KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. FSE

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good company to work for good benefit / vacation /ESPP good working environment work life / balance is ok

    Cons

    high ratio turnover a bit better than applied material.

    Advice to Management

    Management is trustworth.


  2. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and great technology

    Cons

    Frequent re-organizations. Poor communication at senior levels (GM)


  3. Director, Technology

    Current Employee - Senior Director in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Multidisciplinary complex problems, interesting, challenging work

    Cons

    Company in definite contraction mode

    Advice to Management

    Be bold, diversify!


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  5. Technical company with politcal operation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and bonus. Company realized its weakness and trying to make improvement.

    Cons

    Micro environment can be terrible. When employee goes against manager, employee always lose, no matter how bad is the manager. Unfortunately, manager = the company for most people. Some managers tends to be bossy and get away with bad behavior. This pushes good and honest people away.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the voice of people who are doing the real work be heard. Don't reply on filtered and massaged slides and graph from various level of management.


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    Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This review is for the RAPID Division. Overall a very well managed big company. Complex challenges. One of the last "career companies" where you can see employees who have been working at the same place for the last 30+ years. Also one of the last companies with manufacturing in the USA.

    Cons

    Has been company, unfortunately with the semiconductor market consolidation... this ain't no rocketship. No young local talent coming in. Many functions being outsourced to China. Frequent layoffs. Infrequent promotions. Software toolset is the same since the 90s.

    Advice to Management

    Adopt new software tools, hire more local talent and young blood. Promote people.


  7. Senior Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good bonus and LTI (equivalent of Stocks)

    Cons

    Long hours, stagnant work, lots of layoffs


  8. Financial Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    KLA Tencor offers good work life balance. Work is simple, easy, and boring. Depending on group you can have flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Boring company. Very political. Upper level Finance management does not care about lower level employees. Very self-interested environment. Work is very slow most of the year except for quarter end. This is not an innovative company. Ambition is easily killed. Go to any other employer in the Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about employees. Make them feel valuable. Try of encourage change and innovation instead of rewarding conformity. Lower level employees feel that management does not care.


  9. Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Proven Leadership team & Management teams

    Cons

    Company has to still improve on Time to Market


  10. Was pretty okay.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KLA-Tencor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They tried very hard to keep people within the company even when a division is being shut down.

    Cons

    Not very exciting. Very corporate.


  11. Recruiter

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KLA-Tencor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Management was great, learned a lot, had great opportunities

    Cons

    Took a long time to grow within the company but it's always about right timing



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