Applied Materials Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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Applied Materials CEO & President Gary Dickerson
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Pros
  • work life balance for some positions (in 26 reviews)

  • Good benefits compare to other IT companies (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Very difficult to maintain a work-life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • stress& long hours, sometimes have to travel alot (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Great Company to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mobility Infrastructure Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Mobility Infrastructure Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing company to work with Lots of facilities

    Cons

    Internal Politics No On Site No growth map


  2. Quid pro quo

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. As long as you take care of the company, the company will take care of you

    Cons

    Not exactly core-software work for Software Engineers. It's a different industry, meant for different kind of people

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  3. Buyer/Planner

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner in Santa Clara, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Leader of Semiconductor and good benefit , good environment to work.

    Cons

    Middle management of engagement with manager subordinate.

    Advice to Management

    Management should recognize employer's each day face with problems what is, what if, ext... and give them accurate answers.


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  5. Best Company to work for :)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Applied Materials (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Excellent HR policies. Employee friendly. Always fair with the need of employees.

    Cons

    Frequent reorganization can be avoided. Could see a lot of nepotism in certain regions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  6. Good to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many learning from many talented colleagues if you are willing to learn Good and kind colleagues

    Cons

    Tight timeline makes process engineer to work over weekend Market is getting more competitive, working enviroment is getting toupher

    Advice to Management

    Consider and value engineers effort more salary in order not to lose your experienced engineers to Apple


  7. Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Open door policy, sponsored training, work/life balance, friendly environment, Knowledgeable managers and management in general, cafeteria and gym on site.

    Cons

    Big company, certain groups work in silos which makes it harder to effect change (although possible once management buys into it).


  8. Senior management doesn

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Applied Materials

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

    Pros

    Good overall pay and benefits

    Cons

    The strategy is always cut spend while increasing your revenue. It never worked and will never work.


  9. Mechanical Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good working environment, good projects for a mechanical background engineering graduates, great learning experience

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to move up, pay is mid range, stock incentive is minimum


  10. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Applied Materials

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities. All the perks of a big company. The corporate culture is nothing fancy or cutting edge but it is stable and fair.

    Cons

    Harder to implement change in the short run (in the business groups I worked). As with any large company there are a number of mid level contributor positions that don't seem to add value (again where I worked).

    Advice to Management

    See the forest for the trees. FIND a way to contribute when your assigned goals are not completely within your control (this happens way more than you would believe).


  11. Very demanding and stressful

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - VP&GM in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - VP&GM in Santa Clara, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Talented people, leading technology, leading marketing position on multiple market segment, passion to drive new initiative and technology innovation, very competitive, hardworking environment

    Cons

    Politics, upper management lack of mutual trust. Lost momentum on targeted merger. Bureaucratic internal process. Lack of risk taking initiative. Take too long to make decision.



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