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"Great concept but poorly run company"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Intermolecular full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

I made some great friends while working here. Great royalty model but takes years to see revenue from it.

Cons

I worked at Intermolecular for over five years.

     Intermolecular is an abyss of Vice Presidents, Sr. Directors, Directors, Sr. Managers & Managers but a very finite group of people that actually performs the work that contributes to the success of the company. Salary range is typically 15-20% below market value for the same position in other companies located in San Francisco Bay area. The benefits package is not great but isn’t bad either. There is no 401K matching program in place.
     Morale is low and continuing to plummet due to poor management. If you decide to inform management of issues regarding morale or job satisfaction, you will be retaliated against in some format up to termination. You will be successful if you come to work and keep your mouth closed. Multiple attempts were made by individuals to increase morale but most attempts weren’t supported by management.
     There was very little time to focus on career advancement outside of office. A typical workday could be up to 10 hours or more between working in office and home. Departments are typically understaffed which contributes to the high amount of hours worked each day. Many managers will use negative reinforcement in hopes of encouraging their teams to work harder. Multiple employees (past & present) have suffered burn out or more severe ailments. Outside training was provided as needed to benefit the company (hazardous materials handling for example).
     There were safety concerns as well with the various toxic and highly combustible chemicals used and equipment on site. There were multiple incidents and evacuations from cleanrooms and labs due to mishandling of chemicals by unskilled workers. These egregious errors cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars in clean up or repairs that could have contributed to making the company profitable which seems to be a possibility that is way off in the distance.
      Management seems oblivious to the current state of the company. The recent mass exodus of employees and multiple lawsuits waged against the company will hopefully open their eyes.

Advice to Management

Reduce the size of the management and focus more on the employees that make the company successful. A happy employee is one that enjoys coming to work and knowing his output is appreciated.

Other Employee Reviews for Intermolecular

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting opportunities and business model, but mishandled"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Intermolecular full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They recruit some excellent engineers, but the command structure is very top-heavy, resulting in micro-management. Too many chiefs, not enough Indians. The IP royalty revenue stream could be very profitable in the next couple of years.

    Cons

    There has been high turnover lately. Some managers do not respond well to criticism, and will remove employees who voice it. The small size of the company makes it hard to avoid politics - each new departure (including, lately, the CFO) seems politically driven. Too many glory-seekers and self-promoters.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline management. Hire more people who get work done instead of throwing another executive at the problem. CEO should be a COO with someone else running the show.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Exciting working place with lots of challenging R&D projects going at any one time"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Challenging R&D projects from very different industries, such as semiconductor manufacturing, photovoltaics, LED, and glass coatings at any one time.
    Team of talented people possessing rare combination of excellent technical and presentation skills, who are also dedicated to customer satisfaction.
    Excellent opportunity for self-motivated brilliant young employees to establish themselves and gain project management, marketing, and customer management experiences within relatively short time.
    Relatively less bureacratic than big established companies.

    Cons

    The R&D service business model makes it very difficult to know whether your work will really be used in customer's production, and how it will be used if it is being used.
    Lack of manufacturing access will make it harder for fresh college graduates to gain the systematic training needed to understand customer's needs and concerns.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the command chain, reduce the overhead, focus on establishing core competency, be fair in promotion, and be open minded on criticism.


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