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KLA-Tencor San Jose Reviews

Updated May 20, 2017
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  1. "Great, overall!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)


  2. "Software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Relax work environment.

    Cons

    Company is going down hill.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  3. "After 4 years I love It here"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "Great Company to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Systems Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Merge with LAM may create new opportunities.

    Cons

    Merge with LAM may reduce value of KLA-Tencor.


  7. "By far, the smartest people I know"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Corporate Learning Center (CLC) is a luxury that no other company has. The members of the CLC are the wisest people whom you not only want to work with, but you can take life lessons from. The executive team had some tough decisions, but they were transparent with their employees and respectful of all of us overall.

    Cons

    KLA Tencor will be "no more" come this summer. LAM Research is lucky to have them.

    Advice to Management

    Write some books for other companies to learn from!


  8. "Manufacturing Design Engineer 4"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work.
    Encourage employees to learn new things and grow up
    Management are easy to approach and open
    Coworkers are friendly, collaborative, and supportive

    Cons

    Temporarily cannot think of any con. May be recycle of semiconductors industry


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to be developed - great technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Practically unlimited opportunities for growth and development. If you don't have a good manager, it's easy to find a good one. 10 good managers for 1 bad. Overall, good success strategy. Cutting edge technology. Learning department helps a lot.

    Cons

    So many new projects make verifying your priorities a daily challenge. Travel may be a little much if you get stuck on the wrong project.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate strategies down lower into the organization so there is less confusion and greater buy-in. Too many people doing tasks without knowing the bigger picture, then just following orders and blaming others when something happens. Every is working hard and wants to do the right thing.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Optics"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Laser Optics Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Laser Optics Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technologies; encouraging innovation with a relax environment; encouraging employee work and stay healthy by providing discounted membership and incentives.

    Cons

    Could be pushing as business dead lines approaching. Need to be multi-tasking.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and take care of your employee, in additions to pressing them getting things done.


  11. "IT Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good
    Stock purchase program for employees
    Management was good in my case

    Cons

    work / life balance is not the best

    Advice to Management

    Try to do more activities to increase team productivity


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