Electrical Mechanical Assembler III (Current Employee) – Gloucester, MA – October 27, 2016
I've held a job at varian/AMAT for 5 years. I worked hard and have been compensated consistently. I became full time after a year and have been given and taken all opportunities presented. This company values their employees who are dedicated and hard workers.
A place to work with talented and passionate people
Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee) – Santa Clara, CA – May 21, 2016
You solve high value problems on daily basis. You work with a group of professionals who take their jobs severely and always try their best to perform. You won't get bored working in this company and there is endless opportunity to learn. Employees are encourage to switch divisions in the company as they wish. Promotion system seems fair and based on performance and peer reviews.
Ethical work culture. Good place to learn and advance in your careers
#1 Manufacturer of Semiconductor Capital Equipment
Mech. Engr. IV (Former Employee) – Sunnyvale, CA – August 12, 2016
The corporate culture is 'Silicon Valley' - a flat management style where results matter. There are no 'silos': the workers are expected to go anywhere and interact with anyone, without restriction, to accomplish their objectives. Managers are there to clear roadblocks.
In return for an unfettered work environment, the workers are evaluated on their performance - and if the performance is excellent, they are richly rewarded. If their performance is not excellent, they should be looking around for another job. The industry is cyclical, and layoffs occur roughly every 18 months or so. Regardless if you are a worker or a manager, if you do not demonstrate consistent, superior performance, you should be looking around for work elsewhere.
Because Applied is the #1 global manufacturer of capital equipment, the expectations are sky-high. Competition is fierce, and Applied competes on a global basis.
Applied sells their products worldwide because they are the best in the world, with the fastest time to market. The typical product horizon is released in 90 days or less - the longest is 6 months, and that is rare. This is generally not the environment for a work/life balance - the emphasis is on being #1 with rapid deliveries.
On the plus side, working at Applied is the opportunity to demonstrate superior performance in a world-class organization.
No expense is spared to see that you accomplish your objectives
Silicon Valley is goal-oriented, and is not friendly to a work/life balance
Final Test Technician (Current Employee) – Austin, TX – June 25, 2016
This company is very hard to work for, management is self absorbed and workers are treated like a number to fill a slot. There is almost no chance for advancement and very frequent layoffs with no warning at all.
Challenging role made harder by poor management and lack of institutional learning
Process Engineer (Current Employee) – Santa Clara, CA – September 12, 2016
The work always offers a challenge and more to do and learn, but learning is hindered by a lack of institutional learning. Each department reinvents the wheel for so much of what they do. This is exacerbated by management requiring such a high volume of work (typical day is 12 hours or more).
Engineering Technician III (Current Employee) – Santa Clara, CA – October 19, 2016
• Responsible for data recovery, debug, diagnostics and repair without erasing information for most of hard drive brand names. Task involves: Test, debug and trouble-shooting disk drives mechanical problem and electronic circuit down to component level including digital and analog (surface mount assemblies) circuit board. • Worked in clean room environment to copy and recover data. • Extract raw data, inspect integrity of data and recover critical file system structures from media
Every day is something new. You come in and see what is in store. I have learned a lot over my 18 months with the company, including Oracle and SAP. My boss and his boss were amazing! Easy to talk to guys with a laid back and appreciative attitude. Co-workers are average. You will have the ones you like and do not like, but at the end of the day, you are a family. Hardest part is letting go when your contract expires, but the going away lunch is amazing! Most enjoyable is the catered lunch and fun at the end of each quarter and the 2 gyms on site with fitness classes.
People very friendly! Great environment for working and enjoin your work time. I have a lot of friends there and I really miss them.
I would say thank you to my leaders, my supervisors. Thank you for trusted me and supported me in all the projects I had done. Thanks for the handshake everyday, boss. It's encourage me every day working.
Free lunch at company, Outside activity(movies, golf)
Small technical support team with bad scope creep.
Technical Analyst II (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – June 20, 2015
This job was fine, mostly, but our job responsibilities grew at an out of control rate, our support scope got huge but our pay and workforce remained the same. It's also difficult to get fired in this environment so bad elements unfortunately were able to stay when it was well acknowledged that they should have been let go.
Management has lost control of staff and are largely ineffectual, breaks were short, company does a lot of outsourcing and has moved it's headquarters overseas to dodge taxes.
Innovative technology, with a high % of innovative type A personalities leading at all levels of the business. Also, many, many, great people in numerous areas of the company. Basically, a innovative global leader that is always on, which has it's upside and downside.