KLA-Tencor

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Mixed bag

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

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  1. 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
  2.  

    Top-notch Engineering Company

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

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

    Pros

    Working at KLA-Tencor definitely provides many unique and challenging problems that will keep many people engaged in the day-to-day work. If you have an engineering background (especially electrical) and you are now doing software development you'll be glad for the engineering background! If you (a software engineer/developer) love machine control or algorithms development then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Sometimes the software seems like a "necessary evil." KLA-Tencor (KT) is definitely in the business of developing and manufacturing tools. Someone looking for the ideal "software developer" job may be left wanting more. The focus is on the tool and developing the software necessary for operating the tool and producing results with the data gathered by the tool.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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