Applied Materials

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Applied Materials Reviews

Updated January 18, 2015
Updated January 18, 2015
621 Reviews
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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.  

    Used to be great. Company making us take on new roles that are not interesting.

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Pay is good. The co-workers are fantastic.

    Cons

    Management is inconsistent. Jobs are drying up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to input from the people doing the work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good company overall - Needs to promote more females to upper management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Good Company to Work for.

    Cons

    Might have to work very long hours including the weekends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more females. They work harder and are less political

  3.  

    Good news is no news , No news is bad news , and Bad news is good news at applied materials

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Excellent company core business and management strategy

    Cons

    Outsourcing need to be reviewed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    James Morgan Had a great vision, New challenges are the Fablessness of devices makers, but I am sure foundries and their location is already matched the outsourcing .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun place to work, but watch your back

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer IV in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineer IV in Austin, TX

    I worked at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Great job requirements and many bosses are great (not all)

    Cons

    Too many silos and not cross functional communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    COMMUNICATE! Across the functional areas...get unified strategic objectives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Final Test Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Pay and great people

    Cons

    Excessive hours schedule is day to day

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Applied Materials are Demanding Professionals

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Messaging Administrator in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Messaging Administrator in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Applied Materials as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    World class organization, strong work ethic and very efficient work force. World class infrastructure, and very capable leveraging of international work force.

    Cons

    Word Class operation of engineers under lot of pressure. They are efficient and move quickly, and as a consequence are reluctant to indulge those not on their level. There are staff that can sometimes be demanding to the point of being rude, and engineers are socially insular to begin with, so it can be a stressful work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    .ALso, there is a very distinct two class system in the corporate culture: VIPs and every one else.. This causes dis enfranchisement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent compensation, but way too many silos

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

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, great employees with extremely strong experience and capabilities, good strategic direction, strong leadership

    Cons

    Silos, Silos, Silos! It's hard to get your groups strategy executed with competing strategies from other groups, communication at senior levels is very lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coordinate strategies and projects/programs to get some synergy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Applied is a technology leader and truly close to the customer

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

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

    Pros

    You get to work on cutting edge technology. The company is also very product and customer focussed

    Cons

    Cyclic business conditions. Reactive and playing catch-up most of the time, which puts a lot of pressure on employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better planning can prevent the last minute scrambles

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Difficult problems to solve but with politics

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Fair compensation
    Great opportunity to make a difference for customers
    Can learn a lot from the smart people who work there
    Managers and co-workers care about you and your happiness

    Cons

    Government politics and red tape
    Waterfall methodology
    Slow to adopt new practices and technologies
    Understaffed
    Upper management doesn't care about attrition
    Mandatory unpaid training hours
    Benefits mediocre and declining

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in individuals

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great and Innovative company to work for

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer III in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer III in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    The company focuses mainly on R&D, so it is a perfect place for tech savvy people who are interested in the semiconductor industry. You can expect a good work-life balance from the company just like many other Silicon valley companies

    Cons

    The industry is cyclic, so an employee will experience the up and down swings of the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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