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Great concept but poorly run company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

ProsI made some great friends while working here. Great royalty model but takes years to see revenue from it.

ConsI worked at Intermolecular for over five years.

     Intermolecular is an abyss of Vice Presidents, Sr. Directors, Directors, Sr. Managers & Managers but a very finite group of people that actually performs the work that contributes to the success of the company. Salary range is typically 15-20% below market value for the same position in other companies located in San Francisco Bay area. The benefits package is not great but isn’t bad either. There is no 401K matching program in place.
     Morale is low and continuing to plummet due to poor management. If you decide to inform management of issues regarding morale or job satisfaction, you will be retaliated against in some format up to termination. You will be successful if you come to work and keep your mouth closed. Multiple attempts were made by individuals to increase morale but most attempts weren’t supported by management.
     There was very little time to focus on career advancement outside of office. A typical workday could be up to 10 hours or more between working in office and home. Departments are typically understaffed which contributes to the high amount of hours worked each day. Many managers will use negative reinforcement in hopes of encouraging their teams to work harder. Multiple employees (past & present) have suffered burn out or more severe ailments. Outside training was provided as needed to benefit the company (hazardous materials handling for example).
     There were safety concerns as well with the various toxic and highly combustible chemicals used and equipment on site. There were multiple incidents and evacuations from cleanrooms and labs due to mishandling of chemicals by unskilled workers. These egregious errors cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars in clean up or repairs that could have contributed to making the company profitable which seems to be a possibility that is way off in the distance.
      Management seems oblivious to the current state of the company. The recent mass exodus of employees and multiple lawsuits waged against the company will hopefully open their eyes.

Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the size of the management and focus more on the employees that make the company successful. A happy employee is one that enjoys coming to work and knowing his output is appreciated.

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

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    Senior process engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Intermolecular full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros: A lot of interesting projects over all, so of them… Cons: Mid level managers are lack of technical backgrounds. A lot of politics. No personal growth for harding working people and who really contribute the… Advice to Senior Management: Need to make it a REAL technical oriented company. No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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    Interesting opportunities and business model, but mishandled

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    I worked at Intermolecular full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros: They recruit some excellent engineers, but the command structure is very top-heavy, resulting in micro-management. Too many chiefs,… Cons: There has been high turnover lately. Some managers do not respond well to criticism, and will remove employees who voice it. The small size… Advice to Senior Management: Streamline management. Hire more people who get work done instead of throwing another executive… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More

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