Applied Materials Reviews

Updated March 10, 2015
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  1. Too much politics in the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer III in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer III in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Have a lot of smart people to learn from

    Cons

    Too much politics between teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the system more efficient

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great place to start out as a young engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to work on some SERIOUSLY high-tech systems
    - People are generally competent, professional, and take their job seriously
    - Opportunity for rapid advancement if in the right group/area
    - Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    - Standard large/mature company stuff (bureaucracy, politics, etc.)
    - Industry is cyclical, leading to uneven financial situations and even periodic unpayed shutdowns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for innovation!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Great and Innovative company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5. It's not too bad, especially if you land with the right team.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. Great Company, Upward Trend

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Days 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. You will learn a lot and apply it immediately

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer III in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer III in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    It's fast paced, dynamic, challenging and highly educational.

    Cons

    Frequent hiring freezes limit employee internal mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix your recruiting system. Don't post jobs that are frozen. Add job descriptions that actually describe the technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Great Place to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer III in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Best job I've ever had. I only work 50 hr /wk. Way better than Google, Apple, or LAM. But not Samsung. My friend works at Samsung, and he gets bigger bonuses

    Cons

    CEO Mike Splinter is a joke. Been there way too long. Salaries seem lower than other companies. If you have a bad boss, you're job will suck anywhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more to keep your top talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Good and challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn different things everyday

    Cons

    growth opportunities are relatively less

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. Very Challenging any dynamic environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Team work, challenging projects, lot of exciting things going on. Experiencing what's happening at the front of semiconductor technology and etc.

    Cons

    Again, challenging environment lead to high pressure at the work place. Lack of resources and need to face multiple customer un-reasonable requests all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the employees, who are the most worthy assets in the company. Focus and excel on the core products and do not invest in low tech and easy to enter sectors by what Wallstreet is talking about.

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

    Too Much Politics and Long Work Hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Materials Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Materials Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    I enjoyed the people that I worked with. Manager was very lenient.

    Cons

    Work culture is absolutely horrible. The company finds it very hard to keep its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve work/life balance and your employees will be very happy with the company.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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