Applied Materials

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Applied Materials Reviews

Updated 29 October 2014
Updated 29 October 2014
592 Reviews
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592 Reviews
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Applied Materials CEO & President Gary Dickerson
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Pros
  • Decent compensation packages and work life balance (in 25 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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  1.  

    Very good place to work

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    Former Employee - Technical Reviewer for DCC in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Reviewer for DCC in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at Applied Materials as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The main thing is getting your foot in the door. The rest is a very pleasurable experience.

    Cons

    They take their rules very seriously.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Mechanical Engineer, SCLA

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Why I stayed so long: great co-workers, really a smart talented, friendly group of people, and I respected and felt respected by them. Also, good benefits, reasonable work/life balance for my job (though perhaps not so much for travel jobs or process engineering, depending). My daily life was interesting--always a new challenge, a lot of learning over the years.

    Cons

    Some challenges might come from lack of guidance to newer employees--many technical people are promoted to be managers without gaining the skills needed to mentor, so learning isn't as facilitated--which leads to a lot of inefficiencies. I worked during the 2009 downturn, so there wasn't much mobility in the company, so lack of growth, that's my personal experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in training managers to be mentors, andput more effort in the engineering groups into the process of development and passdown of knowledge, so reinventing the wheel isn't the norm. Bump some pay for people who stuck around through the 2009 downturn, as salaries are lower now than equivalent positions being advertised. Sick days vs PTO encouraged sick people to stay home and keep the office overall less sick. Finally, more HUBS.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Challenging work environment with dedicated, and intelligent people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Global Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Exciting business environment with high technology products, and a company culture that allows motivated individuals to succeed. There are business and technical career opportunities to allow a great amount of flexibility in career choices. Applied offers a generous suite of benefits (bonuses, 401k match, healt/dental/vision, ESPP, RSU, etc...)

    Cons

    Some of the expectations are aggressive, and there are times when the pressure is intense. Our customers are mostly in Asia, so sometimes schedule flexibility is required (late night conference calls, frequent travel, etc...).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great internship experience with AMAT

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I have been working at Applied Materials as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Well organized, a lot of people you can learn from, great training program, friendly working environment, pay well to interns

    Cons

    Does not have return offer for internships, have to apply for new college graduate program which make things a little bit harder for interns who want to secure a full time position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The atmosphere is really good.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials

    Pros

    The training is quite complete

    Cons

    time is not flexible since they have to provide service to the customers whenever needed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Salary, benifit, jobs,compensation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, motivated , new technology , friendly , learnable

    Cons

    stress& long hours, sometimes have to travel alot

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    A decent company if you want to learn about semiconductor equipment and process

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The size of company will allow you to always find sth you like, marketing, technology, sales, etc

    Cons

    Manufacturing nature of this industry requires you to fit into the 24/7 when there is really big issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to figure out the future of the semiconductor and how they are tied to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Succeeds in leveraging its scale but lacks agility

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Excellence in technology and ability to push the envelope in its key, moneymaking markets.
    If you work in the semiconductor or display areas, in certain product groups, life is relatively easy and you are personally rewarded for the group's success. Some people reading this may ask: easy? Yes, if you have worked in both sides of that coin, you would know what I'm talking about.
    Is a high technology engineering job that rewards in ways few engineering jobs can.

    Cons

    Conversely if you are in semi or display in an area that the company is struggling in, life is hell. You might do a spectacular job, and never be recognized for it. This is why people flow out of areas like etch or wet chemical products and try to get into the moneymaker groups. Your management or your group will be blamed for failures that could be cycle-related or due to the customer's desire to play AMAT against another supplier.
    You want the reverse to happen - you WANT the great star performers to take up the challenge of the struggling businesses. But after a short time at this company, it will be visibly and abundantly clear why people do not do this.
    Company is so dominant that oftentimes, your main competition/nemesis in the marketplace is another group in AMAT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create real incentives for star performers to try risky things.
    At the current time it is not just risky but potential career suicide to try to work with a struggling group.
    Compare to the pre-VSEA days to see what VPs and GMs are willing to do, to launch new products. Now there is 100x the amount of process, and also, the amount of politics.
    Gary has restored the dynamic feel of the company and the stock price came back, but we need more support innovation and a better process to manage the innovation portfolio.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Large company going through Senior Exec changes

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    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Work related with new technology

    Cons

    excessive work hours, highly political management and leadership,
    lay off potential greatest to anyone over 40 years old

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Internship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials as an intern

    Pros

    People there are very knowlegable and nice.

    Cons

    People have pressure, a typical feature in semiconducting and electronic field

    Recommends

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