Intermolecular Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Good people at IMI

    Oct 7, 2017 - Process Engineer in San Jose, CA
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    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Good business model but not profitable

    Apr 9, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
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    Pros

    Good business model with mostly R&D for new materials development

    Cons

    Company is not making money due to too high overhead cost

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  3. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Good people

    Apr 21, 2021 - Senior Integration Engineer 
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    Pros

    Good environment to learn, good people

    Cons

    Have to put in more than normal hours

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  4. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Strong start, poor finish

    Apr 28, 2020 - Research Engineer in San Jose, CA
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    Pros

    Started out really strong, great people in beginning

    Cons

    Ended up just wanting to go public

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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Lost its way

    May 27, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Great people to work with, good benefits.

    Cons

    It was a great place to work, everyone was always willing to help each other out. As the company grew, poor executive leadership was added. Became a weird culture that didn't reward good work adequately. The executive staff broke up like the Beatles, and the board of directors inserted themselves into the mix of the top level staff, and hired yes people, and destroyed the value and the culture. They just didn't know how to be good managers, or mentor people to be better managers, because the execs were horrible at it too. I have steered friends from applying to positions there to save them from the anguish, and to go find pain somewhere else.

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  6. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good

    May 23, 2019 - S/W Quality Assurance Engineer and Tester in San Jose, CA
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    Pros

    Good business objectives and ok place to work

    Cons

    Processes and tools are not in place

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  7. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Sr Process Engineer

    Dec 14, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Nice place to work with

    Cons

    job security is a concern

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  8. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    The consequences of a short-range business philosophy

    Sep 26, 2014 - Process Engineer in San Jose, CA
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    Pros

    This is a good company if you like to work on a lot of projects in a fast-paced environment. There is not the technical depth that you might find at a larger company, but there are interesting projects and the potential satisfaction of having a large impact on the fate of the company.

    Cons

    Intermolecular suffers from the same malady that is plaguing this country's culture: pragmatism. By that I mean a focus on the short-range at the exclusion of the long-range. What are some examples? One is the constant over-promising to customers of what the company can deliver. Another is constantly branching out into new areas and ventures, which causes a dilution of effort and prevents the development of expertise in the company. Successful companies operate by strict adherence to long-term considerations, just as successful individuals do. The focus of this company has to change from the short-term to the long-term if it is to remain in business.

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  9. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Seldom a dull moment

    Jun 20, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
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    Pros

    Fast-paced and constantly changing. The collaborative business model brings in opportunities to work in a wide variety of cutting-edge, wowie-zowie technologies, and to meet one's opposite numbers in sone top-name companies. Everybody who works there is very smart and almost everyone has kind of an R&D. mentality; for instance, even the accountants are familiar with vacuum chamber hardware. State-of the art hardware and software to play with. Many departments harness technology to efficiently organize their processes.

    Cons

    If I was not obligated by contract not to disparage, perhaps I might have something useful to say, but as it is, I'd better keep my digital trap shut.

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  10. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Three year sprint to a layoff

    Mar 25, 2014 - Engineer in San Jose, CA
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    Pros

    Many smart people, more than half hold PhD. Interesting, cutting edge work.

    Cons

    Long hours are expected. Management style is same as Applied Materials, where most have worked before. Company is locked into some equipment designs from early on which hamper progress today.

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