KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated June 16, 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. Good 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)

    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)


  2. Program Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  3. Good company for Semiconductor

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    • 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.


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  5. 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.


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

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    • 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.


  7. Good company

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

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

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

    Pros

    K-T is a good company to work for with clear roles & responsibilities, good bonus structure mapping up to CEO KPIs, and a very well organized in their product life cycle process. K-T rewards those meeting deliverables, and there is a some degree of promotion from within. Data driven company.

    Cons

    Can be extremely political, with different functions working against each other. Upper management does not have a lot of leadership skills managing people and often fosters conflicting objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate culture needs to train management to treat employees more respectfully, and more cross-functional teamwork.


  8. Stable work, good core team with challenging work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Optical Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Optical Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, core teams are good. Ability to learn, change job roles and grow in a career.

    Cons

    No real down time, always on-call. Global operations and customers mean that you need to be ready all the time to contribute to solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Need better compensation for top performers. The rewards for the top 5% are not much better than the remaining top 50%


  9. Good Company

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

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

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

    Pros

    A lot of good likeable people, nice pace to work. People who join company tend to stay for a long time. I worked there for 32 years though not consecutively. I was the best place I worked at and I was glad I returned to it when I was hired back.

    Cons

    Not many, but I would say it has a corporate mentality. I lot of information doesn't get disseminated down from upper management. When the company was smaller news spread quickly and management was more approachable. Most people there I had no idea what their names were by the time I left. I was layed off unceremoniously >> there is the door you go through it to leave the property. When people retire they celebrate them leaving. When they are layed off you don't even get a thank you card.

    Advice to Management

    Seems like there was a lot of empire building by the time I left. Quite a few times I was told "don't say that, you will make us look bad, they don't need to know that". . . Like what?? I'm just trying to get things done around here. Is there a problem with being honest?


  10. Engineers prospective

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

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor

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

    Pros

    KT is the front runner in the development of wafer inspection and metrology equipment, and is a great place to work if you a looking for technical challenges. This is one place that needs and utilizes top talent in optical, system, and mechanical engineering. Lots of talented people and exciting projects.

    Cons

    Cubicles for engineers got really small after an "upgrade" 4 years ago. This was result of a getting rid of San Jose campus. There seem to be always schedule problems in the late stages of project development, with associated field escalations, requiring engineering involvement.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to early stages of strategic projects and strategic marketing. It seems that phase 2's are always late. Also, there seems to be certain political clout in the development of alternative subsystem solutions, particularly sensors.


  11. Design engineering experience

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

    I worked at KLA-Tencor

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

    Pros

    Fast pace working environment, involving cutting edge technologies and much freedom to explore alternative concepts, materials, techniques, etc. Good people to work with and challenge you to grow in your career.

    Cons

    The fast pace can also be a negative when you can not explore in depth the concepts of interest, design decisions have to be made on risk assessment and can not always be backed up with in depth analysis.

    Advice to Management

    Beginning the concept work well ahead of the roadmap can allow for a more thorough investigation of new technologies.



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