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Applied Materials Reviews

Updated July 7, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014
583 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent compensation packages and work life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent location, free water from the water fountain (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can be a challenge, depending on the job function (in 38 reviews)

  • The only way to get a promotion is to fake working long hours (in 25 reviews)

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  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

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do something about the rampant cronyism and lack of equality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Cheap, cheap, cheap

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Materials

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the 90s

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The IT department is lead by ruthless leaders

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    Consider your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    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

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Scientist
    Current Employee - Scientist

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poor 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Meatgrinder

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with regard to telecommuting
    Above average salary and benefits

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dont work for this company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Improve your power-point skills here.

    Cons

    No growth and career opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    We are a big bully company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kalispell, MT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalispell, MT

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

    Pros

    lots 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.

    Cons

    Applied 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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