Applied Materials Reviews | Glassdoor

Applied Materials Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
1,004 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-time Part-time

3.4
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Applied Materials CEO & President Gary Dickerson
Gary Dickerson
232 Ratings

1,004 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
  • Work schedule is highly flexible allowing for nice work/life balance (in 72 reviews)

  • Great work environment and ethics (in 50 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance for people in manufacturing is nonexistent (in 65 reviews)

  • Long hours due to management making commitments that cannot be met (in 37 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Pretty relaxed environment and management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - College Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - College Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Engineers are very strong technically

    Cons

    As an intern, they dont assess the candidates properly


  2. "Company with chaotic structure and culture. Poor benefits and work-life-balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Large company with many different sectors that allows for career change internally

    Cons

    Benefits subpar compared to other tech companies. Lacks work-life-balance. Structure is very unorganized.


  3. "Applied Materials has a great culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    employees respected,
    diversity and equality are part of the culture,
    you can feel confident in management running a very tight ship,
    good bonus amounts
    the culture is one of appropriate humility but you also have a feeling of pride in being on a best, winning, team
    the technology and science challenges are awesome!

    Cons

    not a con for the company but the industry is cyclical and that can cause periods of layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Kepp doing what you're doing!


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. "Process Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    AMAT takes care of its employees and provides a wide tang of choice for career development. The culture is collaborative and friendly.

    Cons

    Working schedule can get crazy sometimes. Lacking of work / life balance can sometimes becomes an issue.

    Customer oriented mission can sometimes get carried away.


  6. "PMO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PMO Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - PMO Coordinator in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Applied Materials (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    Management needs to be a a little organized.

    Advice to Management

    organization and better decision making would be nice


  7. "mechanical engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good product, very challenging, fast-paced, you can learn a lot as NCG. Talented people to work with, good pay as a hardware engineer.

    Cons

    High pressure, no work life balance, small cubics, old working environment , not a fancy place to work at. Too many managers and VPs.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Product Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Training, many great people bound to run into old collegues again and again

    Cons

    Lots of travel, weeks at a time. Can burn you out at times. Can be hard on family life at times. Salary and promotion needs to be bit better, left to go to competitor. The salary increase was to hard to pass up. Management job are always given to new blood coming into the company and forget about the loyal employees

    Advice to Management

    For the engineer's a little better support in the life/time balance, without the guilt. Better appreciate the long hours and travel done by employees and reflect it in the salary and promotion. Don't loose valued and loyal employees, unless you just don't care.


  9. "Poor Choice for Women"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large company with many opportunities to move internally

    Cons

    This company treats women very poorly. I have personally experienced both discrimination and harassment. Management plays it lip service.

    Benefits are poor compared to other tech companies to the point they are no longer competitive

    Layoffs are frequent in all areas of the organization

    NO work-life balance. Extremely long hours, forced PTO, poor attitude toward employees

    Advice to Management

    This company has been going down hill for a long time. If you want to retain employees, you need to treat them like people. The landscape is very competitive and working for Applied Materials is no longer the level of prestige it used to be.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Ample parking on weekends, and you get to make new friends every month, and rotate them every six months when they leave

    Cons

    Everything else: no work life balance, people seem to be more focused on apportioning blame than solving problems, you work every weekend, get called at midnight, and so on. Worse, you are working hard, but you are not actually solving any problems. You are either indulging someone's vanity, or putting a band-aid on a major problem and pushing it down to the next victim to rinse and repeat the cycle.

    AMAT suffered a lot due to eroding customer trust three short years ago - no one learnt a lesson from that - that cycle is bound to repeat again.

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't care - why bother?


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Must be part of Good old boy network for promotion"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director Operations in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Director Operations in Santa Clara, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology leader, financially stable company. Good learning opportunities for how to operate a business. Tries to adapt to new methods to keep current.

    Cons

    Not a good place for advancement unless you are are part of the good old BOY network. No advancement for women. Only exec positions for women are in HR and some finance. Nothing in technology or business.
    Poor work-life balance, especially for the pay.

    Advice to Management

    Look outside your inner circle for talent and start mentoring employees, especially women.


Showing 1,004 of 1,058 reviews
Reset Filters