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Updated May 23, 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. Helpful (3)

    "If you like combative and military cultures, this is a company to consider."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are good and the salary is reasonable, but not very competitive with other tech jobs. (And besides, one should get combat pay for working at AMAT.) Other than what I mentioned, this company is the worst place I've worked for in my long career.

    Cons

    Applied is constantly rated as a great place to work, but most employees I worked with over many years disliked being at Applied. My feedback is not "sour grapes", but the consensus of other employees at AMAT also.

    There are many disadvantages: It is a combative, not cooperative work environment. Succeeding in this company is all about politics. For instance, directors will sabotage a project to make sure another director doesn't succeed. Very few decisions are made because they provide an arsenal for your enemies. Failure is not acceptable, but indecisiveness is tolerated. Real success is rare. Sr. management does a poor job of evaluating the costs and risks of major programs.

    Job advancements and salary increases are based on favoritism. Now, profit sharing will be based on the same criteria – meaning some employees won’t be recognized for their contributions, while those who have not accomplished much will get generous bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Base hiring, bonuses, and advancements on AMAT's core values, don't pay "lip service" to it as it's now done -- especially "Mutual trust and respect".


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Avoid working for this company."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I don't see any reason to work this company. Company lacks direction from senior management. I will not recommend anyone to work for this company. This is the worst company I have every worked with and worst people I have dealt with. People are not at all friendly.

    Cons

    Not a professional environment to work for in long term. management constant change direction and lack clear visibility. There are lot of politics and lack of communication between different group. People hide information from each other and try to push other people down. The company is really not doing well and if possible try to avoid this company.

    Advice to Management

    have a clear direction and guide employees correctly. Don't change strategy constantly.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Time for a change at Applied... 4 years of Splinter has produced zero in real returns to shareholders"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good benefits and overall compensation...

    Cons

    Senior management treats people as dispensable... in the current down turn, managment has chosen to keep it's luxury box at the HP Pavillion, it's Net Jets contract, and too continue to pay itself very generously. CEO - $9M, CFO $6M

    Also agree with other comments on organization structure and leadership... or really the lack of leadership. The CEO avoids all hard decisions and the CFO is a meglomaniac

    Advice to Management

    Advice would be for the Board of Applied - time for a change.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "AMAT is far behind rest of solar industry"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I hardly have any pros to working at AMAT. All the good executives left to better positions. AMAT is only run by politics. People climb up the corporate ladder only if they are on the right side of their bosses.

    Cons

    - Employee morale is very low here.
    - There is constant downsizing and moving jobs to China and Singapore. (Search AMAT jobs and most jobs are in China, Taiwan and Singapore)
    - Downsizing and shutdowns started in 2007 even before a hint of recession and it is still continuing for the next 18 months or so until end of 2010.
    - Employees end up taking unpaid shutdowns and at the end of year, they are laid off, so the company doesn't have to pay for accrued vacation.
    - Solar technology in terms of cost per watt lags way behind other leaders in the industry
    - Politics, Politics and Politics. Like one of the reviewers said, some people end up putting a lot of hours and some people almost absolutely none. You can only climb up the corporate ladder only if you have a godfather.
    - I have known several highly respected technical directors leave AMAT due to internal politics.
    - Managers have no idea what their employees are up to and what their goals and ambitions are. Managers have a tunnel vision to satisfy their immediate bosses without any clear focus on what they expect out of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    - Give employees the recognition they deserve. If you like their work, appreciate it. If you don't then criticize
    - Stop having so many meetings. If you do setup a meeting, come fully prepared and ask any questions during the meeting. Don't expect the employee to spoon feed each and every person the scope of the meeting.
    - Stop talking nonsense during meetings (especially in solar meetings). Nobody cares how good of a sense of humor each of you have
    - Don't make a decision and then come back a few months later with any decision. Stick to your words. Employees are not a herd of animals to be pushed in whatever direction you want them to go every time.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "One of the most important U.S. companies you’ve probably never heard of"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, semiconductor industry.
    Amazing coworkers

    Cons

    Mike Splinter, board of directors.
    Failed solar strategy.
    Lack of focus on core business - semiconductor. Major customers are highly annoyed at AMAT support for new and existing products...
    Outsourcing jobs to China.
    Sending highly valuable/sensitive and technical data/patents to China.
    Poor compensation.
    Over 24 months of shutdowns, 25% paycut.
    Multiple layoffs.
    Zero pay adjustments in three years, no stock options being granted to regular employees right now.
    Further job uncertainty over next 18months.
    CEO and board of directors are not even listening to senior Silicon group managers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees.
    Stop outsourcing jobs and highly sensitive technology to China, Singapore and India. This is an American company.
    Listen to the feedback on http://thefoamingrant.blogspot.com/ this is the employees voice...


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Cannot recommend Applied as a good place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    they pay well, that's about it.

    Cons

    lack of transparency, inquisition vs. inquiry, combative vs. collaborative, need to build up self by tearing others down

    Advice to Management

    start paying attention to the employee surveys - DO something about the lack of employee engagement - and not just put a task team on it - actively get involved with a solution. Recognize that "leadership" means more than making decisions behind closed doors - you need to be active and visible to the workforce, and not just quarterly town halls


  8. "Applied Materials- corrupt leadership, rewards are not based on performance - Good ol boy club"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * Pay is high compared to other companies
    * Some great people at the lower levels

    Cons

    * Very old school management
    * Corrupt Senior Management
    * Political atmosphere
    * Focus in management is to just "lay off" employees
    * Reward for managers that "play games" vs "do the right thing"
    * Disrespect for women in the workplace
    * Some senior managers in Austin who have a corupt work record continune to be protected
    * HR is not doing the right things- they are "puppets" to a VP or Director

    Advice to Management

    * Get rid of corrupt management
    * Stop focusing on force reductions..figure out how to level load workforce and treat employees with respect.
    * Too much inequities- rewards go to the "good ol boy" network


  9. "AMAT's Best Years are Long Behind It"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Some good experiences
    2. Still a marquee name on your resume
    3. Don't have to work that hard for a decent comp and benefits plan
    4. Good networking opportunities with Solar/Renewables focus

    Cons

    1. No career advancement process
    2. Could have a knife sticking out of your back at any moment
    3. 80% of Directors and above completely incompetent from a leadership perspective
    4. Revenue/Business growth not rewarded

    Advice to Management

    None. Giving advice would assume that those who are receiving it think something is wrong or would like to make improvements. Leadership at AMAT starting with Splinter see nothing wrong and no reason to change anything


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Downward Spiral"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Good Pay (if you can last).
    2. Rewarding at times in R&D if you can get past the politics and confused direction from management.
    3. Located in California.
    4. A lot of good history (but ended 7 years ago).

    Cons

    My "Con" list is mostly a results of poor direction from senior management and our current "leader."

    1. Incredibly political. You need to be aligned with a manager who has been able to gain control by kissing up.
    2. Management is surprisingly disconnected from the employees who actually do work.
    3. In order the make good money you need to survive the layoffs and stay motivated to work very long hours and weekends.
    4. Politics and confused leadership from top has driven out the best technologists and engineers. Remaining solid engineers and managers have been stripped of authority to make sure groups play follow the leader.
    5. Management is outsourcing jobs quickly. "Leader" constantly denies jobs are being outsourced yet we continually open new facilities outside of U.S. while laying off here; engineering functions are going to China and India; modeling is in Russia; many IT functions are in India; etc, etc.
    6. Product development is a lost art/science at AMAT. We've replaced it with "program management."
    7. Constant change of direction caused by clueless management.
    8. Constant fear of layoffs.
    9. Morale is very, very low. In my 15 years at AMAT I've never seen it this bad. It's all because there is no faith in management.

    Advice to Management

    We need to regain the technical leadership we once had. The lack of leadership and change of direction has driven down the morale of the company. It has caused some of the best employees to leave. Only happy people at AMAT are program/project managers, HR, and senior managers. This should tell you something. The answers are there and it's very simple.


  11. "Don't even think about it!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High-tech environment, latest technology, good hard-working people in the lower ranks, maybe good for the Resume and future consulting opportunities.

    Cons

    Currently managed by bean counters, clueless about technology. Transfering human resources overseas, an American company turned Chinese and Indian. Despite this and endless lay-offs, the stock is barely crawling, indeniable proof of the Executive Management incapability. The 'principles' by which the company is managed are just another example of pure hypocrisy.

    Advice to Management

    The Executive management needs a serious facelift. They need to go back to being inovators and take into account the welfare of customers and employees, not only stock holders. Rather than waste millions of dollars on failed acquisitions and 'new enterprises', focus on what Applied used to do best, Semiconductors.


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