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"Applied Materials Summary"

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Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
Approves of CEO

Pros

Financially stable company with a good vision. Most employees and senior management are very capable and hard working. Objectives and goals are well established and driven down to the individual contributor. Actively pursuing business segments outside of the traditional semiconductor markets such as solar to reduce the impact of down cycles on business. Fairly compensate their employees with base salaries and good bonus programs.

Cons

Some of the groups are very well managed with an extreme amount of dedication on achieving company and segement goals. Unfortunately, there are groups within divisions with more hostile General Managers that play a high degree of favoritism towards individuals loyal to the GM. Groups outside of Santa Clara or acquired through acquisitions can be outcasts.

Advice to Management

Hold senior directors/VP's accountable for core valuse like "Mutual Trust and Respect"

Other Employee Reviews for Applied Materials

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Too many VPs, Work organization not direct. No one responsible."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good bunch of people. Can do attitude. All work hard to get the job done.

    Cons

    Very high stress.
    No straight line organization for decision making. Too many matrix levels. Too many VPs, all want to manage, but no one wants to be responsible. When good news comes, VPs waits in line to take turn in gloating. When bad news comes, they all points fingers at each other or just MIA.
    Decisions are made at levels too high, due to lack of direct responsibilities, to actually see whats going on at the front line.

    Advice to Management

    Roll up the sleeves and go back to basics. Talking to lower level, front line employees.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great opportunity if your soul and civility is for sale."

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    Former Employee - Director of Finance in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Finance in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are a performer with solid relationships you can succeed fairly nicely at Applied. The size of the company provides for many opportunities for advancement. The size of the company and its financial condition also provides some stability in a very unstable economy. You really need to get to the director level however to start enjoying more significant compensation benefits. Advancement is not based on merit alone however.

    Cons

    As noted above, need to be above director for better compensation benefits. Until then, it is an up or out type of environment. Some positions allow for 9-5, hideout for the rest of your career types, but forget about recognitions and meaningful salar increases if you want such a position. Highly political. If you are on the wrong side of an issue, you can expect others to try to take your knees out from under you. Only place where I've seen corporate VP's call other corporate VP's idiots to a whole room of employees. While true of anywhere, relationships are key here. You'll need to make your advancements. There is no objectivity applied in the promotion category, so you'll need to work hard to align yourself with someone on the upswing so you can follow in their wake. If you are politically savvy, willing to work hard and put in face time, willing to follow orders and not rock the boat, this is not a bad place for you. Also, a lot of execs who are milking this and are retired in place. the lack of growth and senior execs leaving has limited upward mobility and considerably slowed advancement. management in some disciplines, IT and finance notably, don't provide good career risks for people to advance. They don't stretch their employees. If you start at a lower position here, it will take you much longer to advance than other companies. This is a nasty environment, but if you can exist and navigate this environment you can do very well here.

    Advice to Management

    New executive leadership. CEO is only out for glory, and those reporting to him are only out for power.

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