Applied Materials

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Applied Materials Reviews

Updated 29 September 2014
Updated 29 September 2014
583 Reviews
3.3
583 Reviews
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Applied Materials CEO & President Gary Dickerson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent compensation packages and work life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent location, free water from the water fountain (in 33 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 25 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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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    Long work time. OK compensation. Can learn a lot of things.

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of good training. You can learn lots of things. Lots of smart people
    You take care of lots of things, design, simulation, testing.

    Cons

    Long work time. No pay weekend work. Every review of project progress. OK salary. Not good compensation for the long time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The 800 pound gorilla in an industry that is quickly contracting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work with very intelligent, dedicated co-workers; IT infrastructure is well defined and managed; formal decision structure is appropriately distributed.

    Cons

    Harsh, stressful environment due to cyclical layoffs; senior management can talk the talk without walking the walk; poor X-organizational communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the reactionary hiring/layoff cycles based on current/next quarter expectations. Anyone can fire people - it takes no management experience to do that job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    More interested in outsourcing than long term employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time

    Pros

    Great technology company, and Customers were great to work with.

    Cons

    I was an employee for almost 20 years. The company culture changed during those years. In the beginning everyone work their tails off, but that changed when the Company appeared to not want long term employees. They went the route of outsourcing, and contracted empolyees. There isn't a high level of commitment when working with contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lack of Customer commitment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Fluctuating Job Security

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    Current Employee - Materials Managerf  in  Chandler, AZ (US)
    Current Employee - Materials Managerf in Chandler, AZ (US)

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

    Pros

    Good Pay and benefits
    Personal Time Off

    Cons

    Lack of work life balance
    Degrading focus on employees as the core value of the company.
    Leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the old Appled

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Materials as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Culture of company changed when Jim Morgan retired and Mike became the emperor. The new Varian leadership has improved the company, but will be more like Varian then the old Applied. Hopefully that equates to a positive.

    Cons

    Very difficult to maintain a work-life balance. Erosion of middle manager and individual contributor benefits and perts. Stock options use to be distributed to all levels in the company annually, now only execute level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    AVP's and above need to come down out of the clouds. Sit in and observe, unannounced, project and program meetings. Don't trust if everything looks calm above the water that is calm under the water.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard Times Still Ahead

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at Applied Materials full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some real talent in the technology arena. Challenging work environment, lots of opportunities for movement within the organization. Pay and benefits are quite good.

    Cons

    Lay-off happy environment. It's getting more and more difficult to make money in this space and it shows in the daily stress place on employees. Total and complete GOOD OLE BOY environment. If you are a woman, middle management is the best you can hope to achieve there no matter your skills and qualifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an effort to add women to the ranks of senior management until you do it better without even thinking about it. It's embarrassing. Plan better, you know this is a cyclical business. Give the people who work there full time a little more feeling of job security.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Trying to Mature

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

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

    Pros

    Salary in general is very high. Lotsa smart people and definite room for career growth if you perform well and want it. Truly a global company, so you'll have the opportunity to interact with folks abroad.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs and reductions in force along with mandatory days vacation time selected for you. Sometimes you wonder why non-successful employees are allowed to stick around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great People great technology

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer III  in  Rehovot (Israel)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer III in Rehovot (Israel)

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

    Pros

    Challenging, empowered , good compensation package
    good management , corporate and wellfare provide great suit of support

    Cons

    stressfull, working at the stretch
    time off policies, office culture, leadership, 20 words minimum

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great company to work with

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Applied Materials full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice Place to Work.
    Good Work Culture
    People are cooperative
    Work life balance

    Cons

    You might get bored with the kind of work that is done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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