KLA-Tencor

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KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
360 Reviews
3.3
360 Reviews
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KLA-Tencor President, CEO & Director Rick Wallace
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very talented employees - working on cutting-edge technology solutions (in 18 reviews)

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


Cons
  • terrible work life balance, too much traveling (in 22 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.  

    Senior Customer service engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Customer Service Engineer in North Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Service Engineer in North Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    flexible and can learn some skill.company provide chance to take the trainning

    Cons

    overtime support sometimes and some tough customer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    trust your employee and don't make heavy press to them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and easy to move within the company

    Cons

    Shrinking workforce in the United States

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Design engineering experience

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor

    Pros

    Fast pace working environment, involving cutting edge technologies and much freedom to explore alternative concepts, materials, techniques, etc. Good people to work with and challenge you to grow in your career.

    Cons

    The fast pace can also be a negative when you can not explore in depth the concepts of interest, design decisions have to be made on risk assessment and can not always be backed up with in depth analysis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beginning the concept work well ahead of the roadmap can allow for a more thorough investigation of new technologies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Aggressively managed, and generally well-run. If you had a dollar to invest, you'd want KLA to manage it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Process-oriented, as well managed overall as I've seen any company. They make sure to get the most out of their investments, which also includes their people - which may not necessarily be what all employees are looking for. There are still people who want to do the right thing, who keep this place going.

    Cons

    Politics abound. People doing consistently good work are not necessarily recognized. It's the squeaky wheel that gets the oil here more than in most places. There are a few who know what their doing, and seeming cadre of middling mgrs who ride them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    smart people, terrible work life balance

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Smart people, very young team with enthusiastic to go great job, profitable company

    Cons

    terrible work life balance, too much traveling

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Strong engineering culture; very demanding job; poor work life balance

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    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
  8.  

    Great company

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    • 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.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A stop along the way. Not a place to stay.

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are decent. Company reputation for leading edge technology is good for career outlook. Some challenging problems in technology to keep the wheels turning.

    Cons

    Lots of weekend and late night responsibilities. High stress, angry customers, erratic priorities. Poor work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Solid Job in a volatile industry

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    Company has some decent benefits. The job security is better than most companies and the companies industry strength is very good globally. One of the top equipment suppliers for many years. Training and support is fairly solid for the industry that is constantly growing and changing.

    Cons

    With what the company considers a better than average benefit package the salary scale tends to be lower than most. The company has said they want to make employee's happier, but don't follow through on the biggest complaints. Working at development sites and busier sites has little benefit to employees besides more workload than other sites for similar pay. Management policies and upper management goals are typical for a large corp. which means squeezing the little guys for all they have including middle management. An expectation for management positions to last a year at most means there's a big problem that has never been addressed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employee's better and reward the hard work they do. Provide a better work environment for high stress positions and find a better way to reduce stress on management positions. Don't provide extreme bonus objectives to squeeze a few more pennies from your highest producing sites. Stop trying to make every division a profit center, it's just bad all around unless all you are trying to do is create more bonuses for Executives because that's all it seems to be about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not used to research

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    decent compensation, good people, good company values

    Cons

    more focussed on engineering than research

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you want research, support it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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