Applied Materials

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Applied Materials Reviews in Austin, TX

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
590 Reviews
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Pros
  • Decent compensation packages and work life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent location, free water from the water fountain (in 33 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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    Applied Materials

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

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed working for Applied Materials. The culture was young, energetic, with new ideas, growth, and lots of work for the employee and the company. It is a high tech company with very intelligent and talented work force.
    The benefits were very good - the company took an interest in the individual employees.

    Cons

    In some of the management or team supervisor positions it very difficult walk away from the job at night - lots of overtime and calls at all hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard Times Still Ahead

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

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

    Pros

    Some real talent in the technology arena. Challenging work environment, lots of opportunities for movement within the organization. Pay and benefits are quite good.

    Cons

    Lay-off happy environment. It's getting more and more difficult to make money in this space and it shows in the daily stress place on employees. Total and complete GOOD OLE BOY environment. If you are a woman, middle management is the best you can hope to achieve there no matter your skills and qualifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an effort to add women to the ranks of senior management until you do it better without even thinking about it. It's embarrassing. Plan better, you know this is a cyclical business. Give the people who work there full time a little more feeling of job security.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Headed in the right direction

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The 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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Gary 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Amat

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    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    Telecommute, challenging environment, relaxed dress code and culture in Austin as compared to scla

    Cons

    Volatile, competitive and very engineering focused.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was okay,just can't figure out why they don't hire on experienced contractors,instead they let them go.

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

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of hours, great pay as a contractor due to all the over time.

    Cons

    Management doesn't really interact with individual technicians, worked there for a whole year and saw the Manager of my department at least 3 times a week and he had no idea who I was or anyone except people that had been there for decades.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interact with your employees. Show them you care, I get that contractors come and go at applied but not every contractor is just there for a paycheck. A lot of contractors there come in on weekends on very short notice, work the long hours to get through the quarter because they want to be there and earn a spot full time. Talk to your contractors,get to know them, make them feel like part of the team. Not just another number.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Product Line Manager

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    Current Employee - Global Product Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Global Product Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management is stale. Need change within Director and Senior Director ranks. To many VPs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Growth with Top Heavy management

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    Current Employee - PM in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - PM in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to work in different functions, good salary, good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor recognition, top heavy management, bureaucratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Analyze the number of senior managers and directors across the company. There are many dedicated employees that deserve raises and promotions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    it has been a nice run

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

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

    Pros

    the people and friendships made over the years

    Cons

    no work life balance, unrealistic expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach when it comes to ethics and mutul trust and respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Low work-life balance but lots of opportunities of growth

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for growth and skills; good people to work with;

    Cons

    Company has been going thru reorgs and layoffs; bonus structure is not upto mark; overworked employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your employees who are overworked

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going downhill unless you're an engineer and/or a Sr. Manager and above... even that is questionable.

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    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Because of constant turnover, positions seem readily available. They offer rotation if you find yourself in an undesirable position. Hight potential if you move to California.

    Cons

    Very flat Finance organization, compensation awards just got taken away making morale lowe. GIS department is horrible to work with. The systems are antiquated and the solution is to burden the employees with busy work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Taking away employee stock grants was a big miss. Competition for work force in our profession is not industry specific. Those that can leave will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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