KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
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  1. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart colleagues,
    Great work and life balance
    Decent salary
    Great management ( it may depend on the group)

    Cons

    Health insurance premium is a bit expensive.
    this is only con for me.

  2. Good company culture and excellent equipment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fiel Service Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Fiel Service Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    World class service organization and required a lot of expertise.

    Cons

    Fast pace and high stress of goal for achievement and sucess.

  3. KLA-Tencor is an excellent company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Test Engineer - NPI in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Test Engineer - NPI in San Jose, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work is very interesting and the caliber of your co-workers is very high. It was a pleasure to work so harmoniously with such talented people.

    Cons

    I didn't actually experience anything negative when I worked at KLA-Tencor. I really loved my job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

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    Awesome Company to work for

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology Leader, Excellent Management, World class process and technology, medium size company

    Cons

    Cyclical industry with some downsizing from time to time

  6. Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Malta, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers, work environment and customers

    Cons

    nothing, this job is perfect

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what youre doing

  7. KLA-TENCOR

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KLA-Tencor

    Pros

    Work with top talent in their fields. Cutting edge technologies. Very challenging programming assignments.

    Cons

    Low production volumes result in cyclic hiring.

    Advice to Management

    Minimize cyclic reductions in personnel.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Well managed high technology company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challeging work where one can learn a lot. KLA is a market leader with an engineering driven culture. It is leading edge, while at the same time able to deliver strong financial results. The chalenges to maintain itself on the leading edge are immense, especially while achieving consistent economic value to its shareholders.

    Cons

    It is hard work, so it may be difficult for many. The culture is results driven, so those who feel hard work is enough will not succeed. If you cannot deliver results, be passionate about what you, work well in teams and persuade others, be relentless in your pursuit of excellence, and deal with frank feedback, this will be a serious con for you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to drive technology consistent with Moore's law. Deal with a consolidating customer base by leveraging your expertise and creating collaborative relationships. Nuture the supply chain to help gain competitive advantage

  9. good company to work with

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

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

    Pros

    Good learning experienced with kla-tencor

    Cons

    company downside when contract ends

    Advice to Management

    not at the moment

  10. Great Place to Work

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are opportunities for people with all types of backgrounds here.

    Cons

    The company seems totally OK with you sticking to the first thing in which you've shown interest and competency.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and express interest in "other" work related skills and aptitudes that your employees have shown. At least bring it up in conversation and brainstorm on how those might help other areas of the company.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Learning and growing everyday next to friends, family, and fantastic products.

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

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You'll be given opportunities that outstrip your current skills, but (probably) not your capabilities. You'll be challenged every day. You'll work with the best and brightest. You'll work hard and play hard. You'll help move bleeding edge technology forward. And you'll find family.

    I've worked for KT for 25 years. I've lived in California, Vermont, Japan, and Singapore. I've seen the world. I wasn't 'trained' for a single job they gave me, but they saw the potential I didn't. That's all cool, but it's the small part of the story.

    My wife and I are part of a family that will never fade. Recently we've experienced a medical crisis in our family. With little prompting, our larger family at KT gathered around us - providing connections to doctors, references to others who have experienced what we've been through, staying with us through the toughest days, and sharing their prayers and wishes.

    An example? Two teammates stayed with me through the darkest moments of surgery. A senior VP that I've never worked for, and seldom with, stopped by to provide support. Wishes came from around the world - from current and former KT employees. An impromptu renewal of our vows brought my boss (My boss, how many of you can say that?) to conduct the renewal ceremony and colleagues to celebrate it.

    I'm not a senior executive. I'm a mid-level manager. Yet many who read this will know who I am. That's the community we have here, if you invest in it.

    Perseverance? Yes.
    Growth? Yes.
    Honest, Forthright, and Consistent? Yes.

    A life that repays everything you invest? Yes. Yes. And Yes.

    Cons

    If you don't want to work hard. If you don't want to be challenged. If you think that style trumps substance. If you think you'll be nurtured and weened... you've got the wrong company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep sharing your personal stories. Keep connecting with the front-line. KT Management came from the front-line, believes in the best of what we represent, and represents the best of what we believe. Unfortunately, they are often too conservative to say so...

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