Applied Materials Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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Applied Materials CEO & President Gary Dickerson
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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. Very much like my job!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Good and professional teamwork, Opportunities to travel around the world, top management is very structured and has a good approach to identify customer's problems and develop a differentiated product

    Cons

    A lot of travel because most customer and supply chain are in Asia. Equipment business is very cyclical ==> big up- and downswing

    Advice to Management

    Continue current approach of new product development, but don't add to much bureaucracy

  2. Sr Process Technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company , a lot of smart and talent people.Can learn a lot.

    Cons

    To much politics and favoritism, pay scale is not fair. Very hard work, some more than others.Need to get more younger worker's for the future.

  3. Feast or Famine

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Chandler, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When times are good there's close to unlimited overtime. Your'e also able to see the world on the company dime.

    Cons

    The work is very cyclical and hard to plan your life. Sometimes the company wants you to travel on 3 days notice for months on end only to find that when you come back there may be nothing for you.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees and actually stand by what you say. Dont forget that youll need to bring in new talent to eventually replace your aging workforce.

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  5. Good Large Cap semi equipment company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Materials

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It's a good place to work with good salaries, benefits, with technically strong people and many others. Has perpetually been market and technology leader. This company (and others) enabled the electronics revolution.

    Cons

    Typical of any large company, opportunities for advancement are lesser but still available if you are aggressive enough. They outsource a lot and have been turning over their old workers at a very high rate. Lot's of uncertainty these days with the TEL merger coming up but if you are a young worker, this might be the place to cut your teeth. Be prepared for crash course in aggressive politics.

    Advice to Management

    Don't force something just because you feel like you have to, Gary. It's not possible with a behemoth like AMAT. Good stewardship is about all you should hope for with such a large company. Your customers do not want AMAT to own the market and will punish you for trying to. Respect your employees and stop the outsourcing to H1-Bs. Stockholders can never realize huge gains anyway. It's just not happening for them.

  6. Lots of room for improvement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Great colleagues - lots to learn from them; Global footprint; technology leader in an industry with lots of exciting times ahead.

    Cons

    Significant number of employees have low morale

  7. 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

    I worked at Applied Materials

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.

  8. One of America's Most Ethical Companies for a Reason

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very solid and professional staff. Engineers are generally more top notch than other places that I have worked.
    Lots of internal training available. Highly ethical and moral company. Good benefits and bonuses. Nice working environment, Leading edge technology

    Cons

    Business units are tend to be in silos. Not enough clarity of communication. In fact one could argue that communication is kept purposefully obscure in order to protect customer's confidential information. Security is to such an absurd level that it really hinders productivity, which is frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Bring IT infrastructure entirely under the corporate umbrella and do not outsource this critical function - contract and outsourced turnover is too high resulting in lost institutional knowledge and productivity.

  9. Process Engineering Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Applied Materials as an intern

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with and a great place to gain experience. I really enjoyed working with their products and there is opportunity to work on multiple projects.

    Cons

    The company needs to hire more people.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to understand that work cannot get accomplished without the proper resources.

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    AMAT

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Applied Materials

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice campus, great coworkers, and fantastic work environment

    Cons

    Long work hours, stressful sometimes, had to work in weekends to meet deadlines occasionally

    Advice to Management

    Plan and time business better so that things are well prepared ahead of deadlines; put sufficient resources in right areas and at right timing.

  11. Employees are dedicated, hard-charging and goal oriented.Lots of optimism.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Generous salaries, bonuses and stock for Directors and above. Above average benefits package and 4.5% 401K match

    Cons

    Takes a VERY long time to get promoted.

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