Applied Materials

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Applied Materials Reviews

Updated February 9, 2015
Updated February 9, 2015
215 Reviews
3.0
215 Reviews
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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)

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  1.  

    Business Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at Applied Materials as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    learned a lot about excel, fair amount of work to do each day, the hours were pretty decent and generally just a Monday-Friday work week

    Cons

    kind of a lonely work environment, not a super organized internship program, should have been more opportunities to get to know co-workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more engaging internship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    good work life balance and satisfaction

    Cons

    big company, slow personal growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    xxx

  3.  

    Applied Materials Co-op

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Good pay and 401k benefits for Co-ops/interns

    Cons

    Not activities for Co-ops/interns, felt neglected by management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide activities for Co-ops/interns so they feel like apart of the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Once great company now in decline

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Vacation time (if you have sufficient service)
    Pay (better than most, but this is salary only - shares, bonuses etc not so good)
    Co-workers

    Cons

    Senior management
    Aggressive customers, lots of urgent last minute travel needed, always fires to put out.
    Too few large customers
    Top heavy with managers/directors, not enough engineers and lab staff
    Cyclical industry, where the downward cycles are now too frequent.
    Layoffs all the time.
    Major merger is ongoing with a large competitor, this will change the course and structure of the company
    Stock price is poor and not sufficient growth
    Poor bonus structure unless you are in the upper job positions.
    When flying with the company they only seat you in economy class, (economy plus if you are lucky on the long haul flights), no business class seats ever. You fly a lot yet you are not treated properly.
    Company is very fond of outsourcing work and seeking tax breaks abroad, yet likes to fly the American flag.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on having a more secure working environment instead of hire and fire.
    More resources are badly needed for the lab (research and development), and for supporting customer in the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Customer Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Opportunity to make money and learn different technologies.

    Cons

    Will work many hours plus travel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Technical operations support

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    possible full time employment with benefits

    Cons

    their enterprises environment structure with their organizations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Sr Architect

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    Former Employee - Senior Architect Information Services in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Architect Information Services in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Global Company with locations in all large cities. Transfer opportunities to low cost locations.

    Cons

    Long hours. Difficult to take vacation or time off. Layoffs happen every year and they lay off even for top contributors to keep costs down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more perks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Ok, but they need to communicate better

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, good future, clean

    Cons

    Ended contract after I had seizure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Project Portfolio Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Good salary, good bonuses and the company big enough to move internally.

    Cons

    Very political. A lot of layers. Top Execs disconnected to the day to day activity (all the standards cons with large corporations).

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    goood but tough

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Materials

    Pros

    fast moving and many expert

    Cons

    high pressure, change direction too often

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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