Applied Materials
3.2 of 5 524 reviews
www.appliedmaterials.com Santa Clara, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 3, 2014
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71% Approve of the CEO

Applied Materials CEO & President Gary Dickerson

Gary Dickerson

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52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Focus on the bottom line over regard for employee contributions and loyalty.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Gloucester, MA

I worked at Applied Materials full-time for more than a year

ProsAMAT does supply significant funds towards education and training opportunities. Since this is a global company, management will support travel, when needed for project meetings. Since they are such a large company, they are poised to weather small downturns in a historically turbulent semi-conductor industry.

ConsIt appears this company has very little regard for employee loyalty and longevity. They acquired a smaller company based in Gloucester, MA and after using the legacy staff to coordinate a 1+ year long integration project, they systematically laid off a large percentage of the staff, replacing them with contractors and\or outsource staff.

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider the most important resource (your employees) as a valuable asset rather than a disposable one.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Was great at one time - but is no longer

Director Level (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Applied Materials full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe technologists who work there have been world class

ConsExtreme politics, inept Executive Management (prior to VSEA take-over)
Employee morale has been low for some time, and does not appear to get better.

Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to the roots of Applied's success - innovative technology and focus on customer need. Cut out the "professional politicians" that appear to have taken over during the past ten years or so.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The IT department is lead by ruthless leaders

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Applied Materials full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThey pay well, but they expect a lot

ConsWork you to death, very high expectations that you work 16-18 hours a day. Global company so expect to work crazy hours.

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider your employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Overworked, undervalued. It's only good to be in finance or Engineering here, don't join if you want another role

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at Applied Materials full-time for more than a year

ProsPeople are professional, at least you get benefits

Conslots of pressure, quantity over quality, fire fighting all the time, does not promote within but instead shifts you to different projects in an equal role just to keep you engaged, you can only move up if you shmooze well with upper management, highly political - this is true everywhere but at AMAT the politicizing will affect your job directly, too many databases and information systems that don't communicate, executive management changes every 3 years and someone new comes in with huge changes that really amount to nothing then they abandon after 3 years with an incomplete project. AMAT changes so many times in a short period that it really goes nowhere. Extremely old school corporate culture with management that fooled itself into thinking they made huge changes.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay some attention to employee satisfaction, promote internally, stop being so political.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Poor work-life balance, but interesting technology to work on

Scientist (Current Employee)

I have been working at Applied Materials full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBenefits (medical, dental, vision, 401K)
Opportunity to work on next generation semiconductor processing equipment
Good technical colleagues

ConsPoor training for job role
Compensation a little below average
Long hours depending on your manager
Work pager/cell phone required
Odd meeting times depending on customer location
Poor direction from upper management

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Meatgrinder

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Applied Materials full-time for more than 10 years

ProsFlexibility with regard to telecommuting
Above average salary and benefits

ConsCompany culture is you have to work real hard and put in insane hours so you have a chance of surviving the next round of layoffs. The moral of individual contributors is at rock bottom and management has no idea how worn down their employees are.

Career advancement is only for those in political favor with upper management; job performance is not a factor.If your not one of the favored you are a cog in the system.

Company locations in the US are ghost towns as a result of repeated layoffs and more work functions are moved off shore or outsourced.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to be like Intel or Varian, stop communicating to your employees in management double-speak, treat your people fairly on the basis of their skills.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Dont work for this company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Applied Materials

ProsImprove your power-point skills here.

ConsNo growth and career opportunities

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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We are a big bully company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Kalispell, MT

I have been working at Applied Materials full-time for more than 3 years

Proslots of online training available(most for a fee). OK benefits if you can afford to purchase. Management has an open door policy that allows for greater lip service or derisiveness. Whichever they feel is necessary at the time to control you and make you fear them.

ConsApplied Materials no longer has a compact with their employees and their only focus is on shareholder value and continued efforts to reduce costs no matter what. Mostly at the expense of employee quality of life.

Advice to Senior Managementpractice what you preach. ETHICS, EVERYONE, EVERYDAY. Read the definition of the word ethics and attempt to actually understand what it means.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It is a politician field

Engineer (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at Applied Materials full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThey need some people with knowledge, experience, and hard work to get job done, but no return.
And they also need some people stay in their manager's office to chat, and get big rewards.
Many managers know little about their jobs.

ConsIt is a politician field, not for a man of integrity

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Lost its former glory

Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Applied Materials full-time for more than 8 years

ProsAbility to learn some technology for young people, if they are able to do so on the fly, since nobody bothers to train you.

ConsLost its technological edge, for the simple reason that the best people either left or were laid off, not being politicians. The company is trying to survive by acquiring others and then destroying their culture and spirit. AMAT lost billions of dollars in failed acquisitions. There is no accountability at high management levels, particularly Director and up. Most of them make empty promises to customers with the full knowledge that in a year or so they would have moved on to another position and they won't have to fulfill their promises. Even if they stay in the job longer, they have no problem finding a scape goat at a lower level. The few real professionals that are left are scared out of their minds of being "black-listed" for the next lay-off which is always just weeks away. So everybody just tries to watch their own back while stabbing the others', since this is the only way to keep your job or move ahead. There is no cooperation or honesty. To add insult to injury, the company keeps reminding employees of the company hypocritical "principles".

Advice to Senior ManagementNeeds a serious makeover. The current management is too arrogant to listen to advice anyway despite their obvious failures. Is anybody looking at the stock performance?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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