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Lam Research Reviews

Updated October 30, 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 42 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "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. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Professional and dedicated work culture. Strong management team and clearly defined visions.

    Cons

    No free food or commute bikes like in some silicon valley companies.

  3. "Overall good company, but work can be tough and in a competitive workplace all the time"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the leaders in semiconductor manufacturing industry with cutting edge technology
    Good benefit overall
    Nice colleagues

    Cons

    Cyclical business environment, down turn layoff still happens.
    Long working hours in lab with tough deadline can be expected all the time.
    There are a lot of reviews and emphasizing on presentation instead of actual work, engineer needs to spend a lot of time in lab doing the work but also needs to be able to do fancy presentation and know how to show the work to upper management. A lots of planing works, communications, documentations and meetings even before starting the work, micromanagement happens very often. There are little room for creativity and no room for mistake. Hard work is not guaranteed will get respect from management, and it’s very competitive environment with a lots of PhDs doing the same work.

    Advice to Management

    Be more close to engineer instead of living in management world. Be willing to understand appreciate about the work engineer did and try to create a environment more flexible for everyone.


  4. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Tualatin, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, fun and disciplined coworkers, relatively good compensation

    Cons

    Industry is still rather cyclical which leads to some forced time off when industry is down. Sometimes it feels like there's more documentation and busy work than there is actual design.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Lam - Mostly good, but really no different than any other big 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
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lam Research full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lam seemed like a good company and they were when the revenue was grwoing. The benefits (medical, dental, 401k, bonuses, etc.) are good.

    Cons

    They talked about the value of the employees, but it was all talk. With the recent down turn in sales, they eliminated most of the contract employees globally (~1,000?), which was understandable. But instead of "weathering the storm", they also recently RIF'd ~5% of the regular work force globally (400-500?) and ~19% in my organization. (Lam hires a lot of contract employees so if there is a downturn, they don't have to report it. Contractors are rarely converted to regular employees and after 2 years are let go. They can return after 60 days if the job is still open. I know of one contract employee that was at Lam for over 6 years having been let go at least 3 times and then hired back again as a contractor.)

    Advice to Management

    Treat your departing employees as adults. Show some trust. You treated the departing "contract" employees better than the "regular" laid off employees. You gave at least some of the contract employees notice, but walked the regular employees out the door, with no notice. There was a ~19% RIF of regular employees in the GOPS (Global Operations) group.


  6. "Not the best but not the worst"

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    Current Employee - Assembler in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Assembler in Tualatin, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package and random hookups

    Cons

    Clean room suits and the FEN shift was hard after one year. Felt like a zombie on my days off

    Advice to Management

    Hiring and on-boarding candidates at least deserve to be introduced to everyone on their first day.


  7. "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

    Lam Research Response

    Oct 29, 2018 – Consultant

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Continuous improvement is one of our Core Values, and we are pleased that you are experiencing it through your professional development here. Lam... More

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great job, if you know the right people"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "Advanced test technician"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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