Applied Materials

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Applied Materials Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.2 562 reviews

75% Approve of the CEO

Applied Materials CEO & President Gary Dickerson

Gary Dickerson

(77 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent compensation packages and work life balance(in 22 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 36 reviews)

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

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    Etch Division lack of equality and cronyism

    Mechanical Engineer IV (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

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

    ConsThis 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 Senior ManagementDo something about the rampant cronyism and lack of equality.

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

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    Cheap, cheap, cheap

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsDirty 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 Senior ManagementGet out of the 90s

    No, I would not 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

    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

    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)

    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

    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)

    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

    (Current Employee)

    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)

    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

    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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