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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. Helpful (3)

    Another horrible year in IT

    • 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 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.


  2. Helpful (8)

    Looking for better opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    You're just a number..

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


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  5. Too much politics.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  6. 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


  7. 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.


  8. Okay Place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

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

    Pros

    - Smart People. Worked with one of the most brilliant minds out there in semiconductor equipment industry.
    - Leading Edge Technology
    - Better Job Security than other companies.
    - Challenging Environment

    Cons

    - Prepare to put in long hours
    - No career growth. If you do not hold a PhD it will take you forever to get promoted even with receiving high performance reviews each year.
    - Extreme low pay for the amount of work you have to put in. Other companies were paying 40% more for the same job. Have seen plenty of new grads leaving for something better within a few years.
    - Alot of old-timers. Do not hire that many fresh blood to help bring in new ideas and morale.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to give back to the employees more or else all the new college graduates that you hire will leave.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Business units good. Corp functions lacking.

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

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

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

    Pros

    Awesome challenges. Great business. Lots of opportunity. Many great people.

    Business unit leaders are great. Facing unique challenges with lots of opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Corp functions. HR is a bunch of functional silos that don't communicate. Too much politics. Not living core values.
    Within the HR group there is a lack of trust and communication. The various functions aren't working as a team and personal agendas at the VP level are creating friction and tension between the functions.

    Advice to Management

    Change values to include mutual trust and recognition. Leadership change in some corp functions.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Disfunctional IT organization with poor leadership

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

    I worked at KLA-Tencor

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

    Pros

    Easy work environment
    Low expectation from management
    Not much pressure as long as you play the political game

    Cons

    Poor leadership in the IT organization with lots of politics
    Senior management more interested in keeping their jobs than doing the right thing
    Management addresses poor execution by consultants by blaming the employees and rewarding the consultants with more business
    Having been at KLA for so long, did not realize how bad things were until I left and saw how other IT organizations function

    Advice to Management

    Stop believing you guys are very good and go see how efficient and effective other IT organizations are.


  11. Brutal

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

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to new technologies
    Some of the top engineers in the industry

    Cons

    Upper mangement's is extremely naive to the industry that they work in not everything is a widget
    Constantly trying to dumb down the issue thinking in absolutes
    Bullying tactics enjoyment of making employees scared afraid
    Better not stutter or slip during a presentation or you will get eaten alive
    Short term thinking "what have you done for me lately
    Give up your personal life average around 60-80 hours a week before working weekends

    Advice to Management

    Empower employees to make the right decision. Try and learn the product people it might surprise you if you come out of the office and walk around once in a while
    Leader inspire and cultivate not condem and ridicule



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