KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
378 Reviews

3.2
378 Reviews
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KLA-Tencor President, CEO & Director Rick Wallace
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunity to getting close to cutting edge technology in defect detection in wafer manufacturing industry; (in 16 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance is easy to maintain (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • bad work-life balance for some team (in 18 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company culture and excellent equipment.

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    Former Employee - Fiel Service Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Fiel Service Engineer in Austin, TX

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    World class service organization and required a lot of expertise.

    Cons

    Fast pace and high stress of goal for achievement and sucess.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    Well managed company with an interesting, well engineered product line.

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits and interesting products. The culture allows a good work life balance for those not demanding to climb the ladder. Plenty of travel if you want.

    Cons

    Travel can be overwhelming depending on your job. Resources can get squeezed sometimes for non-flagship products and certainly for legacy products.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Think twice before you join

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time for 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
  6.  

    Healthy work environment set up for growth and performance due to it's values.

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Milpitas, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    KLA-Tencor is an excellent company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Test Engineer - NPI  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Test Engineer - NPI in San Jose, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The work is very interesting and the caliber of your co-workers is very high. It was a pleasure to work so harmoniously with such talented people.

    Cons

    I didn't actually experience anything negative when I worked at KLA-Tencor. I really loved my job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical semiconductor company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    A lot to learn if one can transfer to different groups. Lots of product with different technology. Relatively good market position and gross margin.

    Cons

    There is not much room for personal growth. work force is stretched. Manager and employee relationship is not smooth. sometimes higher manager cannot find out what lower manager was doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    FINLE Farm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor

    Pros

    Bonuses
    Company has a well-established name/brand recognition
    Austin is a great place to live

    Cons

    A small satellite office a long way from headquarters.
    Products that aren't core to the company, but the company won't spin them off.
    Austin management that has little talent other than brown nosing and posturing. Lot of execu-talk and litle else, other than regular ass-kicking.
    No leadership. No sense of appropriateness of applying management principals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave and make room for actual talent. Stop thinking you're good just because you have been given everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Either Or

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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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    HFC

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    I hate working here

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    Current Employee - IT Person  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - IT Person in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    As an old time IT guy, I have to go I've seen many people come and go but this place never changes for the better. We still have the same idiotic managers who have been here for years. We do the same work year in year out and the only way we move on is to stay on right side of the idiotic and clueless managers who still remain.

    Cons

    Year after year, nothing changes. Same managers. I won't call them leaders because they don't lead. We complain in the annual review. but the managers choose what to publish if at all. It's completely abnormal. I read the review from HR below and they are completely deluded if they believe the only con is that there are layoffs from time to time. Whenever a complaint is made about IT management, they turn a blind eye. I feel so lost here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've given up. Even if I do things properly and focus on the so called values that you espouse, like HFC (Honest Forthright Communication) or lead by example, nothing changes. We complain or suggest things for improvement, but you don't listen. Only if it affects you will you do anything. You keep on saying, look at yourselves, but we're the not the ones who are not to blame. People are drowning, and you guys are enjoying the view

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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