Applied Materials
3.2 of 5 555 reviews
www.appliedmaterials.com Santa Clara, CA 5000+ Employees

Applied Materials Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014
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74% Approve of the CEO

Applied Materials CEO & President Gary Dickerson

Gary Dickerson

(74 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Headed in the right direction

    Senior Director (Former Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsThe 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

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementGary 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Process Engineer IV (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company but Too Big to make a difference in.

    Project Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat products, New Technology and with Tel merger will be the only real powerhouse left in play.

    ConsRun by so many people who 'Know it all' yet really don't have it down as well as they think they do. Higher ups get caught too much in their own "Hype". Pure Chaos most of the time and out of control much of the time. Some crucial processes and fundamentals are non existent leaving one to wonder how AMAT actually got to be a multi billion dollar company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to what REALLY matters and the people making things happen. Don't believe and drink too much of the 'Koolaid" that you are making...It's no all of what you saying it really is....

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Well respected company with strong engineering talent but a marketing team which tends to lead direction

    Process Engineer III (Current Employee)
    Hopewell Junction, NY

    ProsStrong engineering talent, leader in the industry, global reach and decent pay / benefits

    ConsIt's a large company which means standardization and "ways of doing business" can occasionally hinder innovation. The focus and direction of the company constantly change, so must be flexible

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Opportunity to Change Jobs

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsApplied is a very big company, with global presence. So there are plenty of opportunities to change job functions and even locations. Thus one can learn in a lot of new areas.
    The company tries to listen to employee feedback surveys; lots of training classes available in house for personal growth

    ConsToo much management change. Work-life balance can be a challenge, depending on the job function.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    Prosdynamic, world-wide opportunity, coworking with people internationally.

    Consbureaucratic, due to the large size, less challenging, less creative work environment

    Advice to Senior Managementnot all people can be good managers. Need continuous reality check of management skills and room for improvement

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company, Upward Trend

    Process Engineer (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsVery motivating environment, intelligent people, cutting edge-technology. Very competitive salary and benefits, very great chances for personal improvement and evaluation.

    ConsDays could get long and stressful. As with all large companies a lot of bureaucracy is involved, could take a while for decisions or turnover. Project management and project staff should work better in maintaining project workflow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting: Learning & solving new problems on a day to day basis. Plenty to learn always!

    Applications Engineer (Current Employee)
    Hillsboro, OR

    ProsExcellent technology, smart people, cutting edge work, engaging and challenging projects

    ConsLots of middle management, who only delegate and don't really contribute any demonstrable value to the organisation. Work life balance can take a hit as a consequence

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the organisational bureaucracy and middle management politics

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Global Product Manager (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsFlexible working schedule, benefits, technology leadership in many areas.

    ConsLimited personal growth, middle management needs to be changed, leadership capabilities have yet to be proven.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMiddle management is stale. Need change within Director and Senior Director ranks. To many VPs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosdiverse workforce, good place for growth opportunities

    ConsCyclical industry nature leads to lot of ups and downs in business

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    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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