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Applied Materials Reviews

Updated October 24, 2017
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  • work life balance for people in manufacturing is nonexistent (in 72 reviews)

  • Manufacturing, stressful & long hours (in 43 reviews)

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  1. "Not bad, but not good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Order Management Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Order Management Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The vision of semi-conductor market seems to be good.

    Cons

    The company does not value people.


  2. "Electromechanical Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Applied Materials as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and good hours.

    Cons

    Hires to many contract employees and way to many layoffs. Temp to perm ratio is poor. Management can't get out of their own way even when wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Needs restructuring from the bottom up and need to take responsibility for their own action instead of blaming temps.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "The Grime, the Bad and the Ugly"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Applied Materials as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work is interesting and if your supervisor values quality over speed, you will produce superior deliverables.

    Cons

    Good old boy system
    Have to 'date' the boss to get ahead
    Don't value quality only speed

    Advice to Management

    Have some common sense - if you get lots of reports that one of your managers is 'difficult' one day that manager will turn on you and/or break company polices to the point where there's a law suit filed.


  4. "IT Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    Compensation - one of best in market

    Cons

    Team internal politics - makes it worse to work


  5. "mechanical engineer"

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    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.


  6. "PMO"

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    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. Helpful (6)

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

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    • 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.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "A so so company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Support in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Support in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company clinic, paid holidays, paid time off, free company gym for employee use, employee stock purchase plan and 401k match

    Cons

    Unpaid company shutdown (July 4th week, 2 weeks during Christmas and New Year), low pay raise, not enough fun activities for employees

    Advice to Management

    Please appreciate employees (not only upper management) when company is doing well and reward accordingly


  9. "Engineering Technician"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Applied Materials as a contractor

    Pros

    Everything is done in team format

    Cons

    Not stable, very unpredictable and chances of moving up are hard to find


  10. Helpful (4)

    "High turn around"

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    Former Employee - Customer Engineer II in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Customer Engineer II in Mesa, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Applied Materials (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work wih top of the line semiconductor tools.

    Cons

    based on a good ol' boy status, if you are not buddies with managers or experienced personnel then you won't be around long. Also, work is based upon customer contract so work goes as fast as it comes.


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