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"Great Place to Work If Comp was higher."

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
Approves of CEO

Pros

You get to work on the most high-tech equipment and technology in the world. There is no other product out there that nearly competes with KT. When working on developing new products, you can use "new" s/w technologies and implement them into the system. Product development teams are diverse and well structured.

Very team oriented. Low attrition rates by upper level senior engineers, not much turnover by them at least. Lots of Phd's work here. Top notch R&D. Impressive cleanroom facilities. Walking distance to Ranch99 Milpitas so you get your lunch from any chinese restaurant of your choice. Has tennis, basketball, and volleyball on-site leagues. Running trails on nearby levy.

Excellent training programs, and ability to get reimbursed tuition.

Cons

Due to the highly complex nature of our product, you might be a specialist in your domain and only work on one aspect of the system, and there is not much growth or career advancement out of that spot. Sure you might want to explore other areas of the complex system, but it becomes political, if you start taking work from another group's manager.

Once a product has been passed down from engineering to manufacturing, software configuration management and tracking is crucial. Instead of doing development work, you might be debugging code, and trying to negotiate for machine time, i.e. if you get high priority from management. Probably 40% was developing product, and the other 60% is process control and ensuring mfg is supported.

Sure, you get yearly performance reviews, but even with you have to be a 80-90% percentile in ranking class you rarely get promotion or raises. Instead as an incentive they give you RSU stock. Yeah who cares about that, it has a 4 year maturity. Compensation when compared to others is 10-20% below market.

Over past years, there has not been any pay-raises, but I guess that is aligned with this semi-con industry. Lots of old-timers here in the engineering dept (with 10,15,20 yrs or more seniority). Suppose that is a downside of working here, since there is lack of innovation from younger recruits. Compared K-T to Google or Ebay, etc. where there is a lot of innovation and motivation. Here you are likely to see a lot of old-timers in mid/late-30-40s. There seems to be too many top-heavy engineers, but very little or low numbers of entry to mid-level engineers.

Advice to Management

Please work on employee talent, retention, and development. Make compensation at market prices or you won't see many engineers stay here for very long.

Other Employee Reviews for KLA-Tencor

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Lowest pay for highest performer"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Algorithm Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Algorithm Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - relatively stable
    - good training program

    Cons

    - Politics in middle management
    - Below market compensation. Mine is 15~20% below market, which is an extreme case, since I joined as NCG right before the salary freeze. But note that I got highest performance rating in ALL focal reviews so far.

    Advice to Management

    How could KT keep talented people with this kind of compensation structure? It's not about money, it's about fairness and respect. When I can get paid 20% higher at other companies, why KT treat me like a junior engineer? I know KT has been suffering from it - very hard to hire capable people, since they usually have multiple offers, and KT's won't be the top ones. Many colleges quit for other offers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "I am not extremely recommended to work in a large size company like this."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I learned a lot on how does a large size company protected themselves and how decisions are made by executives. And of course a different type of working environment with different type of office politics in the department

    Cons

    There is no human touch in this type of companies, everything is by the rule or policies.

    Advice to Management

    Unless the executives and the management team are willing to listen to make the change, otherwise, any advice is useless.

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