KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Opportunity to getting close to cutting edge technology in defect detection in wafer manufacturing industry; (in 18 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is totally up to you (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • bad work-life balance for some team (in 22 reviews)

  • The compensation for senior management seems good (via Reuters or Forbes), but at lower levels one has to fight for increments & promotion on time (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Senior Software QA engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work!

    Cons

    outsourcing engineering work a lot!


  2. Best of the best

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Innovative Collaborative Room for growth About as stable as it gets in the Semiconductor industry

    Cons

    Extremely fast-paced Constant change Work/life balance can be challenging at times

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent in your communication with employees. You will continue to build trust and engagement.


  3. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Support Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Tech Support Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Hands on experience with newest technologies in wafer inspection. Market leading company for wafer inspection equipment.

    Cons

    It is also a great place to stagnate. Following recent re-organization, little room to advance in management. Management is not looked at as valued leadership within the company. PhDs, technicians and engineers are.

    Advice to Management

    Value your leaders and understand what they bring to the table. The best engineers will not produce if the management is not treated with respect.


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  5. Mechanical Engineering Internship

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Intern - Mechanical Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Simply an amazing experience. You are surrounded by brilliant people and everyone all the way up to the CEO is approachable. Valuable insight into the industry and high precision components. Great introduction into working an a large corporation. There are some really great perks. Interns enjoy having health insurance and the pay is quite good.

    Cons

    It is a large corporate company and does feel that way some times. There is a background feeling that everyone is replaceable but there are plenty of people that have worked here 15+ years. It is a very data driven company so numbers do the talking.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you connect with and encourage connection with everyone you are managing. Do not let people feel like they are not appreciated. Make sure you recognize good work.


  6. Limited Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineering Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineering Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You will be kept busy. Extremely busy. There hasn't been a day where I spend countless hours in meetings and more hours at home at night and evenings doing more work to catch up.

    Cons

    Forget the work-life/leisure balance...You will work. The entire industry is getting smaller and smaller every year. Employees will do 3X more than what we originally did back in the early '90s.

    Advice to Management

    Take a close look at your employees, especially after the recent June 2015 layoffs. They are struggling to keep up with the workload. Nothing has changed; same number of projects.


  7. Engineering management and internal politics are not impressed

    Current Employee - Field Marketing in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Field Marketing in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Better work life balance than industry peer. People are mostly friendly.

    Cons

    Not very energetic working environment. Can get very political in management. Need to stand by the right side.

    Advice to Management

    Company hidden discrimination is more sever


  8. Product Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge systems. Many intelligent team members, that are hard working. Wide variety of technology and problems to work on, so it can be interesting

    Cons

    Semi is getting tighter, KLA-Tencor is getting even tighter. Margins will drop. NO work life balance, you can work until 1am every night if you can

    Advice to Management

    Plan on margins dropping, its a mature market. People are what fills the building and makes the systems, not numbers


  9. Director of Business Operations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Innovative products, great people who are passionate about success. Very strong on business process and consistency. Market leader on many product lines and strong industry presence.

    Cons

    Biggest challenge is growth. Industry has been going through a period of consolidation and is likely to continue as technical challenges and costs increase.


  10. Process and procedure

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great problem resolution and process development experience

    Cons

    Too many levels of management

    Advice to Management

    Flatten the organization


  11. Sr. Staff Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Technology for software update are slow due to long product line development period, it hurt the career development if you stay same position too long.

    Cons

    Changed from employee priority to investor, Try to squeeze the profit by lay off people.

    Advice to Management

    Should think about employee first, otherwise the company will not expand and hard to maintain the market share and even worse for growing.



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