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I have been working at Applied MaterialsPros
Working at Applied Materials gives you several opportunities to be exposed to several industries and their leadership. While many opportunities for advancement may not exist inside a given deparment or division, Applied Materials is SO diverse that you have other opportunities to move elsewhere in the company and enjoy a diffent aspect of the company altogether.
Management has set up Applied Global University to help you understand which aspects of your job you are REQUIRED to improve upon and those which you can optionally explore. Beyond carreer advancement, management is also aware of increasing need for a dispersed workforce and has implemented Applied Anywhere. This program allows select employees the ability to work from home and provides internet connectivity (with constant Applied network access) as well as printers, chairs, etc. that are necessary to perform your job funtions. As a user of both of these programs, they are the greatest incentive for me to remain at Applied Materials and continue to build my value for the company.Cons
Applied Materials has grown out of several different companies, not unlike many larger companies. While this is considered a strength in many ways, Applied Materials has struggled in integrating recent acquisitions fully into the corporate atmosphere. This creates disjointed managment (i.e. do you go to the old management, who knows and will fight for you OR do you go to the new management who you don't know what to expect from and may favor their previous subordinates?). This wouldn't be a problem if several management redundancies were simply eliminated or restructured. Currently there are too many redundancies at the levels of these recent acquisitions that create confusion as to where you stand in the organization as a whole and where Applied stands -- and behind whom.Advice to ManagementAdvice
As we prepare to meet global economic challenges, we have made several cuts to company programs including our bonus program -- the entire reason I came to work here -- that WAS based off of company performance and not personal performance. This change is already creating an atmosphere of competition, back stabbing and ruining an otherwise friendly atmosphere. We should take into consideration our continued improvement and success in the different industries we are in instead of where we feel the market will go. Our company did not need to make mandatory time off nor the change to the profit sharing program.
I'm afraid you'll continue to see people deciding to move on to a company that can provide more stability for its employees. Applied Materials just isn't providing that kind of atmosphere or attempting to remember what brought so much of this wonderful talent to the company in the first place. If other companies can attract our own staff with much of what we're now losing, perhaps you can take a look at some ways you can KEEP these programs in place to retain our highly skilled and professional workforce.Disapproves of CEO