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Very Challenging any dynamic environment

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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

Pros

Team work, challenging projects, lot of exciting things going on. Experiencing what's happening at the front of semiconductor technology and etc.

Cons

Again, challenging environment lead to high pressure at the work place. Lack of resources and need to face multiple customer un-reasonable requests all the time.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take care of the employees, who are the most worthy assets in the company. Focus and excel on the core products and do not invest in low tech and easy to enter sectors by what Wallstreet is talking about.

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Applied Materials

  1.  

    Not for the faint hearted

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Very high pace of work and technical demands - challenging - you work on the cutting edge and AMAT is actively looking for new business areas to pursue. Some mix of the good qualities of a big company (institutions and internal functions work OK, overall consistency of workforce is OK - few idiots hired, year to year performance is solid) with some of the good qualities of a small company (people are actively looking for new business and feel connected to the bottom line). The AMAT name goes a long way when talking to suppliers and vendors and that makes you more effective.

    Cons

    Hire and fire culture still exists in 2011-2012, ten years after the bust. Forced shutdowns means vacation time is eaten up. You have job security if you move around in the company and look for opportunities inside. If you stick in the same spot you will eventually get RIF'ed no matter what your competency. Huge turnover rate means you get people coming and going and coming back all the time. Causes AMAT to have a bad rep sometimes when the person who is about to leave just drops the supplier/vendor relationship like a lead balloon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wonder if they do read these reviews - basically this is not a young person's company like Google or Facebook and will never be. AMAT hires a lot of PhDs and this means 80% male engineer workplace. That's not a bad thing, but it means that some of the silicon valley hot shots won't come to work here as a first job like they used to do in the 90's.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    You have very good benefits.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more research and take time before executing to accuisitions. Cut the excess layers of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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