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

KLA-Tencor Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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55% Approve of the CEO

KLA-Tencor President, CEO & Director Rick Wallace

Rick Wallace

(132 ratings)

49% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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good and stable company with great working environment

Application Developer (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

Prosgood and stable company with great working environment

Consno cons for me! !

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

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IT Consultant (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than a year

ProsI came across this site and funnily enough recognized a fellow colleague who was on the same project as me reviewing this company. I have to agree, this is one of the worst companies I've ever worked at. The only pro as mentioned before is that after 5, you can relax and just get your work done

ConsI have to agree, the IT managers are awful. They also gave me such a hard time especially when we were in meetings with the business. They put themselves in a good light and constantly play politics and badmouth us

Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to realize that you are not that good. I've read all the reviews and there's an overwhelming consensus of how badly you treat others and how little you know. It seems as though so many have left especially the ones who are experienced and knowledgeable. The bitter ones remain. So sad and pathetic

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

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Okay Place to work.

Product Development Engineer (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

Pros- Smart People. Worked with one of the most brilliant minds out there in semiconductor equipment industry.
- Leading Edge Technology
- Better Job Security than other companies.
- Challenging Environment

Cons- Prepare to put in long hours
- No career growth. If you do not hold a PhD it will take you forever to get promoted even with receiving high performance reviews each year.
- Extreme low pay for the amount of work you have to put in. Other companies were paying 40% more for the same job. Have seen plenty of new grads leaving for something better within a few years.
- Alot of old-timers. Do not hire that many fresh blood to help bring in new ideas and morale.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to give back to the employees more or else all the new college graduates that you hire will leave.

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

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IT Consultant (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time for less than a year

ProsWas able to get my work done when the client left for the day. Really negative work environment

ConsI was an SAP CRM IT consultant here for awhile. Hated it. IT personnel were horrible to deal with especially the IT managers. They were clueless, arrogant and backstabbing. Always trying to score points and put you in a bad light. It's such a poisonous atmosphere of mistrust and unethical behavior

Advice to Senior ManagementI've worked with SAP for 10 years in India. I was treated so poorly and hated working here. Everyone does. People here especially the IT managers have no ethics and treat you with so much disdain. I will never come back here despite being asked

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

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Bullies and cowards proliferate in IT department

IT Analyst (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsThe gym and the general refurbishment of the place is of a good standard. 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

ConsI'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've never been replaced. All tje knowledge has left

Advice to Senior ManagementThere 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

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

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Incompetent IT management

Senior IT Manager (Former Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than 8 years

ProsCan do the bare minimum
No focus on quality
A lot of busy administrative work

ConsExtremely poor IT middle managers
No focus on keeping existing IT staff
Outsourcing is the norm, but leads to cheap resources that need constant hand holding
Senior IT management and CIO is ineffective, but people keep quiet to keep their jobs

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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Great Internship

Engineering Intern (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

I have been working at KLA-Tencor as an intern for less than a year

ProsLarge-size company, good setup and infrastructure, structured policies

ConsYou are one in too many people. You can most likely be recognized in your team only.

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low pay

Product Engineer (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

Prosgreat people; better job security than competitor

Conshard working culture; didn't get paid well

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Yes, there are problems in IT

Human Resources Representative (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsI work for HR and I've read many of the reviews below. While I cannot go into much detail, what I'm hearing is consistent and is of no surprise.

ConsWe do have problems in IT and it's been persisting for several years. But we cannot just fire or reprimand managers because they're incompetent or below standard. Yes, there has been tremendous attrition, but this is symptomatic of the tremendous competition in the Valley for good people

Advice to Senior ManagementIf there are issues, the proper channel is through your HR rep

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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KT is a great place to develop transferrable leadership skills, but can be career limitiing over the long term.

Senior IT Manager (Current Employee)
Milpitas, CA

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

ProsLeading edge technology for engineers. Excellent benefits and stable job environment for such a cyclical industry. Very strong business processes that are valuable outside of KT.

ConsCan be highly political which can limit career advancement. Operations is out sourcing outside US so opportunities are more limited now than 5-8 years ago. Engineering driven company, but less opportunities in other tracks.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure you understand where the power lies. Understanding what the key executive management players care about is the key to long term success. Many of the Directors do not either understand or communicate this accurately to the management team.

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

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