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Lam Research Staff Process Engineer Reviews

Updated March 31, 2017
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  • Work life balance needs improvement (in 53 reviews)

  • Have to work long hours on some days due to competitive nature of the industry (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer Staff in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer Staff in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lam Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work, great colleagues

    Cons

    heavy work load, poor work & life balance


  2. "general"

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    Current Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lam Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    strong work ethics, core values

    Cons

    mature industry but expect startup work-life balance.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place for a process engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lam Research full-time

    Pros

    Excellent upper management with good vision. Company growth is great and appears to be at a sustainable level. Good atmosphere with commitment to manageable work-life balance. Good benefits. A lot of good people have been around for ages and seem to enjoy their work.

    Cons

    Long tenures, while being indicative of an attractive work environment, have the downside of creating a slightly inward looking culture that can be resistive to change.

    Process groups often get locked into cycles of customer "escalations" that are simultaneously causing and are being caused by a preference for a "band-aid" rather than a more fundamental problem solving approach.


  4. "Great Workplace!"

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    Current Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Tualatin, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Large company with good work life balance

    Cons

    Job tasks are very siloed; Very strict about sticking to the "process"

    Advice to Management

    Focus on driving internal skills development


  5. Helpful (13)

    "Lam Research not necessarily "a place where successful people want to work""

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    Former Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Lam Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lam is well respected with its customers. There is a strong drive for the very best performance of processing equipment. Lam has a good strategy with respect to Wall Street. Lam has also had a much lower layoff rate in comparison to the average in the industry. The salaries are respectable and so are the average bonuses. The upper management strives to develop a forward thinking strategy for the future to ensure corporate growth.

    Cons

    Lam has a motto "A place where successful people want to work." That is only true for upper management. I overheard a senior director tell a PhD engineer that Lam does not want smart people just people willing to take orders and work hard. The work-life balance is poor: Multi-tasking means that weekends and nights are perfectly acceptable additions to a 60 hour week. Upper management fails to review managers from the perspective of the managed, rather many directors are promoted on their self-aggrandizing eloquence rather than actual performance and competence. One senior vice president tells his minions to "over communicate" - this edict results in endless meetings filled with constant and irrelevant questions and interruptions. Excessive meetings bite into lab time. And lab time is hectic. The labs are crowded with equipment. Equipment is resourced tightly, such that missing one's slot on a tightly scheduled tool, by just a few minutes, meant a full days delay, followed by yelling from management.
    Lam is a high-tech high-complexity business; things will go wrong. Yet, too often panic ensues when something goes wrong. Meetings go on for hours with Chicken Little scenarios.
    The future of the semiconductor industry is expected to be uncertain since Moore's law is reaching an end. Will Lam be prepared for a major paradigm shift? The company has not introduced a "new" etch technology since the late 1990's. They have focuses, with reasonable justification, on improving and perfecting the technologies that were introduced about 20 years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Start 180 reviews of the people you appointed and promoted. Abide by the core values. Make sure that managers and directors treat those reporting to them as colleagues rather than subordinates. Focus on action rather than words. Be wary of self-aggrandizing individuals, their main concern is not the customer, not the company, not colleagues, just self. One core value is "mutual trust and respect". That means that management will not resort to blame games, yelling, making demeaning statements, and piling on unreasonable load of work.
    Live up to your core values - or scrap them. Don't be hypocrites.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Lam is a dynamic place to work and excercise ones talent potential, but the work pace is bit too excessive."

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer, Senior Staff in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer, Senior Staff in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lam Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lam has a strong commitment to customer satisfaction with several products. This is reflected with a significant market share. The majority of employees are very bright and great to work with. Lam has a strong portfolio of innovative technologies which should assure long term success. There is a strive to minimize the effects of the cyclical nature of the industry by wise investment and minimal reductions in force. The corporate core values are well articulated.

    Cons

    The work atmosphere is excessively fast paced at the expense of wisdom. There is often little time to think, just react. Employees are overworked. This culture of speed leads to mistakes and needless excessive work. Mistakes are not well received by management and often result in state of panic, rather than rational analysis. Well articulated core values are not effectively practiced. There is lack of 360 degree of oversight of managers and directors. In evaluating a manager/director upper management does not consult engineers and technologist.

    Advice to Management

    Improve effectiveness of managers and directors with full 360 reviews. Remove managers who get unsatisfactory ratings from their direct reports. Focus on smart and timely solutions, not fast solutions; you'll get more customer satisfaction and more employee satisfaction.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "have no comparison, the only company I've ever worked for"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer Staff in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer Staff in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lam Research full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good core values but really have no comparison to other companies. I just heard from what other coworkers who had been to other company told me. At least everyone seems to have integrity with the exception of possibly very few people. i cannot even prove my suspicion, so dont take it too seriously.

    Cons

    very stressful work environment (this actually really depends on manager), slow career movement. promotion criteria not clear.

    Advice to Management

    make promotion criteria more objective and open.
    make salaries transparent.


  8. "Working at Lam is extremely high pressure and you are compensated well for it."

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    Current Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lam research is one of the top companies that manufacture tools for semiconductor fabrication. Lam's plasma etch business is highly regarded and you would have the chance to contribute in this area. You would also gain experience in managing yourself in a very challenging work environment with high demands placed on technical ability and work load.

    Cons

    The work environment at Lam is fast paced and very little deference is given to work-life balance. If you want to advance, be expected to devote a major portion of your energy to work.

    Advice to Management

    Lam is run too lean. My experience as a process engineer in the lab shows me that many people are loaded up with too much. I see people just checking off to-do lists and not thinking. Many mistakes are made that could be avoided. More is not always better, better is usually better.


  9. "Demanding from upper management"

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    Current Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture including mutual respect and cooperative between groups

    Cons

    Demanding work environment and heavy workload


  10. "Good paycheck, dysfunctional culture in some business groups"

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

    Pros

    Paycheck, medical benefits, if you are a favorite - promotion

    Cons

    Favoritism and micromanagement. Poorly chosen projects by directors.

    Advice to Management

    Give smart people meaningful work - you will not be disappointed. Micromanagement kills productivity, please stop it.