KLA-Tencor

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KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
350 Reviews
3.2
350 Reviews
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KLA-Tencor President, CEO & Director Rick Wallace
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Review Highlights

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

  • Great opportunities for scientists to work on cutting edge technology (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • bad work-life balance for some team (in 19 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

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    • 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.  

    Great place to work

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    • 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
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  5. 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
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Mid size company with Big headed bullies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of good people and manager but terrible CIO

    Cons

    Though I was there for a short time it is true that this is about the worst IT department I have ever worked at. I have been working in IT for many years and this is thee most dysfunctional and obnoxious CIO I have ever met. It's unbelievable to me that people stay working there. There are some serious problems with his staff that just go along with whatever he says. Most of the CIO staff is just full of bullies. One of the senior directors even goes around firing people to show his leadership but what he is doing is just doing what the big bully tells him to do. Poor sense of judgement from the senior staff. Unfortunately the poor few that really know what they are doing are completely disregard for doing great work. I agree with the reviews and I wasn't even going to post but this is the worst place ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the CIO and most of his staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Innovative and Challenging work at IT

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    • 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
  9.  

    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
  10. 9 people found this helpful  

    Don't dedicate your life to a company as disloyal as KLA-Tencor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There's always a lot of work to do, even if it is without purpose.

    Cons

    I reported sexual harassment and illegal working conditions to HR. Next thing you know I'm put on a 'performance improvement plan with no legitimate reasoning.

    One of the core values of KLA-Tencor is Honest Forthright and Consistent. I fail to see that in upper management and it seems like a huge joke to keep employees in line.

    KLA-Tencor hires mainly foreigners so they are desperate to keep their job to stay in the US and will do anything to make sure that happens, even if it means working 24/7. People are generally miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Looking for better opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Optical Systems Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Optical Systems Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Great technical challenges. Great engineers / coworkers.

    Cons

    Bad middle management. Looks like middle management, at least in systems, is selected from engineers who are clueless about managing and listening to their reports. We are micromanaged and told to do whatever managers think would promote them.

    Atrocious IT preventing people from doing their jobs. Tickets are sent to India and nothing gets fixed. Friends in the Valley describe much better experiences. I cannot even access Google at work and IT couldn't fix that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire IT managers.

    Train middle management. Enable engineers to pursue their ideas and don't shut them up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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