KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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KLA-Tencor President, CEO & Director Rick Wallace
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Pros
  • Opportunity to getting close to cutting edge technology in defect detection in wafer manufacturing industry; (in 18 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is totally up to you (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • bad work-life balance for some team (in 22 reviews)

  • The compensation for senior management seems good (via Reuters or Forbes), but at lower levels one has to fight for increments & promotion on time (in 17 reviews)

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  1. SQA Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Sometimes you will need to work overtime and weekends.


  2. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Tech Support Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Tech Support Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hands on experience with newest technologies in wafer inspection. Market leading company for wafer inspection equipment.

    Cons

    It is also a great place to stagnate. Following recent re-organization, little room to advance in management. Management is not looked at as valued leadership within the company. PhDs, technicians and engineers are.

    Advice to Management

    Value your leaders and understand what they bring to the table. The best engineers will not produce if the management is not treated with respect.


  3. Senior Software QA engineer

    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 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work!

    Cons

    outsourcing engineering work a lot!


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  5. Best of the best

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Innovative Collaborative Room for growth About as stable as it gets in the Semiconductor industry

    Cons

    Extremely fast-paced Constant change Work/life balance can be challenging at times

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent in your communication with employees. You will continue to build trust and engagement.


  6. Not that great of a place to work

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Do the bare minimum, you still have a job. Stagnation at its best. Flexible shifts. Start early before most and you can chat about lunch all morning. You can hide in meetings all day long and never get anything done. Surfing the internet all day long seems to be an acceptable practice.

    Cons

    Too much dead weight amongst all levels of the company. Too many shortcuts in the development process which affects operations (engineers, materials, manufacturing, etc.). Too many deadline-targeted designs that need to be fixed after tools get to manufacturing and to the customer sites. Too many people lacking skills to do their jobs. Embarrassing when a big CPU manufacturer opens the tool and laughs at the designs inside.

    Advice to Management

    Manage like you care. Don't just concentrate on going to meetings all day. Don't worry ONLY about your deadline bonuses. Intimidation does not work.


  7. Limited Opportunities

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    Current Employee - Product Engineering Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineering Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will be kept busy. Extremely busy. There hasn't been a day where I spend countless hours in meetings and more hours at home at night and evenings doing more work to catch up.

    Cons

    Forget the work-life/leisure balance...You will work. The entire industry is getting smaller and smaller every year. Employees will do 3X more than what we originally did back in the early '90s.

    Advice to Management

    Take a close look at your employees, especially after the recent June 2015 layoffs. They are struggling to keep up with the workload. Nothing has changed; same number of projects.


  8. Engineering management and internal politics are not impressed

    Current Employee - Field Marketing in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Field Marketing in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Better work life balance than industry peer. People are mostly friendly.

    Cons

    Not very energetic working environment. Can get very political in management. Need to stand by the right side.

    Advice to Management

    Company hidden discrimination is more sever


  9. Systems and Electrical Engineering Manager

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems/Electrical Engineering Manager in Windsor, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems/Electrical Engineering Manager in Windsor, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KLA-Tencor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Only the best and brightest work here! KLA-Tencor maintains a truly diverse workplace. It is a real challenge to keep up with all the bright people. Very challenging environment.

    Cons

    Depending on the division, you can expect a reorganization every 18 months. The company is continuously looking for ways to maintain their status as the world leader in inspection and metrology.


  10. System Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is good coffee all around, big, complex machines to work on and flex your intellect. Good traveling opportunities, (only in the northern hemisphere).

    Cons

    Career opportunities seem limited, gloomy view of the industry, company shrinking continuously.


  11. Product Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, nice offices, good benefits, nice cafeteria, good gym...

    Cons

    Salaries are not great, extensive traveling without reward, tight deadlines, tough customers, not easy escalations...



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