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KLA Engineering Manager Reviews

Updated Oct 15, 2019

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9 Ratings
  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice environment, great leading-edge technology

    Cons

    A bit conservative, decision making takes too long

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    KLA2019-10-16
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Great company, bad management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Semiconductor equipment company with great products (Gen 5) in a wafer measurement, metrology and inspection. Merger with Lam did not go through but its culture is unique and its better that way. Can do better if products are cheaper but ops cost is high and outsourcing is out of control.

    Cons

    Management is focused on how to sustain the status quo, a lot of politics, lay offs, not a place for a career growth. Competition between middle and top management, nothing new in the semiconductor sector except fierce politics. Nobody cares about engineers and their training and advancements.

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    KLA2016-12-15
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Limited Opportunities"

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

    I have been working at KLA full-time for 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.

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    KLA2015-08-30
  4. "Systems and Electrical Engineering Manager"

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    Senior Systems/Electrical Engineering Manager in Windsor, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KLA for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Only the best and brightest work here! KLA-Tencor maintains a truly diverse workplace. It is a real challenge to keep up with all the bright people. Very challenging environment.

    Cons

    Depending on the division, you can expect a reorganization every 18 months. The company is continuously looking for ways to maintain their status as the world leader in inspection and metrology.

    KLA2015-08-13
  5. "Used to be good, but won't grow. Recent reorg may hurt more than help."

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good balance of work and life. Well run organization and nurturing culture.

    Cons

    Semiconductor industry is no longer growing. Recent reorg may hurt the company.

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    KLA2015-07-30
  6. "Amazing People, Amazing Talent"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The technology is world class and the people they hire are passionate about what they do. It's amazing what the teams are able to produce and it show since they are the market leaders.

    Cons

    It's a very challenging place to work and though there's a lot of talk about work-life balance it's very hard to achieve any work life balance. There's always pressure to meet very aggressive deadlines and having to juggle sustaining work and development work is very demanding and taxing.

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    KLA2014-08-30
  7. "Global Support Division Needs to Improve in Very Profitable But Very Political Company"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KLA full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with cutting edge optics, lasers, software, and other technologies. Company is THE market leader in wafer inspection technology and productivity solutions in semiconductor industry.

    Cons

    Global Support division consistently has senior management turnover every few years which completely changes the organization's goals, objectives, and priorities. Unfortunately, expectations and priorities are often poorly communicated from senior management to middle management and individual contributors. Politics versus objective data/information seems to drive decisions in a significant number of cases. This division also doesn't especially encourage a collaborative culture.

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    KLA2013-08-25
  8. "Good place to work but some room to improve"

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    Engineering Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KLA

    Pros

    Learn useful and efficient ways to manage a differentiated technology business. KLA-Tencor has strong and proven marketing practices so that the products are industry leading. Definitely a good school for techies to understand that customers and marketing matter as much if not more than the beauty or coolness of the technology at work. Hard place to work at for the faint of heart, the culture is pretty much "what you have done for me is great, no what can you do next"... One is never done proving himself which is in the end a rather good thing to sustain or develop one's drive to improve.

    Cons

    Projects tend to change very fast as the company is extremely reactive to market conditions. If the market opportunity is not clearly defined, or changes during development, then the whole project is canned which can sometimes be frustrating for the development and engineering crew. But most employees would agree that it's better if prevents us to go into a dead end or a commoditized market. Another downside is that the company's benefits are rapidly shrinking in this increasingly competitive environment and one would worry about retention. For most employees, the company seems to not care too much about retention, which sometimes lead to expensive loses of talent or even competition from ex-employees starting their own businesses or joining competitors.

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    KLA2009-05-17
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Stagnation in the company"

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    Senior Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KLA

    Pros

    Technical expwertise and knowledge of engineers, great products

    Cons

    no potential for growth, too many managers

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    KLA2008-12-07
  10. "I love working for KLA but I hate the severe politics and favoritism inside it."

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    Engineering Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KLA

    Pros

    Challenging and highly technical work. Reasonable compensation. growth oppurtunities. The company is a leading company in its field and it has good executive management. Executive management demonstrates transparancy and so far the new executive management appear to be leading the company in the right direction. KLA-Tencor provide potential for growth, but it will require exceptional amount of efforts and learning of the political game. The company's culture in general is friendly and casual and coworkers are very cooperative. Thecompany is really good in providing continuous education and career development oppurtunities. They are very suportive of anyone who wants to pursue further education.

    Cons

    Toomuch politics. Lack of recognotion. Management does not always appreciate feedback. Mid-level management overall is poor and in many cases mid-level management is an obstacle to god execution. Some managers wants to take credit but they never want to share the blame. There is huge amount of unfairness in treating people, and clear circles where you are either in or out. Many managers do not appreciate positive feedback. The company in general wants people to work hard, but it is not ready, at least low to mid-level management, to reward employees who work exceptionally hard. The end result in many cases is unmotivitaed and burnt out employees who used to be superstars.

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    KLA2008-09-25
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