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Applied Materials Reviews

Updated April 15, 2017
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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 67 reviews)

  • Long hours due to management making commitments that cannot be met (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "PMO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  3. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "A so so company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


  6. Helpful (3)

    "High turn around"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Material Handler"

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    Former Employee - Material Handler in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    A lot of overtime when coverage is needed

    Cons

    low on staff, management barely spends any time with the employees to improve the quality of production. Too many people pointing the finger when they should point the finger at themselves. No room for growth. Doesn't matter how good you been with the company they will drop you in a heartbeat. (Volt Agency)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people that actually take there job seriously instead of creating more work for one person.


  8. "engineering tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Applied Materials (More than a year)

    Pros

    interesting job not for everyone

    Cons

    horrible overtime, lousy management, bad place


  9. "Business as usual"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Bleeding edge technology that is far and away ahead of all the rest. Fantastic products that are molding the future of the Semi Cap Equip industry.

    Cons

    Big Company mindset. Employees are a necessary evil. Too much politics influencing bad decision being made. OldBoy / Favorites network runs deep here even when it defies all logic.

    Advice to Management

    Be better plugged into the folks actually doing the work Vs. the leads taking all the credit for getting things done. Don't start believing the BS that is preached when there is no foundation for it. Keep it real and not just perceived.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many experts in a wide variety of fields
    Power of equipment diversification
    There's R&D money around if you know where to look
    High potential for mobility within the company - moving around to different BUs diversifies experience and increases upward mobility.
    Generally nice people to work with

    Cons

    Very conservative/timid attitude toward investing in R&D, toward intruduction new products, very little progressive thinking
    Business units don't communicate or cooperate
    Organizationally not set up for quick development (too much red tape)
    Tons of politics and CYA
    Too many MDs and VPs in certain BUs
    Corporate Marketing is bloated with high level employees and its output is not valuable
    Engineering driven company (KPUs have all the power), need to transition to a marketing driven company

    Advice to Management

    Must change fear of investing in R&D
    Must set up an environment more conducive to innovation
    Change your travel policy! - it s truly the worst in the valley! VPs - business class, Below - economy, and that's it? No road warrior policy? Really? It's well known that saving money on the backs of the people who actually do the real work will hurt the company in the long run (retention, attracting talent, low morale, etc).
    Change the distribution of RSUs - more and more going to management right now and everybody knows it - makes management look very greedy and fat
    CEO needs to change the perception that he's using Applied as a piggy bank. He should have taken a cut in comp after TEL merger failed - it would have been the right thing to do. Now he just looks like a typical fat cat
    The politics between BUs has made the company as a whole very dysfunctional - even a tiny improvement in this area could result in huge gains in share


  11. "Process Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very cool technology, equipment, and technology people

    Cons

    Management can be a problem and very political

    Advice to Management

    Place more value on the technical people instead of just the managers


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