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Global Diversity

Applied Materials has a long history of valuing global diversity. Our goal is to weave diversity into the fabric of our company, into all our processes, into day to day business practices, and company values. Incorporated into Applied Materials’ core values are two concepts that have helped shape a corporate culture that regards diversity as a competitive advantage:

  • Respect for the individual - Mutual trust and respect are shared by all.
  • Global Awareness - Embracing different perspectives leads to a wealth of opportunities

Applied Materials’ global community of employees is located around the world. Therefore, understanding different perspectives, taking advantage of varied approaches and working together in cross-cultural teams are intrinsic to the company and have been integral to our success. 

Vision


Gary Dickerson
President & CEO

 

"We want Applied Materials to be a place where exceptional people work together to shape the future. One of our greatest assets is the diversity of our global talent. Attracting and developing employees with varied backgrounds and skills is essential to fuel creativity and innovation."

 

Recruiting

To support our global products and customer community, it is critical that we continually strive to hire a globally diverse workforce. Additionally, in the U.S. we have a number of strategic alliances with organizations devoted to the education and professional development of a diverse workforce, including:

For additional information please visit our Careers web page.

Employee Resource Groups

Applied Materials offers all employees the opportunity to participate in an employee resource group. Each employee resource group is organized around a particular shared interest or dimension of diversity and each group takes a unique approach to addressing the specific needs of its membership. Our employee resource groups work to create an open forum for idea exchange and to strengthen the linkage to and within diverse communities in support of Applied Materials’ business objectives.

Our Employee Resource Groups are committed to providing opportunities for employees to enhance individual effectiveness and job satisfaction through networking and professional development. Additionally, each group supports and drives a strong link between Applied Materials, our employees and our communities. For example:

AHORA Scholarship

Applied Materials’ Hispanic affinity group (HIP) partners extensively with the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium to provide scholarships to high-school students through fundraising and volunteer events.

Girlstart

Applied Materials’ women’s affinity group (WPDN) partners with Girlstart, a non-profit organization created to empower girls to excel math, science and technology, to raise funds for the Girlstart summer camp program.

Habitat for Humanity

Applied Materials’ African-American affinity group (LEAD) works with Habitat for Humanity in the construction of low cost homes to provide ownership to individuals whom may not otherwise have the opportunity.

Diversity Matters


Joe 
Was there a particular student you got to meet that had a lasting impact on you through your involvement with the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium?
He was a recipient of the AMAT Hispanics in Partnership scholarship and a first generation college student pursuing a degree at UT Austin. I was able to create a mentor relationship not only for academics, but also for providing support in peer pressure situations. Throughout our engagement he was able to graduate in 4 years. The biggest return on investment was being invited to his graduation where I sat with his mother and grandmother. Anyone that has graduated from UT knows that you only get 2-3 tickets to graduation. To understand that I was one of those individuals to receive a ticket in celebration of this student was a true privilege.


Armando 
Can you explain the organization that you support and your current role in it?
I’m currently the Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America Troop 345 chartered by Saint William Catholic Church. As Scoutmaster, it is my responsibility to ensure the Scouting program is followed allowing the boys to lead and run the activities by themselves. We have 75 registered Scouts on the troop and with the help of 6 incredible Assistant Scoutmasters, my 6 right hands, we supervise that the Scouts have fun with purpose through the activities that they are planning, organizing and executing. It is a critical part of scouting to allow the Scouts to lead and run the activities with minimum adult interventions since we are just there to create a place of safe failure and learning through it.


Christi 
Can you explain the organization that you support and your current role in it?
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas (DSACT) whose mission is to provide education, support, and resources to individuals with Down syndrome, their families, professionals, and the community, while building public awareness and acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome. I serve on the Board of Directors focusing on Outreach.

What motivated or inspired you to get involved in your community?
The birth of my daughter Maddison, who had Down syndrome, 12 years ago. Before her birth, I was only vaguely aware of the support for and rights of people living in our community with disabilities and wanted to do all I can to support her and others with Down syndrome to live full and productive lives.


Crystal 
What motivated or inspired you to get involved in your community?
My first year of college my family’s home had a major fire and we were displaced for about 9 months while it was being repaired. I will never forget the feeling I had getting a call from my mom saying the house was on fire and to hurry home from school. As I drove down our street I just saw thick smoke and fire fighters working to contain the flames. I was so relieved to see my parents and siblings being cared for by the team of Red Cross volunteers that showed up within minutes of getting the call with warm clothes and food for my family. The volunteers gave us vouchers for food and housing until we were able to make arrangements with our insurance company. The selfless way the volunteers helped us made a lasting impression on me and inspired me to start working with volunteer organizations like the Red Cross.


Warren 
Was there a specific time that made a lasting impact on your experience as the head volleyball coach?
The first year I took over the coaching job I had 3 young ladies come up to me and say "I guess we don’t get to play again this year." The school is 1A and they did not have enough high school girls interested in playing to make a team. These young ladies had already missed an opportunity to play their freshman year and now they were about to go through another year unable to play a sport they loved. The thought of this upset me and I was able to bring up younger classmen to form a team at every age group (5/6, 7/8 and HS). Even moving players around every team had a winning season.


Wayland 
What was your proudest moment in your community involvement?
Physical Education and achievement for those I help are always my personal rewards. Over the years, I have watched kids come through one of my youth programs and grow into Elite Athletes participating on a national scale. I have witnessed adolescents remove themselves from bad situations at home permanently or just for the day. I have also seen the youth build self-esteem and confidence to go on and work for their goals in life. If you ever get to witness the eyes of a child or teenager when they realize their full potential you will see why I am always proud.

If you could give one piece of wisdom to others about the importance of "doing good" in the community or just "doing good" in general, what would it be?
Use your expertise to volunteer and help or learn something new. There are countless opportunities across Austin where you can contribute a little or a lot. Someone you do not know now will appreciate it!


Guillermo 
What motivated or inspired you to get involved in your community?
The importance of service was engrained from an early age. My parents led by example and my schooling further supported the value. At many points in my life an individual or organization influenced me: Summer Engineering Programs, Hospital Volunteering, and Community Sports Programs. It’s my responsibility to honor their generosity by returning the privilege.

What was your proudest moment in your community involvement?
Each organization has activities that you can reflect on and be proud of: Engineering visits at the Elementary, Site visits by McNeil High School Engineering Academy and Presentations to Texas A&M students. One yearly moment that makes me proud is the Holy Cross High School graduation ceremony. The graduates’ celebrations and the proud smiles on their family's faces make all the work as a Board and Board Chair gratifying.


Jason 
What motivated or inspired you to get involved in your community?
I’ve always been very active in volunteering my time and have given back to the community as much as possible over the years. I think it goes back to when I was a kid growing up without a father figure and watching my mother struggle to support my brother and I all by herself. Luckily I was able to interact with volunteers and teachers inside the school district as well as in the community to give me the friendship, guidance, and confidence to succeed in life. One of the great added benefits for working at Applied Materials is having so many avenues to give back and donate your time (or money) to help those that are in need.


Jason 
What motivated or inspired you to get involved in your community?
Being that I am a fortunate individual employed by a great company, I decided that I wanted to help others who do not have the same benefits I have.

Can you describe a life-changing experience that impacted you through community involvement?
While working with Habit for Humanity helping build a local family’s house, the mother of the family that will receive the house walked around thanking us after our day of work. I thought I would feel proud for helping them, but all I could think was how I could help more.


Yvonne 
What made you want to get started with your community involvement?
Several years ago I realized my day job wasn’t fulfilling enough for what I wanted to contribute to society - I wanted to find a non-profit organization that could benefit from my skills, while giving back to the Austin community where I've lived most of my life. I worked with one of my mentors to identify a few organizations that might fit well with my interests. I interviewed with Goodwill’s CEO and a couple of board members, and it was a great fit. I especially like the mission of Goodwill: providing people the skills and the means to get meaningful work. Upon being elected to be on the board, I served as Treasurer and am currently the Vice Chair. Being involved on a non-profit board is a good way to stretch yourself. My involvement helps me to better understand the community and its needs, it helps me to understand what I bring to the table and how others view me, and it is a great way to network and meet people from different disciplines that share a similar passion for helping others.


Marisela 
What motivated or inspired you to get involved in your community?
As a 1st generation Hispanic, I faced many challenges attending school, from having to take English as a Second Language classes until 2nd grade to being told I should consider not taking honors classes to even being told I should not study engineering because it was "a man's job." I had to work harder to achieve the goals I set for myself to attend college and earn my engineering degree. I remember my mom always buying knick-knacks from people and wondering why she always did when we didn't need any of it. As I grew up, my sister made me realize that my mom wanted to help others that had similar hardships as she did growing up, even if it meant buying a pack of gum from them or some little toy. I made a promise to myself that I would help others facing similar challenges as myself and my family to achieve their goals and encourage others to set higher goals. I wanted kids to understand that whatever obstacles were in their way, there were people willing to help them overcome them. After all, success is not reserved for certain individuals; it is available to anyone who is determined, motivated and committed to work hard regardless of their background or walk of life.


Rudy 
What was your proudest moment in your community involvement?
During my stint as a citizenship instructor I was approached after class by a student, a Hispanic woman who was old enough to be my mother. She explained that she only had an elementary grade level education and was having trouble keeping up with the class. She further explained that she had 3 children who were all college graduates and successful in their own right. She helped pay for their schooling by working at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, shuttling cars back and forth between locations. Now that all her children were done with school and living their lives, it was her turn to finish her education, which began with completing my citizenship class. How can you say no to someone that courageous and inspiring? I agreed to come an hour earlier each week to sit down with her and help her through whatever struggles she had. She was the very first student who took my class to become a US citizen.


Russell 
Can you tell me about your organization that you support?
I have been with Applied for 20 years, and for the past 15 years, I’ve coordinated the onsite blood drive. It’s an all-volunteer effort supported by Applied employees and this year we will break 10,000 units of blood donated. The key point is that each unit of blood can be used for three different blood products. This has potentially impacted 30,000 people who needed these products.

What made you want to get started with your community involvement?
I do this in memory of my daughter Emma. She was diagnosed with cancer shortly after I joined Applied, and she passed away in 1997. Her loss has gotten less intense over the years but it's not something you ever just get over. Aside from the blood drive, I also chair a non-profit organization that raises money for childhood cancer charities. To date, we have donated approximately $500,000 to the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, which is local to Austin.

 

Employee Development

At Applied Materials, opportunity is truly global – global organizations, global recruitment, global teams and global skills. Our global development offerings address areas such as innovating and interacting across cultures, building mutual trust and respect and global language development.

Community Involvement

Applied Materials understands the importance of social responsibility and the need to be a leader in the places we do business. Through both our core business and community efforts, we experience the profound impact we can have on improving the quality of life in our communities and the world we all share.

By donating our time, energy and resources where they can do the most good, we are collectively acting upon our belief that making a positive social contribution defines not only who we are, but what we do.

Education Initiative Targets Communities, Span Years

The award winning Applied Materials' Education Initiative helps meet the needs of students and communities and develops them for the future.

Life-Changing Innovation Earn Global Recognition

The Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, is a global program that recognizes innovators who use technology to address humanity’s most pressing problems around the world.

Support of Arts Promotes Cross-Cultural Understanding

Applied Materials is committed to supporting arts and culture programs in regions around the world.

Employee Giving Program

Through the Employee Giving Program, U.S.-based employees can support the nonprofit organizations or schools of their choice. For additional information please visit our Social Responsibility web page

 

Policies & Practices

At Applied Materials, we have policies and practices that support diversity and inclusion. These are some of the policies and practices that are helping us build a winning workplace.

  • Applied Anywhere (remote work program)
  • Domestic partner benefits
  • Education assistance program
  • Electronic job postings
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Employee referral program
  • Harassment-free work environment
  • Nondiscrimination policies
  • Open Door policy
  • Performance management by objectives

Recognition

Through its commitment to diversity and corporate citizenship Applied Materials over the years has earned top rankings on numerous prestigious lists including:

For additional information please visit our Awards web page.

2009

  • "World's Most Admired Companies", Fortune, March 2009
  • The "100 Best Corporate Citizens", CRO Magazine, March 2009

2008

  • "America’s Most Admired Companies", Fortune, March 2008
  • The "100 Best Corporate Citizens", CRO Magazine, Jan/Feb 2008

2007

  • "Top 50 Most Military-Friendly Employers 2007", by G.I. Jobs magazine
  • "Top Corporate Philanthropists", Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, July 2007
  • The 100 Employers in Electronic Design, Electronic Design Magazine, May 2007
  • Participant in Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index CRO Magazine, Jan/Feb 2008
  • "America’s Most Admired Companies", Fortune, March 2007
  • The "100 Best Corporate Citizens", CRO Magazine, Jan/Feb 2007

2006

  • "Top 50 Most Military-Friendly Employers 2006", by G.I. Jobs magazine
  • The "100 Best Corporate Citizens", Business Ethics, April 2006
  • Participant in Human Right Campaign Corporate Equality Index
  • "America’s Most Admired Companies", Fortune, March 2006
  • Calvert Leader Designation, Calvert, February 2006
  • Top 50 List of Giving Organizations in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times, July 2006
  • "Top Corporate Philanthropists", Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, December 2006

2005

  • "America’s Most Admired Companies", Fortune, March 2005
  • Training Top 100, Training Magazine
  • "Top Corporate Philanthropists", Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, December 2005
  • The "100 Best Corporate Citizens", Business Ethics, 2005
  • Top 50 List of Giving Organizations in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times, July 2005
  • Participant in Human Right Campaign Corporate Equality Index

2004

  • "50 Best Companies For Minorities", Fortune, June 2004
  • Fortune Magazine’s America’s 100 Best Companies to Work for
  • "America's Most Admired Companies", Fortune, March 2004
  • Training Top 100, Training Magazine

    Top 50 List of Giving Organizations in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times, July 2004
  • "Top Corporate Philanthropists", Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, December 2004