KLA-Tencor

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KLA-Tencor Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
360 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very talented employees - working on cutting-edge technology solutions (in 18 reviews)

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


Cons
  • terrible work life balance, too much traveling (in 22 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.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart colleagues,
    Great work and life balance
    Decent salary
    Great management ( it may depend on the group)

    Cons

    Health insurance premium is a bit expensive.
    this is only con for me.

  2.  

    KLA-Tencor is an excellent company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Well managed high technology company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
  6.  

    good company to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good learning experienced with kla-tencor

    Cons

    company downside when contract ends

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    not at the moment

  7.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  8.  

    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 (less than an 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.

  9.  

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

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

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (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
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  11.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

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