Applied Materials

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Applied Materials Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
591 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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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Challenging work environment with dedicated, and intelligent people.

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    Current Employee - Global Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Global Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Exciting business environment with high technology products, and a company culture that allows motivated individuals to succeed. There are business and technical career opportunities to allow a great amount of flexibility in career choices. Applied offers a generous suite of benefits (bonuses, 401k match, healt/dental/vision, ESPP, RSU, etc...)

    Cons

    Some of the expectations are aggressive, and there are times when the pressure is intense. Our customers are mostly in Asia, so sometimes schedule flexibility is required (late night conference calls, frequent travel, etc...).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contractor Employment at Applied materials

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    Former Employee - Logistics Supervisor in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Logistics Supervisor in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Applied Materials offers employment through various Contracting companies in order to come together and get the job done as a whole.

    Cons

    When you are a contractor at Applied Materials you do not receive all of the benefits that a Full time Applied Materials Employee would

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good to start a career, bad to retire here

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

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

    Pros

    offers a great amount of opportunities to travel around
    Do value the safety standards.

    Cons

    Too much politics around your work.
    Very unstable. The customer contract will be reduced to none eventually, so if you want to work for this company, then you have to move around wherever a new customer signs contract with AMAT.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Just joined

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Based on the interviews and their expectations, I felt that job is more challenging and not monotonous. I just joined, so can not really tell much.

    Cons

    After a month of work, I will review again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more for employees at Bay area

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not the most ambitious people but not horrible either

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    Current Employee - Technical Product Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Product Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Good starting point for a career, not the best pay but people are nice and friendly

    Cons

    Haven't been here long enough yet to know much but lame cafeteria and work environment?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be more ambitious (and why would you not be?) then you need to provide a nice work environment and hire aggressively

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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