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KLA-Tencor San Jose Reviews

Updated July 3, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Design Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Excellent Management, Superior Technology, Dedicated Employees

    Cons

    Constantly changing schedule and requirements make it overwhelming most of the time and impossible to design it right the first time.

    Advice to Management

    Using the term, "that's the way it's always been" is lame. The industry is competitive because of stockholders, bonuses and greed.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Work / Life Balanced from Salary to Hourly"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not much to add to this section

    Cons

    While we (TSEs) were payed in Salary, we had to work 10 to 14 hrs while abroad; be on-call on the weekends and night. But all changed when we were payed hourly. No more than 8 hours daily and no more than 10 hours when we flew out.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Principal Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Principal Algorithm Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Algorithm Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some challenging technical problems KLA-Tencor has are good for improving one's engineering career.

    Cons

    Be prepared, some of the managers are vampires, they will suck on the engineers who they manage, trick new employees to write patent applications . Some of the managers are the worst human types, some of them got promoted by making a mess bigger and bigger, with bigger and bigger lies.

    Advice to Management

    To board of directors, get rid of the toxic management, then Engineers at the bottom can breathe and make the company perform.


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Research Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of interesting problems to work on, with large resources for innovative projects.

    Cons

    Very corporate and very political environment. Management is often the biggest impediment to getting real work done. Senior management are usually MBA's without any scientific knowledge, trying to understand technical problems.

    Advice to Management

    The PowerPoint meeting culture doesn't make you more informed, it makes you confused and inefficient. Go talk to the people who do the real work.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "From here I know what is a mean manager, how evil a person can be."

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are many smart engineers

    Cons

    Some managers are so mean, so mean.

    Advice to Management

    Bad managers will destroy the future of the company.


  7. "Best engineering job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

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

    Pros

    Great engineers to work with. Unbeatable technical work. Very few companies handling this level of complexity

    Cons

    Semiconductor industry not doing as well, and company depends on the cyclicality of semiconductor industry

    Advice to Management

    raise the morale of employees, decrease the politics, expand into other areas .

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Better in the past"

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    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There was a time where KLA-Tencor was one of the best companies to work for. They had good benefits, people and environment.

    Cons

    Hard to find growth in certain sector of the business. This company was more incline to promote men.

    Advice to Management

    Its sad but true... KLA was recently sold to LAM Research.


  9. "Technical Intern"

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    Former Employee - Technical Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Intern in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Challenging work and intelligent coworkers

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities


  10. "KLA-TENCOR GLASS DOOR"

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    Current Employee - Senior CSE in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior CSE in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Mostly stable industry - expect cycling as fabs update equipment and wait for upgrades

    Cons

    Not spending as much of Gross on research as they had previously - losing market share in SEM based products

    Advice to Management

    keepengineering teams together to be recalled to next generation projects


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