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KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated July 11, 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.


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    "Good Solid Company"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Customer Service Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits
    Good road map for future company growth

    Cons

    The focus has shifted from taking care of the workforce to growing the bottom line for investors. I'm not sure that is different from any other tech company around here, but it used to be different.


  5. "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


  7. "Field apps engineer"

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    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer in Boise, ID
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, very friendly coworkers

    Cons

    very slow work to start.

  8. "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


  9. "Customer Support Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working benefits are good and work opportunities are high. Working environment is excellent and higher management are very well knowledgeable and open-minded.

    Cons

    Depends on the type of tools but there's few that much more complicated and will need more work time and dedication of labor. Personal and family time is sometime jeopardized.


  10. "application engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The job is motivated and well paid.

    Cons

    Frequently overtime working. Space for growth sometimes is limited in the fileld

    Advice to Management

    life work balance


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