KLA-Tencor

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KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
353 Reviews
3.2
353 Reviews
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KLA-Tencor President, CEO & Director Rick Wallace
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very talented employees - working on cutting-edge technology solutions (in 18 reviews)

  • The culture allows a good work life balance for those not demanding to climb the ladder (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • terrible work life balance, too much traveling (in 22 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.  

    Strong engineering culture; very demanding job; poor work life balance

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

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

    Pros

    The company was founded several decades ago, but it is still engineering centric. Strong engineering culture and good process optimized for hardware development. Many opportunities to work with very talented colleagues and learn to be better.

    Cons

    The work-life balance is bad because of the constant competition and schedule pressure in the semi equipment industry. Also it is not a very good place to develop a career for software engineers because software is rarely a standalone product/service in this company. No matter how bad the software is, customers are locked in by the hardware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees better. Invest more capital in R&D with high risks to excite your talented engineers. Do not become a financial engineering company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart colleagues,
    Great work and life balance
    Decent salary
    Great management ( it may depend on the group)

    Cons

    Health insurance premium is a bit expensive.
    this is only con for me.

  3.  

    A stop along the way. Not a place to stay.

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

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are decent. Company reputation for leading edge technology is good for career outlook. Some challenging problems in technology to keep the wheels turning.

    Cons

    Lots of weekend and late night responsibilities. High stress, angry customers, erratic priorities. Poor work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    smart people, terrible work life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, very young team with enthusiastic to go great job, profitable company

    Cons

    terrible work life balance, too much traveling

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Solid Job in a volatile industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    Company has some decent benefits. The job security is better than most companies and the companies industry strength is very good globally. One of the top equipment suppliers for many years. Training and support is fairly solid for the industry that is constantly growing and changing.

    Cons

    With what the company considers a better than average benefit package the salary scale tends to be lower than most. The company has said they want to make employee's happier, but don't follow through on the biggest complaints. Working at development sites and busier sites has little benefit to employees besides more workload than other sites for similar pay. Management policies and upper management goals are typical for a large corp. which means squeezing the little guys for all they have including middle management. An expectation for management positions to last a year at most means there's a big problem that has never been addressed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employee's better and reward the hard work they do. Provide a better work environment for high stress positions and find a better way to reduce stress on management positions. Don't provide extreme bonus objectives to squeeze a few more pennies from your highest producing sites. Stop trying to make every division a profit center, it's just bad all around unless all you are trying to do is create more bonuses for Executives because that's all it seems to be about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  8.  

    Great place to work

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology makes interesting

    Cons

    People hold their for longer period

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    company benefits and working environment review

    • 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 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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Innovative and Challenging work at IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11.  

    Good learning experience as a summer Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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