Applied Materials Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Applied Materials CEO & President Gary Dickerson
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Pros
  • work life balance for some positions (in 26 reviews)

  • Good benefits compare to other IT companies (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Very difficult to maintain a work-life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • stress& long hours, sometimes have to travel alot (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Great people, clique management, high frustration.

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    Former Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Executive Assistant in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are so smart it's inspiring. Pretty good benefits. If you find the management team and it's the right fit you'll be happy and satisfied.

    Cons

    Lots of beaurocracy which can hamper the output of expectations. Senior management knows the business inside out but are too focused on immediate bottom line to be aware of new pitfalls.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees that have been here a while and give them credit when they don't give you the answer that you're looking for because they're more in the trenches and are giving honest feedback.


  2. manufacturing

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Applied Materials (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Clean facility. Laid back employees even while undergoing high demands. High safety standards.

    Cons

    Dim prospect for growth.


  3. Good work-life balance but lack promotional opportunites

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, good health insurance, good work-life balance

    Cons

    hard to get promoted when most people in the group have been with the company for about 8 to 15 years. It will take forever for your turn to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Need fresh blood


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  5. review

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Engineer II in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Current Employee - Customer Service Engineer II in Poughkeepsie, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    CE's are close and have alot of knowledge.

    Cons

    lack of communication between higher ups and to the CE's


  6. Decent company depending on who you work with and when you join

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits, industry leading technologies, interesting work opportunities throughout the company

    Cons

    Extremely top heavy, subject to industry fluctuation, certain positions lack work/life balance, many political decisions made that can affect people lower on the totem pole negatively (i.e. thrown under a bus)


  7. Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Applied Materials (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Market leader in many technology areas. Great engineering teams. Many long term employees. One of the few remaining hardware companies in Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Upper management has a long history of nepotism, detachment, and self serving strategic initiatives that have been engineered to line their pockets rather than adding shareholder value. Very little accountability for executive level failures (e.g., failed TEL merger). Semi capital equipment industry could rapidly turn into a commodity business as process chemistry becomes more important than the equipment itself.

    Advice to Management

    Hold yourself accountable for mistakes. Take employee surveys seriously, eliminate poor managers, and reward good managers.


  8. Engineering Technician

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    Former Employee - Texas in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Texas in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and laid back work environment.

    Cons

    Pay and work life balance


  9. MPM

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    Current Employee - Materials Program Manager in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Materials Program Manager in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are nice and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Depending on your role you can sometime expect 12~15 hour working days.


  10. Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice bonus

    Cons

    No work balance . Always need attention 7/24.

    Advice to Management

    Too much layers


  11. Overall a Good Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    Applied Materials offers excellent benefits, as well as the chance to work with others who are among the most intelligent professionals in the high tech industry.

    Cons

    Very limited opportunities for advancement. Merit increases have become very small, even with good to excellent performance appraisals. New increased initiative to enhance or support Affirmative Action makes it even more difficult to advance if you do not fall into this category and often means lesser experienced or lesser qualified personnel get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate highly qualified, educated, and professionally certified employees well enough to discourage attrition of the best talent the company has to offer and/or only use Affirmative Action as a tie breaker if all other qualifications are equal.



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