Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 92

Applied Materials Inc.

Santa Clara, Calif. [Pacific]

Why you want to work there

Professional certifications are the icing on the training cake at this maker of semiconductor production equipment in Santa Clara, Calif. Over the past few years, hundreds of IT employees have received training and earned ITIL, SAP and Stanford Certified Project Manager certifications, as well as credentials from the Project Management Institute, all funded by the company. All employees are required to attend a minimum of five days of training annually, with most averaging eight to 10 days. Applied Global University offers hundreds of hours of technical, business and skill-building courses taught by internal and external instructors. The classroom and Web-based courses cover a wide range of topics, be it software development, understanding other cultures or understanding a balance sheet. Get to work: A flexible work location program, called Applied Anywhere, allows employees to work from any customer, supplier, partner or home site. The IT department not only deployed the supporting technology for the program, but is also the leading adopter, with more than 40% formal participation. Employees who participate in the program receive a dedicated home router with a physical IP phone. They also have a portable IP softphone that plugs into their PC. They surrender their cubes and use 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.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 26

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 6,500

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 173

IT employee turnover in 2009: 32%

IT promotions in 2009: 2%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 10

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $750

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 25%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 25%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 25%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 43%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 47%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 42%