KLA-Tencor
3.0 of 5 300 reviews
www.kla-tencor.com Milpitas, CA 5000+ Employees

KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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3.0 300 reviews

                             

61% Approve of the CEO

KLA-Tencor President, CEO & Director Rick Wallace

Rick Wallace

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54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Many layers' middle managements constantly fighting each other, poor engineers only get recognition when they screw up.

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than 3 years

ProsIf you are just a mediocre engineer, this is the place to play with the management and become one of "them".

ConsIf you are a hardworking kick-butt engineer, you will be miserably mounted with works that pushed onto you. If you dare to complain, management think you have attitude problem, and give you nasty review.

Advice to Senior ManagementFire all middle managements across the board, otherwise this company cannot even stand on its feet.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Bullies and cowards proliferate in IT department

Information Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLocation in Milpitas is good. But this has got nothing to do with IT. It continues to be an awful place to work. No one wants to come here, and you can tell from the lack of good people coming through or being hired

ConsI've worked in IT for several years and it's never been as bad as this. Middle and senior managers who have been here a long time bully others and take credit for peoples work. But nothing is done. Whenever issues are reported to the directors, they just push it back. It's so dysfunctional and depressing. We've lost over 30% of the people here and they're not replaced

Advice to Senior ManagementThere are no leaders here. You just have obedient yes men who are making life a misery for everyone under them. You've been told in countless internal surveys that this is a problem, but nothing is ever done. When it's been raised to you, you turn a blind eye. Take a good long hard look at yourself

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Below industry compensation keeps reducing

Applications Development Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than 5 years

Prosmany smart people working, strong company, R. Wallace removed many toxic VPs who were just "hanging out" and playing politics after he became CEO

Conscompensation keeps reducing each time they change comp schemes (non-salary compensation, healthcare, etc), no growth (we seem to keep closing divisions/products), too many Sr. Directors/VPs who are toxic, making really poor decisions that are damaging to business

Advice to Senior ManagementWhile R. Wallace did a great job in making the operation lean and effective, it doesn't seem like we are growing. Our total compensation continue to lower.... Transition from RSU to LTI _halved_ that part of our compensation. The management's "rationale" for these changes are just laughable that an average teenager can see through the deception. Engineers are always put in a situation to work really hard, with reducing compensation, yet those Sr. Dir/VPs make so much more AND make really bad decisions. Some years ago, Wallace talked about "Good to Great". Time to re-evaluate that from average employee's perspectives, if Wallace truly thinks that it's the employee talent that makes the difference in the end

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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IT is an absolutely terrible place to work

IT Analyst (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than 3 years

ProsI'm probably repeating myself with all the other reviewers but it's really easy to just get by. It's a very political place. i.e people show up to meetings only when their managers are there or when there's something in it for themselves.

ConsVery few redeeming qualities. Extremely poor middle and senior IT management. It's been this way for years. Attribution is extremely high. No one wants to join. The people left are low skilled and have a poor and negative attitude. It's hard to say this about my fellow IT colleagues, but they're very apathethic. No one cares. No one pushes you. There's lots of infighting and IT managers empire building. No one respects the lower level managers. They are awful in the extreme. No talent and have been here for years. Absolutely the worst place I have ever worked at

Advice to Senior ManagementDo you really want to improve things or are you more interested in keeping your job ?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Hands down the worst place I have worked in my entire life

IT Analyst (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than 5 years

ProsJust administrative work only in IT. Absolutely no one cares about talent or improvement or doing the right thing for the Business

ConsNo focus on keeping existing IT staff
Outsourcing is the norm, but leads to cheap resources that need constant hand holding
Senior and lower level IT management and CIO are completely ineffective and detested, but people keep quiet to keep their jobs
There's really no one left to be honest. Everyone just does busy work

Advice to Senior ManagementSo many people have left IT. The only ones who stay are afraid to leave or don't have the skills to go anywhere else. That atmosphere of fear that you perpetuate isn't healthy

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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IT is as bad as it's ever been

IT Analyst (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than 5 years

ProsAs someone said below, it's a steady paycheck. There's no real need to do much more. Everyone leaves early. There's no real commitment or expectation

ConsIt's a really poor work environment. I work in SAP and the IT managers are really as bad as people make out. No one respects them. They put so much importance on their position and rarely do what is in the best interest of the business. But as someone mentioned below, they've been here for so long that any complaints are ignored. We have lost a lot of good people and they never get replaced. I can see why

Advice to Senior ManagementWhy is it so bad working here. Well take a look around and see who's left. The place has been decimated. The same poor managers still remain

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IT is completely demoralized

IT Analyst (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than 3 years

ProsVery easy to do the bare minimum
Can easily take credit for other peoples work
Can leave at before 5 pm since no one is around
For those who are not interested in a career but just to get a salary, it is a good deal

ConsReally poor low level and senior IT managers who have been here for years
Zero innovation and extreme complacency
Demoralized workers who have severe trust issues

Advice to Senior ManagementThere have been universal complaints on this forum and at work but nothing ever changes so advice would be moot. People have already realized a long time ago that doing the bare minimum and just taking a salary is the best they can hope for here. IT management have absolutely no incentive to improve. They've been here for years and have continually acted in their own interests or unethically. No one trusts anything they say. Fall in line or get out. That's the motto

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If you are a lousy engineer with loud voice, and no shame at taking other ppl's credit, you will be promoted very soon.

Principal Algorithm Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than 10 years

ProsSenior management don't even know who you are.

ConsSenior management don't even care to know who you are.

Advice to Senior ManagementSpend less time kissing up your boss. Let engineers with real talent lead, instead the kiss up / political kinds.

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Too many problems in IT

SAP IT Contractor (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time for less than a year

ProsI had a similar negative experience to an IT colleague below. I worked as a contractor on the same CRM upgrade project and was faced with really poor IT managers. They were inept, aggressive, self serving and constantly belittled us. One lady in particular was really poor despite being there for years. The only way we could get our job done was after 5pm

ConsConfrontational working atmosphere which is perpetuated by angry lower level managers

Advice to Senior ManagementThere are too many negative reviews here and elsewhere that you must realize there is a serious problem. I hear it's been this way for years and it's the same employees who exhibit such negative, controlling behavior. But since they've been here for so long, it's treated as normal. Trust me, this is not normal

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IT is the worst place I've ever worked at

IT Contractor (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than a year

ProsOnce 5pm rolls around we as contractors can get our work done. This place is a real shambles and ineptitude is pervasive. I hear that they've lost a lot of staff. The talent and good people have long gone. Those who remain are those who were with the company 10 years ago or are so new that they have little of value. Unfortunately this place is falling apart

ConsEvery single review I've read about the IT people here at this place is all true. As an IT contractor and outsider I was able to witness first hand at how poorly people are treated. The lower level managers are shockingly inept and unethical. We had to bypass them often and work late to get around their lack of knowledge and constant badmouthing. It was utterly depressing. I would never go back even if they paid me triple

Advice to Senior ManagementYou really need to clear out the dead wood. The lower level managers have an appalling reputation. There really is no need to treat contractors, vendors and staff with so much disdain. We don't want your jobs, we just want to do a good job and you're preventing us from doing that

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