For this new college graduate (NCG) story, we check in with some of the young, talented professionals working at our Taiwan facilities.
At Lam Research, we are committed to helping bright, enthusiastic NCGs transition to successful and rewarding careers in the workplace. Now in their first jobs after graduating, NCGs working at Lam are truly enjoying their new positions. We caught up with a few of these busy grads to chat with them about their experiences and what they’re learning—and we’re glad we did. In addition to providing insightful workplace perspectives, their stories highlight the importance of decisions they made while in school and during their first jobs following graduation.
Below, three NCGs working as field process engineers at Lam Research Taiwan share their experiences: Eli (Ph.D. in chemical engineering, National Taiwan University), Jeff (M.S. in physics, Linköping University, Sweden), and Kiki (M.S. in resource engineering, National Cheng Kung University).
What is a typical day at work like?
I work with the Product Group to develop solutions and provide technical support to our account team and the customer. My workday activities are very much associated with the types of projects I handle: sometimes I spend time in the office; at other times, I work in the customer’s fab. – Eli
I develop new recipes and improve productivity on existing processes for customers. My time is divided into two major areas: working on experiments at the customer’s fab and analyzing the data when I am back at the office. As part of these activities, I attend meetings with others on my team to discuss projects we are working on with the customer. – Jeff
My day begins with catching up on email, then meeting with our hardware engineer and the customer to align on projects. Much of my time is spent collecting data on processes we are developing at the customer’s fab, analyzing it, and preparing reports. One of my favorite moments of the day is going to lunch with my co-workers. – Kiki
How do you like your job and the work you are doing?
The things I like most are the challenges and pressure, which are part of working at a leading company in a technology-driven industry. The challenges keep me growing. I am extremely excited when we solve a problem or meet a difficult process requirement. – Jeff
I like using my understanding of technology to find a solution by discussing an issue or situation with a customer or our product group. – Kiki
Is your job and the workplace what you expected?
It is what I expected – fast paced and high pressure, involving head-to-head challenges with competitors and the need to quickly deliver high-quality solutions to customers. It’s very different from academia and I feel fortunate to be part of this industry. – Jeff
What helped you transition to the workplace?
I did an internship where I was part of Lam’s hardware team. The experience helped me become familiar with Lam’s equipment and key technologies. Now I have a broader perspective, and this is valuable for problem-solving and decision-making. Lam’s buddy system and online training have also been very helpful. – Jeff
I had a very generous “buddy” at Lam who has been willing to teach me what I needed to know and share his knowledge on how to have the right attitude for working with customers. – Kiki
Why did you choose Lam Research?
I wanted to work for a global company, where I would have opportunity to work with people from different countries and cultures. – Eli
I had an offer from another equipment supplier, but I had a better interview experience at Lam and the company made me feel welcome. – Kiki
What do you like about working at Lam?
I like my business trips to other Lam sites – like Villach, Austria, and Fremont, California – because I get to work with people from different countries, and we learn from each other. These experiences help me have a more global perspective. – Eli
There are many talented people here, and I am proud to be working with them. The management team is very open-minded and Lam is an organization that encourages its employees to try new things and take risks. Also, because the Mission, Vision, and Core Values are communicated throughout the company, it is very clear where management is heading and what an engineer should do to achieve success. – Jeff
The people are nice, and I am able to work with talented people from different countries and keep learning the latest technology. The most important thing to me is that Lam has a very good environment for employees to work together. – Kiki
What advice might you offer other recent graduates on transitioning to the workplace?
To keep growing in your career, think about getting experience in more than just technology and engineering; the business side is very important as well. – Eli
Don’t limit yourself to a certain position and learn as much as you can. Consider doing a career plan; it will be much easier for you to achieve your goal if you know the path. When you are looking for a job, do some research on the industry and company before you make any decisions. – Jeff
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