KLA-Tencor
3.0 of 5 319 reviews
www.kla-tencor.com Milpitas, CA 5000+ Employees

KLA-Tencor Reviews in Milpitas, CA

Updated Jun 20, 2014
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2.8 164 reviews

                             

56% Approve of the CEO

KLA-Tencor President, CEO & Director Rick Wallace

Rick Wallace

(113 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    If you are a lousy engineer with loud voice, and no shame at taking other ppl's credit, you will be promoted very soon.

    Principal Algorithm Engineer (Current Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsSenior management don't even know who you are.

    ConsSenior management don't even care to know who you are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend less time kissing up your boss. Let engineers with real talent lead, instead the kiss up / political kinds.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Benefit and Scientific Experience to get, Too much politics Place to Work

    Senior, Design Engineer (Former Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsGood Benefit to get and great learning scientific experience

    ConsIt is hard to work with a fully politic place

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn order to attract more talents, create respectful workplace culture training and more technical 1st line manager (within his field) who can technical lead engineers instead of listening to Politic opinions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience! Learned a lot!

    Technical Intern (Former Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsOpportunity to getting close to cutting edge technology in defect detection in wafer manufacturing industry;
    Very friendly and helpful colleagues;
    Relatively relaxing working environment and flexible schedule;
    Fun activities;
    Great locations.

    ConsWork might be tough when customers have urgent demands;
    Might be exposed to chemical materials if working in manufacturing department.

    Advice to Senior ManagementVery friendly and helpful for new hire to getting adapted to the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Too many problems in IT

    SAP IT Contractor (Former Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsI had a similar negative experience to an IT colleague below. I worked as a contractor on the same CRM upgrade project and was faced with really poor IT managers. They were inept, aggressive, self serving and constantly belittled us. One lady in particular was really poor despite being there for years. The only way we could get our job done was after 5pm

    ConsConfrontational working atmosphere which is perpetuated by angry lower level managers

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are too many negative reviews here and elsewhere that you must realize there is a serious problem. I hear it's been this way for years and it's the same employees who exhibit such negative, controlling behavior. But since they've been here for so long, it's treated as normal. Trust me, this is not normal

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    IT is the worst place I've ever worked at

    IT Contractor (Former Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsOnce 5pm rolls around we as contractors can get our work done. This place is a real shambles and ineptitude is pervasive. I hear that they've lost a lot of staff. The talent and good people have long gone. Those who remain are those who were with the company 10 years ago or are so new that they have little of value. Unfortunately this place is falling apart

    ConsEvery single review I've read about the IT people here at this place is all true. As an IT contractor and outsider I was able to witness first hand at how poorly people are treated. The lower level managers are shockingly inept and unethical. We had to bypass them often and work late to get around their lack of knowledge and constant badmouthing. It was utterly depressing. I would never go back even if they paid me triple

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou really need to clear out the dead wood. The lower level managers have an appalling reputation. There really is no need to treat contractors, vendors and staff with so much disdain. We don't want your jobs, we just want to do a good job and you're preventing us from doing that

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hard work, long hours, competitive compensation.

    Senior Product Development Engineer (Current Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsThe company has some of the brightest and most motivated people I've ever had the opportunity to work with?

    ConsToo much stress. The company tries to help with fun activities and having a focus on healthy living but much more could be accomplished with some better management to avoid or quickly abate crises.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to better communicate goals and plans to those in the positions with the greatest influence on their outcome. So much hard work and toil could be better tolerated and more effectively directed if everyone were aware of its importance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good learning, but very political mid management

    Applications Engineer (Former Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsTravel, great technology, good compensation

    Conscyclical industry, politics in mid management

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize that high performers are getting nailed by mid management if they refuse to be yes masters

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good working environment and nice colleagues

    Algorithm Engineer (Former Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    Prosworking environment is good. colleagues are nice to each other.

    Consfood is terrible
    career path is not so attractive somehow

    Advice to Senior Managementlet employees feel more confident about their future in the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A large company for new graduate to learn and accumulate experience in engineering, marketing, and management.

    Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    Prosopportunity for internal transfer and exposure to various aspects of the business, lots of training opportunity, well recognized in industry, market leader

    ConsVery cyclical business, wasteful in resources, you have to play politics to move up

    Advice to Senior ManagementEncourage more engineering driven innovations, value your technical talents more

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hard charging, process driven organization

    IT Senior Manager (Former Employee)
    Milpitas, CA

    ProsWorking on cutting edge technology
    Good Benefits

    ConsPolitical nature
    Slow to change
    Business is cyclical so go through roughly two year reduction and hiring cycles

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to invest more in develop paths for top performers - too few advancement rungs on the ladder.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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