Applied Materials

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Applied Materials Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
598 Reviews
3.4
598 Reviews
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Applied Materials CEO & President Gary Dickerson
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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.  

    Salary, benifit, jobs,compensation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, motivated , new technology , friendly , learnable

    Cons

    stress& long hours, sometimes have to travel alot

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Large company going through Senior Exec changes

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    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Work related with new technology

    Cons

    excessive work hours, highly political management and leadership,
    lay off potential greatest to anyone over 40 years old

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A decent company if you want to learn about semiconductor equipment and process

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    The size of company will allow you to always find sth you like, marketing, technology, sales, etc

    Cons

    Manufacturing nature of this industry requires you to fit into the 24/7 when there is really big issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to figure out the future of the semiconductor and how they are tied to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Succeeds in leveraging its scale but lacks agility

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

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

    Pros

    Excellence in technology and ability to push the envelope in its key, moneymaking markets.
    If you work in the semiconductor or display areas, in certain product groups, life is relatively easy and you are personally rewarded for the group's success. Some people reading this may ask: easy? Yes, if you have worked in both sides of that coin, you would know what I'm talking about.
    Is a high technology engineering job that rewards in ways few engineering jobs can.

    Cons

    Conversely if you are in semi or display in an area that the company is struggling in, life is hell. You might do a spectacular job, and never be recognized for it. This is why people flow out of areas like etch or wet chemical products and try to get into the moneymaker groups. Your management or your group will be blamed for failures that could be cycle-related or due to the customer's desire to play AMAT against another supplier.
    You want the reverse to happen - you WANT the great star performers to take up the challenge of the struggling businesses. But after a short time at this company, it will be visibly and abundantly clear why people do not do this.
    Company is so dominant that oftentimes, your main competition/nemesis in the marketplace is another group in AMAT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create real incentives for star performers to try risky things.
    At the current time it is not just risky but potential career suicide to try to work with a struggling group.
    Compare to the pre-VSEA days to see what VPs and GMs are willing to do, to launch new products. Now there is 100x the amount of process, and also, the amount of politics.
    Gary has restored the dynamic feel of the company and the stock price came back, but we need more support innovation and a better process to manage the innovation portfolio.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The 800 pound gorilla in an industry that is quickly contracting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work with very intelligent, dedicated co-workers; IT infrastructure is well defined and managed; formal decision structure is appropriately distributed.

    Cons

    Harsh, stressful environment due to cyclical layoffs; senior management can talk the talk without walking the walk; poor X-organizational communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the reactionary hiring/layoff cycles based on current/next quarter expectations. Anyone can fire people - it takes no management experience to do that job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Long work time. OK compensation. Can learn a lot of things.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of good training. You can learn lots of things. Lots of smart people
    You take care of lots of things, design, simulation, testing.

    Cons

    Long work time. No pay weekend work. Every review of project progress. OK salary. Not good compensation for the long time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    More interested in outsourcing than long term employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    Great technology company, and Customers were great to work with.

    Cons

    I was an employee for almost 20 years. The company culture changed during those years. In the beginning everyone work their tails off, but that changed when the Company appeared to not want long term employees. They went the route of outsourcing, and contracted empolyees. There isn't a high level of commitment when working with contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of Customer commitment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Internship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials as an intern

    Pros

    People there are very knowlegable and nice.

    Cons

    People have pressure, a typical feature in semiconducting and electronic field

    Recommends
  11.  

    Trying to Mature

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

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

    Pros

    Salary in general is very high. Lotsa smart people and definite room for career growth if you perform well and want it. Truly a global company, so you'll have the opportunity to interact with folks abroad.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs and reductions in force along with mandatory days vacation time selected for you. Sometimes you wonder why non-successful employees are allowed to stick around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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