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KLA-Tencor San Jose Reviews

Updated January 12, 2018
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  1. "KLA-Tencor simple review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Forward looking company, highly competitive to be best in industry

    Cons

    Doesn't care to provide highest salary or best benefits


  2. "Great technology company"

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    Former Employee - Director in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The leader in the field of semiconductor inspection, metrology, and defect review. Large automated opto-mechanical systems, with high end optics, precision mechanics, fast image processing electronics. Engineering is never boring and always poses new challenges. Well developed engineering and production process. Good engineering teams.

    Cons

    HR appears to be set up to protect the company from employee lawsuits, rather than genuinely care about employees. 7 or more layers of management. Engineering process is sometimes superficially formalized.

    Advice to Management

    Top management must cut through the layers. When the company was smaller, Ken Levy (the founder and long time CEO) knew critical technical challenges, talked to employees on all levels, instilled confidence in employees and management. In today's larger company the CEO is concerned mostly with factors outside the company: investors, customers etc., and seems to be good at it, but doesn't cut through the bureaucracy of the company. The executive and lower level reviews are repetitive and don't focus on main problems.

  3. "Contract Material Handler for Engineer Support"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Milpitas, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Owners are very friendly and the environment is laid-back

    Cons

    Location can make commute difficult

    Advice to Management

    none


  4. "Test Engineer"

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    Former Freelancer - Hardware Or Software QA Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Freelancer - Hardware Or Software QA Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment, talent employees, friendly, good benefits, fair salary, excellent Executive team, and more...

    Cons

    Currently, I don't see any downsides yet.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  5. "could be better"

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    respect employee career path; good training

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive; work and life balance could be better


  6. "Passionate, focused, and comitted"

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    Current Employee - Senior OptoMech in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior OptoMech in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    All of the skills I've acquired through school and practical experience are applied, challenged, and refined on a daily basis. I am a better engineer today because of the KT environment.

    Cons

    Thick skin and the ability to think tactically are important. The solutions are rarely obvious, and the egos that are ready to punch holes in your ideas are many.

    Advice to Management

    Competition and comradary bind your team.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Focused company. Willing to send people and spend effort for customers. Top management does deep dives, keeping GMs and Senior Director's on their toes.

    Cons

    Being a software person, KLA-Tencor does not value software products. Only software for tools. It makes sense. But may not be right for everyone.


  9. 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.


  10. "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.


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