Lam Research

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Lam Research Reviews

Updated Jul 12, 2014
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3.4 164 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

Lam Research President & CEO Martin Anstice

Martin Anstice

(47 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Bonuses and benefits Work-life balance needs improvement(in 6 reviews)

  • good bonus, good cubicle, good structural work environment, Lam takes care of its employees moneywise(in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Having to work every weekend provides an extremely poor work/life balance(in 19 reviews)

  • If you don't like working a lot or long hours don't look here(in 15 reviews)

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    Out of control.

    Purchasing (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsLam had a cafe on site.

    ConsToo many to list but number one was one hand never knew what was going on and the other didn't care. Not all management but most were Proctologist doing brain surgery. My manager was a complete Bully and did not like me cause he did not hire me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey can't hear and they don't read lips, so nothing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    HR Organization is a very demoralizing work environment

    Human Resources (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsCompany was good to employees (outside of HR) and provides good salary and benefits. 2 year stock vesting was good. Company is old fashioned but trying to update, slowly...

    ConsHR organization has significant leadership problems, high turnover, and make unreasonable and unachievable demands on HR employees. HR management throws their own employees under the bus with every mistake. Very demoralizing work environment.

    No gym. Cubes and workspaces are very outdated, cafes are small

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are losing good people in HR due to the management and the high turnover.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Challenging environment. Great place to move up or feed your ego if you have little remorse.

    Director (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsBased on the west coast. Stock price increasing. Leader in the industry.

    ConsManagers and directors are maniacs.

    Managers are hired from below instead of based on education. This means that good techs or engineers become bad managers. Lam is also a cut-throat environment. The best way to get ahead is to throw another employee under the bus. HR tends to side with those at fault in conflicts in order to avert a confrontation. Breaks aren't long enough to go to the bathroom and lunches aren't long enough to eat, due to gowning/de-gowning counting toward break times. Management tends to yell instead of calmly discussing issues. Management does as they please and work whatever schedule they feel like, but hypocritically enforce strict policies on lower employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBad management does not mean successful company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hostile Work Environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tualatin, OR

    ProsWhen working in a clean room, there is no dirty work.

    ConsManagers are hired from below instead of based on education. This means that good techs or engineers become bad managers. Lam is also a cut-throat environment. The best way to get ahead is to throw another employee under the bus. HR tends to side with those at fault in conflicts in order to avert a confrontation. Breaks aren't long enough to go to the bathroom and lunches aren't long enough to eat, due to gowning/de-gowning counting toward break times. Management tends to yell instead of calmly discussing issues. Management does as they please and work whatever schedule they feel like, but hypocritically enforce strict policies on lower employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo to college.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not what I expected.,

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsCommute was great , cafe nice.

    ConsThe challenge is the technology, and the work groups. I worked contract among many
    perm employees who for the most part don't know how lucky they were. Training was not
    available, and documentation was lacking. Mgmt was not involved in day to day operations.
    Office had a musty smell, from leftover food left in garbage in common areas..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Challenging work environment.

    Senior Director (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsLong hours. Challenging work environment. Always busy. Corporate goals come first before the employees. Cyclical industry keeps you on your toes. Some long-term employees like to use acronyms, jargon and 4 syllable words to keep everyone guessing what they are saying and not sying.

    ConsLow salary. Internal politics. No internal opportunities. Smelly cubicles and horrible temperature except for building 4.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to keep qualified staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Officers OK...Middle management bad...HR horrible

    Staff Engineer (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsNice place to work if you like to do process engineering because there's so much work.

    ConsHighly political. High level executives have no idea what lower level executives/managers are doing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMartin: You are the only one standing between this place going to hell. There has to be some you you can improve middle management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a paycheck.

    Staff Process Engineer (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsProbably better than Applied Materials for now. Lam has dominant market share in etch, which means that when the industry is in an upturn - times are good and there are no layoffs.

    ConsManagers, who are former enigneers, lack people skills. They do not have the ability to communicate to the people they manager nor appreciate the hard work they put in. Recent changes from human resources regarding compensation have decreased morale. Gone are the days of Lam being a great place to work. Hello Applied Materials 2.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think you forgot how Lam Research became the sucess it was. Success should be shared by everyone not just a select few. It's not too late to correct the mistakes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hijacks Your work life balance

    Process Engineer III (Current Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsPay is above average in the industry though not the best. Good benefits.
    Good plasma ecthing technology, this is somethink one would like dispite too many cons.

    Cons-Primarily Single product company, possibly sink in case competitor innovate.
    -Highly political environment, you spent more time watchin back than doing engineering work.
    -Process/product engineering job hijacks life and significantly impact work life balance.
    -Good work is rarely appriciated unless you are in close political circle.
    -To many middle managers ( Sr engineers manageing Sr engineers!!) doesnt let clear vision go to engineers level.
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    Advice to Senior Managementgood engineer is not always a good manager, consider this during promotions.
    Though senior leadership is extremely smart , yet not effective because of middle man ( middle manager)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent colleagues, good benefits, poor management

    Process Engineer III (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    Pros- Good overall business plan
    - Excellent co-workers
    - Robust etc technology
    - Good benefits relative to industry

    Cons- Long working hours
    - No significant growth prospects
    - Some groups within Lam are highly political, poorly managed with strong hierarchical and top-down style of management
    - Poor treatment of employees at entry level positions

    Advice to Senior Management- ensure all groups within Lam follow core values and exemplary business practices modeled by some groups
    - treat all employees well and take employee concerns seriously (happy employees -> better performance -> better products and processes ->ultimate customer satisfaction)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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