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KLA-Tencor San Jose Reviews

Updated May 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Great company, bad management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Marketing / Program Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  3. "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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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Electrical"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global company
    Interesting projects working with advanced technologies
    Wide career opportunities - jumping between groups is easy
    Lots of travel
    Good financial outlook

    Cons

    Sometimes too much travel
    Very much stuck in their way of doing things
    Hardcore performance driven
    Sometimes the pressure is driven to critical levels

    Advice to Management

    Manage customer demands better
    Do not over-commit the delivery dates
    Understand that there are multiple ways to solve problems, not just KT way


  6. "Top Technology and Brilliant Staff"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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.


  7. "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.


  8. "Great Company to work"

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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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


  11. "Great place to work."

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    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.


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