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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good people at IMI"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Intermolecular full-time for more than 4 years

    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.

    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.

  2. "Sr Process Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Intermolecular full-time

    Pros

    Nice place to work with

    Cons

    job security is a concern

  3. "Great Engineers, lack luster operation management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Intermolecular full-time

    Pros

    Great worker bees and customer engagement team

    Cons

    Immature operations management team. Lots of words, but no true leadership. Messages to employees are lost in rhetoric and platitudes.

    Advice to Management

    Don't pigeon hole all managers into a single narrow hole. Let the managers manage in the way that gets the work done while letting them manage the way that best fits their style.

  4. "Sr, Technical Writer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Intermolecular full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Great people, very nice benefits, the best manager I have ever had, and flexible time.

    Cons

    I did not have any cons. I loved this job.

    Advice to Management

    None

  5. "Awesome Place to Work"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Intermolecular full-time

      Pros

      Great People to work with. Fantastic Engineering work

      Cons

      Poor Business model that is not sustainable

    • "Great People, Interesting Work, Tough Business Model"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

      I worked at Intermolecular for more than 4 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

    • "Sr Process engineer"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Intermolecular full-time

      Pros

      pretty good work life balance

      Cons

      Management is bureaucratic,very low efficency

    • "Accountant"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Intermolecular

      Pros

      Great team, nice people, great pay

      Cons

      no set goal, weak middle management, need more customer to survive

    • Helpful (1)

      "Failed Company"

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      Former Employee - Purchasing in San Jose, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
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      I worked at Intermolecular

      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...

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      Advice to Management

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

    • "Top Management needs change"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I worked at Intermolecular full-time

        Pros

        The technology that is the base of the company has a lot of potential if it is used in a strategic way with good sound scientific support, There were lots of good technical people.

        Cons

        While there were good technical people, the leadership was not technically strong. As a result the tools that form the base of the company were not used appropriately. You can't simply do thousands or millions of the same types of experiment and expect to discover the underlying variables. You need good technical people who know what are possible variable, read the literature, etc.

        Advice to Management

        There was a change of the management in the past several years. Hopefully that will slow the turnover and if they put good technical people in charge they may be able to deliver on their promises to their customers.

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