KLA-Tencor Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
341 Reviews
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341 Reviews
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Pros
  • Opportunity to getting close to cutting edge technology in defect detection in wafer manufacturing industry; (in 16 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance is easy to maintain (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • bad work-life balance for some team (in 18 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.  

    KLA-Tencor is an excellent company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Test Engineer - NPI  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Test Engineer - NPI in San Jose, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The work is very interesting and the caliber of your co-workers is very high. It was a pleasure to work so harmoniously with such talented people.

    Cons

    I didn't actually experience anything negative when I worked at KLA-Tencor. I really loved my job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Manager Human Resources  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Manager Human Resources in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Technology Leader, Excellent Management, World class process and technology, medium size company

    Cons

    Cyclical industry with some downsizing from time to time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Well managed high technology company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Challeging work where one can learn a lot. KLA is a market leader with an engineering driven culture. It is leading edge, while at the same time able to deliver strong financial results. The chalenges to maintain itself on the leading edge are immense, especially while achieving consistent economic value to its shareholders.

    Cons

    It is hard work, so it may be difficult for many. The culture is results driven, so those who feel hard work is enough will not succeed. If you cannot deliver results, be passionate about what you, work well in teams and persuade others, be relentless in your pursuit of excellence, and deal with frank feedback, this will be a serious con for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to drive technology consistent with Moore's law. Deal with a consolidating customer base by leveraging your expertise and creating collaborative relationships. Nuture the supply chain to help gain competitive advantage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    good company to work with

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Good learning experienced with kla-tencor

    Cons

    company downside when contract ends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not at the moment

  6.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Design Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    There are opportunities for people with all types of backgrounds here.

    Cons

    The company seems totally OK with you sticking to the first thing in which you've shown interest and competency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and express interest in "other" work related skills and aptitudes that your employees have shown. At least bring it up in conversation and brainstorm on how those might help other areas of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Internship

    Current Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Large-size company, good setup and infrastructure, structured policies

    Cons

    You are one in too many people. You can most likely be recognized in your team only.

  8.  

    Strong strategy, strong technology, strong people - good benefits but you earn every penny.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Best and brightest people, hands down. Best technology and the technology groups always surpass expectations.

    Cons

    If you call it a down-side, you better be smart and motivated or go somewhere else. Some new college grad hires are first-rate while others are questionable, at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep advancing the strategy beyond anyone's ability to catch up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work if you are willing to work hard.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor

    Pros

    Good compensation if you consider bonus and profit sharing. Highly regarded top management and excellent training. Vacation and sick leave are merged into "paid time off" which can increase vacation time if you don't use much sick leave.

    Cons

    There seems to be quite a few reorganizations which can be a god or a bad thing depending on how you feel about your current management. Hours can be long, but probably on par with other Silicon Valley employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would try to limit reorganizations when possible and try to maintain staffing levels a little higher even at the expense of a slight hit to profit.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor

    Pros

    Peope work hard here, very dedicated & sincere. Good management. Lots of oppurtunites to develop your skill sets. If you are a nerd, this is the place :-)

    Cons

    Workaholic environment. I cannot comment about salary since I am a consultant here. But from what I hear, they pay slightly below industry average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good management overall. But I would like management to encourage employees to interact more through events, games, picnics etc. Information also don't flow too well sometimes from top level management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A strong company well positioned for the future.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor

    Pros

    The company has great technology and very good people. KT is a market leader in nearly every market segment in which we compete. We are a global company in a critical industry. We are well positioned to navigate this challenging environment and succeed when the overall business environment improves.

    The company has expanded into adjacent markets such as green technology (solar and HBLED) and will be able to leverage the historical strengths as we move into new markets.

    Cons

    As a market leader a lot is expected of the teams at KT. We are also compete in a challenging and cyclical industry that requires a lot of determination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's critcal that we work together in these challenging times.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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