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KLA-Tencor Milpitas Reviews

Updated July 3, 2017
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  • Some positions do not have good work-life balance (in 51 reviews)

  • Long hours, some politics especially within the IT department (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Declining"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company still has big market share. The company still has high performing engineers. The company is still profiting ok.

    Cons

    The whole market is shrinking, and the company is under pressure.
    Bureaucracy has been building too much.
    People relationship is taking too much impact.

    Advice to Management

    Strategy gets lost when executed to lowest level.
    Cross disciplinary collaboration should be taken as more important than within disciplinary collaboration.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Problem Statements are really good and provide opportunity to explore

    Cons

    Company is too political and does not value ideas. Only 20% employees actually work on state of the art, rest all is just software work.

  3. "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Contractor - Assistant in Milpitas, CA
    Current Contractor - Assistant in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    People and Benefits are really great. Everyone here is very nice. Sometimes it is difficult to get a straight answer on information you are seeking.

    Cons

    Milpitas Commute North can be a beast and there does not seem to be much in the way of alternate commute alternatives. I would hope that a Bart system would eventually come to this area.

    Advice to Management

    There seem to be a lot of managers and it is surprising how heavy the workload is on most of the administrative staff company wide. Multiple teams and executives being supported by a single individual.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Working with a ton of smart individuals
    2. Professional environment but not uptight; great culture
    3. Onsite gym and cafeteria
    4. Salaries are competitive
    5. Great work-life balance for most positions
    6. Location

    Cons

    1. Not all groups are great to work with; many micro cultures
    2. Uncertain future for those in support roles due to acquisition by Lam Research
    3. Some people have been here way too long (tenured professor attitude)


  5. "Purchased by a bigger company"

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Leading company in the domain, a lot of oversea travel, good experience at customer sites, good career oppotunities

    Cons

    Work-life balance not good, intense competation presure from internal and external, compensation just so so


  6. "Product Development Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hour and good working envioriment

    Cons

    Career opportunities is very limited


  7. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is always a chance to learn something new

    Cons

    There was a Recent RIF

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Work / Life Balanced from Salary to Hourly"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not much to add to this section

    Cons

    While we (TSEs) were payed in Salary, we had to work 10 to 14 hrs while abroad; be on-call on the weekends and night. But all changed when we were payed hourly. No more than 8 hours daily and no more than 10 hours when we flew out.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Principal Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Some challenging technical problems KLA-Tencor has are good for improving one's engineering career.

    Cons

    Be prepared, some of the managers are vampires, they will suck on the engineers who they manage, trick new employees to write patent applications . Some of the managers are the worst human types, some of them got promoted by making a mess bigger and bigger, with bigger and bigger lies.

    Advice to Management

    To board of directors, get rid of the toxic management, then Engineers at the bottom can breathe and make the company perform.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Research Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of interesting problems to work on, with large resources for innovative projects.

    Cons

    Very corporate and very political environment. Management is often the biggest impediment to getting real work done. Senior management are usually MBA's without any scientific knowledge, trying to understand technical problems.

    Advice to Management

    The PowerPoint meeting culture doesn't make you more informed, it makes you confused and inefficient. Go talk to the people who do the real work.


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