I worked at Intermolecular full-time (More than 3 years)
IMI is full of friendly co-workers and lots of smart people. I would say the culture is pretty healthy. There is a feeling that everyone is on the same team.
The company is always pushing the bounds into new and interesting R&D projects. You will learn a lot if you engage.
Similarly, there are lots of opportunities to challenge yourself. The R&D projects are always changing, and each project is unique.
The business is largely out of your hands as an engineer, and IMI has had trouble in the past with winning and keeping customers.
The customers will not always engage with IMI in the most reasonable manner.
There will always be a technical problem that you will have to work around.
Advice to Management
Get customers that have low overhead cost, and can share tool time with other projects. Separate the core offerings from speculative R&D projects-- the first should take priority.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Intermolecular (San Jose, CA) in January 2013.
An independent recruiter sent me their job description and asked me to tailor my resume for their industry. I said sure, put my resume in, and they did. There was a brief phone interview. Before the holidays I met in-person with the head of the department. After the holidays I met in-person with entire department (one or two at a time) and HR.
They're very "take-it-or-leave-it," but they discussed, e.g., what past bonuses had been.
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