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KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated June 18, 2018
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KLA-Tencor President, CEO & Director Rick Wallace
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  • "Some positions do not have good work-life balance" (in 55 reviews)

  • "Long hours when working on customer site, High salaries a disadvantage when being made redundant" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good good good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Like searching for jobs, people are busy, but if you are positive and out reaching, people offer great helps. It is quite warm to work in this environment, sharp people, kind, willing to help, decent amount of work. Great manager.

    Cons

    Not really know so far

    Advice to Management

    Office Environment is not clean, lots of dust, may be need to be optimized, besides, people talking all the time. Noisy.


  2. "xxx"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Too far from where I live

  3. "Great Place To Work"

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Contractor in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KLA-Tencor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great People and Interesting Work

    Cons

    Hardware provided for software development could be better.


  4. "Customer Support Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer IV in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer IV in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. Scopes of work are broadly defined so employees can use discretion when identifying means for project completion.

    Cons

    Every employee has a large area of responsibility and the pressures of multiple job roles can at times be overwhelming.


  5. "GOPS team member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good and supportive team members

    Cons

    No growth for new ideas. The higher management follows old principles. Too much work load.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more.


  6. "Mechanical Design Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with, very sharp and technical.

    Cons

    Office politics sometime drags your progression

    Advice to Management

    Fewer meetings, leave more authorization to technical team


  7. "It depends on project teams"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging problems to work on. But it depends on which project/product teams you are in. I have worked in two different product teams, one has great synergy and vibes. The other one is quite dull at times

    Cons

    See above, there are also politics played by middle managers. It can smell really stinky outside the building when wind blows in wrong direction, due to a nearby garbage processing plant

  8. "Satisfied"

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

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

    Pros

    Good work environment. Great work-life balance. Cool work without the hype.

    Cons

    Somewhat old-school semi-conductor industry company. Not the flashy, vibrant, change-the-world environment.

    Advice to Management

    If recruiting new talent is proving an issue since we have to compete with FAANG, we might want to liven up the place a little.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely low pay and benefits, high work pressure, old irrelevant technology, rigid management, no flexibility."

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn how to work and squeeze oneself without any reward.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay and benefits, high work pressure, old irrelevant technology, rigid management, no flexibility.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible experience"

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

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

    Pros

    Technology, good learning opportunity.

    Cons

    Extreme mis-management. I worked for Ebeam division. VERY mis organized, nothing is going smoothly, very stressful environment. Therefore the management was harassing the employees, while most of the management don't understand about the technical details. No clear communication, and lots of pressure and overload and having a disrespectful manager makes your life like a hell here.

    The pay is way lower compared to the workload and stress. Similar companies pay much more.

    Another thing, because of old-school type of thinking from management, there is no opportunity for growth. Most of the employees have been there for years and no promotion or raise.

    Even though the technology is very appealing but KT buys most of the subsystem from different companies and integrates them into their tools. So not much creativity if you're not involved with core design and fabrication of high-tech elements.

    Advice to Management

    Give time to young people. Get ride of old school type of approach, and build constructive environment. Value the employees.


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