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Applied Materials Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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  • work life balance for people in manufacturing is nonexistent (in 70 reviews)

  • Long hours due to management making commitments that cannot be met (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Solid employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Materials Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Materials Project Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    On-site cafeteria, free gym membership, colleagues in NPI are very intelligent, competitive atmosphere, but able to maintain that work-life balance.

    Cons

    Redundant processes, slow movement depending on who you're dealing with, and sometimes management are more concerned about telling you what to do rather than giving you a task and you deciding how to accomplish it.

    Advice to Management

    Take a more active role in developing your subordinates. The required online training is more of a pain than a learning point - allow more in-person leadership development even if those people aren't in a management role.


  2. "Flexible, but not readily so"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    Depending on your manager you can have flexibility with timing for kid pick ups

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth opps

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Process Engineer I"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The semiconductor equipment field is interesting and meaningful. Applied Materials tends to treat their employees quite well.

    Cons

    It takes a lot of time to become capable in any engineering role because the semiconductor equipment field is diverse. Solving problems requires vast and in depth knowledge.

    The company is also very bureaucratic.


  4. "technical program manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    very ethical and mature company

    Cons

    due to its 50 years I see company is very hierarchal and traditional, decisions take time. Has lot of inertia to adapt to changes that are needed to keep up fast pace changing market

    Advice to Management

    make flatter organization and increase employer efficiency


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty good"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Large company with multiple business divisions and multiple market segments. Each division like a separate company with its own culture.
    - Opportunities to travel
    - Opportunity to work on cutting edge technology
    - Diversity and everyone is friendly
    - IoT will drive future growth of company

    Cons

    - Work can be stressful at times. Very fast paced.
    - Hierarchical structure


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place for the new grads to have hands-on experience in a corporate environment, critical professional skills, and high-level knowledge about the electronics industry.

    Cons

    Little interaction with other segments.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Best company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fortune has recognized Applied Materials as one of the best places to work.

    Cons

    Applied Materials invests in professional development through multiple platforms including, training and certification, tuition reimbursement, internal mentoring, leadership development and job rotation programs.

    Advice to Management

    Excellent!

  8. "Customer Engineer for Applied Materials"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting equipment ,good benefits,world travel.

    Cons

    can be brutal on employees over 50.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not for everyone"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - 2 week shutdowns during the winter holidays (also a con since they force you to use your PTO even if you did not want to)
    - Pay is okay
    - Free coffee (better than nothing)
    - There's a gym
    - Bereavement policy in place
    - Match 401K
    - HSA option

    Cons

    - Very hierarchical, which decreases efficiency greatly
    - Sparse room to grow (stay 5 years minimum in order to grow)
    - Lacks company culture; not a lot of networking opportunities within company
    - Ridiculous amount of politics and drama (you would be surprised)
    - Lack of simple processes that should be in place for a 50 year old company
    - Marketing/Programs/Events teams are extremely understaffed
    - Lots of micro-managing, to the point where creativity is discouraged
    - 8 hour work days are unacceptable (they "suggest" that you should be working 24/7 -weeknights and weekends; not promptly responding to every email, even the 1:00 AM ones, reflects poorly on your work ethic; this probably goes without saying, but you should be responding during PTO as well);
    - They need to better train their managers; managers are frequently not aligned with themselves....(they scold you for not owning a project that you literally could not own because they never told you about it in the first place)
    - Document all communications at all times; people (including managers) will often try to push the blame on you so having documentation to support yourself is CRITICAL
    - Not suitable for a younger professional, especially if you are female (the men here...)
    - Employees steal from one another, so keep your things locked in your cabinets
    - If you have a strong work ethic, this may not be the place for you since you will find yourself overcompensating for others' poor work ethic

    Advice to Management

    - Streamline standard processes
    - Enforce your own rules on yourself and set an example for your employees
    - Train your managers before promoting them to have direct reports..
    - Take accountability for your own actions
    - Realize that your employees should not be working 24/7; there is such think as a work life balance..


  10. "Buyer I"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and ability to work from home when needed.

    Cons

    Work culture is a bit lacking


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