Applied Materials

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Applied Materials Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.2 559 reviews

75% Approve of the CEO

Applied Materials CEO & President Gary Dickerson

Gary Dickerson

(76 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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    Cheap is the name of the game...

    Systems Project Manager (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsNew CEO. New directions...

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good learning experience but Upper Management not good.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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.

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

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    Great to see new leadership - but bureaucracy still hampers success

    Human Resources Leader (Former Employee)

    ProsHave to pay well in order to keep people

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good but has plateaued

    Member of Technical Staff (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsLeader in field; technology driven. Few, if no other company, has the technology that drives the semiconductor capital equipment industry, and this keeps the work exciting.

    ConsMature industry with no potential for massive growth. You'd have to be lucky enough to work in a good product business group to be part of the excitement. Too many ups and downs -- layoffs are common.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis is now a mature industry. The focus should be to maintain modest growth and find ways on how to avoid the ups and downs.

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    Not the place for new college graduates

    Software Engineer II (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    Pros-Flexible work hours
    -Good work life balance

    Cons- Very limited opportunities for growth
    - Aged work force

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    it has been a nice run

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    Prosthe people and friendships made over the years

    Consno work life balance, unrealistic expectations

    Advice to Senior ManagementPractice what you preach when it comes to ethics and mutul trust and respect

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsGreat people, work life balance. leader in semiconductor industry.

    ConsToo many restructurings and you never know whether you will be the next one on the chopping board.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I loved Applied more than Applied ever loved me.

    Senior Finance Manager (Former Employee)

    Pros● Company is a going concern

    ● Opportunities to do interesting work (at least until it's 75% complete)

    Cons● 75% is widely regarded as "good enough, done, move on"

    ● Got politics?

    Advice to Senior ManagementI'm happy for you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No interest in development of employees outside of technical fields

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmart people, good people. Depending on what group or department you work in, your experience will vary sharply.

    ConsGood ol' boy network; don't hold your breath to get ahead unless you plan on being there 10+ years or have no problem giving up your own attributes to do things the way they want - you get hired for your experience and breadth of knowledge and what you can bring to the table - then you're pretty much asked to be a parrot.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of management that has been with you longer than 10 years - they're no longer there to move the company forward, they are stagnating your growth as a company and stagnating the growth of the employees which report to them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unsatisfied

    Process Engineer III (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsR&D work, good benefits. There is a very good potential if the management you are working with is good and focused.

    ConsToo many managers and directors. Your contribution is not appreciated as it gets lost because of too many managers involved in a project. Managers are worried about themselves and no efforts to train and develop the new talents. If you are in a particular division, you get a chance to work with others but there is no new learning involved.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should be more focused. Management should take responsibility of people working under them.

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

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