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Former Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Milpitas, CA
Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Milpitas, CA

I worked at KLA-Tencor

Pros

The company lean towards conservative management style where process and financial disciplines are diligently adhered to.
Well established Product Development cycle, great marketing emphasis to ensure products are developed with customer's use cases in mind.
Good quality people to work with. Good talent pool.

Cons

Inconsistent performance vs. reward across the company. Company at times overlooks "good people" from smaller division.
Moving around internally is difficult because of immediate management protectionism, so employees sometime feel "stuck".
Company politics can be damaging to productivity
Lack of work vs. life balance that leads to some unhappy employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Great job in Product Development Process.
Need to be more consistent in performance vs. reward across company.
Encourage more work vs. life balance to ensure employees are happy to work for the company.

Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Operation is for maximizing gross margins. Good for investors, but at expense of employees.

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor

    Pros

    If you are fresh out of college and cannot find any other job, probably can take a job at KT as a stepping stone.

    Cons

    KT is well ran operation for sole purpose of maximizing gross margins. Great for investors, but not for employees.

    If you have experience in semiconductor industry (anything but capital equipment), stay away from KT. KT's technology is building tools, with zero knowledge on semiconductor processing. So when reviewers says great technical place, they means electronics and mechanical. KT might be able to make competitive inspection tools, but they really have no idea how the tools is really used by customers. And they don't value yield/defectivity/process expertise who can make the connection with customers.

    And at the end of the day, all management cares about is gross margins. It is well run machine cranking out tools with highest pricing at cheapest cost. Good for investors. But the worst environment for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the customers. KT talks about win-win situation for customers. But they just want to make as much $ as possible, without regard for long-term customer relationship.

    Value the employees. KT thinks it can continue to lead the industry based on technology and its methods. When it can no longer retain or hire top talent, KT technology will also fail. But who knows, maybe KT can continue to succeed with sweatshop operations. But definitely not an environment employees want to be associated with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    KLA-Tencor

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    Current Employee - Vice President Engineering  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President Engineering in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor

    Pros

    A real engineering company with access to technology that is rarely found elsewhere. Optics, electronics, percision motion systems, high speed image computers, robotics, complex system software, and difficult optimization problems - K-T provides access to all those technologies at one company.

    Cons

    Growth has slowed and opportunities and compensation have slowed with it. Its a semiconductor company and this segment has always been cyclical. Expect lots of ups and downs and some job insecurity in the down cycles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the next cycle find a groth opportunity that is outside of the semiconductor area and figure out how to make is a reality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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