KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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KLA-Tencor President, CEO & Director Rick Wallace
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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. Good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and great technology

    Cons

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


  2. FSE

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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    Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


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  5. Senior Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good bonus and LTI (equivalent of Stocks)

    Cons

    Long hours, stagnant work, lots of layoffs


  6. Program Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Proven Leadership team & Management teams

    Cons

    Company has to still improve on Time to Market


  7. Was pretty okay.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  8. Good company for Semiconductor

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for, if you are interested in the semiconductor capital equipment. Great co-workers, good management.

    Cons

    The industry's culture is mature, more old school. Not as trendy/exciting as the SW based, social media based type of companies. Pay is lower compare to those company in the valley. Work/life balance can be poor in certain position, projects.

    Advice to Management

    Should bring in more Google style culture, to encourage innovation. Small project based. Bonus pay out based on how successful the employee innovated project is. Too much process oriented, and risk adverse. Stalling innovation, and slowing down efficiency and time to result.


  9. A good place to intern

    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Intern in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Intern in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A good environment to work in with really nice, friendly people. Lots of activities and great culture work place culture.

    Cons

    Takes a while to get things done due to projects having to be approved by multiple levels of management.


  10. Product Development Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Has gym and good cafeteria.
    Work-life balance is okay.

    Cons

    From my perspective, KT has been outsourcing engineering jobs to China and India over at least the last three years.
    The company is doing poorly: a few important orders have gone to competitors and reported in the news.
    Morale is low.

    Advice to Management

    Fight the dump expansion at Dixon Landing! Why the hell are you neutral about it?


  11. IT Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good
    Stock purchase program for employees
    Management was good in my case

    Cons

    work / life balance is not the best

    Advice to Management

    Try to do more activities to increase team productivity



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