KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
342 Reviews
3.2
342 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 17 reviews)

  • Opportunity to getting close to cutting edge technology in defect detection in wafer manufacturing industry; (in 16 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT is absolutely the worst division in existence

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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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You can get away with anything in IT. Some people here work 3-4 hours and are gone. No one cares at all. Promotions from the old boys club is the norm

    Cons

    It is unbelievably abnormal and disfunctional how this IT department functions. You have a serious serious malfunctioning department which is controlled by bullies who promote the favored few. there is absolute complete disregard for doing great work. the best people left a long long long time ago. What you have left are the low level and Senior IT managers who are completely unemployable elsewhere. There is utter and complete cronyism and garbage here. Complaints are completely disregarded. the annual review is a joke. the annual survey is an exercise in futility. Seriously, just scan through all the IT reviews in this company on this site, particularly from the old timers. This place is an absolute mess. They promoted the Senior Service IT director to VP. What an absolute joke of a guy he is. Half the people who work under him, have an utter disregard for him and speak badly about him and his cohorts behind his back. It's just a terrible place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT management. Just do everyone a favor and just leave. This place used to have such high standards. They've gone. Forever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cesspool called Corp IT

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You can pretend to be busy and nobody notices.

    Cons

    All reviews posted so far lead to a conclusion that Corp IT is a cesspool. Every time you think things can’t get any worse they do. The CIO who is a superstar in his own mind, is here for more than 6 years with no prospect of a change in his role or job. All his predecessors moved on to bigger and better things within 2 -3 years in the same role. Facebook CIO anyone? The same goes for most of his direct reports. I refuse to call them IT Leadership because they don’t lead, they are political puppeteers who play favoritism. They actually promoted someone to a director’s position last year when he can’t complete a single sentence without mumbling, someone to manager’s position who shows up for 3-4 hours a day. They tried to get jobs outside and failed miserably. So they stay back and flex their muscle. The only hope for IT to improve is to change the top tier and some of the middle tier management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Serious need to clean house.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Think twice before you join

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Better compensation than peer companies
    Willing to try new technologies

    Cons

    Lots of pressures
    Too many very active politicians pretending they are technical gurus as well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Healthy work environment set up for growth and performance due to it's values.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, many exciting engineering disciplines under on roof, approachable management culture.

    Cons

    Idea turn around time is too long as compared to small size companies but that is a necessary evil.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    KLA-Tencor is an excellent company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Test Engineer - NPI  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Test Engineer - NPI in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    The work is very interesting and the caliber of your co-workers is very high. It was a pleasure to work so harmoniously with such talented people.

    Cons

    I didn't actually experience anything negative when I worked at KLA-Tencor. I really loved my job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical semiconductor company

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

    Pros

    A lot to learn if one can transfer to different groups. Lots of product with different technology. Relatively good market position and gross margin.

    Cons

    There is not much room for personal growth. work force is stretched. Manager and employee relationship is not smooth. sometimes higher manager cannot find out what lower manager was doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    FINLE Farm

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor

    Pros

    Bonuses
    Company has a well-established name/brand recognition
    Austin is a great place to live

    Cons

    A small satellite office a long way from headquarters.
    Products that aren't core to the company, but the company won't spin them off.
    Austin management that has little talent other than brown nosing and posturing. Lot of execu-talk and litle else, other than regular ass-kicking.
    No leadership. No sense of appropriateness of applying management principals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave and make room for actual talent. Stop thinking you're good just because you have been given everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Either Or

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Good size company, decent benefits, amenities at Milpitas location, good talent, large product margin

    Cons

    Some compensation is lower than competitors, advancement could be difficult depending on the group, house-cleaning exercises - good and bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HFC

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    I hate working here

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

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

    Pros

    As an old time IT guy, I have to go I've seen many people come and go but this place never changes for the better. We still have the same idiotic managers who have been here for years. We do the same work year in year out and the only way we move on is to stay on right side of the idiotic and clueless managers who still remain.

    Cons

    Year after year, nothing changes. Same managers. I won't call them leaders because they don't lead. We complain in the annual review. but the managers choose what to publish if at all. It's completely abnormal. I read the review from HR below and they are completely deluded if they believe the only con is that there are layoffs from time to time. Whenever a complaint is made about IT management, they turn a blind eye. I feel so lost here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've given up. Even if I do things properly and focus on the so called values that you espouse, like HFC (Honest Forthright Communication) or lead by example, nothing changes. We complain or suggest things for improvement, but you don't listen. Only if it affects you will you do anything. You keep on saying, look at yourselves, but we're the not the ones who are not to blame. People are drowning, and you guys are enjoying the view

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Top-notch Engineering Company

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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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Working at KLA-Tencor definitely provides many unique and challenging problems that will keep many people engaged in the day-to-day work. If you have an engineering background (especially electrical) and you are now doing software development you'll be glad for the engineering background! If you (a software engineer/developer) love machine control or algorithms development then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Sometimes the software seems like a "necessary evil." KLA-Tencor (KT) is definitely in the business of developing and manufacturing tools. Someone looking for the ideal "software developer" job may be left wanting more. The focus is on the tool and developing the software necessary for operating the tool and producing results with the data gathered by the tool.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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