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KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  • Slightly older crowd but with this comes the work-life balance and maturity of co-workers (again, very little ego) (in 50 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good company to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malta, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malta, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and benefit

    Cons

    Company's Growth is slow and salary little below than industry average


  2. "Top Technology and Brilliant Staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - United States in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - United States in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Best in their field at attracting amazing talent and generating new technologies. Willing to spend money to "win" in many ways and everyone seems committed to a top quality product. Despite this, work/life balance is pretty good for semiconductor. Supporting systems like IT, MCAD, Oracle/SAP, etc don't have many issues.

    Cons

    Work environment sometimes difficult as some folks were very political. Lots of silo-ing between teams and divisions. HR extremely slow to respond to staff changes of a big enough magnitude, and outright chooses to not compete with larger companies on a salary basis. Some great managers, but others that simply have no grasp of time and budget requirements to deliver a certain outcome.

    Advice to Management

    The failure of the LAM merger is an opportunity to rebound from significant staff thinning, get focused, and become agile again.


  3. "Manufacturing Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very challeging and interesting state of the art instruments developed here by a lot of very smart people. Leads the industry in almost every tool. Good teamwork to resolve issues. Facility and benefits are good and management is flexible as long as you get your job done.

    Cons

    Pace is very fast and no such thing as 40 hour work week. Industry goes in boom bust cycles so they lay off a lot of extremely talented staff in the down turns. Moving manufacturing off shore. Tends to be ultra paranoid of high inventory levels at the expense of profits and effeciency.

    Advice to Management

    Should minimize layoffs during down turn as can't bounce back when good times return.


  4. "Great Company to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow as an individual

    Cons

    Company's Growth is questionable due to nature of the product

    Advice to Management

    Diversify to other areas bin semi conductor


  5. "Lead customer support engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fast paced supporting Intel research and development fabs. Great benefits. Decent managent willing to adjust as needed.

    Cons

    Blah blah blah blah blah I ain't no whiner


  6. "Enjoyed my time working here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rotation program, good people, cafeteria, work life balance. I very much enjoyed the people I was able to work with during my time at KLA Tencor.

    Cons

    Somewhat political, somewhat big company you can get lost in the shuffle. Not a lot of extra benefits like you would find at hot new companies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing most of what you are doing. Company communication at the corporate level is good. Day to day communication was just OK, could improve.


  7. "Applications Development Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Development Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Development Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great for getting experience with a wide skill range and customer/semi industry information. Self-paced advancement with a lot of career directions possible.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be challenging, but this is the time to make a mark for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Push for better work-life balance to retain talent.


  8. "Great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart and dedicated people. Employees stay at this company for a long time and the benefits are great. Upper management knows what they are doing. Great culture of hard working and promotes innovation.

    Cons

    The company is merging with Lam Research, I think this will change the culture of KLA. Long hours, some politics especially within the IT department.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the real value of the projects from IT.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Software Architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer V in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer V in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy introduction to team, thorough top level introduction to project architecture, direct access to entire code base. Management gives complete presentation of team goals. Code base is in relatively good condition. Quality of computer capability well above average.

    Cons

    No written records of design requirements or response available only study of base code is possible creating schedule delays. Former personnel may not be interviewed for their understanding. There is no written schedule and archaic technology is preserved at the cost to progress even if it damages the goals of the department.

    Advice to Management

    Modernization must be supported even if middle management must be forced to learn new technologies or the company's competitive edge will be lost. This support must come from the VP of engineering level or middle management will sacrifice all for their comfort.


  10. "Program Management at KLA-Tencor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Get to work on cool technologies and solve some very hard problems
    - World-wide operations enable rich professional interactions

    Cons

    - Strapped for budget, no big new programs
    - Lot of politics
    - company is not in a growth mode, limiting available opportunities

    Advice to Management

    - Work on the big iron projects


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