Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 84

Applied Materials Inc.

Santa Clara, Calif. [Pacific]

Why you want to work there

IT career development at this maker of semiconductor production equipment in Santa Clara, Calif., runs the gamut. Employees can work toward advanced degrees or professional and technical certifications, or they can take advantage of in-house training and experience-based training. All employees are required to take a minimum of five days of training per year, with most averaging eight to 10. The company reimburses employees for earning professional accreditations such as IT Infrastructure Library certification, Project Management Institute certifications, Stanford Certified Project Manager certifications and SAP technical certifications. Over the past few years, hundreds of IT employees have earned professional certifications. A tuition assistance program provides information and financial assistance to eligible employees who are thinking of pursuing a degree or taking courses to gain skills and expertise related to careers at Applied Materials. The company's Applied Global University offers hundreds of hours of technical, business and skill-building courses taught by internal and external instructors. The subject matter ranges from software development to understanding other cultures and understanding a balance sheet. Both classroom- and Web-based training are offered. Top contributors are given challenging matrix management assignments.

Rank by company size:
Medium, No. 27

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 6,400

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 168

IT employee turnover in 2010: 10%

IT promotions in 2010: 21%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 10

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $2,232

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 26%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 30%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 19%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 48%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 50%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 46%