KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated July 21, 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. Shake up

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

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

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

    Pros

    KT has good processes, training and technology.

    Cons

    Upper management protection-ism and hypocrisy

    Advice to Management

    Follow your own advise. Be consistent


  2. NPI Project Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NPI Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - NPI Program Manager in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Very well managed company starting with top management. They seem to work to stay ahead of the curve. The culture is to share profits with their employees.

    Cons

    Work / life balance has been difficult due to different contributing factors. Overall, KLA-Tencor is more than fair for the opportunities.


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    Product Development Engineer

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good place to work, particularly the WIN/WIG division. Friendly atmosphere (with few exceptions), feel as part of a team overall. Lower and middle management are mostly very decent people.

    Cons

    Company is downsizing. Job security depends on your position and many other, mostly unknown, factors.


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  5. Software Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

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

    Pros

    friendly coworkers, system engineering, good education

    Cons

    process control can be improved


  6. Lab Manager

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with. Company does not have may layoffs. Inovative and new technology

    Cons

    50 to 65 hour work weeks standard. Always under stress


  7. Good place to work

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    • 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 full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people and great technology

    Cons

    Frequent re-organizations. Poor communication at senior levels (GM)


  8. Program Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time

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

    Pros

    Proven Leadership team & Management teams

    Cons

    Company has to still improve on Time to Market


  9. Good company for Semiconductor

    • 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 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for, if you are interested in the semiconductor capital equipment. Great co-workers, good management.

    Cons

    The industry's culture is mature, more old school. Not as trendy/exciting as the SW based, social media based type of companies. Pay is lower compare to those company in the valley. Work/life balance can be poor in certain position, projects.

    Advice to Management

    Should bring in more Google style culture, to encourage innovation. Small project based. Bonus pay out based on how successful the employee innovated project is. Too much process oriented, and risk adverse. Stalling innovation, and slowing down efficiency and time to result.


  10. A good place to intern

    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Intern in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A good environment to work in with really nice, friendly people. Lots of activities and great culture work place culture.

    Cons

    Takes a while to get things done due to projects having to be approved by multiple levels of management.


  11. Overall, good company, good comp. Work experience depends on your manager/group.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Some work flexibility for salary personnel. Good benefits and 401k matching. Decent work-life balance though can depend on group. Many talented professionals.

    Cons

    Limited or slow advancements. Limited ability to work remotely. Some groups do not have work life balance, mostly technical. Hard work ethic with little fun.

    Advice to Management

    Company should manage more progressively with better and more frequent incentives, both financial and recognition. Company culture is to manage upward and not help employees working hard for them.



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