KLA-Tencor
3.0 of 5 301 reviews
www.kla-tencor.com Milpitas, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 11, 2014
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KLA-Tencor President, CEO & Director Rick Wallace

Rick Wallace

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49% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Senior Application Engineer

Senior Applications Engineer (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

Prosit'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.

Consit'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 Senior Managementreward hard work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work

IT Consultant (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I worked at KLA-Tencor as a contractor for less than a year

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

ConsDon'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 Senior ManagementHire your long standing contractors and hire more IT support folks.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Technology and Great Company but can be a lot better

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsI have worked for KLA-TENCOR for almost a decade. They recruited me fresh from school. Initially I loved how they threw new projects at me with tough deadlines, I strive for that; however, soon I found that my life was turning into 7a.m-7p.m. 12 hour shifts just to get work done

Learning: Company encourages you to expand your horizon, learn, and even get a higher degree while supporting you. You can theoretical attend trainings, and learn new things.
I was lucky initially in my career that my original manager fully supported that attitude; however, it has been many years that my manager has changed and my new manager is fully against it! (Not sure why!) He feels it is a matter of waste. It is so sad. However, most reasonable managers I have met, they encourage their employees to learn (keep up to date) and company certainly provides many means of support for that.

Technology: you do Work with the latest technology and technological ideas. I have had the best systems and top of the line equipments at my disposal. You get to play with really neat stuff. there is a always a new challenge waiting for you another the corner

Compensation: Among the high tech companies of its size, KLA-TENCOR offers reasonable salaries and compensations. Annual raise is almost guaranteed as long as you perform well and have a good relationship with your manager. There used to be BIG Bonuses and very good Stock Options, all of which has been disappearing through years. Company tries to lift the workers spirit by providing occasional outings, and Holiday activities.

Friendly people: Generally, Most people are nice and friendly. wherever you end up working, you will get to know your peer well. Interactions are mostly friendly and courteous, however, that could turn into disarray when Project deadlines approach, or escalations fall into your lap. Be ready for unreasonable demands, and unwise decisions being made by your superiors!

Health and Wellness: Company puts emphasize on individual's health and well-being, possibly to get better deal with insurance companies and save money, none the less the reason, it is good for employees. There is a GYM, volleyball court, Basketball court and a Bocce Ball court (yes :) Some people bike to work. The CEO (Rick Wallace at the moment) has been seen watching the Basketball games enthusiastically. He is also an avid Biker and keep in shape which is a good example for the employees.

Traveling: If you are in the Global Support, field or application Engineer, you get to work with the customer more closely, This means you will be traveling to some exotic locations. My experience has been that If I had to travel, it had always been for a difficult reason and I end up working long hours and under stressful conditions, however, I know many colleagues to come up with various non-sense reasons to just take that next hop to over seas and rack up their mileage. Company has a generous selection of options for travel (hotels and all your expenses will be paid). I am just sad to hear that some colleagues abuse this too much. But as I said, if you like to travel, you can join one of those groups. NO First or Business Class travel allowed (unless you are some high level manager I guess).

ConsMeetings: Meetings, meetings, meetings, and more stupid meetings.... TOO MANY MEETINGS.
KLA has way too many meetings. Such a Waste of company's time. Sometimes there are meetings about meetings. I sometimes wonder, between Meetings, Lunch hours, GYM and long hours of wasteful conversations in the break rooms how some people get work done! I found the answer, they do not! Which goes to my second Cons below

Bad Habits: There are two types of people at this company:
The Doers: these are the people that actually get work done and in my opinion are the bread and butter of the company. These are valuable technicians and engineers with good ideas who proactively and enthusiastically accomplish their tasks.
Then there are those (mostly engineers with some seniority) who do 1 thing and ONE thing only; perhaps it is a board they designed long ago or some other critical device they pushed from generation to generation which company is stuck with it, because the high level managers are afraid they be taking a risk of selecting new approaches.
These people are closed minded, lazy, and generally watch they clock all day to leave early, and run away. If you ask them to help you with anything not related to their work, they will blow you off. If an issue occurs that requires their attention, they first try to blame others and run away from the issue. Unfortunately, this mentality exists among many engineers in this company. This puts a burden on the rest of the hard working employees.

Attitude:
   I guess no matter where you work, you will find people with attitude. It is unfortunate that some divisions within KLA-TENCOR attracts more people with attitude than others.

Management:
NOT GOOD! Period. All they think is ($$$)
With all do respect to many of the people I work with who are managers, many of which I know personally, their management skills is Zilch, Nada, nonexistent. Despite companies management roadmap and training, it boils down to individual human beliefs and attitude. What I see from most managers is the attitude of saving their own A$$ and forcing their employees to follow irrational and reactive decisions all the time. Some managers put a damp on your enthusiasm for learning, critical thinking and out of the box thinking only because they are not like that and of course they do not want you to shine.

Email:
there are so many emails that it sometimes gets overwhelming. Your boss could be a cube or two away, yet for simplest questions or information, He/She would rather sit in his fat chair and email. This attitude is prevalent all over the company. It is worst for some than others, but I am sure if the company did some sort of analysis of email usage and correlate that to the time wasted answering all sorts of useless emails, they would be saving millions!$$

Advice to Senior ManagementSupport your employees for learning new things, recognize talents and respect experienced engineers who want to think out of the BOX. Be proactive. And PLEASE CUT DOWN ON WASTEFUL meetings and useless emails. Go talk to your employees from time to time, understand they are humans like you.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Hands down the worst place I have worked in my entire life

IT Analyst (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsJust administrative work only in IT. Absolutely no one cares about talent or improvement or doing the right thing for the Business

ConsNo focus on keeping existing IT staff
Outsourcing is the norm, but leads to cheap resources that need constant hand holding
Senior and lower level IT management and CIO are completely ineffective and detested, but people keep quiet to keep their jobs
There's really no one left to be honest. Everyone just does busy work

Advice to Senior ManagementSo many people have left IT. The only ones who stay are afraid to leave or don't have the skills to go anywhere else. That atmosphere of fear that you perpetuate isn't healthy

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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IT is as bad as it's ever been

IT Analyst (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsAs someone said below, it's a steady paycheck. There's no real need to do much more. Everyone leaves early. There's no real commitment or expectation

ConsIt's a really poor work environment. I work in SAP and the IT managers are really as bad as people make out. No one respects them. They put so much importance on their position and rarely do what is in the best interest of the business. But as someone mentioned below, they've been here for so long that any complaints are ignored. We have lost a lot of good people and they never get replaced. I can see why

Advice to Senior ManagementWhy is it so bad working here. Well take a look around and see who's left. The place has been decimated. The same poor managers still remain

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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good company to work with

Field Applications Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsGood learning experienced with kla-tencor

Conscompany downside when contract ends

Advice to Senior Managementnot at the moment

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Great Place to Work

Manufacturing Design Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsThere are opportunities for people with all types of backgrounds here.

ConsThe company seems totally OK with you sticking to the first thing in which you've shown interest and competency.

Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize and express interest in "other" work related skills and aptitudes that your employees have shown. At least bring it up in conversation and brainstorm on how those might help other areas of the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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IT is completely demoralized

IT Analyst (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than 3 years

ProsVery easy to do the bare minimum
Can easily take credit for other peoples work
Can leave at before 5 pm since no one is around
For those who are not interested in a career but just to get a salary, it is a good deal

ConsReally poor low level and senior IT managers who have been here for years
Zero innovation and extreme complacency
Demoralized workers who have severe trust issues

Advice to Senior ManagementThere have been universal complaints on this forum and at work but nothing ever changes so advice would be moot. People have already realized a long time ago that doing the bare minimum and just taking a salary is the best they can hope for here. IT management have absolutely no incentive to improve. They've been here for years and have continually acted in their own interests or unethically. No one trusts anything they say. Fall in line or get out. That's the motto

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Well managed high technology company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsChalleging work where one can learn a lot. KLA is a market leader with an engineering driven culture. It is leading edge, while at the same time able to deliver strong financial results. The chalenges to maintain itself on the leading edge are immense, especially while achieving consistent economic value to its shareholders.

ConsIt is hard work, so it may be difficult for many. The culture is results driven, so those who feel hard work is enough will not succeed. If you cannot deliver results, be passionate about what you, work well in teams and persuade others, be relentless in your pursuit of excellence, and deal with frank feedback, this will be a serious con for you.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to drive technology consistent with Moore's law. Deal with a consolidating customer base by leveraging your expertise and creating collaborative relationships. Nuture the supply chain to help gain competitive advantage

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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If you are a lousy engineer with loud voice, and no shame at taking other ppl's credit, you will be promoted very soon.

Principal Algorithm Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsSenior management don't even know who you are.

ConsSenior management don't even care to know who you are.

Advice to Senior ManagementSpend less time kissing up your boss. Let engineers with real talent lead, instead the kiss up / political kinds.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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