Applied Materials Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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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. 1 person found this helpful

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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.

  3. good

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Albany, NY

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

    Pros

    good working place and have a lot of opportunities to training and travel. also can learn to how to move forwards to your life

    Cons

    too much working hours and managers are too old think that can not see the truth of future. otherwise everything is good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    put your shoes into employee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Too much politics in the company

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    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
  6. Contractor at AMAT

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Agree with others about the professional, smart and talented people at AMAT. Where I was working there were a number of veterans and ex-nuclear power sailors like myself, which made for a driving "get'er done" environment.

    Cons

    Yes company's focus is definitely towards Asia. Not surprising since biggest customers are now in Taiwan, Japan and China. Also helped by AMAT's merger with Tokyo Electron.
    Also, agree with the overtime / outside normal business hours operations.
    AMAT have outsourced a lot of parts and operations so vendors at times know more about processes than AMAT people. So there is the issue of tribal knowledge versus loss of Intellectual Property to those outside vendors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The customer may be right, however don't fixate on the ship/delivery date if there are ANY issues with the product. Rework costs $$$$, especially if slipping dates means it can be sent at 100% complete.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great company to work for, Utilized and improved my video production skills.

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    Former Employee - Video Producer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Video Producer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    I was able to creative control producing technical procedure videos.

    Cons

    My position as video producer was contract.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Old school company with a new school feel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. It has been a great company to work for with competitive compensation for my region.

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer III in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer III in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology and great coworkers that have become friends over the years. The compensation is competitive with other businesses within the industry and the benefits package is above average.

    Cons

    As the company has grown and executive management has changed the focus has been to reduce costs and maximize profits and shareholder returns. Some benefits and programs have suffered because of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My primary advise to upper management would be to remember the balance between employee satisfaction and maximizing returns. Some budget cuts have effected moral, but done little in the way of cost reduction in the grand scheme of things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Excellent work environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Gloucester, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Gloucester, MA

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Great team and have the flexibility of expressing my ideas

    Cons

    Takes time to get to work with people all personals here are long timers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Used to be a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Salary is high compared to industry

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Management do not respect employees
    HR are purely a management puppet who don't care about employees
    Way too political
    Too many meetings outside regular business hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember where the company came from and the core values that made it great
    Respect and appreciate the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Ideal place for a fresh college graduate to start his/her career in high-tech

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Opportunities to work in different divisions with the organization, flexible working hours, travel to customer sites and work closely with customers.

    Cons

    The inevitable politics, inability to retain talents.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the future goals clear to the employees, invest more on innovation, some effort to retain talents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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