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Great Company - Needs to Rediscover It's Internal Pride & Excitement

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Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at Applied Materials

Pros

Very smart people working on great technology.
Undergoing major transformation to become a better company.
The work is very challenging.
Has the ability to move fast when it wants to.
Pay & benefits are pretty good....better than many appreciate.

Cons

The work environment is drab and uninspiring.
Transformation is creating instability & uncertainty in the workforce.
Too many highly paid senior managers not prepared to embrace the new direction and more forward. They keep looking upwards for more details.
Too many people complaining about how bad the company has become. I have worked for several high-tech companies and Applied Materials is one the better ones. The negativity weighs heavily on everybody and creates a sour atmosphere.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get clearer on the vision for the future....and make it more inspiring than "Escape Velocity".
Be more visible with the workforce.....more face-to-face interaction and less emphasis on intranet articles, video messages & emails.
Senior managers need to grab hold of the strategy and make it happen, deal with the uncertainty and stop waiting for others to tell you how to move forward.
Be honest about the future for US and Europe based jobs that are considered for off-shoring. Be consistent & transparent and help people deal with the consequences.
Stimlate more fun and enjoyment in the workplace....people are so serious and don't appear to be enjoy themelves.

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  1. Lack of Development

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Smart people, People are willing to help/share information, Still innovative

    Cons

    Lack of career development, Managers who do not know how to lead and inspire, Lack of promotions/internal employee development, Employee morale is low due to constant layoffs and workforce that is shifting to Asia.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take an active role in the development of your people. You WIN with people. Make sure employees see how their work is valuable and important. No more layoffs please. Also, something should be done to improve employee morale. What was once a great place to work is now a place where everyone is afraid to lose their jobs.

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    HR Applied Materials

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    Current Employee - Manager-Human Resources in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Manager-Human Resources in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Very bright and competent people, forefront of its market and technological advances, great place to learn and acquire skills

    Cons

    Actively shifting much of its workforce to Asia for cost and to be closer to its customers.
    Very cyclical market that results in a great deal of workforce churn.
    Although its a leader in its market, its very uncertain from where future growth will come

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More alignment is needed amongst the senior management especially in the area of strategic direction

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