Did you install any other software that uses FlexLM license?
There're two env-var that might affect this:
If you have both set, the icc driver will look through all the possible directories for valid license till finding one.
But I've got the accurate information. The intel compiler checks the license in the following order:
3. the current directory of the icl or icc
So in your case, is INTEL_LICENSE_FILE points to the correct license? If not, please correct it and see if the license checking will be faster.