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Lam Research Interview Questions & Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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Electrical Engineer Interview

Electrical Engineer
Fremont, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Lam Research in June 2014.

Interview Details – It was a very thorough and challenging interview process. I first went through campus screening. Then, a few days later, I had a phone interview with an employee in the group I would be working in. A day or two after the phone interview, I was contacted by HR to schedule an onsite interview. The onsite interview was very long - I was interviewed by at least 9 different people including the hiring manager. After the interviews, I had to give an hour long technical presentation. The entire process probably took 2~3 weeks.

Interview Question – All questions were very technical and directly related to the job position.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Mechanical Engineer Intern Interview

Mechanical Engineer Intern
Fremont, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Lam Research.

Interview Details – Contacted by HR. Got a phone screen and after a week I was invited to have an onsite interview with five people for about two hours. Everyone was very nice and asked different types of questions, really trying to know you.

Interview Question – Ask details about the projects I did before   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Product Engineer Interview

Product Engineer
Fremont, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at Lam Research in November 2013.

Interview Details – HR contacted me to set up an HR phone interview. My resume was on file and seemed to match the job description very well. Phone interview was about 20 minutes. They said they would speak to the manager of the group and get back to me about setting up an on-site interview. Unfortunately I didn't get the onsite interview.

Interview Question – What's your motivation to go into this field?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Staff Process Engineer Interview

Staff Process Engineer
Fremont, CA

I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Lam Research in October 2009.

Interview Details – I knew several people at Lam before I started. I interviewed with my director-to-be and proposed several solutions to the problems the group had been baffled by. (To be fair my solutions needed a lot of work and required a team effort.) I then interviewed with the entire group. The particular director insisted that every candidate be vetted by all group members. (This is not the standard process at Lam). The group liked me and an offer was made within two weeks.

Interview Question – I do not recall any difficult questions. The most tricky question asked by most interviewers is: What do you see yourself doing in the future? Its difficult because not only there is no right answer, but the same answer can be perceived as positive by one interviewer and negative by the other.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Asked for more vacation. HR would not budge. Instead got an increased signing bonus.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Process Engineer III Interview

Process Engineer III
Fremont, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Lam Research in August 2013.

Interview Details – I was contacted by a college recruiter who saw my profile on Linkedin and asked me to apply to a particular opening. She scheduled the initial phone interview within a couple of days, and then had a phone screen the same week with 2 members of the team. They called me for an onsite with the entire group the following week. 8 people interviewed me 1:1 and I gave a presentation at the end of the day. I heard back by the end of that week regarding their decision. Took less than 2 weeks from initial contact for the entire process.

Interview Question – Most questions were on the reactions and basics of etch processes.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiating is usually advised, but I didn't, since it matched the market's higher end salary for such a position.


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Mechanical Engineering Intern Interview

Mechanical Engineering Intern
Fremont, CA

I applied through college or university - interviewed at Lam Research in April 2013.

Interview Details – Initially contacted by recruiter and had a phone interview. After the phone interview, contacted by recruiter again to set up in person interview. Interviewed with 5 people, one at a time. Mostly asked about my previous experiences, interests, and what I hoped to get out of the internship. Plenty of opportunity to ask them questions.

Interview Question – Asked some theoretical design questions on what they were working on. Question statement was vague because they could not give me any details. Not particularly difficult though.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Process Engineer III Interview

Process Engineer III
Fremont, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Lam Research in February 2008.

Interview Details – Interview was scheduled within a couple of months of original application.
The interview process was prety rigorous, with 9 interviewers, and took the entire day. Had to give a 1 hour presentation talk coming from academia. Questions were not too technical, only a couple required discussion at the board.

Interview Question – How would you solve an undercut issue when etching silicon with top hard mask?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Very short, I did not bargain since a needed a job fast.


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Process Engineer Interview

Process Engineer
Fremont, CA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Lam Research.

Interview Details – They called me after I submitted my resume two weeks later for a phone interview,
 then I was given onsite interview after another 2 weeks.
 I was asked to give a presentation and 11 people talked to me including the HR

Interview Question – Lots of technical questions   Answer Question


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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Process Engineer Interview

Process Engineer
Fremont, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Lam Research.

Interview Details – I was interviewed as New College Graduate. Interviewers are generally quite nice. Questions are technical and behavioral. Need to prepare a technical presentation (mini PhD thesis presentation) and be ready to answer tough technical question about experiments and data interpretation. Interviewee will be judged on how he/she reacts to difficult questions, open-mindedness, critical thinking.

Interview Question – how would you improve your experiment design?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – i did not negotiate (I was naive).


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Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Process Engineer Interview

Process Engineer
Fremont, CA

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Lam Research in February 2012.

Interview Details – I was applying for an RCG position as a process engineer. The interview consisted of an hour-long presentation of my PhD research, followed by many 30 minute 1-1 interviews with the various group managers. Questions consisted of a mix of behavioral and technical questions. It ended up being a very long day of interviewing, and I actually started to get thirsty and dizzy near the end of it! Nevertheless, everyone was very professional, very intelligent, and very personable towards me. My overall impression of the company is very positive, and the work ethic is top notch. I can easily see how this company is the industry leader, but the downside is that the working schedule appeared very demanding (10+ hour days).

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