KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated July 29, 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. Used to be a "great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people, interesting products, some room to grow. Little real competition in the industry. Most of our problems are self-inflicted.

    Cons

    So-so management at all levels. Lacking in strategic vision. Faulty corporate values. Do not recommend as a career location.

    Advice to Management

    You arepretty much stuck with what you have created. Big reorgs and layoffs are not the solution. Knowing the business and working to results is. But then again, you are stuck.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Anonymous

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Development Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Development Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Semi-structured training program for new hires - Catered meals - Complimentary Starbucks coffee - Reimburses cell phone minutes (but not data plan) - New hires have a personal meeting with the CEO - I joined because of my specific manager. Certain people are a pleasure to work with and are beneficial to your personal growth.

    Cons

    - High turnover rate - Poor quality work life balance, and you often have to depend on your fellow colleagues' discipline/efficiency as well as book limited laboratory time, but often can't plan too far in advance due to multiple last minute changes in schedule outside of your control - Approx 50% travel with many last-minute changes in travel dates make it hard to schedule your own personal life - Verbally abusive colleagues, especially many stingy technical leads and managers with poor management skills that threaten the employees on Visas about their job security - The bump in title to technical lead might not come with a salary bump depending on your negotiating skills


  3. summary

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

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

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

    Pros

    Very talented and smart engineers around. Working hours and learning and respect strongly depending on job function and how easy company can find replacement.

    Cons

    Frequent restructuring. Enormous pressure to maintain market share. Lack of innovation.


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  5. Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good architecture, deep technology especially for column/gun/calibration/sensors/motion control related.

    Cons

    obsolete software language, old operation system, slow turn around, and you need to know more of the system to get the software work right.

    Advice to Management

    This is political hierarchical hole. If you are just get in, do not expect to get anywhere. People valued more years of service and people age than the contribution and performance. Down the road during the promotion and performance review, I was told "I have to prompt him, because it is his time and he has not been prompted for so many year", "It is his turn", "He contributed in the past, now he is just relaxing but I know he can work". This is not work place where young people can thrive. You will feel frustrated and have nowhere to go but move on a new company.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Another horrible year in IT

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager 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

    You can pretend to be busy and your clueless manager/senior director will rate you highly.

    Cons

    Political, clueless and pompous CIO staff, arrogant managers. Stay around long enough and they will promote you whether you deserve it or not. Most of KLA is pretty good, especially engineering and product divisions. IT is the pits......

    Advice to Management

    Change the entire senior staff including the CIO; bring in a group that has honesty, and integrity as their core values. Promote staff for results, not for playing politics. Economy is picking up- all the good ones are looking hard outside and will leave in droves.


  7. Helpful (8)

    Looking for better opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Optical Systems Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Optical Systems Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great technical challenges. Great engineers / coworkers.

    Cons

    Bad middle management. Looks like middle management, at least in systems, is selected from engineers who are clueless about managing and listening to their reports. We are micromanaged and told to do whatever managers think would promote them. Atrocious IT preventing people from doing their jobs. Tickets are sent to India and nothing gets fixed. Friends in the Valley describe much better experiences. I cannot even access Google at work and IT couldn't fix that.

    Advice to Management

    Fire IT managers. Train middle management. Enable engineers to pursue their ideas and don't shut them up.


  8. Helpful (2)

    You're just a number..

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Eng in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Eng in Milpitas, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Engineer colleagues are mostly create people.

    Cons

    Management has no clue how to manage engineers and projects.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip and see what the ground troops are doing for you everyday.


  9. Too much politics.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 10 years)

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

    Pros

    It is a technology company that has advanced technology.

    Cons

    Management does not appreciate engineer's work and management is always superior to engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Respect engineers and appreciate their's work.


  10. Good Benefit and Scientific Experience to get, Too much politics Place to Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior, Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior, Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefit to get and great learning scientific experience

    Cons

    It is hard to work with a fully politic place

    Advice to Management

    In order to attract more talents, create respectful workplace culture training and more technical 1st line manager (within his field) who can technical lead engineers instead of listening to Politic opinions


  11. Helpful (5)

    IT Department is a cesspool - failures from other groups and divisions are invited to join the IT senior management

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

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

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

    Pros

    Smart and dedicated people at the rank and file level

    Cons

    Political and ineffective senior management led by a CIO who is a legend in his own mind.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house- get fresh blood from outside. The IT directors are all politically motivated and insecure- that is why they are not able to leave and find another job even though they have tried- the good ones have all left and are doing really well outside.



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