KLA-Tencor Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
345 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The culture allows a good work life balance for those not demanding to climb the ladder (in 18 reviews)

  • Great opportunities for scientists to work on cutting edge technology (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • bad work-life balance for some team (in 19 reviews)

  • Political and ineffective senior management led by a CIO who is a legend in his own mind (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Eng/Prog Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Eng/Prog Manager in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Great technology, people, market, support

    Cons

    Politics sucks, interoffice power struggle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your talent, advance the people careers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    company benefits and working environment review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    good working condition and good environment...........and also have good salary

    Cons

    not much cas say about cons. I think it's more hardware eccentric company so different than software companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Innovative and Challenging work at IT

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Fast paced and technology friendly. Very technical co-workers. Good learning opportunities in cloud & big data.

    Cons

    Aggressive timelines and constant work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more resources to meet plans.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good learning experience as a summer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    KT is a mid sized company that encourages growth and offers a very good work-life balance. The company works on a very niche area and one can grow laterally as there are many areas that they have their expertise in.

    Cons

    The perks are moderate compared to big companies and sometimes there is a lot of pressure to meet the deadlines

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing People, Amazing Talent

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

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

    Pros

    The technology is world class and the people they hire are passionate about what they do. It's amazing what the teams are able to produce and it show since they are the market leaders.

    Cons

    It's a very challenging place to work and though there's a lot of talk about work-life balance it's very hard to achieve any work life balance. There's always pressure to meet very aggressive deadlines and having to juggle sustaining work and development work is very demanding and taxing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there are many hard working people that never get recognized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Engineering

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Management is great and very supportive. The work is challenging and dynamic. The pay and benefits are good and the coffee is always flowing. There is a commercial grade espresso machine in every break room. Coffee in the morning, a latte in the afternoon. You need something to keep up with the work flow, never a dull moment.

    Cons

    The schedule is overwhelming at times. It's tough to keep up with all the requirements, testing, documentation... There's no time to design, test and improve... It has to be right the first time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let design engineers design and hire industrial and manufacturing engineers to document and build.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Well managed company with an interesting, well engineered product line.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits and interesting products. The culture allows a good work life balance for those not demanding to climb the ladder. Plenty of travel if you want.

    Cons

    Travel can be overwhelming depending on your job. Resources can get squeezed sometimes for non-flagship products and certainly for legacy products.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Healthy work environment set up for growth and performance due to it's values.

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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, many exciting engineering disciplines under on roof, approachable management culture.

    Cons

    Idea turn around time is too long as compared to small size companies but that is a necessary evil.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Top-notch Engineering Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Working at KLA-Tencor definitely provides many unique and challenging problems that will keep many people engaged in the day-to-day work. If you have an engineering background (especially electrical) and you are now doing software development you'll be glad for the engineering background! If you (a software engineer/developer) love machine control or algorithms development then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Sometimes the software seems like a "necessary evil." KLA-Tencor (KT) is definitely in the business of developing and manufacturing tools. Someone looking for the ideal "software developer" job may be left wanting more. The focus is on the tool and developing the software necessary for operating the tool and producing results with the data gathered by the tool.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    good

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

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

    Pros

    travel and see the world

    Cons

    work life balance, wenkend shift

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    gentle

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