KLA-Tencor Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
377 Reviews

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Pros
  • Opportunity to getting close to cutting edge technology in defect detection in wafer manufacturing industry; (in 16 reviews)

  • Good work-life balance is easy to maintain (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • bad work-life balance for some team (in 18 reviews)

  • Political and ineffective senior management led by a CIO who is a legend in his own mind (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed bag

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    This is my third time working for this company. Pros are the same as before: all the typical pros of working for a large company. In addition: great people, people are smart and work hard, great technology and engineering, good facilities. Overall, the company is well managed - which is hard to do in this kind of industry (small market size, high tech, low growth, lots of competition).

    Cons

    All the typical cons of working for a large company. Some points to make: company values talent, not people, and treats individuals as disposable. Benefits are sub-par for the Bay Area. Compensation tends to be on the low side. No effective standards of conduct for management - about 20% of middle management staff are unprofessional psychopaths and it's impossible to hold them accountable. Rank order performance evaluations (archaic way to manage a work force) incentivizes people to work hard but not take risks or make tough decisions. People are discouraged from moving around within the company, so careers can stagnate. And a company culture that I can only describe as "unnecessarily mean".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider: offering more competitive salaries, adopting more modern work force management policies, adopting a corporate culture that is more supportive of high performance teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty Good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Pay is is in line with the industry
    Kulture performance oriented, might be pretty stressful depending on the group manager.
    Decent gym.

    Cons

    Corporate management is too fixed on the current line of products, sometimes risk averted towards completely new concepts that could become big revenue source in the future. Sometimes it feels like the quarterly reports are main drivers of planing long term financial future of corporation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open minded towards long term concepts/projects. Pay more attention to project management selection. Choosing an ogr for managerial position that has no social skills at all, may be a recipe for disaster

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    nice company

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer I  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer I in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    great place to work if you are hard worker

    Cons

    too many project at same time

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seriously poor company to work for

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you play the game you can survive for a long time. You don't even need any knowledge or talent, just blame others behind their back and you'll be ok

    Cons

    I work in IT and have witnessed so many good people leave. The poor environment, the inept IT management and the lack of accountability still remains to this day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR are absolutely clueless, despite years of complaints and never do anything. It's best to say nothing so you can get a paycheck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    You're just a number..

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Eng  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Eng in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Engineer colleagues are mostly create people.

    Cons

    Management has no clue how to manage engineers and projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a grip and see what the ground troops are doing for you everyday.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    I despise the people here because they're so mediocre

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    I work in IT and I can leave early and also work from home without anyone knowing what I'm doing, so that's a big perk

    Cons

    Having to deal with backward and unoriginal thinking and IT staff who have been here for years. Having worked at many companies in the Valley, I find that the management here and to a great degree, the worker bees are absolutely clueless. There's no talent here, with people just sticking around to earn their monthly wage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of the people who have been here for years. The place is being run into the ground

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Abusive work environment in IT

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    Former Employee - IT Consultant  in  Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Work is easy in IT since they farm so much work to consultants. I'm surprised that the internal people don't do the work themselves since it's so straightforward. But from what I gather, the department has been decimated because so many people have chosen to leave

    Cons

    There have been so many negative reviews of the IT department that it's hard to add much more to what has been said before. But as a consultant and outsider I'm not surprised. I've been verbally abused by aggressive and overbearing IT managers. It's an abusive environment to work in. I would never ever go back regardless of how much they pay me. Disgusting animals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You continually to antagonize and abuse people, they won't come back

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company but need improvement

    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    cool technology, high performance people. 30+ years experience in industry.
    Good education for employee's development.

    Cons

    aggressive schedule, same as most of bay area company.
    bad work-life balance for some team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limit the power of management, encourage employee's development and promote/reward innovation. Bring the company's culture to real reward system, reduce the middle level management, reduce the wasting resource meetings (too many managers, too many meetings).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great learning Environment, great management structure.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Test Engineer  in  Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Test Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great documentation process, great senior guidance, deadlines are never unrealistic. Work-life balance is one of the best perks. Never had trouble getting time for personal reasons. Getting management to approve training was never a problem.

    Cons

    Very hard to establish yourself. Too large of a company to get recognition that will allow you to grow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor working environment in IT

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    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Compensation is average
    Benefits package is average
    A lot of people just skip work and stay at home 'working from home' excuse

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for career advancement in IT
    Extremely poor management at the IT lower level manager and senior manager level and above
    Promotions within IT are not based on merit
    People are not proud to work here. In fact it is the complete opposite
    IT Managers have little credibility and poor skills and incredibility incompetent and disliked intensely
    Knowledgeable people receive very little respect. It is really shocking but people get used to it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just to echo some of the other reviews I've read below, and to be quite honest the advice is of a similar nature. The IT senior management absolutely just refuse to listen, so there really is no point. It is their way or the highway. Really terrible company to be associated with, and by all accounts, this is the norm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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