Key Technology Reviews

Updated February 16, 2015
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  1. Good work environment, great colleagues, but financial performance is poor and things move too slow

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    Former Employee - Customer Service
    Former Employee - Customer Service

    I worked at Key Technology full-time

    Pros

    Very nice work environment and a healthy company culture that fosters collaboration and teamwork. Great colleagues to work with, who have the company's best interest at heart. Accessible and responsive management team.

    Cons

    Financial results have been poor, compensation is average or below. In general things move too slow and the attitude is to play things safe, to a fault. Location (Walla Walla) is pleasant and offers great quality of life, but it can be a deterrent to attract new talent to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the management structure, promote a more dynamic decision-making process, attract fresh new talent in some key positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Will be micro-managed out of business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walla Walla, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walla Walla, WA

    I worked at Key Technology full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great ideas for advancement in food and pharmaceutical safety standards.

    Cons

    The rural location tends to not consideration all of current technology available in the industry that their competitors have. Therefore as they were once a top of the line manufacturer of automated optical sorting equipment and had all of the cutting edge technology they have not kept up with the changes in the industry so are now trying to play catch up unsuccessfully.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs to have people that have real time experience inside of the manufacturing plant and get them educated on all of the current technology available to regain the cutting edge rapport they once had with their old clients and to acquire new ones. The current middle management seems to have a lot of theoretical number crunching experience. However, truly do not know what it takes to do any of the jobs on the manufacturing side of the building. This pressure also seems to be forcibly applied to the planning area of the company and thus a lot of wasted man hours have been lost and revenue spent in overtime that simple schedule realignment could have easily prevented. These same operational practices have also made for a very tense,frustrating, and low moral in the work environment.

    In the years past (mid 90 or later) if a suggestion was made and it could save revenue it was taken into consideration and quickly researched and expedited for implementation if it was valid. However, the current state is do not speak to management or fellow co-worker at all just come in and be herded like cows to the slaughter despite even if you know items are incorrect on drawing, plans, schedules, etc. Thus the micro-management will eventually be the downfall of the company if not changed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Will Throw You Under the Bus

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Key Technology

    Pros

    Met some great people. Truly great peeps.

    Cons

    If the company needs money - you will get an automatic furlough with no regrets. This company is based on agricultural seasonal shifts. It's boom or bust. They have no problem laying you off for months when sales are slow. Job security for upper management - maybe. Maybe not. Very competitive industry - they play hard ball.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Good company, interesting work, friendly people.

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    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Walla Walla, WA
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Walla Walla, WA

    I worked at Key Technology as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    friendly and positive work culture

    Cons

    a bit old fashioned office environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Tremendous potential. Consistently falls short.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walla Walla, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walla Walla, WA

    I have been working at Key Technology full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Long history in the industry and community.

    Cons

    Serious lack of focus by the management team. Very short-term focus on the bottom line, leading to cancelled development projects, dropped products, and divesting successful business. Losing the confidence of their established customer base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the knee-jerk responses and FOCUS! You've got millions in the bank. Get serious about developing the next generation of products, and invest some of that into that and the future of the company. Yes, it will cost some in the short-term, but without doing so the downward spiral will continue as the competition continues to innovate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    My experience at Key Technology has been very interesting.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Assembler in Walla Walla, WA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Assembler in Walla Walla, WA

    I have been working at Key Technology

    Pros

    The best reasons to work for Key Technology is the fact that Key is established in the community and has a legacy for providing work for employees.

    Cons

    The downsides for working at Key technology mainly consist of being that Key is a publicly traded company, there seems to be more of a concern to please the stock holders than to be focused on really outstanding products. Not saying the products are bad, just that they could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see Key return to a more family like environment all of the time, not just when Key is bringing in lots of revenue.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. Mostly positive, currently pretty rough.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walla Walla, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walla Walla, WA

    I have been working at Key Technology

    Pros

    High-tech company in a rural setting. The company has a strong history, and has done some impressive things. It still has a bright future with the right leadership.

    Cons

    Current Sr. staff lacks long-term commitment to the company. They seem focused on short-term, artificial gains to enhance their own bonuses. With a change in leadership, this could be a great place to work again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond the end of the quarter for the greatest rewards.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. I am very happy with my experience at Key.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Key Technology

    Pros

    I feel that Key is very supportive of employees and their families. Their benefits package is very well rounded. Key employees are very frienly and great to work with.

    Cons

    I know that must employees would agree that salary increases are a sore subject at Key, however Key does try to reward employees in other ways in the meantime.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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