KLA-Tencor
3.0 of 5 301 reviews
www.kla-tencor.com Milpitas, CA 5000+ Employees

KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.0 301 reviews

                             

61% Approve of the CEO

KLA-Tencor President, CEO & Director Rick Wallace

Rick Wallace

(191 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great opportunities for scientists to work on cutting edge technology"
    in 16 reviews
  • "Flexible work structure, good work/life balance"
    in 12 reviews
Cons:
  • "work-life balance can be tricky"
    in 15 reviews
  • "Political and ineffective senior management led by a CIO who is a legend in his own mind"
    in 15 reviews
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Good company to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsIndustry leader
Strong product and market share

ConsBusiness size not growing
More and more challenging in technology

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KLA-TENCOR

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at KLA-Tencor

ProsWork with top talent in their fields. Cutting edge technologies. Very challenging programming assignments.

ConsLow production volumes result in cyclic hiring.

Advice to Senior ManagementMinimize cyclic reductions in personnel.

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Great learning Environment, great management structure.

Electrical Test Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsGreat 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company but need improvement

Systems Design Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

Proscool technology, high performance people. 30+ years experience in industry.
Good education for employee's development.

Consaggressive schedule, same as most of bay area company.
bad work-life balance for some team.

Advice to Senior ManagementLimit the power of management, encourage employee's development and promote/reward innovation. Bring the company's culture to real reward system, reduce the middle level management, reduce the wasting resource meetings (too many managers, too many meetings).

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Overall, It is a good experience.

Intern (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I worked at KLA-Tencor as an intern for less than a year

ProsThe manager I worked with is very open minded, organized, and nice.

ConsA lot of argument on stupid stuff in meetings.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Many layers' middle managements constantly fighting each other, poor engineers only get recognition when they screw up.

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsIf you are just a mediocre engineer, this is the place to play with the management and become one of "them".

ConsIf you are a hardworking kick-butt engineer, you will be miserably mounted with works that pushed onto you. If you dare to complain, management think you have attitude problem, and give you nasty review.

Advice to Senior ManagementFire all middle managements across the board, otherwise this company cannot even stand on its feet.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Bullies and cowards proliferate in IT department

Information Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsLocation in Milpitas is good. But this has got nothing to do with IT. It continues to be an awful place to work. No one wants to come here, and you can tell from the lack of good people coming through or being hired

ConsI've worked in IT for several years and it's never been as bad as this. Middle and senior managers who have been here a long time bully others and take credit for peoples work. But nothing is done. Whenever issues are reported to the directors, they just push it back. It's so dysfunctional and depressing. We've lost over 30% of the people here and they're not replaced

Advice to Senior ManagementThere are no leaders here. You just have obedient yes men who are making life a misery for everyone under them. You've been told in countless internal surveys that this is a problem, but nothing is ever done. When it's been raised to you, you turn a blind eye. Take a good long hard look at yourself

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent place to work on cutting edge technology

Senior Electrical Engineer -Test Development (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsGreat opportunity to excel in your career. Wonderful work environment and management attitude.

ConsThe treat of cycling nature of semiconductor market.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Below industry compensation keeps reducing

Applications Development Engineer (Current Employee)

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

Prosmany smart people working, strong company, R. Wallace removed many toxic VPs who were just "hanging out" and playing politics after he became CEO

Conscompensation keeps reducing each time they change comp schemes (non-salary compensation, healthcare, etc), no growth (we seem to keep closing divisions/products), too many Sr. Directors/VPs who are toxic, making really poor decisions that are damaging to business

Advice to Senior ManagementWhile R. Wallace did a great job in making the operation lean and effective, it doesn't seem like we are growing. Our total compensation continue to lower.... Transition from RSU to LTI _halved_ that part of our compensation. The management's "rationale" for these changes are just laughable that an average teenager can see through the deception. Engineers are always put in a situation to work really hard, with reducing compensation, yet those Sr. Dir/VPs make so much more AND make really bad decisions. Some years ago, Wallace talked about "Good to Great". Time to re-evaluate that from average employee's perspectives, if Wallace truly thinks that it's the employee talent that makes the difference in the end

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Too much politics.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsIt is a technology company that has advanced technology.

ConsManagement does not appreciate engineer's work and management is always superior to engineers.

Advice to Senior ManagementRespect engineers and appreciate their's work.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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