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Was once a great company

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Former Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Austin, TX
Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Austin, TX

I worked at Applied Materials full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Great people, very good benefits, used to have good training programs.

Cons

The culture of the 90's and early 00's is long gone. Solar was a total waste of time, talent, and capital.

The stock hasn't budged in 10 years, stock buy back - fail, dividend - fail, cash from $8B to $2B. What a train wreck.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Mike needs to go. The company needs to focus on the core business again, just like what Jim did back in the day.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Applied Materials

  1.  

    Prime example of "The Good Old Boy Club"

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    Former Employee - Customer Engineer
    Former Employee - Customer Engineer

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Money was good for the educational level if you're in the right position. Progressive industry that has a bright future if it doesn't ALL go overseas.

    Cons

    Doesn't really matter how hard you work or what your contributions are, you're either 'One Of The Boys' or you're not. Lower level managers are TERRIBLE about taking care of their buddies while disregarding the real performers. Upper management either doesn't know about this or more likely they don't care. Very little work / life balance. They basically feel like they own you. Benefits get whittled away little by little over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You constantly talk about rewarding the doers but there is no fairness in the performance reviews. Applied review system has been broken for many many years and you can't just disguise this with with catchy new words. The doers are not being rewarded, the managers buddies are first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to work if you are willing to go with the flow and not think outside the box

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Money is decent even if performance is mediocre; good networking opportunities; very involved in community service

    Cons

    getting mindshare for creative ideas that are not part of the "Applied way" is extremely difficult, and impossible if customers are not one of the top 3-5 in the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aggressive in going after multiple levels of business/customers; don't let bureaucratic processes prevent good business from coming in

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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