Applied Materials

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Challenging work, excellent compensation

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Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Gloucester, MA (US)
Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Gloucester, MA (US)

I have been working at Applied Materials (more than an year)

Pros

Excellent compensation & benefits, challenging work environment. Management does a good job of avoiding layoffs during down time

Cons

Economic ups & downs of the silicon industry. Work environment can be very demanding. Lots of travel for customer facing positions.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Was once a great company

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Great people, very good benefits, used to have good training programs.

    Cons

    The culture of the 90's and early 00's is long gone. Solar was a total waste of time, talent, and capital.

    The stock hasn't budged in 10 years, stock buy back - fail, dividend - fail, cash from $8B to $2B. What a train wreck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mike needs to go. The company needs to focus on the core business again, just like what Jim did back in the day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Initially very promising, but disappointed in some time

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

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

    Pros

    * Estimates are respected. Good work life balance (at least as of 2010 it existed)
    * Work From Home facility and flexible working hours
    * Opportunities to interact with colleagues/customers from multiple geographical locations

    Cons

    * Frankly not a company for Software Engineers. Software divisions are very neglected in the company. From pay, bonuses to team outings, Software Engineers (and also Software Engineering managers) are treated like 2nd grade citizens.
     * Very poor growth: One level-up costs you many years. Change only in designation, literally no change in role. Applied Materials recruited high-calibre people (people from premier instituties like IIT, BITS, NITs etc) during 2005, 2006 and 2007 for it's Automation Products division. In a matter for few years, all (I repeat, all) of them left the company for the same reason: lack of growth.
    * Poor pay compared to rest of the software industry. We were always told that "Applied Materials is a very good payer, we stand at 90% percentile..." - but unfortunately that statement was made based on comparison with just a few other companies that constitute only a very small fraction of already-small semi-conductor industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * If you ever think software is an integral part of your company, pay some attention to software divisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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