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KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated July 11, 2017
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  1. 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.


  2. "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

  3. 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.


  4. "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.


  5. "Field service Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Ridgewood, NJ
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Ridgewood, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits , profit sharing, car allowance.

    Cons

    Too much weekend work.
    Some managers are not the best.


  6. "After 4 years I love It here"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for overall. Not the highest pay, and not the most work pressure. A balanced and productive life.
    People share, collaborate, give credit, and care.

    Cons

    Slightly older work crowd but less yuppy culture too

    Advice to Management

    Keep sharing and keep shaking


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Great company, bad management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Semiconductor equipment company with great products (Gen 5) in a wafer measurement, metrology and inspection. Merger with Lam did not go through but its culture is unique and its better that way. Can do better if products are cheaper but ops cost is high and outsourcing is out of control.

    Cons

    Management is focused on how to sustain the status quo, a lot of politics, lay offs, not a place for a career growth. Competition between middle and top management, nothing new in the semiconductor sector except fierce politics. Nobody cares about engineers and their training and advancements.

    Advice to Management

    This is an engineering company not a political institution. Get your priorities strait, let engineers do their job and give them fair time off and compensation.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Marketing / Program Director"

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

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

    Pros

    You got a job. Cult culture if you like that sort of thing, they think they are the best thing around. Great PLC its like an M.Sc on product introduction. Have gone through all 7 phases as I was the only one doing 4 jobs so over worked and under paid

    Cons

    Very political, constant hiring and firing means that people spend more time ensuring you get laid off at the next down turn rather than them. Not the highest pay, like 10 to 15% below average. PLC is not stream lined. Instead people think that doing an excellent PLC documentation is more important than actually doing the work. Marketing has to get the YES answer or else the team is out of a job. So it is biased so that why the PLC does not work and is broken.

    Advice to Management

    Get real and behave like a proper company that innovates rather than living off past legacy products. Your PLC does not work i.e. when did it actually produce a successful product to the market place. Management looks after itself and ensures you know that too. Rick needs to stop thinking like the past and actually run the company.


  9. "PMM"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great work life balance and hard working people

    Cons

    limited career growth and saturated market

    Advice to Management

    being transparent will help


  10. "KLA-Tencor"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the time there is good work life balance

    Cons

    Sector has matured compared to 10 years ago so the growth rate, and possibilities for natural advancement has decreased also

    Advice to Management

    Provide a vision, rather than pointing to some unpublished plan.


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