KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good company to begin your finance career in. Lots of rotation opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Rotations. Strong senior finance leadership.

    Cons

    As with any large company, sometimes unnecessary pity politics come into play.

    Advice to Management

    Help build stronger mid-tier finance management that can develop future leaders.

  2. Good place for techies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The high-tech R&D work that happens in KLA-Tencor is incredible; its scientists and engineers bend the laws of physics and are at the forefront of data processing.

    Cons

    Given how much KLA-Tencor relies on its engineers, the upward mobility of engineers is stunted at the top. The upper management is a large body of MBA types with poor technical imagination and vision.

    Advice to Management

    Get more technical people with imagination and vision to lead the company. The creation of the next generation of products requires leaders with strong technological backgrounds.

  3. Engineers prospective

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

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    KT is the front runner in the development of wafer inspection and metrology equipment, and is a great place to work if you a looking for technical challenges. This is one place that needs and utilizes top talent in optical, system, and mechanical engineering. Lots of talented people and exciting projects.

    Cons

    Cubicles for engineers got really small after an "upgrade" 4 years ago. This was result of a getting rid of San Jose campus. There seem to be always schedule problems in the late stages of project development, with associated field escalations, requiring engineering involvement.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to early stages of strategic projects and strategic marketing. It seems that phase 2's are always late. Also, there seems to be certain political clout in the development of alternative subsystem solutions, particularly sensors.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    Toxic in the extreme

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    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 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not an engineer. I just work in IT. Toxic environment here full of empire builders. Just horrendous management and employees who just don't care

    Cons

    This place has got worse over the years. No one has a good word about anyone who is left. Those who stay get promoted regardless of ability. No credibility or judgement at all. Zero leadership. Protect what you have. Awful. Awful. Awful place

    Advice to Management

    Learn from the annual review if its ever published. People in IT hate it here, Why ? Toxic management. Do nothing and the hate breeds forever

  6. TSE at KT

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Leading edge technology with a market leader. Decent benefits. Some perks include a gym on campus, basketball courts, volleyball courts. There are some good managers if you're lucky enough to land them. Many very intelligent folks.

    Cons

    work life balance can be difficult. Like other manufacturing companies, parts are a big expense. As the semiconductor field consolidates, the list of customers shrink. A lot of unplanned travel for this job to Asia since there are not too many domestic customers anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance is difficult at this company, despite your pitch otherwise. Although I understand the pressure to reduce expenses, I think it may drive many to be overworked.

  7. optical engineer

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    Current Employee - Optical Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Optical Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This is a high tech company, with strong focus on semiconductor process control, such as metrology and defect inspection. Good company, well organized and you can improve in this environment.

    Cons

    Not too much issue, work-life balance can be better, training can be more upgraded with communication between areas to solve the issues in a skilled sense.

  8. Good starting career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    challenging work, lots to learn on your own.

    Cons

    poor management, no training, disconnect from company product

  9. Helpful (2)

    Mature company in matured industry

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good learning opportunity how to run complex HW+SW engineering project in a diverse global team.

    Stable environment. Reasonable people.

    May enjoy occasional world traveling.

    Cons

    Slow growth. Salaries below local average.

    People mostly communicate poorly with poor English. People mostly are not capable of learning and adapting to new technologies and innovations.

    Virtually no feedback culture.

    Poor information system.

    Hard industry where low hanging fruit have been collected a long time ago - have to work 80% hard to get rest of 20%.

    Advice to Management

    May I suggest to rethink standards for hiring. Use technical case interviews to see candidates in action. Refresh human resources with people who are willing and eager to learn, adapt, change. Make good communication skill as a must, starting with speaking and writing in English.

  10. Application Development Engineer

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    Current Employee - Applications Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Development Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Job security is relatively stable

    Cons

    Benefits from the company is low

  11. Design Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very high tech company doing some pretty innovative stuff. I really enjoyed working with both the technical and marketing teams.

    company seem to make a ton of cash and has a huge market share in its field.

    Cons

    The semiconductor industry is really slow growing (compared to a lot of the companies in the Bay Area).

    company is starting to move more and more mfg over to asia. personally I don't have a problem with this other than the fact that the move seems to be a big business priority rather than new product dev.

    KT also just did a huge leveraged recapitalization...in other words they thought that it was better to give a whole bunch of cash to the shareholders rather than reinvest in the company.

    advancement for engineers seems very slow; especially because the industry is so slow moving and the product dev cycles are so long.

    Advice to Management

    pretty lame to not give stock to individual contributors

    travel policies are also pretty lame unless you're at the director level.

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