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)

  • Great opportunities for scientists to work on cutting edge technology (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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Awesome Company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Technology Leader, Excellent Management, World class process and technology, medium size company

    Cons

    Cyclical industry with some downsizing from time to time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed bag

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

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This is my third time working for this company. Pros are the same as before: all the typical pros of working for a large company. In addition: great people, people are smart and work hard, great technology and engineering, good facilities. Overall, the company is well managed - which is hard to do in this kind of industry (small market size, high tech, low growth, lots of competition).

    Cons

    All the typical cons of working for a large company. Some points to make: company values talent, not people, and treats individuals as disposable. Benefits are sub-par for the Bay Area. Compensation tends to be on the low side. No effective standards of conduct for management - about 20% of middle management staff are unprofessional psychopaths and it's impossible to hold them accountable. Rank order performance evaluations (archaic way to manage a work force) incentivizes people to work hard but not take risks or make tough decisions. People are discouraged from moving around within the company, so careers can stagnate. And a company culture that I can only describe as "unnecessarily mean".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider: offering more competitive salaries, adopting more modern work force management policies, adopting a corporate culture that is more supportive of high performance teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    good

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

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

    Pros

    travel and see the world

    Cons

    work life balance, wenkend shift

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    gentle

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is is in line with the industry
    Kulture performance oriented, might be pretty stressful depending on the group manager.
    Decent gym.

    Cons

    Corporate management is too fixed on the current line of products, sometimes risk averted towards completely new concepts that could become big revenue source in the future. Sometimes it feels like the quarterly reports are main drivers of planing long term financial future of corporation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open minded towards long term concepts/projects. Pay more attention to project management selection. Choosing an ogr for managerial position that has no social skills at all, may be a recipe for disaster

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    pretty good place to work

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

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Most groups are very bottom-line performance oriented.

    Cons

    Very political - many senior people have been working together for 20 years.

  7.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer  in  Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Malta, NY

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great co-workers, work environment and customers

    Cons

    nothing, this job is perfect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what youre doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    nice company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer I  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer I in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    great place to work if you are hard worker

    Cons

    too many project at same time

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seriously poor company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    If you play the game you can survive for a long time. You don't even need any knowledge or talent, just blame others behind their back and you'll be ok

    Cons

    I work in IT and have witnessed so many good people leave. The poor environment, the inept IT management and the lack of accountability still remains to this day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR are absolutely clueless, despite years of complaints and never do anything. It's best to say nothing so you can get a paycheck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    You're just a number..

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Eng  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Eng in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Engineer colleagues are mostly create people.

    Cons

    Management has no clue how to manage engineers and projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip and see what the ground troops are doing for you everyday.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Very intelligent co-workers, good benefits.

    Cons

    Politics, hypocrisy, cronyism, back stabbing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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