Applied Materials

www.appliedmaterials.com
Employer Engaged

Applied Materials Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated February 11, 2015
Updated February 11, 2015
29 Reviews
3.1
29 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Applied Materials CEO & President Gary Dickerson
Gary Dickerson
29 Ratings

Review Highlights

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)

More Highlights

29 Employee Reviews Back to all Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Great place to start out as a young engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to work on some SERIOUSLY high-tech systems
    - People are generally competent, professional, and take their job seriously
    - Opportunity for rapid advancement if in the right group/area
    - Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    - Standard large/mature company stuff (bureaucracy, politics, etc.)
    - Industry is cyclical, leading to uneven financial situations and even periodic unpayed shutdowns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for innovation!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great and Innovative company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Great internship experience with AMAT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Well organized, a lot of people you can learn from, great training program, friendly working environment, pay well to interns

    Cons

    Does not have return offer for internships, have to apply for new college graduate program which make things a little bit harder for interns who want to secure a full time position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    It could have been better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Global Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Large size provides some advantage to the company

    Cons

    No career training. Poor pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cheap is the name of the game...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Systems Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Contractor - Systems Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    New CEO. New directions...

    Cons

    Constant threat of layoffs (RIF). No real management direction at the middle level, everyone is running scared and pointing fingers. This is not a collaborative environment, it's more of a reactive management style. If you're a contractor here, be ready to work for free. They're always trying to cut your pay and expecting more in return. Stay clear of this place if you're looking for a company that pays and value your contribution. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR ANY CONTRACTING WORK.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a little more to how you're cheating.... I mean treating your contractors. They are humans with families to feed and take care too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It's not too bad, especially if you land with the right team.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer IV in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer IV in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Colleagues are great. Can't complain about the weather here.

    Cons

    Promotion hard to come by. Product development teams work a lot. More R&D being incorporated but slow integration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exhausting, Confusing, Back to the Future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    Profitable, established company. Compensation is ok. Benefits are ok.

    Cons

    How do I begin? Speaking of NPI Manufacturing only - New hires have "Glorified" Titles doing 100% tactical work. No structure, no process, new hires training new hires. Management is clueless when it comes to implementing strategic moves and changes. The expression "Start-up organization" seemed to be the reasoning that management uses to describe the department. Hello? AMAT has been around for 30 years or so! That is not the definition of a Start-Up. Disorganized organization is the best way to describe. One would wonder how AMAT can be a multi-billion dollar company? Cheap. Old, dusty, dirty furniture. Tasteless coffee. No plastic utensils provided - bring your own. Cubicles? What cubicles? Sharing desks where you can see your co-worker's heads/faces sitting across, next, side by side with you. Overworked group of people, working late hours and weekends, and expected to do more. New hires from AMAT competitors this they know it all. Well if it was so good are your previous companies, why did you leave???
    Culture clash everywhere. Advantage is that majority are new hires. The dis-avantage is that majority are new hires. I will not recommend this place even to an enemy. There are too many opportunities out there at better companies with better culture, work environment, and most of all intelligent people to work with, not worker bee mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time creating processes for improvement. Project managers should actually use or learn to use Microsoft Project. Implement a REAL ORG CHART with REAL and CLEAR Responsibilities. Empower your staff to make decisions. Update the ERP system from 1998, and lessen the spreadsheets floating around. You might actually real see efficiency improvement. Oh here's another thing that could happen....actually produce REAL Metrics! Mentor and train your staff to become leaders, but also provide them the tools to become successful. Understand the process yourself, and pass it on to your staff and other departments so everyone is on the same page. Easy on the escalation. And when we escalate, actually do something about it. Too focused on blaming, not solving.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Etch Division lack of equality and cronyism

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer IV in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer IV in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    My work was interesting and stimulating, but has become more of a drag lately.

    Cons

    This division has been taken over by staff from an infamous failed startup. Most of the original experienced AMAT engineers have left or have been squeezed out, and replaced their ex colleagues, in many cases with less experience, in higher positions, and very likely MUCH higher salaries.
    I've been a professional engineer for 30 years and with AMAT for over 15 years, earning several performance awards and always had great performance reviews and have heard that some of these new engineers, with much less experience, and hired at the same grade as me, are being paid up to 20% more than me.
    It's a toxic environment which is only going to get worse.
    Me, and many of my colleagues are preparing their exit strategies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something about the rampant cronyism and lack of equality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company, Upward Trend

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Very motivating environment, intelligent people, cutting edge-technology. Very competitive salary and benefits, very great chances for personal improvement and evaluation.

    Cons

    Days could get long and stressful. As with all large companies a lot of bureaucracy is involved, could take a while for decisions or turnover. Project management and project staff should work better in maintaining project workflow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Work at Applied Materials? Share Your Experiences

Applied Materials

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.