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KLA-Tencor Reviews

Updated August 14, 2017
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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. "general"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    enjoy working
    not too busy

    Cons

    sometimes I have to work late


  2. "Lots of management change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Very slow in rewarding employees

  3. "Manufacturing Engineer"

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    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"

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    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"

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    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. "Associate Test Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Night Shift is more family oriented. The Group takes care of their own as well as other groups that work Nights.

    Cons

    Glass Ceiling. Promotions are not clearly laid out. purely based on budget.

    Advice to Management

    Have a clearly defined path to promotion.


  7. "Enjoyed my time working here"

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    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.

  8. "Good for semi, not so good otherwise"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to learn about semiconductor capital equipment. Lot of travel (if you like that sort of thing) and a lot of good people.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, self-serving management, really outdated software technology and organizational development compared to the rest of Silicon Valley. Company stagnant in growth, hence the acquisition by Lam.


  9. "Applications Development Engineer"

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    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.


  10. "Good Place to work for a technologist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Great Technology and good learning opportunity.

    Cons

    Politics and Nepotism always wins.


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