KLA-Tencor

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KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
371 Reviews
3.2
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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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  1.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    Design engineering experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    IT is just a horrible faction in this company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are not so bitter, but the vast majority are. Those who are not, are managers who cannot get a job elsewhere
    The IT managers seem to be able to survive with no great turnover. They kill what little enthusiasm is left. but you need to smile, keep up appearances and continue to go to the team lunches otherwise you may be accused of not being a team player. You need to keep playing the game
    Knowledgeable people receive very little respect. It is really shocking but people get used to it since you can easily survive by playing up to your manager and do very little work. Get angry from time to time. It covers your backside and makes you look strong. Again, you need to play the game
    Lots of ways to look busy and cruise the internet

    Cons

    A really poor and abusive work environment where survival is the key and has been for years
    There is really no incentive to do well nor to get ahead since it's never recognized. The key is to go slow and take your time. People have learned that over time
    The IT management team do not listen nor do they appreciate the hard work of key individuals only political ones. Look at the complaints made in the annual review year after year. It never ever ever changes
    IT low level and senior IT Managers have little credibility and really poor skills and are incredibly incompetent and disliked but play the game very well, so you need to do the same. I don't respect them. I never have. It makes me sick
    People are not proud to work here. In fact it is the complete polar opposite. I just tell people I work in IT. I don't tell them I work here
    There is an increasingly negative work atmosphere with people desperate to get out. Look around. Compare it to what it was 5 years ago. All the talent has long gone. It's just the old timers here and the sad and pathetic
    It's a really terrible company to be associated with. Go do a search for all the bad reviews in this company. You'll find that half of them come from people in IT. They can't all be wrong can they ?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's hard to offer advice when so many have left the IT department or are inclined to leave if they can. Survival is the key. Remember, people may be nice to your face, but behind your back it's every man or woman for themselves. It's sad, but it's real

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Another horrible year in IT

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    You can pretend to be busy and your clueless manager/senior director will rate you highly.

    Cons

    Political, clueless and pompous CIO staff, arrogant managers. Stay around long enough and they will promote you whether you deserve it or not.
    Most of KLA is pretty good, especially engineering and product divisions. IT is the pits......

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the entire senior staff including the CIO; bring in a group that has honesty, and integrity as their core values. Promote staff for results, not for playing politics. Economy is picking up- all the good ones are looking hard outside and will leave in droves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to learn for engineers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Good place for people starting careers.
    Decent salary and non monetary benefits for the bay area.

    Cons

    Very demanding, and poor work life balance for individual contributors.
    No stock or RSU for individual contributors.
    Senior management not appreciative of the hard work and effort put in to achieve targets by individuals.
    No growth within company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

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

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

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    • 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
  8.  

    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 a 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.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    smart people, terrible work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 a 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
  11. 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.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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