KLA-Tencor

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KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
360 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very talented employees - working on cutting-edge technology solutions (in 18 reviews)

  • The culture allows a good work life balance for those not demanding to climb the ladder (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • terrible work life balance, too much traveling (in 22 reviews)

  • Political and ineffective senior management led by a CIO who is a legend in his own mind (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nothing will change in IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    It makes me upset to see all these people complaining about IT at KLA when they're part of the problem and in fact nothing ever gets done. No one takes IT seriously. They are a joke of a division. The number of people who have spoken out are testament to that.

    Cons

    The managers are horrendous to deal with. They feel entitled particularly the ones who have been here for years. Someone complained on this forum about the CIO's lack of ambition when in fact they themselves have stayed in the same SAP support position for years. I don't respect any of them. I've witnessed so many changes and lack of trust and respect everywhere.

    Sadly it will never change. It is endemic. The only way to get ahead is to play the game i.e to look busy, big yourself up and put others down. It is the KLA IT way. Or should I say, it's their way or the highway.

    I stay because I have to, despite all of that. It feels hopeless

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As someone mentioned earlier. Get rid of the poor IT managers who we all complain about. They are poisonous

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Response to the original negative post on IT and the CIO on Sept 25 and the subsequent positive post

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KLA-Tencor

    Pros

    Smart people, but none in IT

    Cons

    Re the post about the Sr. Dir firing people- LOL, that guy is a survivior; he has been politicking his way through his last 20+ years @ KLA - he is Teflon- nothing touches him - others take the hit for him. He has been waiting to make CIO for the past 10 years- hope he makes it, just for his political savvy and survival skills.
    As for the positive post, pretty certain it was by one of the CIOs stooges, and his close ally, upon his request, to offset all the negative posts about IT.
    That pretty much sums up the IT dept @ KLA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the economy heats up, it will be harder to retain good people who are genuine, not interested in politics, and are looking for a decent pace to work in.

  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    IT is absolutely the worst division in existence

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can get away with anything in IT. Some people here work 3-4 hours and are gone. No one cares at all. Promotions from the old boys club is the norm

    Cons

    It is unbelievably abnormal and disfunctional how this IT department functions. You have a serious serious malfunctioning department which is controlled by bullies who promote the favored few. there is absolute complete disregard for doing great work. the best people left a long long long time ago. What you have left are the low level and Senior IT managers who are completely unemployable elsewhere. There is utter and complete cronyism and garbage here. Complaints are completely disregarded. the annual review is a joke. the annual survey is an exercise in futility. Seriously, just scan through all the IT reviews in this company on this site, particularly from the old timers. This place is an absolute mess. They promoted the Senior Service IT director to VP. What an absolute joke of a guy he is. Half the people who work under him, have an utter disregard for him and speak badly about him and his cohorts behind his back. It's just a terrible place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT management. Just do everyone a favor and just leave. This place used to have such high standards. They've gone. Forever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Cesspool called Corp IT

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You can pretend to be busy and nobody notices.

    Cons

    All reviews posted so far lead to a conclusion that Corp IT is a cesspool. Every time you think things can’t get any worse they do. The CIO who is a superstar in his own mind, is here for more than 6 years with no prospect of a change in his role or job. All his predecessors moved on to bigger and better things within 2 -3 years in the same role. Facebook CIO anyone? The same goes for most of his direct reports. I refuse to call them IT Leadership because they don’t lead, they are political puppeteers who play favoritism. They actually promoted someone to a director’s position last year when he can’t complete a single sentence without mumbling, someone to manager’s position who shows up for 3-4 hours a day. They tried to get jobs outside and failed miserably. So they stay back and flex their muscle. The only hope for IT to improve is to change the top tier and some of the middle tier management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Serious need to clean house.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    I hate working here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Person in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - IT Person in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    As an old time IT guy, I have to go I've seen many people come and go but this place never changes for the better. We still have the same idiotic managers who have been here for years. We do the same work year in year out and the only way we move on is to stay on right side of the idiotic and clueless managers who still remain.

    Cons

    Year after year, nothing changes. Same managers. I won't call them leaders because they don't lead. We complain in the annual review. but the managers choose what to publish if at all. It's completely abnormal. I read the review from HR below and they are completely deluded if they believe the only con is that there are layoffs from time to time. Whenever a complaint is made about IT management, they turn a blind eye. I feel so lost here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've given up. Even if I do things properly and focus on the so called values that you espouse, like HFC (Honest Forthright Communication) or lead by example, nothing changes. We complain or suggest things for improvement, but you don't listen. Only if it affects you will you do anything. You keep on saying, look at yourselves, but we're the not the ones who are not to blame. People are drowning, and you guys are enjoying the view

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Seriously poor company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you play the game you can survive for a long time. You don't even need any knowledge or talent, just blame others behind their back and you'll be ok

    Cons

    I work in IT and have witnessed so many good people leave. The poor environment, the inept IT management and the lack of accountability still remains to this day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR are absolutely clueless, despite years of complaints and never do anything. It's best to say nothing so you can get a paycheck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    I despise the people here because they're so mediocre

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    I work in IT and I can leave early and also work from home without anyone knowing what I'm doing, so that's a big perk

    Cons

    Having to deal with backward and unoriginal thinking and IT staff who have been here for years. Having worked at many companies in the Valley, I find that the management here and to a great degree, the worker bees are absolutely clueless. There's no talent here, with people just sticking around to earn their monthly wage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the people who have been here for years. The place is being run into the ground

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Abusive work environment in IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work is easy in IT since they farm so much work to consultants. I'm surprised that the internal people don't do the work themselves since it's so straightforward. But from what I gather, the department has been decimated because so many people have chosen to leave

    Cons

    There have been so many negative reviews of the IT department that it's hard to add much more to what has been said before. But as a consultant and outsider I'm not surprised. I've been verbally abused by aggressive and overbearing IT managers. It's an abusive environment to work in. I would never ever go back regardless of how much they pay me. Disgusting animals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You continually to antagonize and abuse people, they won't come back

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Poor working environment in IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Compensation is average
    Benefits package is average
    A lot of people just skip work and stay at home 'working from home' excuse

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for career advancement in IT
    Extremely poor management at the IT lower level manager and senior manager level and above
    Promotions within IT are not based on merit
    People are not proud to work here. In fact it is the complete opposite
    IT Managers have little credibility and poor skills and incredibility incompetent and disliked intensely
    Knowledgeable people receive very little respect. It is really shocking but people get used to it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just to echo some of the other reviews I've read below, and to be quite honest the advice is of a similar nature. The IT senior management absolutely just refuse to listen, so there really is no point. It is their way or the highway. Really terrible company to be associated with, and by all accounts, this is the norm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Many layers' middle managements constantly fighting each other, poor engineers only get recognition when they screw up.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Fire all middle managements across the board, otherwise this company cannot even stand on its feet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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