Keyence Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Michio Sasaki
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Pros
  • Keyence UK is a growing company, so good opportunities if you are willing to put the effort in (in 4 reviews)

  • Excellent training, not just at the start (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work life balance even for a Japanese company (in 4 reviews)

  • Long hours, work/life balance is not ideal (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Fantastic entry level with opportunity to make much moola

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Engineer

    I have been working at Keyence full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Keyence has awesome benefits and rewards you in monetary amounts for your achievements. Bonuses are within reach. You work with others around your age and the office is a fun enviornment with loud personalities fit for sales. Keyence also has a high base pay definitely above average for a sales job.

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours but you are compensated for so. You need to put in the time to get the sales to get your bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Don't think, just do

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Keyence full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are straight out of college, jump all over this job. It is an excellent training ground for becoming a great salesperson. Keyence will ask a lot from you, luckily they are very transparent about what they ask. If you can follow the process you will succeed. Keyence gives the opportunity to learn from your mistakes, in warp speed. You essentially get 5 years of sales experience in two. Consider 2 years at Keyence a master's degree in sales. You will have a huge advantage over your peers you went to school with, plus waaaay more money in your bank account.

    Standard Pros: lots of paid vacation, excellent benefits, excellent starting pay

    Cons

    The process is structured in a way that doesn't allow you to think for yourself, which is great for a brand new employee, but becomes restrictive as time passes. Think of it this way, "we know what works, so do it this way, don't ask why". Once you start getting experience and settling in to the culture of the job, I see two paths develop....A highly functioning Keyence sales robot that is capable of hitting activity goals, but can't sell a life jacket to a drowning person... or a highly capable salesperson that is stifled by the restrictive culture. The robot will move up quickly in Keyence, the other guy will get a job with a different company, then move up quickly.

    You are a direct marketing tool for Keyence, no more, no less. The products are so awesome, they sell themselves. The skill level to sell is minimal, just setup calls and show it to people. Why do you think new grads and ex military are the main demographic at Keyence? You follow directions and don't question anything...

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really, this company is a rocketship of success. Keyence will become(if it hasn't already) the Nike of the industrial automation world. This company will succeed no matter what nameless robot is out there demoing their products.


  3. Helpful (4)

    An amazing company to work for! A dream sales position!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer

    I have been working at Keyence (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Such an amazing sales position to be in. People in the industry respect Keyence and enjoy working with them.

    Cons

    The training program is intense time ranges anywhere from 4 weeks to 3 months

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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  5. Senior Sales Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Keyence

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good starter company. Good opportunity for bonus.

    Cons

    Highly process oriented. Not much room for growth.


  6. Helpful (8)

    Difficult place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good base salary for an entry level job. Decent earning potential right out of college. Excellent training program to develop lifelong sales skills.

    Cons

    Operates with a heavily activity driven model, results in do work for works sake (i.e. expected number of phone calls per day. Not a lot of room for growth and feels almost oppressive in the oversight. High turnover due to burnouts.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Getting a job here is a golden ticket!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Elmwood Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Elmwood Park, NJ

    I have been working at Keyence full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -The job is not stressful (I was previously the GM of a construction company and they worked me to the bone at 85 hours a week for half the pay)
    -Everything is compensated
    -Pay is great (at 22 years old my starting salary was 63k plus commision)
    -Benefits are great
    -Travel (I had the opportunity to train and explore in 13 different states)
    -Training is long and thorough
    -The culture is awesome, there is a good split between age groups. Although the company does trend on the younger side, My office hangs out after work often.
    -Managenent cares about you

    Cons

    -work ends at 5pm, but if you leave the office before 5:15pm, it is frowned upon (makes no sense to me, make work end at 5:15 then!)
    -although the job isn't stressful, I barely have enough time to fit the gym, food shopping, and meal prep into my work week.
    -if your manager doesn't like you, you're not going to enjoy this job.
    -I had to choose the type of car I could drive based on the size of my equipment (big box for the tech)
    -lifting heavy equipment in and out of my car hurts my lower back.

    Advice to Management

    -Move away from the Japanese culture
    -create more bonding work events
    -more joint sales calls in the beginning
    -more communication between divisions


  8. Helpful (2)

    Continuously Evolving

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Keyence full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Constantly evolving and improving areas that need to change in the modern world. Good salary.

    Cons

    If you are not willing to make changes you can sometimes stagnate or get stuck in your role.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Keyence is stable, and ever changing in a positive direction.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Keyence full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    If you want a sales career and steady pay check this is a great place. Upward mobility is also very achievable.

    Cons

    Structure and consistency are great for most people. The standard format for office setting and management style do not blend well to inspire creativity. But this is potentially something they don't care about anyway.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Excellent opportunity with the industries best training

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The training offered by Keyence is unmatched in the industry. The typical in classroom training last from 2-6 months depending on the division.
    The pay is competitive to 80% of the industry.
    This is a growth company that didn't need to lay anyone off during the recession. Find me another company of this size that can say the same thing.
    Keyence has the best products in the industry. Customers like to refer to us as the Apple of the industry. This level of quality gives you instant credibility with your customers.
    You can be promoted rapidly.

    Cons

    If you are not going the management path your career can easily stagnate after 4-6 years.
    If you are in a smaller division it can be harder to move up compared to larger divisions.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Hard Work, moderately rewarded.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer

    I have been working at Keyence (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Expenses paid, strong base salary, excellent technical training and support, travel (could go either way), never see your boss.

    Cons

    Never see your boss/limited feedback. Travel. Long hours. High expectations. Lack of transparency in terms of bonuses and promotions. Glad I got on management's good side because if I didn't life would be a lot harder.

    Advice to Management

    If you trust your employees with very expensive equipment, why keep things so tight lipped? Be more open about things.



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