KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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KLA-Tencor President, CEO & Director Rick Wallace
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Pros
  • Opportunity to getting close to cutting edge technology in defect detection in wafer manufacturing industry; (in 18 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is totally up to you (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • bad work-life balance for some team (in 22 reviews)

  • The compensation for senior management seems good (via Reuters or Forbes), but at lower levels one has to fight for increments & promotion on time (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Maketing

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor

    Pros

    Good place for career path

    Cons

    Work life balance is not very good


  2. Sr Financial Analyst

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People and work life balance

    Cons

    Too many re-org changes without letting employee knows


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    Team Driven

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    Current Employee - Sales Operations in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and wonderful people to work with and collaborate with.

    Cons

    Recent restructure has put many employees in a very uncomfortable position. Communication is lacking from upper management, which is causing a stressful working environment .


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work until retire

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company takes good care of you very well. So if you have already worked for them over 10 years, you are probably considered a key person. As long as they would like to keep you, you should choose to stay put until retirement. The knowledge and skills you gained here is not going to be widely needed anyway.

    Cons

    If you are looking for new and cool stuff that can keep you excited to go to work everyday, look somewhere else. The company culture doesn't encourage innovations. However, everyone are working on their edges. Scrambling to meet deadlines and customer expectations. There is a little room for long term thinking. Everyone has to know a certain amount of project management to survive. The company feels like a big supporting team for the product they make. Not a good place to start your career, but a good place to end your career.

    Advice to Management

    Find new market if you want to stimulate innovation and attract new talent. Or stay the way it is to survive on the existing market share.


  6. FSE

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good company to work for good benefit / vacation /ESPP good working environment work life / balance is ok

    Cons

    high ratio turnover a bit better than applied material.

    Advice to Management

    Management is trustworth.


  7. Pay is less compared to coetitors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor

    Pros

    Do not need to work like apple or google employees

    Cons

    Re-organization has caused distractions


  8. Helpful (3)

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This review is for the RAPID Division. Overall a very well managed big company. Complex challenges. One of the last "career companies" where you can see employees who have been working at the same place for the last 30+ years. Also one of the last companies with manufacturing in the USA.

    Cons

    Has been company, unfortunately with the semiconductor market consolidation... this ain't no rocketship. No young local talent coming in. Many functions being outsourced to China. Frequent layoffs. Infrequent promotions. Software toolset is the same since the 90s.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt new software tools, hire more local talent and young blood. Promote people.


  9. Senior Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good bonus and LTI (equivalent of Stocks)

    Cons

    Long hours, stagnant work, lots of layoffs


  10. Was pretty okay.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They tried very hard to keep people within the company even when a division is being shut down.

    Cons

    Not very exciting. Very corporate.


  11. Product Development Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Has gym and good cafeteria. Work-life balance is okay.

    Cons

    From my perspective, KT has been outsourcing engineering jobs to China and India over at least the last three years. The company is doing poorly: a few important orders have gone to competitors and reported in the news. Morale is low.

    Advice to Management

    Fight the dump expansion at Dixon Landing! Why the hell are you neutral about it?



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