Applied Materials

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Applied Materials Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
608 Reviews
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Applied Materials CEO & President Gary Dickerson
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    process engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    hard work usually get rewarded although not always. benefit is good, esp. 401k

    Cons

    no work-life balance. management don't know how to reject customer unreasonable requests

  3.  

    Operation Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Above average benefits and compensation, open working environment, lots of opportunities to learn and training

    Cons

    too large org structure, very few strong convincing leaders, chance to get promoted so so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on technical differentiation, efficiency and productivity

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    My review

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Applied Materials was great back in the day. I really enjoyed the 401k matching and profit sharing plans. Decent paid time off plans too.

    Cons

    Too many layoffs so it's a very nerve wracking environment. Also, not a great work life balance so it seems like you have to do one or the other - devote yourself to work or have a family.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very smart engineers

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager

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

    Pros

    Leading-edge technical work, collaborating with the smartest people both at AMAT and their customers, who are most technologically-advanced companies.

    Cons

    Excessively top-heavy, often too political, frequent layoffs affecting not only people who deserve to be cut but really good people as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A decent company if you want to learn about semiconductor equipment and process

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    The size of company will allow you to always find sth you like, marketing, technology, sales, etc

    Cons

    Manufacturing nature of this industry requires you to fit into the 24/7 when there is really big issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to figure out the future of the semiconductor and how they are tied to employees

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

    Succeeds in leveraging its scale but lacks agility

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellence in technology and ability to push the envelope in its key, moneymaking markets.
    If you work in the semiconductor or display areas, in certain product groups, life is relatively easy and you are personally rewarded for the group's success. Some people reading this may ask: easy? Yes, if you have worked in both sides of that coin, you would know what I'm talking about.
    Is a high technology engineering job that rewards in ways few engineering jobs can.

    Cons

    Conversely if you are in semi or display in an area that the company is struggling in, life is hell. You might do a spectacular job, and never be recognized for it. This is why people flow out of areas like etch or wet chemical products and try to get into the moneymaker groups. Your management or your group will be blamed for failures that could be cycle-related or due to the customer's desire to play AMAT against another supplier.
    You want the reverse to happen - you WANT the great star performers to take up the challenge of the struggling businesses. But after a short time at this company, it will be visibly and abundantly clear why people do not do this.
    Company is so dominant that oftentimes, your main competition/nemesis in the marketplace is another group in AMAT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create real incentives for star performers to try risky things.
    At the current time it is not just risky but potential career suicide to try to work with a struggling group.
    Compare to the pre-VSEA days to see what VPs and GMs are willing to do, to launch new products. Now there is 100x the amount of process, and also, the amount of politics.
    Gary has restored the dynamic feel of the company and the stock price came back, but we need more support innovation and a better process to manage the innovation portfolio.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Long work time. OK compensation. Can learn a lot of things.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of good training. You can learn lots of things. Lots of smart people
    You take care of lots of things, design, simulation, testing.

    Cons

    Long work time. No pay weekend work. Every review of project progress. OK salary. Not good compensation for the long time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The 800 pound gorilla in an industry that is quickly contracting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work with very intelligent, dedicated co-workers; IT infrastructure is well defined and managed; formal decision structure is appropriately distributed.

    Cons

    Harsh, stressful environment due to cyclical layoffs; senior management can talk the talk without walking the walk; poor X-organizational communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the reactionary hiring/layoff cycles based on current/next quarter expectations. Anyone can fire people - it takes no management experience to do that job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard Times Still Ahead

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Some real talent in the technology arena. Challenging work environment, lots of opportunities for movement within the organization. Pay and benefits are quite good.

    Cons

    Lay-off happy environment. It's getting more and more difficult to make money in this space and it shows in the daily stress place on employees. Total and complete GOOD OLE BOY environment. If you are a woman, middle management is the best you can hope to achieve there no matter your skills and qualifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an effort to add women to the ranks of senior management until you do it better without even thinking about it. It's embarrassing. Plan better, you know this is a cyclical business. Give the people who work there full time a little more feeling of job security.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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