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Applied Materials Sunnyvale Reviews

Updated May 16, 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. "Senior member of technical staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tonnes of technical challenges

    Cons

    Poor direction and management decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Being technically competent should be important.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Company with chaotic structure and culture. Poor benefits and work-life-balance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Large company with many different sectors that allows for career change internally

    Cons

    Benefits subpar compared to other tech companies. Lacks work-life-balance. Structure is very unorganized.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Materials Engineer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are good people employed.

    Cons

    work-life balance is not a priority.

    Advice to Management

    better intern to full-time program


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  5. "Senior Process Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is job secured job. Good package.

    Cons

    The basic salary increases slowly


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering team, process chamber design"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer III Senior in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer III Senior in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Really interesting, technically complex problems, good work-life balance, good benefits, great team, standard big company culture, you can excel, grow and be promoted if you want to work hard, or you can sit by and coast at your level if that's more your style... both can be acceptable

    Cons

    Cyclical semiconductor industry, difficult to work with customers and teammates overseas with incomplete problem statements or fuzzy project objectives,

    Advice to Management

    Enable world-class innovation without just saying it, work less on coming up with new check boxes with administrative program cycles and hoops to jump through on exciting new projects, just fund and psychologically enable new prototypes and technologies. Invest more in the far future rather than protecting the existing customer base.


  7. "great company"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Professional, respectful, and mature co-workers, both full-time and contractors. As a company, Applied Materials mean it when they say they want you to develop yourself professionally by providing you the opportunities and resources to achieve whatever goal you have in mind, whether it is professional (specialized training, project management, certification, master's degree, public speaking, etc.) or personal (health and fitness, volunteering, leadership skills, etc.). Management reinforces that philosophy by encouraging development and helping to remove roadblocks. There are frequent technical talks given by co-workers and are open for anyone to attend, free lunch most times. Compensation and benefits are excellent, though maybe not enough to buy a house in silicon valley. Lots of outdoor social mixers in the patios with food and drinks. Lots of communication from the top to the whole company with time for questions. Applied is a proud silicon valley company with lots of history and great achievements. Many employees have been there for several years, some since they graduated from college. Heard stories about long-time employees who have never worked anywhere else, and leave because they feel the grass is greener on the other side, only to come back when they realize how good they had it there.

    Cons

    Personally can't think of any real cons. Having worked only at small companies previously, biggest obstacle initially was adjusting to the big company environment, like scheduling meetings, going through the benefits package, how to get IT help, mostly paperwork and bureaucratic issues, but even that is not bad at all after you figure it out. Having so many resources available also seemed somewhat distracting, so its more a matter of personal discipline to get your work done.

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. "Working at Applied"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ops Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Ops Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Well organized company. Compensation is at or above average paid by the industry.
    Very attractive benefit package. Attracts new young employees.

    Cons

    Attitude to employees who worked 10+ years could be much better. Slow moving company. Lost spirit of entrepreneurship.

    Advice to Management

    Success starts with your employees for the simple reason: human capital is what makes it all to work.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Shutdown and layoff is a norm"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Major office and labs are in California. What bad can you say about California? Oh and their layoff package is also nice, so if you join the company with a mindset that you wanna be laid off, Applied Materials is THE ONE.

    Cons

    Shutdown and layoff multiple times EVERY year since 2012. Take this year (2015) for example, there's shut down in July, September and probably another 2-week shutdown in Christmas. What about layoff? It's a continuous process, so even harder to quantify, but CMP has layoff of 20% in summer 2015.

    What about management? Well? If you read my comments above, what do you expect from them?

    Advice to Management

    Use AMAT's working term, we need to do some "purging" on the management level.


  10. "Sr. Staff process engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    a Professional environment for engineering and science

    Cons

    lack of customer's participation and interests


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting and Stressfull"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Global Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart, hard-working, passionate co-workers. Dependable infrastructure (WiFi, conference call facilities, decent laptop hardware and IT support), mobile phone and plan included, Mature business systems, strong support groups (this is not a startup, they have systems in place). No. 1 in semiconductor equipment industry.

    Cons

    Layoffs, shutdowns are commonplace. Some inexplicable personnel decisions by management but that is typical in the Valley. Politics exist, like most places. Meager yearly raises. In 2013 re-formulated compensation to reward Directors & higher at the expense of lower grades. Mature & established industry so don't expect wealth-inducing company growth.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the value of your foot-soldiers who enable innovation acceleration by quickly resolving customer issues (HVP's) on the front-lines. Re-formulate bonus/pay structure to reward Grades 39 and below.


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