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KLA-Tencor San Jose Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Systems Engineer"

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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.


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

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    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!

  3. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The coworkers are great to work with

    Cons

    I Was always working weekends

    Advice to Management

    K-T should pay at the industry norm


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Former FaST Division Employee"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at KLA-Tencor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are smart, decent benefits, good place to learn "soft" skills straight out of school. People on the mechanical team are all level headed and easy to work with. You learn a lot the first year to year and a half. I would leave after that.

    Cons

    1. Politics and risk mitigation. Any design that deviates from past designs will be shot down immediately. Who is pitching the concept seems to matter more than the concept itself during CDRs.
    2. Concepts and designs are never validated on a subsystem level. Thus, there is never any data to properly evaluate how well a design works and furthermore never the data required to give design specs for the next system.
    3. Projects are always understaffed and schedules are not founded in reality. In my three years at the company, not once had I finished a project on time. This is common place. Do not buy into being behind schedule. It will only create unnecessary stress in your life. Work hard, but know you will never get ahead and the harder you work the more work will be dumped on you.

    I left because I felt the group did not do "real" engineering, there is no clear path for upward mobility within the group, and the machine that is FaST is too frustrating to work within. With the current KT-LAM proposed acquisition, shedding of talent, and lack of interesting work, it made sense to leave.

    Advice to Management

    1. Listen to your employees. You have all these grand ideas and proposals laid out during the Engineering Conference and then there is no follow through.
    2. Throw your employees a bone every once in a while. Direct managers should personally acknowledge individuals when they put in extra hours, work weekends, or implement a well received design.
    3. Validate designs with data, not just gut feelings.
    4. Staff the optical department and get rid of those who don't play nice with others.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Declining"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company still has big market share. The company still has high performing engineers. The company is still profiting ok.

    Cons

    The whole market is shrinking, and the company is under pressure.
    Bureaucracy has been building too much.
    People relationship is taking too much impact.

    Advice to Management

    Strategy gets lost when executed to lowest level.
    Cross disciplinary collaboration should be taken as more important than within disciplinary collaboration.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Problem Statements are really good and provide opportunity to explore

    Cons

    Company is too political and does not value ideas. Only 20% employees actually work on state of the art, rest all is just software work.


  7. "Executive Assistant"

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    Current Contractor - Assistant in Milpitas, CA
    Current Contractor - Assistant in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    People and Benefits are really great. Everyone here is very nice. Sometimes it is difficult to get a straight answer on information you are seeking.

    Cons

    Milpitas Commute North can be a beast and there does not seem to be much in the way of alternate commute alternatives. I would hope that a Bart system would eventually come to this area.

    Advice to Management

    There seem to be a lot of managers and it is surprising how heavy the workload is on most of the administrative staff company wide. Multiple teams and executives being supported by a single individual.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Working with a ton of smart individuals
    2. Professional environment but not uptight; great culture
    3. Onsite gym and cafeteria
    4. Salaries are competitive
    5. Great work-life balance for most positions
    6. Location

    Cons

    1. Not all groups are great to work with; many micro cultures
    2. Uncertain future for those in support roles due to acquisition by Lam Research
    3. Some people have been here way too long (tenured professor attitude)


  9. "Purchased by a bigger company"

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KLA-Tencor full-time

    Pros

    Leading company in the domain, a lot of oversea travel, good experience at customer sites, good career oppotunities

    Cons

    Work-life balance not good, intense competation presure from internal and external, compensation just so so


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is always a chance to learn something new

    Cons

    There was a Recent RIF


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