Applied Materials - A company with good bones, in need of new direction | Glassdoor
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"A company with good bones, in need of new direction"

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Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

One of the only places in Silicon Valley where you can do scientific engineering work and be well paid. Capital equipment for semi and display is in a strong position that isnt' going anywhere soon. You may get lucky and be able to work on truly cutting edge stuff. Chance to impact future of semiconductor, display, or other technology world.

Cons

Older workforce and a lot of institutional inertia. Young people get chewed up quick and there are many layers of management that are pretty much useless. Many many directors and middle managers overseeing a small number of overtaxed engineers doing menial tasks.

Advice to Management

Try something different. The merger with TEL is a good start. Think bigger, though.

Other Employee Reviews for Applied Materials

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Dated company in a shrinking industry"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonably good comp
    Conveniently located in the middle of Silicon Valley

    Cons

    - Difficult place for women and minorities to build careers. All visible leadership roles are awarded to white males. Women are not expected to have speaking roles at meetings with Executives.
    - Recent cuts in staffing are driving interdepartmental friction and inefficiencies throughout all support functions.

    Advice to Management

    - Seek out women at Manager and Director level to support and promote from within. Conduct a mandatory Lean in training for all Execs.
    - New leadership needs to more effectively communicate their vision to employees at the manager level and above.


  2. "Large, fast-changing company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Applied is a large, global technology and manufacturing company. Many opportunities exist within technology, engineering, operations, and manufacturing. Compensation tends to be very competitive.

    Cons

    Growth has been within existing markets as well as through acquisition of smaller companies. As a result, the organization is very matrixed. In some parts of the company, it can be difficult to have a clear understanding of the proper peers and stakeholders.

    As part of the semiconductor and high-tech industries, Applied is subject to large business cycle shifts up and down. This can lead to quick changes in operational mentality and organization structure.

    Advice to Management

    Applied is in the middle of a multi-year merger with some of its largest competitors. The merger of global employees and cultures is a major endeavor. Applied should take care to keep communicating and make sure employees understand their role in the transitional and long-term organizations.

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