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Lam Research Reviews

Updated September 25, 2018
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  • "Sometimes work/life balance gets skewed but expectations are known" (in 62 reviews)

  • "High Pressure with lot of long hours" (in 41 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Company."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Business Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Business Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lam Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lam is an extremely exciting company to work. The work itself is fulfilling and the people are so welcoming. The company is growing at an unbelievable pace, it’s so exciting thinking where Lam will be in another five years.

    Cons

    The only downside is since Lam is growing at such an outstanding pace, work-life balance has suffered a bit. Lam is hiring a lot of talent to remedy this problem.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you’re doing.


  2. "Amazing place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lam Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Healthy work environment, place where you can grow

    Cons

    can’t really think of a con important enough to put it up here

  3. "Potential for growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Final Test Technician in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Final Test Technician in Tualatin, OR

    I have been working at Lam Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -good schedule
    -decent wages
    -modern corporate structure

    Cons

    -only 9 sick/vacation days a year with mandatory holiday shutdowns


  4. "Great job, if you know the right people"

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    Current Employee - Material Handler in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Tualatin, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent pay, the company does help increase your knowledge of different programs like SAP, Sharepoint, and general clean room etiquette. You can learn a lot of skills here, like forklift training. (reach, swing, walkie, Order Picker) computer skills, email etiquette, packaging, etc.

    Cons

    The company has become very strict in recent years. A lot of micromanaging. There has become a lot of distrust between the upper management and everyone else with the random acts of termination without warning. Everyone has become on edge. A lot of favoritism

    Advice to Management

    While it’s good to truly see which employees are actually contributing and which are not, the hostile environment only encourages faults


  5. "Advanced test technician"

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    Current Employee - Systems Test Technician in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Systems Test Technician in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work Culture and great benefits

    Cons

    Long work hours besides personal protect equipment

    Advice to Management

    Yearly raise


  6. Helpful (2)

    "hr leader"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lam Research (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    company is growing ready and financially strong nice people

    Cons

    facilities are very out of date and beaucratic


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Bureaucratic office with a dash of politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lam Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    * The facilities themselves are quite nice, think on-site cafe, gym (under construction), clean, safe
    * Good management of software, hardware, and general IT maintenance.
    * Working remotely is a breeze -- good VPN
    * Most of your coworkers are friendly and willing to help. You can Skype someone you don't know and they will still do their best to assist.
    * Fun employee events
    * I hear full-time employees get good benefits

    Cons

    * Almost half of employees are contractors that will never be hired on and are laid off as soon as work slows down
    * Seriously, do NOT be a contractor for Lam, it isn't worth it and the staffing agency they use is terrible.
    * Huge office politics in every department. Any nail sticking up with be hammered down.

    Advice to Management

    Have a clear path for contractors to be hired on. If they won't be, be honest with them. Promote people who deserve it. Also, abolish the political atmosphere in this company... it is nearing toxic.

  8. "Wages"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lam Research (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good insurance benefits and bonus

    Cons

    Too many changes at once, lack of communication, no training, employees work not appreciated

    Advice to Management

    Better communication of objectives and goals.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "First job out of grad school - process engineer in etch"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lam Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Comparable salary. Good benefits. Main campus is nearby BART station. Coworkers can be very interesting. Colleagues help one another, especially in the lab or when facing a tough problems.

    Cons

    Work/life balance at Lam is non-existent. Expected to work long hours and weekends with no appreciation or recognition since it's the norm at the company. You have to handle multiple projects at once so there's little time to learn about anything in depth, you only have time to execute experiments and organize data on slides.

    Boring, repetitive work. - cleaving, preparing wafers/samples, sitting around waiting for experiment to be complete, preparing samples for analysis. Some days you can end up spending more than 6 hours (or more) in the lab - very hard on your legs and back.

    Toxic work environment and culture. Everyone is stressed out all the time, so the smallest thing upset other employees. There are long queues to use equipment, so when it's Friday afternoon and the machine is booked until 2am people tend to get upset. They have little patience for a poor presentation , but you barely have time to make ANY presentation since you're always in the lab or doing measurements somewhere.

    Highly competitive and very stressful. You work fast without any breaks so you tend to make mistakes, and the managers remember all of it. It can be very political and usually the VP/director favorites are the ones to get the good bonus/RSU's; everyone else get peanuts.

    Advice to Management

    Be more understanding of your engineers life outside of work. Show a little more appreciation of the long hours and hard work they put in.


  10. "Test Technician 3"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Technician in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Facilities Technician in Tualatin, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lam Research full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people here are great!

    Cons

    When the work is there it’s great. However, when it’s slow, morale is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication between departments and leadership positions (supervisor & leads) would make this company unstoppable.


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