Applied Materials

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Applied Materials Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
591 Reviews
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Applied Materials CEO & President Gary Dickerson
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Pros
  • Decent compensation packages and work life balance (in 24 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 38 reviews)

  • The only way to get a promotion is to fake working long hours (in 26 reviews)

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    Mechanical Engineer, SCLA

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Why I stayed so long: great co-workers, really a smart talented, friendly group of people, and I respected and felt respected by them. Also, good benefits, reasonable work/life balance for my job (though perhaps not so much for travel jobs or process engineering, depending). My daily life was interesting--always a new challenge, a lot of learning over the years.

    Cons

    Some challenges might come from lack of guidance to newer employees--many technical people are promoted to be managers without gaining the skills needed to mentor, so learning isn't as facilitated--which leads to a lot of inefficiencies. I worked during the 2009 downturn, so there wasn't much mobility in the company, so lack of growth, that's my personal experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in training managers to be mentors, andput more effort in the engineering groups into the process of development and passdown of knowledge, so reinventing the wheel isn't the norm. Bump some pay for people who stuck around through the 2009 downturn, as salaries are lower now than equivalent positions being advertised. Sick days vs PTO encouraged sick people to stay home and keep the office overall less sick. Finally, more HUBS.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Salary, benifit, jobs,compensation

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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

    Great place to work, motivated , new technology , friendly , learnable

    Cons

    stress& long hours, sometimes have to travel alot

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Internship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials as an intern

    Pros

    People there are very knowlegable and nice.

    Cons

    People have pressure, a typical feature in semiconducting and electronic field

    Recommends
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    Trying to Mature

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Salary in general is very high. Lotsa smart people and definite room for career growth if you perform well and want it. Truly a global company, so you'll have the opportunity to interact with folks abroad.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs and reductions in force along with mandatory days vacation time selected for you. Sometimes you wonder why non-successful employees are allowed to stick around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    AMAT

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Diversity in opportunity to grow

    Cons

    Slow decision making, inadequate resources

  7.  

    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I had a budget of >$36M of which $10M was for R&D projects. All of the projects I initiated were fully supported by management and were all successful

    Cons

    Tough internal political challenges. never knew who was friend and who was foe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage entrepreneurship from all levels of the staff

    Recommends
  8.  

    Process Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Talent people and dynamic working environment. Lots of opportunities to get personal advancement (training, business travel around the world, business exposure, etc). Adequate R&D investment enable pursuit of innovations.

    Cons

    Organizational goal is not very clear and consistent.

  9.  

    Just joined

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Based on the interviews and their expectations, I felt that job is more challenging and not monotonous. I just joined, so can not really tell much.

    Cons

    After a month of work, I will review again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more for employees at Bay area

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Headed in the right direction

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The acquisition of Gary Dickerson came with the acquisition of Varian. Gary brings a very focused and pragmatic style to AMAT which is refreshing after years of Mike Splinter's ego centric and random leadership (we are in the solar business - oops no we're not; let's buy an e- beam company so we can throw money down a rat hole; lets hire this executive so we can fire them 2 years later when they threaten my position) .

    Look at the rise in stock price and Gary's leadership vs what the stock did during Splinter's Tenure
    Splinter Came in in 2003 with the Stock trading in the $14-range. On September 17, 2013 it closed at $15.04
    Since Dickerson took over the stock has climbed to above $20. I believe some if that is due to the to the merger with TEL, which will give AMAT more power in the marketplace and a lot of it is due to the market's perception that Dickerson is a stronger leader than Splinter

    Cons

    Management tends to be 95% type A's who shoot first and ask questions later, so competition is fierce. THe organization into product business units means an unusual matrix type of organization that makes authority unclear and requires careful management of the politics. Disputes often have to be resolved by the president or CEO but not until after reputations are tarnished or ruined by complaining

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gary has things on the right track and is very practical. Seems to have eliminated most of Splinter's bad hires and promotions. Stock price is up which reflects the impact of Gary's leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It's not too bad, especially if you land with the right team.

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer IV in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer IV in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Colleagues are great. Can't complain about the weather here.

    Cons

    Promotion hard to come by. Product development teams work a lot. More R&D being incorporated but slow integration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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