Applied Materials

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Applied Materials Reviews

Updated 28 February 2015
Updated 28 February 2015
631 Reviews
3.4
631 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You can expect a good work-life balance from the company just like many other Silicon valley companies (in 26 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent location, free water from the water fountain (in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can be a challenge, depending on the job function (in 38 reviews)

  • The only way to get a promotion is to fake working long hours (in 26 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    It has been a great company to work for with competitive compensation for my region.

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer III in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer III in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology and great coworkers that have become friends over the years. The compensation is competitive with other businesses within the industry and the benefits package is above average.

    Cons

    As the company has grown and executive management has changed the focus has been to reduce costs and maximize profits and shareholder returns. Some benefits and programs have suffered because of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My primary advise to upper management would be to remember the balance between employee satisfaction and maximizing returns. Some budget cuts have effected moral, but done little in the way of cost reduction in the grand scheme of things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Gloucester, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Gloucester, MA (US)

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Great team and have the flexibility of expressing my ideas

    Cons

    Takes time to get to work with people all personals here are long timers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Ideal place for a fresh college graduate to start his/her career in high-tech

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at Applied Materials

    Pros

    Opportunities to work in different divisions with the organization, flexible working hours, travel to customer sites and work closely with customers.

    Cons

    The inevitable politics, inability to retain talents.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the future goals clear to the employees, invest more on innovation, some effort to retain talents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to start out as a young engineer

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to work on some SERIOUSLY high-tech systems
    - People are generally competent, professional, and take their job seriously
    - Opportunity for rapid advancement if in the right group/area
    - Good pay and benefits

    Cons

    - Standard large/mature company stuff (bureaucracy, politics, etc.)
    - Industry is cyclical, leading to uneven financial situations and even periodic unpayed shutdowns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for innovation!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent company and benefits, travel, management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - FSE in Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - FSE in Portland, OR (US)

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

    Pros

    Professional, they hire excellent employees. Pay and benefits are competitive. 25 years in industry mostly with AMAT. No regrets.

    Cons

    CEO Mike Splinter is a taker and stock help under by his presence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push Mike the taker out and keep on trucking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    So much opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commodity Business Manager in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Commodity Business Manager in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed company with great benefits. There is plenty of opportunity to move around within the company as well as opportunity for advancement. The people are great and are very diverse in most ways.

    Cons

    Most employees are over 40, so there are very few young faces. There is very little training and the campus is located right next to a landfill. It's very easy for your work-life balance to weigh in favor of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see more young people working there and some sort of training implemented.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    fast paced and cutting edge technology

    Cons

    stressful chaotic mature industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Business Intern

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at Applied Materials as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    learned a lot about excel, fair amount of work to do each day, the hours were pretty decent and generally just a Monday-Friday work week

    Cons

    kind of a lonely work environment, not a super organized internship program, should have been more opportunities to get to know co-workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more engaging internship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    good work life balance and satisfaction

    Cons

    big company, slow personal growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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