Applied Materials Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
577 Reviews

3.3
577 Reviews
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Applied Materials CEO & President Gary Dickerson
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Pros
  • Decent compensation packages and work life balance (in 23 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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  1.  

    nutral

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    big company, and more opportunities

    Cons

    industry is unstable, and company moves is slow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contractor Employment at Applied materials

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    Former Employee - Logistics Supervisor  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Logistics Supervisor in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Applied Materials offers employment through various Contracting companies in order to come together and get the job done as a whole.

    Cons

    When you are a contractor at Applied Materials you do not receive all of the benefits that a Full time Applied Materials Employee would

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good to start a career, bad to retire here

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    Former Employee - Customer Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    offers a great amount of opportunities to travel around
    Do value the safety standards.

    Cons

    Too much politics around your work.
    Very unstable. The customer contract will be reduced to none eventually, so if you want to work for this company, then you have to move around wherever a new customer signs contract with AMAT.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    working for a loooong time in this company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    work life balance for some positions

    Cons

    bangalore office doesn't follow the same CORE values as corporate office in USA. bangalore office is more like a delivery center

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No big advise, Practice the corporate Vision, Mission and Values. It will be more than enough. OR Have own Vision, Mission and Values for "Delivery Center".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Ok company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Lot of opportunity for development
    There is also a bonus every six months
    Time off policies are good
    And they allow for flexibility

    Cons

    Seems employees are not as valued anymore

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exhausting, Confusing, Back to the Future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    Profitable, established company. Compensation is ok. Benefits are ok.

    Cons

    How do I begin? Speaking of NPI Manufacturing only - New hires have "Glorified" Titles doing 100% tactical work. No structure, no process, new hires training new hires. Management is clueless when it comes to implementing strategic moves and changes. The expression "Start-up organization" seemed to be the reasoning that management uses to describe the department. Hello? AMAT has been around for 30 years or so! That is not the definition of a Start-Up. Disorganized organization is the best way to describe. One would wonder how AMAT can be a multi-billion dollar company? Cheap. Old, dusty, dirty furniture. Tasteless coffee. No plastic utensils provided - bring your own. Cubicles? What cubicles? Sharing desks where you can see your co-worker's heads/faces sitting across, next, side by side with you. Overworked group of people, working late hours and weekends, and expected to do more. New hires from AMAT competitors this they know it all. Well if it was so good are your previous companies, why did you leave???
    Culture clash everywhere. Advantage is that majority are new hires. The dis-avantage is that majority are new hires. I will not recommend this place even to an enemy. There are too many opportunities out there at better companies with better culture, work environment, and most of all intelligent people to work with, not worker bee mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time creating processes for improvement. Project managers should actually use or learn to use Microsoft Project. Implement a REAL ORG CHART with REAL and CLEAR Responsibilities. Empower your staff to make decisions. Update the ERP system from 1998, and lessen the spreadsheets floating around. You might actually real see efficiency improvement. Oh here's another thing that could happen....actually produce REAL Metrics! Mentor and train your staff to become leaders, but also provide them the tools to become successful. Understand the process yourself, and pass it on to your staff and other departments so everyone is on the same page. Easy on the escalation. And when we escalate, actually do something about it. Too focused on blaming, not solving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not the most ambitious people but not horrible either

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    Current Employee - Technical Product Support Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Product Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good starting point for a career, not the best pay but people are nice and friendly

    Cons

    Haven't been here long enough yet to know much but lame cafeteria and work environment?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be more ambitious (and why would you not be?) then you need to provide a nice work environment and hire aggressively

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Pay Little Say

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    Former Employee - Customer Engineer IV
    Former Employee - Customer Engineer IV

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

    Pros

    It's a great place to work if one likes tackling the awesome technology behind the scenes that is used to create the processors, memory and other electronics needed in our everyday lives.
    Applied Materials is a leader in their market, and the equipment produced are state-of-the-art. This company is an excellent choice for ex-military to get their feet wet in the civilian world.

    Cons

    Too Big... especially if one starts in Service Accounts. I believe this company to be an exceptional place to work if one is in R&D, Sales, or HR. Although the salaries are okay in customer service engineering, there is very little room for upward mobility, and politics are weighed too heavily; more so than results. For those energetic military guys I encouraged above, your five year plan should include leaving if you want to move upward in a company; stick to your guns, because the salary can be very comfortable, with the caveat that 10-15 years down the road you may realize that you should have moved on and that the money is no longer worth it. If you have not moved up considerably after 5 years, consider changing companies/industries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The middle and lower management are affecting the bottom line of the organization through poor leadership decisions. Showing favoritism to, and covering up mistakes of, some CEs when they damage machines, negatively impact customer manufacturing processes, or damage costumer product due to poor decision making, is not conducive to effective root cause analyses, FMEA or, more importantly, the relationship with the customer. When an EIC or Supervisor prefer to lie to the customer about a machine that a CE damages, and "create" the illusion that the machine was at fault, neither the customer nor AMAT wins. AMAT needs to mix it up a bit, and hire more supervisors from outside the company that do not have close personal friendships with subordinates. The current trend to promote primarily from within creates an environment whereby some CEs are favored more than others, and that can negatively affect morale as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    good people, loved coworkers, lots to learn

    Cons

    too many layoffs all the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to manage headcount more effectively

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

    Fast-Paced, Mandatory Over-Time, Well Compensated, Leading Edge Technology, "Live to Work" Job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Engineer III  in  Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Customer Engineer III in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    The company pays well and overtime is always available along with traveling assignments if wanted. Excellent experience working in the semi conductor industry with million dollar tools, after working long enough with this company you will be able to go anywhere in the semiconductor industry
    Performance Based Bonus's
    After 7+ Years Paid Time Off Accural is 8hrs a paycheck twice a month
    Rotating 12 Hour Shifts

    Cons

    Extremely Stressful Projects where the customer is demanding and unreasonable, management does not back up or protect its employees,
    Mandatory Overtime can be assigned with no prior notice
    Poor Documentation and Procedures
    Hostile Environment where one mistake can get you let go
    Health Insurance and Benefits are slowly becoming unreasonable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to work on the work-life balance
    Stop cutting bonus's and benefits

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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