KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated April 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Mature company in matured industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good learning opportunity how to run complex HW+SW engineering project in a diverse global team.

    Stable environment. Reasonable people.

    May enjoy occasional world traveling.

    Cons

    Slow growth. Salaries below local average.

    People mostly communicate poorly with poor English. People mostly are not capable of learning and adapting to new technologies and innovations.

    Virtually no feedback culture.

    Poor information system.

    Hard industry where low hanging fruit have been collected a long time ago - have to work 80% hard to get rest of 20%.

    Advice to Management

    May I suggest to rethink standards for hiring. Use technical case interviews to see candidates in action. Refresh human resources with people who are willing and eager to learn, adapt, change. Make good communication skill as a must, starting with speaking and writing in English.

  2. Helpful (2)

    High tech - low work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Development Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Development Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The technology is awesome, and KLA is a market leader. The work is interesting in the initial 1-2 years, applications engineering is a lot of travel - which again, is fun initially.

    Cons

    Jobs get repetitive - there is only so much you can learn about a tool. Travel is endless - 85% travel is expected. If you don't want to travel, there are people in India and China happy to do it, so your job is easily expendable. The politics in the applications group can be annoying, and the managers are not necessarily chosen on merit.

    Advice to Management

    Better outsource the entire field support to Asia, and keep only product development in USA, Make more sense and sets expectations right. Choose managers not for their proximity to marketing or their supplicant nature, but rather on merit. Even If that means you have to bring in someone from outside the group or even KLA, it might be a good thing!

  3. Helpful (1)

    Good place to learn for engineers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time

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

    Pros

    Good place for people starting careers.
    Decent salary and non monetary benefits for the bay area.

    Cons

    Very demanding, and poor work life balance for individual contributors.
    No stock or RSU for individual contributors.
    Senior management not appreciative of the hard work and effort put in to achieve targets by individuals.
    No growth within company.

    Advice to Management

    None.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Another horrible year in IT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager 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

    You can pretend to be busy and your clueless manager/senior director will rate you highly.

    Cons

    Political, clueless and pompous CIO staff, arrogant managers. Stay around long enough and they will promote you whether you deserve it or not.
    Most of KLA is pretty good, especially engineering and product divisions. IT is the pits......

    Advice to Management

    Change the entire senior staff including the CIO; bring in a group that has honesty, and integrity as their core values. Promote staff for results, not for playing politics. Economy is picking up- all the good ones are looking hard outside and will leave in droves.

  6. Design engineering experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at KLA-Tencor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast pace working environment, involving cutting edge technologies and much freedom to explore alternative concepts, materials, techniques, etc. Good people to work with and challenge you to grow in your career.

    Cons

    The fast pace can also be a negative when you can not explore in depth the concepts of interest, design decisions have to be made on risk assessment and can not always be backed up with in depth analysis.

    Advice to Management

    Beginning the concept work well ahead of the roadmap can allow for a more thorough investigation of new technologies.

  7. Helpful (5)

    IT is just a horrible faction in this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are not so bitter, but the vast majority are. Those who are not, are managers who cannot get a job elsewhere
    The IT managers seem to be able to survive with no great turnover. They kill what little enthusiasm is left. but you need to smile, keep up appearances and continue to go to the team lunches otherwise you may be accused of not being a team player. You need to keep playing the game
    Knowledgeable people receive very little respect. It is really shocking but people get used to it since you can easily survive by playing up to your manager and do very little work. Get angry from time to time. It covers your backside and makes you look strong. Again, you need to play the game
    Lots of ways to look busy and cruise the internet

    Cons

    A really poor and abusive work environment where survival is the key and has been for years
    There is really no incentive to do well nor to get ahead since it's never recognized. The key is to go slow and take your time. People have learned that over time
    The IT management team do not listen nor do they appreciate the hard work of key individuals only political ones. Look at the complaints made in the annual review year after year. It never ever ever changes
    IT low level and senior IT Managers have little credibility and really poor skills and are incredibly incompetent and disliked but play the game very well, so you need to do the same. I don't respect them. I never have. It makes me sick
    People are not proud to work here. In fact it is the complete polar opposite. I just tell people I work in IT. I don't tell them I work here
    There is an increasingly negative work atmosphere with people desperate to get out. Look around. Compare it to what it was 5 years ago. All the talent has long gone. It's just the old timers here and the sad and pathetic
    It's a really terrible company to be associated with. Go do a search for all the bad reviews in this company. You'll find that half of them come from people in IT. They can't all be wrong can they ?

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to offer advice when so many have left the IT department or are inclined to leave if they can. Survival is the key. Remember, people may be nice to your face, but behind your back it's every man or woman for themselves. It's sad, but it's real

  8. Helpful (2)

    Strong engineering culture; very demanding job; poor work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The company was founded several decades ago, but it is still engineering centric. Strong engineering culture and good process optimized for hardware development. Many opportunities to work with very talented colleagues and learn to be better.

    Cons

    The work-life balance is bad because of the constant competition and schedule pressure in the semi equipment industry. Also it is not a very good place to develop a career for software engineers because software is rarely a standalone product/service in this company. No matter how bad the software is, customers are locked in by the hardware.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better. Invest more capital in R&D with high risks to excite your talented engineers. Do not become a financial engineering company.

  9. Helpful (2)

    smart people, terrible work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Smart people, very young team with enthusiastic to go great job, profitable company

    Cons

    terrible work life balance, too much traveling

  10. Helpful (2)

    A stop along the way. Not a place to stay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are decent. Company reputation for leading edge technology is good for career outlook. Some challenging problems in technology to keep the wheels turning.

    Cons

    Lots of weekend and late night responsibilities. High stress, angry customers, erratic priorities. Poor work life balance.

  11. Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart colleagues,
    Great work and life balance
    Decent salary
    Great management ( it may depend on the group)

    Cons

    Health insurance premium is a bit expensive.
    this is only con for me.

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