Applied Materials

www.appliedmaterials.com
Employer Engaged

Applied Materials Reviews

Updated February 8, 2015
Updated February 8, 2015
117 Reviews
2.0
117 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Applied Materials CEO & President Gary Dickerson
Gary Dickerson
117 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You can expect a good work-life balance from the company just like many other Silicon valley companies (in 26 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent location, free water from the water fountain (in 34 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 26 reviews)

More Highlights

117 Employee Reviews Back to all Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Patent Paralegal

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Patent Paralegal in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Patent Paralegal in Boston, MA

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was very involved in patent prosecution, which I very much enjoyed. I was able to use all of my skills to successfully support the patent attorneys.

    Cons

    Applied Materials purchased Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates which created duplicative departments and positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advise

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Process engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Company pays decent compared to other company in same industory

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance. Politics. Lot of survivors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Large company going through Senior Exec changes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work related with new technology

    Cons

    excessive work hours, highly political management and leadership,
    lay off potential greatest to anyone over 40 years old

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    More interested in outsourcing than long term employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    Great technology company, and Customers were great to work with.

    Cons

    I was an employee for almost 20 years. The company culture changed during those years. In the beginning everyone work their tails off, but that changed when the Company appeared to not want long term employees. They went the route of outsourcing, and contracted empolyees. There isn't a high level of commitment when working with contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of Customer commitment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Fluctuating Job Security

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Materials Managerf in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Materials Managerf in Chandler, AZ

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

    Pros

    Good Pay and benefits
    Personal Time Off

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance
    Degrading focus on employees as the core value of the company.
    Leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the old Appled

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Applied Materials as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Culture of company changed when Jim Morgan retired and Mike became the emperor. The new Varian leadership has improved the company, but will be more like Varian then the old Applied. Hopefully that equates to a positive.

    Cons

    Very difficult to maintain a work-life balance. Erosion of middle manager and individual contributor benefits and perts. Stock options use to be distributed to all levels in the company annually, now only execute level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    AVP's and above need to come down out of the clouds. Sit in and observe, unannounced, project and program meetings. Don't trust if everything looks calm above the water that is calm under the water.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    It could have been better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Global Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Large size provides some advantage to the company

    Cons

    No career training. Poor pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cheap is the name of the game...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Systems Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Systems Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    New CEO. New directions...

    Cons

    Constant threat of layoffs (RIF). No real management direction at the middle level, everyone is running scared and pointing fingers. This is not a collaborative environment, it's more of a reactive management style. If you're a contractor here, be ready to work for free. They're always trying to cut your pay and expecting more in return. Stay clear of this place if you're looking for a company that pays and value your contribution. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR ANY CONTRACTING WORK.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a little more to how you're cheating.... I mean treating your contractors. They are humans with families to feed and take care too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good learning experience but Upper Management not good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    - Get to work on cutting-edge technologies
    - Most of its employees are knowledgeable and experienced
    - Opportunities to travel and interact with global teams.

    Cons

    - Bureaucracy
    - Less opportunities for networking with other employees
    - Many managers have job insecurity and they work on projects to please their management instead of focusing on what is best for the company.
    - Frequent re-orgs and constantly changing goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great to see new leadership - but bureaucracy still hampers success

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader
    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader

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

    Pros

    Have to pay well in order to keep people

    Cons

    bureaucracy here makes the federal government look lean. Good ideas often wet with sayings like: Great idea but hard to turn an oil freighter or it is not worth trying to stop a bus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop adding Senior Management, follow through on eliminating duplication and waste at the 7 levels of VP

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Work at Applied Materials? Share Your Experiences

Applied Materials

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.