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Applied Materials Santa Clara Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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  • work life balance for people in manufacturing is nonexistent (in 70 reviews)

  • Long hours due to management making commitments that cannot be met (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Feedback"

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    Current Intern - College Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Intern - College Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials as an intern

    Pros

    Had a really good experience during my internship. A company worth working for.

    Cons

    Found no cons while working at Applied Materials


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Not for everyone"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist 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

    - 2 week shutdowns during the winter holidays (also a con since they force you to use your PTO even if you did not want to)
    - Pay is okay
    - Free coffee (better than nothing)
    - There's a gym
    - Bereavement policy in place
    - Match 401K
    - HSA option

    Cons

    - Very hierarchical, which decreases efficiency greatly
    - Sparse room to grow (stay 5 years minimum in order to grow)
    - Lacks company culture; not a lot of networking opportunities within company
    - Ridiculous amount of politics and drama (you would be surprised)
    - Lack of simple processes that should be in place for a 50 year old company
    - Marketing/Programs/Events teams are extremely understaffed
    - Lots of micro-managing, to the point where creativity is discouraged
    - 8 hour work days are unacceptable (they "suggest" that you should be working 24/7 -weeknights and weekends; not promptly responding to every email, even the 1:00 AM ones, reflects poorly on your work ethic; this probably goes without saying, but you should be responding during PTO as well);
    - They need to better train their managers; managers are frequently not aligned with themselves....(they scold you for not owning a project that you literally could not own because they never told you about it in the first place)
    - Document all communications at all times; people (including managers) will often try to push the blame on you so having documentation to support yourself is CRITICAL
    - Not suitable for a younger professional, especially if you are female (the men here...)
    - Employees steal from one another, so keep your things locked in your cabinets
    - If you have a strong work ethic, this may not be the place for you since you will find yourself overcompensating for others' poor work ethic

    Advice to Management

    - Streamline standard processes
    - Enforce your own rules on yourself and set an example for your employees
    - Train your managers before promoting them to have direct reports..
    - Take accountability for your own actions
    - Realize that your employees should not be working 24/7; there is such think as a work life balance..

  3. "Sr.Tableau Developer/ Tech Lead"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Tableau Developer/Tech Lead in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Tableau Developer/Tech Lead in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Best Exposure with new data bases and technologies.

    Cons

    Project extensions were not really possible

    Advice to Management

    Consider Contractors if they are capable for Full time positions.


  4. "GPS"

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    Current Employee - GPS in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - GPS in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, Great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is not so great


  5. "Great Company but beware"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, Bleeding edge of Technology, Leader in the field.

    Cons

    To highly politically charged environment.

    Advice to Management

    Give credit where credit is due


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - can be easy going at times
    - can find some great coworkers who will teach you

    Cons

    - can be hectic at times
    - long hours (sometimes)
    - some co-workers might not be as easy to get along with


  7. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    How much they pay by the hour

    Cons

    Location is not that great

  8. "Pretty relaxed environment and management"

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    Current Employee - College Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - College Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engineers are very strong technically

    Cons

    As an intern, they dont assess the candidates properly


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Product Engineer"

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    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.


  10. "Applied Materials has a great culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    employees respected,
    diversity and equality are part of the culture,
    you can feel confident in management running a very tight ship,
    good bonus amounts
    the culture is one of appropriate humility but you also have a feeling of pride in being on a best, winning, team
    the technology and science challenges are awesome!

    Cons

    not a con for the company but the industry is cyclical and that can cause periods of layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Kepp doing what you're doing!


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