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Company in turmoil

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  • Culture & Values
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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Program Manager in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Program Manager in Austin, TX

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

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Salaries and benefits are generous; telecommuting is encouraged especially in IT ; large company with multitude of opportunities throughout the company; employees are friendly and helpful and have been there for a long time

Cons

Poorly managed and lagging behind competition; consistent management turmoil and quarterly layoffs; lagging stock price and options; merger with Varian Semiconductor left power strife that is undermining company values and opening company up to more turmoil; greater than average turnover of employees

Advice to Management

Clearer vision and strategy to lead the company. Decide who is in charge Gary Dickerson or Mike Splinter and prevent more senior leadership attrition

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Mike Splinter continues to hang on as CEO

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

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

    Pros

    - Experienced coworkers - Company resources - Customer focus

    Cons

    - Senior management lack of direction - Stock price - Living Quarter to Quarter - Outsourcing - Cutting medical benefits for employees - Continuous layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Good recent change with the new President, and finally a focus back on the Silicon Group, unfortunately a lot of business/marketshare has already been lost over the past number of years. Time for Mike Splinter to move on, and let Applied go back to being a growth company.


  2. People were friendly and helpful, but upper management is unorganized

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

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Being able to work with lots of interesting, smart, driven coworkers.

    Cons

    Upper management is very unorganized. The only way to get a promotion is to fake working long hours. In return, it's very unproductive and things that should take 2 hours end up taking 20 hours.


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