Best Places to Work in IT 2009 Employer Profile

No. 89

Applied Materials Inc.

Santa Clara, Calif. [Pacific]

Why you want to work there

This maker of semiconductor production equipment in Santa Clara, Calif., offers employees an innovative flexible work location program, called Applied Anywhere, that allows employees to work from any site -- customer, supplier, partner or home. The IT department not only deployed the supporting technology for the program but is the leading adopter, with 30% formal participation and many more employees informally taking advantage of the ability to work remotely. Employees that formally enter the program receive a dedicated home router with a physical IP phone. They have a work phone extension like office employees do that dials directly to their home. They each have a portable IP softphone that plugs into their PC as well. They surrender their cubes and used shared spaces when they need to come to the office. Applied's audio and Web collaboration tools also make it easy to work from any location. Development opportunities include professional and technical certifications, advanced degrees, in-house training and experience-based training. Over the past two years, hundreds of IT employees have earned professional certifications. All employees are required to take a minimum of five days of training a year, with most averaging eight to 10 days.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 27

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 7,000

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 258

IT employee turnover in 2008: 13%

IT promotions in 2008: 20%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2008: 9

Training budget per IT employee in 2008: $1,000

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 28%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 20%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 30%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 48%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 41%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 50%