Lam Research Reviews

Updated July 7, 2015
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Lam Research President & CEO Martin Anstice
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Pros
  • Successful, professional, great work environment (in 15 reviews)

  • Bonuses and benefits Work-life balance needs improvement (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is totally off (in 20 reviews)

  • Not much work and life balance in placed, expect to work long hours and on weekends (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Challenging Work and Smart People!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Lam Research full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    -Challenging work and smart people.
    -Great manager who both motivates and supports.
    -Opportunities to contribute to highly visible projects which are important.
    -Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic at times which makes simple tasks extremely complicated. High visibility projects can also be prone to micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the challenging work coming! It is exciting and motivating. Simplify processes. Give individuals and teams the space to run.


  2. Product engineer review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Lam Research

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working at the leading technology company.
    Good vacation plan.
    It's growing amazingly in premature industry..

    Cons

    People saying it's good salary, somewhat agree, however cannot compare with other companys in valley.
    Too many meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Not much. No issue to management.


  3. A place to excel

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Executive in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Executive in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Lam Research full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Very successful company; You have a chance to work with highly talented and intelligent employees. Core values are built into the culture. High expectation of accountability and delivering results

    Cons

    the pace can be too fast for some; expectations are also very high. There is always more to do. It is what makes the company good, and it can also be stressful at times as a result.

    Advice to Management

    take the time to acknowledge what is working and keep focused on building toward success


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  5. Good Summer Internship Experience

    Current Intern - Process Engineer Intern in Fremont, CA
    Current Intern - Process Engineer Intern in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Lam Research as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Absolutely depends on which group you work for (co-workers and managers)
    - Competitive hourly wage
    - Reasonable work-life balance
    - company steadily growing in revenues and workforce
    - reasonably priced cafeteria, free breakfast

    Cons

    - no benefits for interns
    - >40% employees are there 10+ years (not very encouraging for potential job-seekers unless company steadily growing)
    - seemed top heavy

    Advice to Management

    too short experience to advice but...
    - Training could have been better
     - Good to check on new-hire/interns sooner than later


  6. Nice place to work

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

    I have been working at Lam Research full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits. Nice people to work with. Friendly culture. Overall its nice experience to work at Lam Research. The fact that most of the folks are around for more than 10-20 years says that.

    Cons

    So far in my almost 10 years at Lam i did not find any major drawback with the company. The cyclic nature of the industry is much of a concern sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the good job.


  7. Positive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Lam Research (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Areas for growth within the company are strong

    Cons

    Work/Life balance at times can be challenging
    In some functions messages are filtered up the chain of command and do not reflect the "real" state of the business for the line employees

    Advice to Management

    Communicate to all levels and never assume your messages make to the lowest level of the company. Messages get filtered up and down the chain of communication


  8. Helpful (3)

    Lam Today

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

    I have been working at Lam Research full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Growing stock price, healthy ESPP, good health benefits. Strong leadership still can be found in parts of the company.

    Cons

    Top heavy, significant dwindling bonuses and perks year to year for non-execs, lack of core values which are heavily marketed

    Advice to Management

    Remember core values and what got you here.


  9. Business Operations Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Operations, Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Business Operations, Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Personal growth, talent management, growing company, employee retention

    Cons

    None that I can think of worth sharing

    Advice to Management

    Continue to grow the company and opportunities


  10. Director

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

    I have been working at Lam Research full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The culture and values are better than anywhere I have worked. The employees are very team oriented and genuinely help you be successful. The company is growing and doing very well. There is a lot of investment in technology to keep Lam in the lead.

    Cons

    The company is growing fast and it is hard to keep up at times. There are a few growing pains. The company needs to think like a bigger company and invest in infrastructure and the working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep sharing your vision. Make sure management is capable of growing with the organization.


  11. Worst Place to Work in Silicon Valley

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Fremont, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Low pay and declining benefits. People always looking to blame others for their mistakes. Very unfriendly and unhelpful coworkers. Aggressive backstabbing culture. Overall, the place is just a bunch of people trying to keep their jobs. The fact that most of the folks are around for more than 10-20 years says that.

    Cons

    Over my 5 years at the company, there was not once the company has shown itself as a decent place to work just promises. I got food poisoning at the company BBQ's, and the drinks were full of sugar. The place is like Game of Thrones, everyone is trying to back stab the other executive and the innocent get stomped on.

    Advice to Management

    Leave and get some good managers. They are some core value signs hanging around. Please read them.



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