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KLA-Tencor Milpitas Reviews

Updated July 3, 2017
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  1. "Solid place to work."

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    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some positions can have decent work-life balance. Find out.
    Pretty good job security... don't churn through talent as part of their strategy.

    Cons

    Some positions do not have good work-life balance. Find out.
    Not top of the market compensation. Could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Better compensation. Raises to reflect actual cost of living increases in the area, which are not 2-4% per year these days.


  2. "Great, overall!"

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    Current Employee - Applications/Finance/Ops in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Applications/Finance/Ops in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    This review is long overdue. KT is one of the best kept secrets in the valley.
    - Lots of smart people
    - Helpful, collaborative culture (egos left at the door)
    - Good work life balance
    - Ideas are welcome from anywhere (no one will stop you from trying to improve a process/product)
    - And something I wish more people within KT realize - there are many opportunities to move from division to division and from function to function. I've moved from apps eng through finance to supply chain. This would have required going back to school or an MBA if I had done this outside. I was given the support I needed to succeed in each of these moves.

    Cons

    - Slightly older crowd but with this comes the work-life balance and maturity of co-workers (again, very little ego)

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KLA-Tencor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Focused company. Willing to send people and spend effort for customers. Top management does deep dives, keeping GMs and Senior Director's on their toes.

    Cons

    Being a software person, KLA-Tencor does not value software products. Only software for tools. It makes sense. But may not be right for everyone.


  4. "Decent first job out of college"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent experience and benefits, respectable starting salary for first job

    Cons

    Feel like a cog in the machine, engineers drive the company decision making, finance teams seem like an afterthought culturally and resources-wise, upward mobility not good


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    "Staff software engineer"

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get chance to travel to Taiwan

    Cons

    I don't hate this company. why so many people end up with leaving? too many to say

    Advice to Management

    Quit job and find new management


  6. "Software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Relax work environment.

    Cons

    Company is going down hill.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Product Marketing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you like Chip equipment industry and smart engineers around.

    Cons

    Very slow moving industry, lot of fat at the top and the middle. Classic bigco, semico issues wrt speed of product dev, decision making, red tape and politics.

  8. "Product Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity to get promotion


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Sr. Marketing Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Management in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Management in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some great people in the rank and file.

    Cons

    Very hard place for women and people of color; some departments are old boy's clubs that are impossible to break with the current mentality. Those on the outside get the worst assignments or are on thin ice. Real dog-eat-dog.

    Advice to Management

    Yearly employee surveys are a joke. Everyone is too scared of retribution to be honest. Stop taking everything at face value.


  10. "Good place for a fresh graduate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart team members to work with. Cutting edge technology. Good place for a fresh graduate.

    Cons

    The industry is relatively mature. IP is a crucial issue that conversation between different teams is not easy.

    Advice to Management

    Cooperation between teams could boost innovation.


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