it was brilliant to be able to work close to home. Intel gave me the flexibility to take care of my family while working in an exciting job. My career has benefitted in so many ways, thanks to the opportunities given to me by Intel. They allowed me to be a mom and a manager. My family is important to me. As a result, I worked part-time for 14 years. I was here four days a week and was still given the opportunity to progress. There were people who said you couldn’t work part-time while also moving forward in your career. I proved them wrong - my time here has been one of constant evolution, I’ve always been moving forward.

I also teach soft skills classes here on site. Intel is interested in helping its employees to grow in these areas, whether it’s effective listening, managerial training, or improving the team culture. They want to get the best out of people. I hope my work makes an impact by bringing fun to the job, offering a logical point of view, and helping teams to see the bigger picture as they work towards beneficial solutions.

Intel is a great place to work. The company recognises you and supports you well. They look after you in work, but also outside of work. During my 23 years at Intel, I’ve made lots of friends and worked with some amazing people. I’ve grown professionally and personally, received opportunities to travel, experienced career bests, and I’m thankful to Intel for it all.