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Competitive company supplying a mature industry.

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Former Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Milpitas, CA
Former Employee - Principal Research Scientist in Milpitas, CA

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

Pros

Good benefits

Opportunities for engineers and scientists to work on bleeding edge tech aimed at semiconductor manufacturing. Customer demand pushes the R&D and engineering to very short wavelengths, very fast robotics and positioning, wicked fast image processing, and very precise measurements..

Cons

The bottom line is the first line. SemiCap equipment is very cyclical, and KLAC is well known in Silicon Valley for laying people off whenever there's a downturn. There is a reputation, whose truth varies from division to division, of this leading to people and groups hoarding skills and information to make them irreplaceable and layoff-resistant. To be fair, I've heard this mostly from ex-KLAC employees.

The location in Milpitas at the McCarthy Ranch intersection of 237 and 880 can be a commute nightmare

More and more manufacturing has been shipped overseas, so there is significant 24/7 drift in requirements for senior people to be up early or late for meetings with Europe, Israael, China, etc.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Word from insider friends is that the culture of top-down decrees and insular groups and divisions has improved somewhat in the last 6-7 years, but has a long way to go. Keep at it!

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    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work
    Interesting and talented people

    Cons

    work-life balance is not optimal

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  2. Informative,knowledgeable,inspiring,experience,colloboration

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Learnings,transparency,no discrimination and facilitates good networking

    Cons

    lack of growth and lack of cross-divisional opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on employee growth

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