Applied Materials

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Applied Materials Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
600 Reviews
3.4
600 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent compensation packages and work life balance (in 25 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.  

    Good work life balance

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Very smart and competitive people. I enjoyed working here

    Cons

    Pay structure can be better.
    Too much business processes to follow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very smart engineers

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager

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

    Pros

    Leading-edge technical work, collaborating with the smartest people both at AMAT and their customers, who are most technologically-advanced companies.

    Cons

    Excessively top-heavy, often too political, frequent layoffs affecting not only people who deserve to be cut but really good people as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent compensation, but way too many silos

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

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great compensation, great employees with extremely strong experience and capabilities, good strategic direction, strong leadership

    Cons

    Silos, Silos, Silos! It's hard to get your groups strategy executed with competing strategies from other groups, communication at senior levels is very lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coordinate strategies and projects/programs to get some synergy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Terrible place to work, wish I had left earlier

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

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

    Pros

    Tuition reimbursement is generous. Cutting edge technology and products.

    Cons

    Very hostile working environment. Leadership integrity is nowhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less politics and caring more for employees. Don't try to lick wall street quarter by quarter at the cost of workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Applied is a technology leader and truly close to the customer

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You get to work on cutting edge technology. The company is also very product and customer focussed

    Cons

    Cyclic business conditions. Reactive and playing catch-up most of the time, which puts a lot of pressure on employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better planning can prevent the last minute scrambles

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Difficult problems to solve but with politics

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fair compensation
    Great opportunity to make a difference for customers
    Can learn a lot from the smart people who work there
    Managers and co-workers care about you and your happiness

    Cons

    Government politics and red tape
    Waterfall methodology
    Slow to adopt new practices and technologies
    Understaffed
    Upper management doesn't care about attrition
    Mandatory unpaid training hours
    Benefits mediocre and declining

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in individuals

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not good for freshers if you are hired for groups other than CSS.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good company benefits.
    Attractive salary for CSS group people.
    Flexible work style.
    Good culture.

    Cons

    If you are hired for AGS **B300 group, then it will be worst in your career life.
    You should nod your head to whatever Manager says even though its stupid.
    No proper planning and firing you like a rocket one day before deadline.
    You won't feel that you are in a team.
    If you ask Manager for any help regarding the product, he himself don't know completely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please give good training or atleast good documentation to understand the product thoroughly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great and Innovative company to work for

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer III in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer III in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company focuses mainly on R&D, so it is a perfect place for tech savvy people who are interested in the semiconductor industry. You can expect a good work-life balance from the company just like many other Silicon valley companies

    Cons

    The industry is cyclic, so an employee will experience the up and down swings of the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Reviewer for DCC in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Reviewer for DCC in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The main thing is getting your foot in the door. The rest is a very pleasurable experience.

    Cons

    They take their rules very seriously.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Mechanical Engineer, SCLA

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Why I stayed so long: great co-workers, really a smart talented, friendly group of people, and I respected and felt respected by them. Also, good benefits, reasonable work/life balance for my job (though perhaps not so much for travel jobs or process engineering, depending). My daily life was interesting--always a new challenge, a lot of learning over the years.

    Cons

    Some challenges might come from lack of guidance to newer employees--many technical people are promoted to be managers without gaining the skills needed to mentor, so learning isn't as facilitated--which leads to a lot of inefficiencies. I worked during the 2009 downturn, so there wasn't much mobility in the company, so lack of growth, that's my personal experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in training managers to be mentors, andput more effort in the engineering groups into the process of development and passdown of knowledge, so reinventing the wheel isn't the norm. Bump some pay for people who stuck around through the 2009 downturn, as salaries are lower now than equivalent positions being advertised. Sick days vs PTO encouraged sick people to stay home and keep the office overall less sick. Finally, more HUBS.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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