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Applied Materials Reviews

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. "mechanical engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Product Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Choice for Women"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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?


  6. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  7. "Good Employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NONE in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - NONE in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, working opportunities, talented people

    Cons

    Diversified ethnicity, conflicts of interests, organizational politics

    Advice to Management

    Alignment at middle management to Executive levels between organizations


  8. "Great Company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Final Test Technician in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Final Test Technician in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including 401k,& bonuses.

    Cons

    Manufacturing, stressful & long hours


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Old Boy's club with zero work life balance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager 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

    Umm...our stock is high so ESPP is paying off
    Can't think of anything else...I'll be leaving as soon as possible.

    Cons

    Work 7 days a week, work every evening from home, work extremely early mornings. No ability to have any life at all.
    Good Old Boys club, does not accept new people
    Groups are not diverse and if you don't come from their culture you're treated horribly
    False HR reporting by team members and supported by Management
    Huge politics
    Poor HR Support
    Constant travel internationally

    Advice to Management

    Management does not care about their team members


  10. Helpful (3)

    "A so so company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Bad Senior Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and products. Global leader.

    Cons

    Constant focus on reducing costs has cost the company a lot. People are treated like expenses and not like assets. Constant layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Treat you employees like you actually care about them.Reduce your VP headcount. It's >100. Are you a bank?


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