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Applied Materials Reviews

Updated January 13, 2018
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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. "Good range of opportuinity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good range of job opportuinities

    Cons

    Lots of politics, strange hirarchy

    Advice to Management

    More group building events and focus more on social interactions in general


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good Place to start in the industry"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Engineer in Malta, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Engineer in Malta, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tons of OT
    Tech is interesting
    Travel can be fun
    Decent starting pay for the industry
    ESPP and benefits are solid
    Severance is decent
    Good $$ for relocation and referrals

    Cons

    Lack of formal trainings outside of OJT
    Easy to run into “veterans” who’s accomplishments were to not get fired and little else but have significant pull with management
    Promotions are difficult unless you want to relocate
    Layoffs are inevitable
    If you are a introverted personality you will struggle. If you’re not seen as pushing the issue to get involved you will be perceived as lazy.

    Advice to Management

    Show up to passdowns and get involved. Provide an easier way for new employees to get up to speed rather than making them throw themselves in the mix and learn via trial by fire. People that are uncomfortable being outspoken get shuffled to the bottom or even let go. I’ve seen this personally.

    Put new guys on nightshift for awhile. It’s easier to learn without everyone around fighting for tool time.

  3. "Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    work life balance can be attained, 9-5 job

    Cons

    too many management layers with their own agenda

    Advice to Management

    try to develop your people instead of being focused on your own bonus


  4. "Please stop outsourcing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FEP Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - FEP Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent IT support with fast respond.

    Cons

    Large design outsourcing to India; Difficult communication due multiple time zone; Lack of local R&D role. Multiple vendors support R&D with conflict design decisions. Hash working environment for new comer with limited information shared between coworkers.

    Advice to Management

    Management need more schedule meetings with actual R&D workers and get more touch with actual engineering activities. Low price foreign R&D outsourcing damages regular engineering work.


  5. "Big company with opportunities to move around"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to move around into different job functions/roles. Depending on what time of group, you can have a very nice work/life balance, or a very poor one.

    Cons

    Engineers are worked very hard
    Hard to get a promotion.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Hard to move up, too many directors/VPs


  7. "Internal Auditor II"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Internal Auditor II in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee Empowerment, Competitive Salary, Great work-life/corporate culture

    Cons

    Long Hours, at times difficult to stay ahead of workload

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Applied is Not For Everyone"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Planner in Kalispell, MT
    Former Employee - Production Planner in Kalispell, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, good community events

    Cons

    Culture, combative work environment, supervisors not trained,

    Advice to Management

    Placing bandaids on problems only works for a short time


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Finance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    good pay, PTO and benefits

    Cons

    long hours and lean staff


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Vice President of Manufacturing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President, Supply Chain Management in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Vice President, Supply Chain Management in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Pay in a challenging environment with room for growth

    Cons

    Always reorganizing senior leadership positions

    Advice to Management

    Very customer and change oriented


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