KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated August 28, 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. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. 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!


  3. 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.


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  5. 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


  6. Systems and Electrical Engineering Manager

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Product Manager

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    • Senior Management
    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...


  8. System Manager

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Product Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge systems. Many intelligent team members, that are hard working. Wide variety of technology and problems to work on, so it can be interesting

    Cons

    Semi is getting tighter, KLA-Tencor is getting even tighter. Margins will drop. NO work life balance, you can work until 1am every night if you can

    Advice to Management

    Plan on margins dropping, its a mature market. People are what fills the building and makes the systems, not numbers


  10. Director of Business Operations

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Innovative products, great people who are passionate about success. Very strong on business process and consistency. Market leader on many product lines and strong industry presence.

    Cons

    Biggest challenge is growth. Industry has been going through a period of consolidation and is likely to continue as technical challenges and costs increase.


  11. Process and procedure

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great problem resolution and process development experience

    Cons

    Too many levels of management

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the organization



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