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Typical day at work
Buyer/Planner USA 4 (Former Employee) –  Milpitas, CADecember 3, 2018
Get in, catch up on emails. Respond to MFG demands. Follow up with suppliers on material deliveries. Brief managers on material deliveries. Manage production schedule.
Pros
Stayed busy
Cons
Not always appreciated. Managers play favorites.
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good technology
Research Scientist (Current Employee) –  Milpitas, CANovember 14, 2018
kla is a good company to work very advanced technology but the pay is not high there are not enough people and so many deadlines it is aliitle bit stressful enviroment because of work
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Strongly focused management with uneven expertise
Consulting Senior Software Architect (Former Employee) –  Milpitas, CAOctober 19, 2018
Management has highly focused goals for resolving problem issues but does not have a well focused plan to achieve those goals. Department meetings serve to assign problem resolution responsibilities to each engineer. However, management is not versed on the current technology needed to solve the issues in the dated code.

If your department is responsible and has the goal as the highest issue, you will be able to contribute your ideas to the solution. Otherwise, archaic and possibly non-implementable solutions will be forced on the team and failure will result.
Pros
Desire to be highly competitive, solid interest in finding solutions
Cons
Department politics, archaic computing hardware, inter-department communications
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Good company
Pre-Sales Demo Applications Manager (Current Employee) –  Milpitas, CAOctober 3, 2018
Change is coming to KLA and to all the semiconductor industry. The design rules for semi-conductors are running out of steam, and this will make optical inspection somewhat challenging to meet the needs of the coming technology nodes. The industry as a whole maybe poorly positioned to to drive the coming technology needs and as such there might be a paradigm shift in the works over the next 5 years. KLA is progressively trying to diversify there product portfolio to include non inspection strategies and non semi strategies, but only time will tell if these changes will help KLA weather the storm.
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Productive and fun place to work
Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAAugust 2, 2018
The most enjoyable part of work was the classes that management offer to employee and recognition for a job well done that took place once a year starting since the inception of the company
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Great place to work
System Engineer (Current Employee) –  Milpitas, CAJuly 3, 2018
KLA-Tencor is a great place to work. The commute is not bad. Company is in Milpitas. It is fun to work at KLA-Tencor. The people there are nice. The only bad part is the Milpitas foul smell.
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A great place to work....Until...
Machinist/Machine Shop Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Tucson, AZApril 27, 2018
I loved working at KLA-Tencor. The environment was relaxed and you felt like you were a part of something pretty special. I advanced my knowledge greatly during my time there.

Unfortunately, the original owners sold the business to KLA and everything was shipped overseas. That left over 100 employees unemployed and devastated a wonderful workplace.
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Leader in process control
TA Coordinator, University Relations Group (Former Employee) –  Milpitas, CAApril 16, 2018
KLA-Tencor has been a leader in process control for the semiconductor and related industries for 40 years, developing and manufacturing inspection, metrology and data analysis systems that rely on innovative optics, sensors and high performance computing technologies.
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Sr. Purchasing Agent (Current Employee) –  Milpitas, CAFebruary 12, 2018
work long hours, ok management, work life balance missing, close to home ---- hard to travel, learned what not to do, most enjoyable part of the job was
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Great technology
Test Engineer (Former Employee) –  Bedford, MAFebruary 9, 2018
Great technology. It is really enabling the next generation of technology. Its doing this by both improving the quality and driving down the production costs.
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a good place to balance life and work
Senior System Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Milpitas, CAFebruary 7, 2018
a good place to balance life and work. Follow standard of procedures. salary below average. inefficient management. 60% peers are open-minded. sometimes too much talking.
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Good experience with KT
Supply Chain Intern (Former Employee) –  Milpitas, CAJanuary 29, 2018
KLA-Tencor is a nice company, there are a lot of activities for the new hires. The environment is good. Company is growing though maybe not as fast as other competitors.
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Innovative and busy place
Regional Corporate Sales Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAJanuary 21, 2018
- Meet with Customers and Sales Force almost daily
- Learned about the principles of how the measuring equipment worked.
- Management and staff was well educated
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Pros
Creative environment
Cons
Company was caught in industry downturn
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Hard & stressfull work was paid well
Product Engineer (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CAJanuary 19, 2018
Pay rate and benefits were great, but the fast pace and nature of their business sector was very stressful and requirements were always changing. Work load was oppressive and overwhelming.
Pros
Pay & benefits
Cons
Workload
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KLA Tencor
Sr. FP&A Manager - Global Service Division (Former Employee) –  Milpitas, CANovember 3, 2017
A good place to work. Very knowledgeable team. Company willing to invest in ERP system, and I had a very supportive manager. Semiconductor will always be a stressful place to work in.
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KLA-Tencor
Optical Engineer (Former Employee) –  Milpitas, CASeptember 26, 2017
- No design tools (which is mostly what I like to do)

- Extensive Optical Alignment. Would spend 8-10 hours in a clean room

- Management was excellent

- Culture was above and beyond

- Hardest part was spending 8-10 hours in a clean room, constantly wearing 2 pairs of latex gloves on each hand and laying down on my back most of the day to align optics.

- Most enjoyable was when I got to work in non-clean labs and make measurements.
Pros
Nice Cafeteria
Cons
No access to Optical Design Software.
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Growth
Training Analyst (Former Employee) –  Milpitas, CASeptember 18, 2017
In the years I was at KT, the company expanded it's product base with a number of different products.

In my position, I was involved with almost all the different divisions and able learn about the different products and the technologies used.
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productive and fun time work place
Buyer/ Planner (Former Employee) –  San Jose, CASeptember 15, 2017
Typical work day start with morning meetings work with the system
with schedule forecast. interface with Engineering documents review
Inventory and material Planning activities in the production Floor
Meeting offsite with suppliers and Vendors.Print out all the documents for records keeping daily.
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Pretty good company. Awful boss.
Multimedia Producer (contractor) (Former Employee) –  Milpitas, CASeptember 11, 2017
A typical day as the Multimedia Producer in the Corporate Learning Center from 2008 - 2010 involved generally being praised by the larger team and associated management and partners for my work, but whatever I did was never good enough for my boss, so it was a toxic work environment where I never felt like I job was safe day to day nor did I even know what I was going to be doing day to day.
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the company
Project Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Milpitas, CAAugust 29, 2017
Great company to work for. Great benefits. Great manager. Very competitive. Job opportunities company wide. Training options. Work hard, play hard.
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