KLA-Tencor Reviews in Milpitas, CA

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
345 Reviews
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Pros
  • The culture allows a good work life balance for those not demanding to climb the ladder (in 18 reviews)

  • Great opportunities for scientists to work on cutting edge technology (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • bad work-life balance for some team (in 19 reviews)

  • Political and ineffective senior management led by a CIO who is a legend in his own mind (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Eng/Prog Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Eng/Prog Manager in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Great technology, people, market, support

    Cons

    Politics sucks, interoffice power struggle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your talent, advance the people careers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Mid size company with Big headed bullies

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    Former Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of good people and manager but terrible CIO

    Cons

    Though I was there for a short time it is true that this is about the worst IT department I have ever worked at. I have been working in IT for many years and this is thee most dysfunctional and obnoxious CIO I have ever met. It's unbelievable to me that people stay working there. There are some serious problems with his staff that just go along with whatever he says. Most of the CIO staff is just full of bullies. One of the senior directors even goes around firing people to show his leadership but what he is doing is just doing what the big bully tells him to do. Poor sense of judgement from the senior staff. Unfortunately the poor few that really know what they are doing are completely disregard for doing great work. I agree with the reviews and I wasn't even going to post but this is the worst place ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the CIO and most of his staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    company benefits and working environment review

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    good working condition and good environment...........and also have good salary

    Cons

    not much cas say about cons. I think it's more hardware eccentric company so different than software companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Innovative and Challenging work at IT

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced and technology friendly. Very technical co-workers. Good learning opportunities in cloud & big data.

    Cons

    Aggressive timelines and constant work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more resources to meet plans.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good learning experience as a summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    KT is a mid sized company that encourages growth and offers a very good work-life balance. The company works on a very niche area and one can grow laterally as there are many areas that they have their expertise in.

    Cons

    The perks are moderate compared to big companies and sometimes there is a lot of pressure to meet the deadlines

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    Looking for better opportunities

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

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great technical challenges. Great engineers / coworkers.

    Cons

    Bad middle management. Looks like middle management, at least in systems, is selected from engineers who are clueless about managing and listening to their reports. We are micromanaged and told to do whatever managers think would promote them.

    Atrocious IT preventing people from doing their jobs. Tickets are sent to India and nothing gets fixed. Friends in the Valley describe much better experiences. I cannot even access Google at work and IT couldn't fix that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire IT managers.

    Train middle management. Enable engineers to pursue their ideas and don't shut them up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nothing will change in IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It makes me upset to see all these people complaining about IT at KLA when they're part of the problem and in fact nothing ever gets done. No one takes IT seriously. They are a joke of a division. The number of people who have spoken out are testament to that.

    Cons

    The managers are horrendous to deal with. They feel entitled particularly the ones who have been here for years. Someone complained on this forum about the CIO's lack of ambition when in fact they themselves have stayed in the same SAP support position for years. I don't respect any of them. I've witnessed so many changes and lack of trust and respect everywhere.

    Sadly it will never change. It is endemic. The only way to get ahead is to play the game i.e to look busy, big yourself up and put others down. It is the KLA IT way. Or should I say, it's their way or the highway.

    I stay because I have to, despite all of that. It feels hopeless

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As someone mentioned earlier. Get rid of the poor IT managers who we all complain about. They are poisonous

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing People, Amazing Talent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    The technology is world class and the people they hire are passionate about what they do. It's amazing what the teams are able to produce and it show since they are the market leaders.

    Cons

    It's a very challenging place to work and though there's a lot of talk about work-life balance it's very hard to achieve any work life balance. There's always pressure to meet very aggressive deadlines and having to juggle sustaining work and development work is very demanding and taxing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there are many hard working people that never get recognized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Engineering

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

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Management is great and very supportive. The work is challenging and dynamic. The pay and benefits are good and the coffee is always flowing. There is a commercial grade espresso machine in every break room. Coffee in the morning, a latte in the afternoon. You need something to keep up with the work flow, never a dull moment.

    Cons

    The schedule is overwhelming at times. It's tough to keep up with all the requirements, testing, documentation... There's no time to design, test and improve... It has to be right the first time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let design engineers design and hire industrial and manufacturing engineers to document and build.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Think twice before you join

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Better compensation than peer companies
    Willing to try new technologies

    Cons

    Lots of pressures
    Too many very active politicians pretending they are technical gurus as well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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