Lam Research Employee Reviews

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If you thrive on process this job is not for you.
Test Technician (Former Employee) –  Pleasanton, CAJanuary 27, 2017
Tribal knowledge is king.

Documented test steps are hit and miss at best, which makes learning difficult, especially for those who thrive on following a process. When the answer to a question is "don't worry about that, just hit enter", something that happens often, nothing is being learned which leads to frustration.

There aren't enough tools for everyone, and you spend a lot of time looking for tools to perform your job, being forced to take tools from someone else that needs them too.

All new hires are temps, and if you don't perform up to their expectations they just terminate your contract with the temp agency, and you're told this in a phone call. No warnings, no write ups, you're just gone.

Everyone I worked with was very friendly and helpful, and the workplace culture was good, as everyone got along with everyone else.
Pros
Excellent salary, friendly colleagues, nice perks.
Cons
12 hour shifts, you work every weekend, you're a temp.
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someone who likes to fix broken things.
Semiconductor Test technician (Current Employee) –  Tualatin, ORMarch 9, 2017
company is in the middle of another huge expansion so everything is changing right now.
Training is kinda poor since there's not really a formal process
work instructions are OK but not good enough to be followed without experience.
large variety of tools that keep on changing so there's opportunity to learn a lot of different system types.
Pros
bonuses and benefits package are pretty good
Cons
poor work life balance
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Good place to work
Slave (Current Employee) –  Tualatin, ORNovember 4, 2016
regular reviews, bonus checks, good benefits

depending on your area, it can be a good place to work.

If you don't "fit the mold" you will find out the hard way and end up looking for a new job, involuntarily.
Pros
regular reviews, raises, and bonus checks
Cons
bad low level management
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Growing Company
Assembler III (Current Employee) –  Tualatin, ORAugust 8, 2016
Lam research is a decent company to work for. All positions are brought in from a local Temp agency. They allow 2 years of Temp work to prove yourself for a full time position. Benefits are great.
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Highly technical, leader in the semiconductor space
Director of Procurement/Supply Chain/NPI (Former Employee) –  Fremont, CAMarch 29, 2017
Great, great! company to be a part of it.
Privilege to have work for the people I worked for during my tenure at this company.
Terrific tools to run the day-to-day business. Sophisticated and useful in performing your job
Culture is tough no no nonsense. Accountability and results is the mantra. It is great as these requirements are embraced by all.
Learning was a daily task, as there was so much that activity going on. This is typical in the semiconductor space, the market move at a very high pace.
Pros
Communications events, employee involvent
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Great place to work with flexible schedule
QuickBase Application Administrator (Former Employee) –  Livermore, CAJune 7, 2016
great company to work for, professorial with a relaxed atmosphere.Friendly coworkers, restaurant and cafe on site. Competitive salary, flexible schedule with the option to work remote.
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Good Company with good growth
Product Engineer (GPS) (Former Employee) –  Fremont, CAFebruary 28, 2017
Company is a great place for career advancement. R&D group culture is supportive with strong work ethics, I enjoyed working there and learned a lot from my time there.
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Fun with great potential
Field Service Engineer (Current Employee) –  Albany, NYDecember 22, 2016
Great culture with unique and open-minded employees. Middle management is average. Tremendous opportunities to improve with the right minds leading.
Pros
Develop great skills
Cons
Always seem to be in a rush or "crisis"
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Challenging and relax environment.
Supplier Quality Engineer (Current Employee) –  Fremont, CAMarch 20, 2017
Very good place to work. Challenging assignments. Freedom to think out side the box. People and management are fully engaged in their assignments and aligned with each other.
Pros
Flexible Environment
Cons
N/A
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God place to build your career
Assembler/Production (Current Employee) –  Tualatin, ORMarch 19, 2017
Lam is a great place to work at. People are friendly and are always willing to help and teach when needed. This is a good career builder for some one looking to get into the semiconductor industry.
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Good Company overall, good benefits
Mechanical Engineer Staff (Former Employee) –  Austin, TXMarch 29, 2016
Overall, it depends on your manager. Some are great and some drive their employees to burnout. Lots of options if you are willing to move around or live near Fremont, CA.
Pros
Benefits & Pay
Cons
Work/life balance is going the wrong direction
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Lam is a very good place to work with excellent team members.
Senior Electrical Engineer (Current Employee) –  Fremont, CAApril 16, 2016
Lam is dedicated to being the place where successful people want to work and offers excellent benefits.

Engineering team at Lam is very team oriented and works well together.

Most I enjoy about working at Lam is my colleagues.
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demanding and changing environment
Dir Global Logistics & International Trade (Current Employee) –  Livermore, CANovember 28, 2016
Very strong results based culture. Demanding testing environment. Provides opportunities for those willing to commit to their results.
problems solving and decision making culture that focuses on corrective action rather than blame
Pros
Results orientated
Cons
demanding work environment
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Core Values
Production planner (Former Employee) –  Livermore, CANovember 15, 2016
the dedication of management to improve and allow growth is exceptional. Customer core values, dedicated to fulfill the customers expectations while providing guidance and training for employees
Pros
company's future is promising
Cons
to many contractors
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Management is poor!
Field Service Engineer (Current Employee) –  Hillsboro, ORNovember 15, 2016
Great technicians! Poor management. I had high expectations for this company but am sadly disappointed. The thought is work more hours and not think of a better way to do the job.
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good place to work
Production Assembly Technician (Former Employee) –  Fremont, CAOctober 19, 2016
Production Assembly Technician
• Build, testing, troubleshoot, repair, Thermal Plate sub-assembly for 2300 Etch equipment.
• Ability to build mechanical parts, orings, motors, valves, tubings, gas lines, cables harness.
• Performed leak checks, functional check for sub-assembly.
• Ability to read electrical, mechanical schematics and operational method sheets.
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Love the work, despise the management.
Production Test Technician (Current Employee) –  Tualatin, ORAugust 23, 2015
The company as a whole seems to have their things in order and treat employees well. Their Tualatin manufacturing facility is the exact opposite of that. They provide very little and wildly inconsistent training, direction, support and leadership. Many of the supervisors and managers are petty, cliquish, and divisive. There is almost no opportunity to advance ones self within the organization (without brown-nosing) and they prevent productive employees from transferring within the company. This is such a shame since I find the work itself to be challenging and rewarding.

As mentioned, the company as a whole seems very pleasant and capable. Employees are provided with a solid benefits package that has options to fit different situations. Lam definitely has the feel of a large corporation in regards to their HR/PR feel but most of the departments are small enough that they all have their own feel. I don't get the sense that I'm trapped in a big corporate machine, which is nice.
Pros
the work is interesting and challenging, benefits, cafeteria
Cons
abysmal management, politics
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Good company
Semiconducter Field Service Engineer (Former Employee) –  Fremont, CAFebruary 3, 2017
There is a nice company and a lot of nice people,you will learn a lot of awsome things over there,good pay and always keep you busy.
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just fine
Equipment Engineer (Current Employee) –  Tualatin, OROctober 25, 2016
Working at Lam Reseach is just fine. Employees are good people, management could use some work. Overall it is an alright place to work.
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High tech results driven
Staff Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAMarch 10, 2014
Lam Research is a high tech company driven by results and a strong desire to appeal to its customers. The company is very aware of its market position and maintains an aggressive and effective program to ensure and or promote market place dominance. The bonus rewards are good for employees. The strategy for excellence is depends on brute force as much as on wisdom or creativity. Long hours are expected, and short hours, i.e. less than 50 hours per week do not lead to good reviews. The majority of fellow employees and managers are top notch and great to work with. The stated core values are excellent, but their implementation is inconsistent and subject to politics. One senior director stated that "we don't need smart people - just ones who will work hard."
Pros
Good coworkers, good bonus for industry, good benefits
Cons
Long hours, politics, manager-subordinate disputes poorly handles
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