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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)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work Interesting and talented people

    Cons

    work-life balance is not optimal


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    Better than Average Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High tech, Challenging, GYM and Friendly people

    Cons

    Too many managers , too many meetings (sometimes, meetings about meetings) Too many bosses Some managers need to take Interpersonal courses on how to deal with employees Did I say too many meetings and too many managers around?

    Advice to Management

    Do not alienate your employees, Understand employee needs and adhere to company standards have a better personal relationship with your subordinates


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