Applied Materials Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Pros
  • work life balance for some positions (in 26 reviews)

  • Good benefits compare to other IT companies (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Very difficult to maintain a work-life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • stress& long hours, sometimes have to travel alot (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Field Service Engineer / Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Technician in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Technician in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Quality , Professionalism, Drive to be the best in the field. Sharing and responding to critical situations with customers and co-workers to ensure excellent solutions.

    Cons

    Traveling to western US extensive. Maintaining a team of 18 field service engineers 24 hour a day 7 days a week. Responding to every crisis the customer has at any hour, especially when it is non-critical and can wait a few hours.

    Advice to Management

    Don't tell the customer that I am at their disposal as the customer sees fit. Do not continuously add work to our workload without removing other work we are currently performing.


  2. manufacturing

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Applied Materials (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Clean facility. Laid back employees even while undergoing high demands. High safety standards.

    Cons

    Dim prospect for growth.


  3. Great company culture!

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst Intern in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Even as a intern I felt respected among all the employees. Everyone supports one another and are willing to help each other on projects. The company is flexible and wiling to work around their employees schedules. I learned so much from my internship experience. This company is truly remarkable. I recommend anyone to apply to this company because you will not be disappointed.

    Cons

    I don't have any coons. :)


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  5. Endless hours Large checks

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Final Test Technician in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Final Test Technician in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Applied Materials as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked in one of the most advanced companies in the Austin Texas area Well paid doesn't require high education great people to work with

    Cons

    Consistently worked 6 days A week and at times work 14 to 16 days in a row. Very little documentation to work from

    Advice to Management

    Need more on floor Management need to completely redo all documentation even know or just part of the SOP to rarely ever done


  6. Engineering Technician

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Texas in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Texas in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly and laid back work environment.

    Cons

    Pay and work life balance


  7. Assembler technician

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It's a good company to work with

    Cons

    I don't have any bad comments about this company


  8. Overall a Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    Applied Materials offers excellent benefits, as well as the chance to work with others who are among the most intelligent professionals in the high tech industry.

    Cons

    Very limited opportunities for advancement. Merit increases have become very small, even with good to excellent performance appraisals. New increased initiative to enhance or support Affirmative Action makes it even more difficult to advance if you do not fall into this category and often means lesser experienced or lesser qualified personnel get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate highly qualified, educated, and professionally certified employees well enough to discourage attrition of the best talent the company has to offer and/or only use Affirmative Action as a tie breaker if all other qualifications are equal.


  9. Finance Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong culture where people care about their jobs. Highly educated workforce. Opportunity to travel and work across different organizations and locations.

    Cons

    Over the last several years, there have been multiple reorganizations creating a lot of churn and complexity. Quarterly close can sometimes be stressful and require long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Employees were given the opportunity to provide formal feedback using confidential surveys. It would have been helpful to see a higher level of follow up to the suggestions. Wasn't clear if the feedback was accepted by Executives.


  10. Financial Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, good salary,able to work remotely, The company does a lot for the community. AMAT offers tuition assistance. Bonuses twice a year.

    Cons

    Once you are with the company and have proven yourself, the workload tends t be overwhelming. AMAT does not mind doing more with less. Work/life balance can be challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make sure all you employees have work life balance. This will help the turnover rate


  11. Helpful (1)

    Contract was extended and then terminated before the extension date

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    Former Employee - Electrical Mechanical Assembler in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Electrical Mechanical Assembler in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers were pleasant. Company generous to employees supplied work shoes. Free flu shots. Management was easy to work with.

    Cons

    Being a contract worker is difficult since you are not an actual employee. Would like to see them hire more people to become employees from the contractor pool.



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