Lam Research Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. Great company with solid executive leadership team in place.

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Lam has been growing quite a lot and management has committed to reinvesting in it's technology and it's people. There should be great things ahead for the company and lots of challenges to solve
    - Benefits are great (no free food etc like FB/Google/start up life but still pretty good in terms of health, etc)
    - Profit sharing bonuses can be pretty good
    - Great executive leadership

    Cons

    - Like any big company it can be easy to get lost and feel like a cog in the wheel but if you are driven and have a good manager to support you you have certainly get notices
    - Work life balance can get unbalanced but that is the nature of successful companies (especially in Silicon Valley). You will probably find this anywhere you go but Lam does a good job of rewarding it's employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in the people especially below senior manager level. Company does seem a bit top heavy with lots of directors. Encourage more company/community related events so that employees can feel proud to work at Lam. This company is so vital to Silicon Valley more people should know about it and be familiar with it! Build a more fun culture which is a lot to ask for but seems to be in line with what other companies are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. The overall compensation is very good. If you have a good team, then you will have a good time here.

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    -Good compensation
    -Very high talent
    -Company is growing and expanding
    -Good work-life balance

    Cons

    -Training could be improved
    -There are a lot of system issues
    -Need more rewards & recognition for lower-level employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to offer a a good wellness program for work-life balance
    More recognition and appreciation programs for all employees
    Provide a more lively and easygoing culture and atmosphere to work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Core Values much ???

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7. Good company

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    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)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Intern at Lam was good

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

    I worked at Lam Research

    Pros

    Good work life balance, smart people and good environment

    Cons

    Slow pace for me, not a young environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Incredible Market Share and Hard Charging Attitude

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    Current Employee - Managing Director in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    High market share and Bay Area location are fantastic pluses for this company. This company has been around for a while so the employees are hardened veterans of the business cycles. There is also a shuttle that goes to the Livermore campus which helps with work/life balance.

    Cons

    There is no way to take time off as the work load is too high. Taking time off is frowned upon by management. The salary and perks are way below average for the Bay Area. A new grad getting 120k plus 30k in signing bonus and relocation seems excessive to some but below average needed for a family starting out. Other companies pay north of 150k plus 100%+ in incentives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to manage your employees like people. They are not there for you to use up and toss out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Truly embarassing experience

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    Former Employee - Director in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Lam Research full-time

    Pros

    1. Customer interfacing experience
    2. Learn semi cap equipment industry and technology trends

    Cons

    In one line- Leave Analytical Mind (LAM)

    1. No interest in advancing technology
    2. Politically driven interests
    3. Personal interests first
    4. Strongly believe in long hours with absolutely no thinking or logical approach: believes in data collection over data analysis
    5. Falsified notion of "customer is God, and local accounts team is God"

    The logo calls for "Customer, Company and Employee". As a matter of fact, it works the other way around. But who doesn't. As an individual, if I cannot focus on myself (my performance, my growth, my career, my future)- how can I contribute for the company and hence the customer? Company calls for socialism (or can I say communism) in a capitalist competition..., However, reality is, in this company- from Manager--> VP, its all about themselves and convincing the food chain on their mere existence in the company.

    In regards to considering Lam as their next potential employee:
    I cannot advice senior engineers or managers on their choice, I would assume they are more informed.
    For new college grads- stay away from this company. Its OK to wait and pick the right one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How true is the linear growth in revenue?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Software Intern

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Lam Research as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work on your own project with a lot of freedom on how to approach the problem.
    Really nice and friendly work environment, coworkers are great.
    Good job experience for industrial project development

    Cons

    A little too much freedom on how to approach project.
    Would have liked a little more guidance.
    Not particularly the most exciting job, but you learn a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check in on your interns a little more often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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