KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated April 8, 2015
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  1. Healthy work environment set up for growth and performance due to it's values.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, many exciting engineering disciplines under on roof, approachable management culture.

    Cons

    Idea turn around time is too long as compared to small size companies but that is a necessary evil.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!!

  2. Either Or

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

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good size company, decent benefits, amenities at Milpitas location, good talent, large product margin

    Cons

    Some compensation is lower than competitors, advancement could be difficult depending on the group, house-cleaning exercises - good and bad.

    Advice to Management

    HFC

  3. Helpful (5)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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  5. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Technology Leader, Excellent Management, World class process and technology, medium size company

    Cons

    Cyclical industry with some downsizing from time to time

  6. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  7. good

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

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

    Pros

    travel and see the world

    Cons

    work life balance, wenkend shift

    Advice to Management

    gentle

  8. Helpful (1)

    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 (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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

  9. Helpful (2)

    You're just a number..

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

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

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

    Pros

    Engineer colleagues are mostly create people.

    Cons

    Management has no clue how to manage engineers and projects.

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip and see what the ground troops are doing for you everyday.

  10. Helpful (9)

    I despise the people here because they're so mediocre

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I work in IT and I can leave early and also work from home without anyone knowing what I'm doing, so that's a big perk

    Cons

    Having to deal with backward and unoriginal thinking and IT staff who have been here for years. Having worked at many companies in the Valley, I find that the management here and to a great degree, the worker bees are absolutely clueless. There's no talent here, with people just sticking around to earn their monthly wage

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the people who have been here for years. The place is being run into the ground

  11. Great learning Environment, great management structure.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great documentation process, great senior guidance, deadlines are never unrealistic. Work-life balance is one of the best perks. Never had trouble getting time for personal reasons. Getting management to approve training was never a problem.

    Cons

    Very hard to establish yourself. Too large of a company to get recognition that will allow you to grow.

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