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Mixed bag

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

This is my third time working for this company. Pros are the same as before: all the typical pros of working for a large company. In addition: great people, people are smart and work hard, great technology and engineering, good facilities. Overall, the company is well managed - which is hard to do in this kind of industry (small market size, high tech, low growth, lots of competition).

Cons

All the typical cons of working for a large company. Some points to make: company values talent, not people, and treats individuals as disposable. Benefits are sub-par for the Bay Area. Compensation tends to be on the low side. No effective standards of conduct for management - about 20% of middle management staff are unprofessional psychopaths and it's impossible to hold them accountable. Rank order performance evaluations (archaic way to manage a work force) incentivizes people to work hard but not take risks or make tough decisions. People are discouraged from moving around within the company, so careers can stagnate. And a company culture that I can only describe as "unnecessarily mean".

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Consider: offering more competitive salaries, adopting more modern work force management policies, adopting a corporate culture that is more supportive of high performance teams.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for KLA-Tencor

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is is in line with the industry
    Kulture performance oriented, might be pretty stressful depending on the group manager.
    Decent gym.

    Cons

    Corporate management is too fixed on the current line of products, sometimes risk averted towards completely new concepts that could become big revenue source in the future. Sometimes it feels like the quarterly reports are main drivers of planing long term financial future of corporation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open minded towards long term concepts/projects. Pay more attention to project management selection. Choosing an ogr for managerial position that has no social skills at all, may be a recipe for disaster

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    pretty good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Most groups are very bottom-line performance oriented.

    Cons

    Very political - many senior people have been working together for 20 years.

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