Applied Materials Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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  1. Sr Process Technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good company , a lot of smart and talent people.Can learn a lot.

    Cons

    To much politics and favoritism, pay scale is not fair. Very hard work, some more than others.Need to get more younger worker's for the future.

  2. Successful people dont work in Applied

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I want to say there are pros since there are 20 word minimum requirement before i can move on to the next section, cons, but i simply cannot come up with one, except maybe it's located in California, a place with nice weather

    Cons

    Tons~~ management ask smart phd to do things that even a high school student would feel non-challenging and non-technical. What's worse is that they think you are not smart bc you don't feel like doing those meaningless stuff.

    Oh, and their market share in key areas, etch, is like 12%, compared to Lam that has more than 60%!

    Advice to Management

    no advice since if they can improve based on ppl's advice, they would have improved long time ago. Don't expect management to change because TIA, this is Applied.

  3. Too much politics in the company

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer III in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer III in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials

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

    Pros

    Have a lot of smart people to learn from

    Cons

    Too much politics between teams

    Advice to Management

    Make the system more efficient

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  5. Great place to start out as a young engineer

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    Create more opportunities for innovation!

  6. Great and Innovative company to work for

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    • 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)

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

    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.

  7. Great internship experience with AMAT

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    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)

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

    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.

  8. 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)

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

    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 Management

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

  9. It could have been better

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    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)

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

    Pros

    Large size provides some advantage to the company

    Cons

    No career training. Poor pay

  10. Helpful (1)

    Cheap is the name of the game...

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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