KLA-Tencor

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KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
375 Reviews

3.2
375 Reviews
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KLA-Tencor President, CEO & Director Rick Wallace
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239 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Opportunity to getting close to cutting edge technology in defect detection in wafer manufacturing industry; (in 16 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance is easy to maintain (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • bad work-life balance for some team (in 18 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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bullies and cowards proliferate in IT department

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    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    Pros

    Location in Milpitas is good. But this has got nothing to do with IT. It continues to be an awful place to work. No one wants to come here, and you can tell from the lack of good people coming through or being hired

    Cons

    I've worked in IT for several years and it's never been as bad as this. Middle and senior managers who have been here a long time bully others and take credit for peoples work. But nothing is done. Whenever issues are reported to the directors, they just push it back. It's so dysfunctional and depressing. We've lost over 30% of the people here and they're not replaced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are no leaders here. You just have obedient yes men who are making life a misery for everyone under them. You've been told in countless internal surveys that this is a problem, but nothing is ever done. When it's been raised to you, you turn a blind eye. Take a good long hard look at yourself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent place to work on cutting edge technology

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    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer -Test Development  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer -Test Development in Milpitas, CA

    Pros

    Great opportunity to excel in your career. Wonderful work environment and management attitude.

    Cons

    The treat of cycling nature of semiconductor market.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Too much politics.

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

    Pros

    It is a technology company that has advanced technology.

    Cons

    Management does not appreciate engineer's work and management is always superior to engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect engineers and appreciate their's work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good training, good people, wish was better pay

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    Former Employee - Customer Support Engineer  in  Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Beaverton, OR

    Pros

    Good management. They provide the necessary tools to perform your job

    Cons

    KLA pay structure is one of the lowest in the industry. Their car allowance program is well below average

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, but too many politics at upper management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of smart and great people who care about what they do

    Cons

    No clear direction from upper management. Lots of what-if questions, but never hear back feed backs from the result.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, cutting edge work. Committed people

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

    Pros

    International travel
    Meet people from all over the world
    Good quality work
    extremely dynamic

    Cons

    Most of the people working here are workaholic
    Managers don't necessarily reward hard as everyone is giving their 100+%
    Upper management bows to every big customer request

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a pair and don't say yes to everything Intel, Samsung and TSMC ask you to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT is an absolutely terrible place to work

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    Pros

    I'm probably repeating myself with all the other reviewers but it's really easy to just get by. It's a very political place. i.e people show up to meetings only when their managers are there or when there's something in it for themselves.

    Cons

    Very few redeeming qualities. Extremely poor middle and senior IT management. It's been this way for years. Attribution is extremely high. No one wants to join. The people left are low skilled and have a poor and negative attitude. It's hard to say this about my fellow IT colleagues, but they're very apathethic. No one cares. No one pushes you. There's lots of infighting and IT managers empire building. No one respects the lower level managers. They are awful in the extreme. No talent and have been here for years. Absolutely the worst place I have ever worked at

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do you really want to improve things or are you more interested in keeping your job ?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Senior Application Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    Pros

    it's a company where you can work on cutting edge technology.
    The working environment is very dynamic, intense.
    You have chances to travel a lot internationally and meet different cultures
    KLA-Tencor has great teams and projects I have worked showed good execution.

    Cons

    it's a company where you need to dedicate yourself 150%. There can be little to no social life. Travels can be taxing at times and it's a company where management will do whatever it takes to keep the customer happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward hard work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Benefits. Established company

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    Former Employee - QA Lead  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - QA Lead in Milpitas, CA

    Pros

    Stable company considering it's in semiconductor

    Cons

    Politics as normal in large corporations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Milpitas, CA

    Pros

    People are very friendly and understanding. Great work atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    Don't expect to get hired permanent if you are a contractor. There are folks that have been working 10+ years as a contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire your long standing contractors and hire more IT support folks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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