Lam Research Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. Field Service Engineer

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer

    I have been working at Lam Research full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good. Bonus program is decent. Company is dedicated to maintaining their employees. Great job for a person looking to travel

    Cons

    Job is tied directly to customer contracts, so if the customer does not renew the contract an employee may be asked to relocate/travel.

    Advice to Management

    There could be more focus on training when times are slow.

  2. Great as long as you don't work in HR

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    Former Employee - HRIS Project Manager in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - HRIS Project Manager in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Lam Research full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is higher than most other semi-companies in the bay area

    Great benefits + stock
    Growth opportunities
    Challenging work
    Education reimbursement

    Cons

    One of the most politically driven organizations I've ever seen. Especially at the Sr. Mgr + level.

    There is no work/life/balance at least not in HR.

    Advice to Management

    Core Values much ???

  3. Excellent employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lam Research

    Pros

    Hunane fair kind compassionate quality

    Cons

    None that I can think of

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  5. Extremely poor place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Lam Research full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    intelligent, friendly and helpful colleagues.

    Cons

    everything really.
    1. no work life balance: you work every weekend.
    2. No growth opportunities
    3.. poor, toxic work environment
    5. Pay structure is poor. way below bay area average
    6. I am not sure if there is a leadership structure. if there is, it does not concern itself with employees

    Advice to Management

    It's at a point where Lam needs a hard look at its work culture, leadership and people. It needs a paradigm shift in how it treats employees. An advice here and there will not help

  6. Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lam Research

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    salary, benefits, frontline tech, employee developmen

    Cons

    Military work environment, extreme Masters/Phd slant, dogmatic management

  7. Helpful (5)

    Lam Research not necessarily "a place where successful people want to work"

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    Former Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Lam Research full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lam is well respected with its customers. There is a strong drive for the very best performance of processing equipment. Lam has a good strategy with respect to Wall Street. Lam has also had a much lower layoff rate in comparison to the average in the industry. The salaries are respectable and so are the average bonuses. The upper management strives to develop a forward thinking strategy for the future to ensure corporate growth.

    Cons

    Lam has a motto "A place where successful people want to work." That is only true for upper management. I overheard a senior director tell a PhD engineer that Lam does not want smart people just people willing to take orders and work hard. The work-life balance is poor: Multi-tasking means that weekends and nights are perfectly acceptable additions to a 60 hour week. Upper management fails to review managers from the perspective of the managed, rather many directors are promoted on their self-aggrandizing eloquence rather than actual performance and competence. One senior vice president tells his minions to "over communicate" - this edict results in endless meetings filled with constant and irrelevant questions and interruptions. Excessive meetings bite into lab time. And lab time is hectic. The labs are crowded with equipment. Equipment is resourced tightly, such that missing one's slot on a tightly scheduled tool, by just a few minutes, meant a full days delay, followed by yelling from management.
    Lam is a high-tech high-complexity business; things will go wrong. Yet, too often panic ensues when something goes wrong. Meetings go on for hours with Chicken Little scenarios.
    The future of the semiconductor industry is expected to be uncertain since Moore's law is reaching an end. Will Lam be prepared for a major paradigm shift? The company has not introduced a "new" etch technology since the late 1990's. They have focuses, with reasonable justification, on improving and perfecting the technologies that were introduced about 20 years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Start 180 reviews of the people you appointed and promoted. Abide by the core values. Make sure that managers and directors treat those reporting to them as colleagues rather than subordinates. Focus on action rather than words. Be wary of self-aggrandizing individuals, their main concern is not the customer, not the company, not colleagues, just self. One core value is "mutual trust and respect". That means that management will not resort to blame games, yelling, making demeaning statements, and piling on unreasonable load of work.
    Live up to your core values - or scrap them. Don't be hypocrites.

  8. Too quick. No sooner was I hired than I got caught in a layoff that affected the entire department. What's that about?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lam Research

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    On nice thing about the company is that there was a lot of training available to employees that want to take advantage of the opportunities.

    Cons

    An employee can feel like a small fish in big pond at this company. And at times an employee can get lost in the ocean of employees. If you don't have a good manager that pays attention to you, you can get "lost."

  9. Poor communication, little flexibility, compensation poor

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at Lam Research

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My co-workers, the office culture - not much, really.

    Cons

    Management, negative attitude, poor compensation, little to no communication, rigid, location

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better and compensate them better and they would love to work here.

  10. Good company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Lam Research full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice people mostly, interesting place to work

    Cons

    Too management heavy. Employee development is not up to e.g. Qualcomm, other hi-tech industry leaders. Luck of basic manners in everyday interractions

  11. Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lam Research

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Work long hours. Hard to balance family and work

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