Best Places to Work in IT 2016 Employer Profile

No. 29, Large

Applied Materials

Santa Clara, Calif. [Pacific]
Applied Materials, Inc.
Credit: Applied Materials

Why you want to work there

IT is central to the corporate mission at Santa Clara, Calif.-based Applied Materials, a maker of semiconductor production equipment. The IT department has several internal employee recognition programs, and the CIO, managers and rank-and-file staffers are able to present one another with awards that include cash and certificates. Company leaders are committed to promoting from within: Nearly half of the people in the U.S. IT department have been promoted in the past several years. CA offers training programs to groom employees for promotion, and management reviews candidates for promotion twice a year. Management also identifies employees who are likely candidates for future promotions and supports them by offering them new challenges and opportunities to gain additional experience.

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 7,503

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 179

IT employee turnover in 2015: 1%

IT promotions in 2015: 14%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2015: No set maximum

Training budget per IT employee in 2015: $3,196

PTO and Healthcare

Days of paid time off after one year of service: 19

Days of paid time off after 10 years of service: 28

Percentage of employee health insurance premium paid by employer: 80%