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Great place to work if you know what you want

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Current Employee - Program Manager in Fremont, CA
Current Employee - Program Manager in Fremont, CA

I have been working at Lam Research

Pros

High paced work environment with a focus on achievement
Very capable and smart coworkers
Organizational values are defined and used
Good salary, good education benefits
Credibility comes from knowledge and demonstrated ability to get things done

Cons

Not for the timid- you must set your own course for development as no one will pull you along. If you're one to wait for an opportunity to be given in recognition then you'll always be waiting. Hard work- work life balance is respected, but you get the balance- you can't be at every family event, home by 5:30 and still expect to move up the ladder. Working at Lam requires real choices. Be prepared to stand up for yourself and your ideas- a room full of achievers means everything gets challenged- and be prepared to be wrong.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Give the B players some resources to help them feel supported. The achievers can thrive in the "responsible for your own development" environment, but there are others with a lot to offer. Find ways to cultivate that talent.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    interns are low priority

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    Current Employee - Intern - Tech in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Intern - Tech in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Lam Research

    Pros

    good stable market share, etch leader in certain technologies. As an intern I found my work was low in the priority list. Too much time wasted waiting for tools.

    Cons

    As an intern I found my work was low in the priority list. Too much time wasted waiting for tools. It sometimes is a little chaotic!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to have a good intern hiring and mamgement policy. Define some projects and allocate tool time. Involve interns in the group meetings to get a big picture of the etch problems.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lam is a tremendous learning ground, but depending on location, difficult to move up

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Lam Research

    Pros

    Salary was ver competitive. Company knows operations and how to manage business ops, financials, technology and maximizing shareholder value. Workload was sometimes too much as the company operates very lean. This is good for the company, but tough on the individual. Senior management is very good. Middle management and field management is sometimes suspect, incapable, and in some cases, not customer friendly. Lots of spreadsheet pushers, and few hands-on field people. Good overall company to work for, but if you are a customer friendly individual, get ready to have your hands full, and lots of "chiefs" telling you what "the boss wants".

    Cons

    Lots of hours, especially taking care of the customer. Lots of "managers" with fewer and fewer field folks really able to understand, communciate and handle customers and their issues. Sales force has been decimated and replaced with lots of propeller heads. If you are technical, you are still probably at Lam. If you are a relationship type of individual, the company sometimes (a lot) feels this type of employee is expendable. Could have tough consequences for market share in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales is about relationships, not just technology and providing a better mousetrap. The sales and field teams should consist of a good balance between the spreadsheet pushers (operations), propeller heads (technologists) AND press the flesh relationship builders (sales). Technologists and people good at excel are not always the best customer advocates and relationship builders.

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