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KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated August 14, 2017
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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 51 reviews)

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

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  1. "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good people here and environment

    Cons

    not really anything but the food


  2. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Good and Smart people around; Good travel benefits

    Cons

    Too much top-down management execution, high workload

  3. "Staff Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Strong position in semiconductor capital equipment industry.
    Technology.

    Cons

    Middle level management is lack of transparency

    Advice to Management

    Better transparency and career growth opportunity


  4. "Systems Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Great technology and great colleagues

    Cons

    Management only bothered with financial engineering. Dividends etc. not growing the company in new areas.


  5. "Good Company"

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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, good product, good work

    Cons

    sometime salary scale is lower, dont see direct career opportunity


  6. "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.


  7. "Engineering Lead"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Semiconductor has low business cycles

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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)


  9. "Retrofit Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    People and culture are good

    Cons

    You may encounter bad management


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Maybe just not for me"

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

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Traveling opportunity; Majority of employees are smart, friendly and supportive

    Cons

    Typical old school; prefer status quo instead of innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Working environment and open management communication are more important than the compensation.


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