Applied Materials Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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Pros
  • work life balance for some positions (in 26 reviews)

  • Good benefits compare to other IT companies (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Very difficult to maintain a work-life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • stress& long hours, sometimes have to travel alot (in 26 reviews)

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  1. process engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    lot of learning experience. company is big and covers many area of semiconductor industry. nice location and center of silicon valley.

    Cons

    internal politics and no respect for employee from management. Deadline is unrealistic. I understand the competitive environment, but it should be realistic.

    Advice to Management

    be employee friendly, give more benefit and compensation.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Not a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Walnut Creek, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with and convenient Cafe

    Cons

    These are only from my experience in Etch group in Santa Clara: No system in place. No real problem solving. No right way to store the BKMs and learning, so many times issues are repeat. No respect for employees. Safety system is lacking. IP protection system is not efficient. TR system is not followed at its best. Many engineers are only glorified technicians. Long waiting time to get approvals due to unnecessary bureaucracy (even for urgent cases such as ergonomic equipment). Failing major strategies (like the TEL merger). Possible favoritism due to the knowledge of Mandarin language.

    Advice to Management

    Management better re-visit their plans and strategies in Etch group. Instead of selling bad tools to costumers and using connections keep the sales going they better fix Applied Materials internally to provide better products and service to gain costumers.


  3. Successful people dont work in Applied

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I want to say there are pros since there are 20 word minimum requirement before i can move on to the next section, cons, but i simply cannot come up with one, except maybe it's located in California, a place with nice weather

    Cons

    Tons~~ management ask smart phd to do things that even a high school student would feel non-challenging and non-technical. What's worse is that they think you are not smart bc you don't feel like doing those meaningless stuff. Oh, and their market share in key areas, etch, is like 12%, compared to Lam that has more than 60%!

    Advice to Management

    no advice since if they can improve based on ppl's advice, they would have improved long time ago. Don't expect management to change because TIA, this is Applied.


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  5. Terrible place to work, wish I had left earlier

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Tuition reimbursement is generous. Cutting edge technology and products.

    Cons

    Very hostile working environment. Leadership integrity is nowhere.

    Advice to Management

    Less politics and caring more for employees. Don't try to lick wall street quarter by quarter at the cost of workforce.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Etch Division lack of equality and cronyism

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer IV in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer IV in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    My work was interesting and stimulating, but has become more of a drag lately.

    Cons

    This division has been taken over by staff from an infamous failed startup. Most of the original experienced AMAT engineers have left or have been squeezed out, and replaced their ex colleagues, in many cases with less experience, in higher positions, and very likely MUCH higher salaries. I've been a professional engineer for 30 years and with AMAT for over 15 years, earning several performance awards and always had great performance reviews and have heard that some of these new engineers, with much less experience, and hired at the same grade as me, are being paid up to 20% more than me. It's a toxic environment which is only going to get worse. Me, and many of my colleagues are preparing their exit strategies.

    Advice to Management

    Do something about the rampant cronyism and lack of equality.


  7. Cheap, cheap, cheap

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent location, free water from the water fountain

    Cons

    Dirty offices, broken furniture, substandard equipment, employees are worker bee types who won't complain yet act miserable. No innovation or progressive thinking here - even the coffee is cheap and tasteless. Barbaric!

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the 90s


  8. Focus on the bottom line over regard for employee contributions and loyalty.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gloucester, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gloucester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    AMAT 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.

    Cons

    It 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 Management

    Consider the most important resource (your employees) as a valuable asset rather than a disposable one.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Was great at one time - but is no longer

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    Former Employee - Director Level in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Director Level in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The technologists who work there have been world class

    Cons

    Extreme 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 Management

    Go 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.


  10. The IT department is lead by ruthless leaders

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They pay well, but they expect a lot

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Consider your employees


  11. Helpful (2)

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are professional, at least you get benefits

    Cons

    lots 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 Management

    Pay some attention to employee satisfaction, promote internally, stop being so political.



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