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Updated June 19, 2017
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  1. "Great People, Interesting Work, Tough Business Model"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Intermolecular (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, interesting and always changing work, smart and nice people

    Cons

    As of 2016, the company is having some major financial issues. But they seem to be changing in the correct way. They've brought in an effective new CEO and are cutting cost, which unfortunately means some layoffs. I think after these changes the company will begin to grow and turn around


  2. "Failed Company"

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    Former Employee - Purchasing in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Purchasing in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are some nice folks there. The materials manager, CFO, planner and several of the senior engineers are great and talented folks.

    Cons

    There are some real jerks, too. But that's beside the point. The real issue is the company is unsuccessful. They started having layoffs every quarter the second year I was there. I don't think it ever stopped. They've since ousted the CEO but the company continues to limp along. No idea what their plan is, but I don't see any reason these days to hitch yourself to a train that isn't moving. They apparently can't even sell the company. Not a good bet.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a plan. And fire verbally abusive, lazy, and dishonest employees.

  3. "Good team. Murky future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Intermolecular (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good engineers. Good scientists. Good location. Gym membership reimbursement.

    Cons

    Shaky financials. Poor human safety in the labs.


  4. "Applications Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Intermolecular (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Driven, intelligent peers, constant churn of interesting problems to work on.

    Cons

    career growth limited, understaffed for the scale of operation


  5. Helpful (2)

    "A very unique and specialized R&D company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New and challenging projects every 6 months or more. Company has a unique set of tools that allow combinatorial style of doing research.

    Cons

    Company is turning around but then do things that seemed like driving people away, like doubling health insurance premium for PPO plans, and limiting bonus to only exempt employees.

    Advice to Management

    Please, do not micro manage.


  6. "Sr. Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great technology. A lot of freedom to invent new ideas and learn about new markets. Good place for making contacts across many Si Valley companies and industries

    Cons

    challenging business model, and rolling out solutions to monetize royalties is tough to achieve in companies with strong internal engineering teams


  7. "Very challenging in a positive way. Converted process associates from CDP to Operation Department."

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    Former Employee - Fab Operation Supervisor in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Fab Operation Supervisor in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very challenging but with great management support.

    Cons

    Clients are contract based. If clients don't continue contract, work force would be affected.

    Advice to Management

    Great team of management. Open door communication policy.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Anonymous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was there through the layoffs.. It started getting predictable, every quarter was another layoff. Eventually we fired the CEO and the new one seems promising.

    Cons

    No one seems to care... Do your job just well enough to not get fired, don't try too hard because there are no raises/bonuses to be had.

    No perks at this company. Candy in the lunch room sometimes, but everyone is so excited for free food that it's gone within a few hours.

    Advice to Management

    Close company and start over


  9. "Good but as a stepping stone."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management in software side had a vision and direction.

    Cons

    Business model has yet to be confirmed.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to keep the good players around before they bounce.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "This company needs the new and effective strategies to grow up!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good team with smart and knowledgeable people, lots of R&D tools and metrology tools, they are flexible and capable of doing research covering semiconductor, display, battery, solar energy, glass coating... technologies

    Cons

    The current business model does not seem to work well to gain more business, especially for the business with high profile companies; employees not feel the company stable and worry about their job security; people considering looking for new opportunities outside of the company; promotions more on management but engineers

    Advice to Management

    Most of the employees are willing to spend extra time on their work, which is necessary. Company and management should acknowledge those and may be flexible to give them some time off.


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