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Examples of Suicides and Heart Attacks at Intel Stress Kills



An Intel Employee From Arizona Reported

Note: I like to stay anonymous because I do not want to commit suicide. Intel is keeping the suicide and heart attack news extremely secret.

I know of 3 suicides and 3 heart attacks in Intel Chandler Arizona plant since January of 1997.

In Components Automation Group 2 people committed suicide. I still do not have the name of the very fine employee who found out that he was targeted by an unjust Ranking and Rating evaluation and he committed suicide in January.

Second person was late Bob Cumbo. He also was from the Component Automation Group. Due to being unjustly treated and a lot of emotional pressure that his manger brought up on him, Bob quit Intel in February of 1997 and Committed suicide in March.

Late Gaju Nadoli (Ph.D.) Committed suicide in January of 1997. His managers created so much of pressure for him that Gaju resigned in early January. To even inflect further emotional stress, they refused to accept his resignation and by humiliation they fired him. Gaju who was emotionally totally exhausted at this time could not bear this inhumane treatment and committed suicide on January 14, 1997.

Late James (Jim) Sloat left IBM to come and work for Intel.  After a long stressful time he was terminated in January of 1997.   Within 2 weeks he suffered from a massive heart attack and lost his life.  Jim's coworkers asked his immediate manager to send flowers to his funeral and he refused to do so.

Robert Petriello who was exposed to a lot of job related stress, suffered from a massive heat attach in July of 97, which required a triple bypass surgery.

Bob Wickershiem also sustained a massive heat attack last month and had to go through a triple bypass operation.

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Work stress leading to 2 suicides, are there more ?

During the mid to late 80’s, there’s ample evidence of a high stress working environment within Intel. By some accounts of witnesses, Intel applied a great amount of pressure on employees to perform better and continually increase productivity. The following quote, "the bar has been raised", was consistently heard and repeated by management to employees throughout Intel. It was common knowledge amongst Intel employees of management’s increasing demands to outperform prior efforts and go beyond the boundaries of reasonable expectations.

The excessive job related stress, combined with normal difficulties in daily life, became unbearable for some of the employees. During this period, multiple occurrences of employee suicides became a great concern for Intel officials. The most alarming incidents amongst suicides took place at the Folsom site.

Intel has kept the news of suicides extremely secretive and up to this date Intel closely guards this subject. As part of our ongoing investigation, we are in the process of locating the families of the late:

1. Rob Scofield

2. Jeff Cavalier

In completion of our investigation, we would appreciate any further related information about Intel. If you wish, FACE Intel will keep your identity confidential.

As part of our publicity campaign, we intend to inform the media and masses about how far Intel goes in the quest of higher profits and productivity, without regard to human needs or capabilities.

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Why Paul Otellini, General Manager in Folsom called a supervisor meeting?

FMD’s General Manager at Folsom called a supervisor meeting after the above mentioned suicide incidents. According to witnesses, during this meeting, Paul Otellini told them that he was concerned about work related stress and appealed to supervisors to ease off on employees.

They devised a Stress Awareness Program for supervisors which instructed them how to identify employees under severe stress.

Management was instructed to perform employee identification and direction of these employees to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

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Was EAP implementation a genuine concern to help employees or did the 2 suicide incident prompted damage control policy ?

Intel implemented the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), following the Folsom suicide incidents. It is apparent that Paul Otellini, the FMD General Manager, called a managers meeting to instruct them to proliferate a message to all supervisors to ease off employees because of the high stress environment.

EAP abuses:

Five free cognitive therapy sessions defined as a minor tune up. Then back to work. Why?

Major depression, clinical depression and other psychiatric complications are conditions which require medication and long term treatment by a psychiatrist defined as a major tune up. It is our opinion that such an employee gets ‘black listed’ and targeted for discharge.

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Dr. Robert S. Elliot

One of the classes offered at Intel is Stress Management by the Franklin Quest Co. In this class students were provided a cassette tape "Is It Worth Dying For ?" by Dr. Robert S. Elliot MD. Dr. Elliot is a world famous cardiologist who was hired by NASA to find out why many of their young engineers were dying mysteriously. It was determined that they had experienced Micro Shredding (stewed) of the heart muscle and was caused by stress. An old phrase in America is "Stewing in your own Juices" meaning that the person was under such duress, stress, and anger that he is stewing his body. Stewing causes meat to become shredded as we all know. The symptoms are a sudden burning sensation of "Heart Burn" that is not due to gases in the stomach. Many including medical doctors can not diagnose this stewing effect even if it is happening to themselves, thereby, even medication like antacids will not subside the pain. What really happens is that the stressed person is experiencing a special type of heart attack caused by excessive long term stress.

Dr. Elliot discovered that NASA had employed a Negative Incentives policy in the work place. The policy was that at the end of every successful rocket project, NASA terminated 15% of the engineers. This policy caused deep anxiety within an engineer's mind that he or she could contribute to project's success and yet be part of the group to be terminated. This type of anxiety caused many heart failures as the study found. Age, incidentally, was not a factor as many of these engineers were in the 30- 40 year age group.

What is surprising is that Intel teaches this class and employs a Ranking and Rating performance evaluation policy which we believe is as stressful as the Negative Incentives policy that Dr. Elliot discovered at NASA.

Is there a parallel phenomena at Intel? We are investigating the cases of suicides, attempts of suicide, heart attacks, job-related stress claims and number of Intel employees that are seeking psychological or psychiatric treatment.

If you know any current or former Intel employee who committed suicide, attempted suicide, had heart attack at work or seeking psychological and or psychiatric treatment contact FACE now.


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