Keyence

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Keyence Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
43 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent opportunity with the industries best training

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

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hard Work, moderately rewarded.

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

    I have been working at Keyence (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome company to start a sales engineering career. If successful, can earn lots of money and be rewarded with frequent promotions

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

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

    Pros

    Get to see how things are created/manufactured. Sell innovative electronics that are a cut above the competition to Fortune 1000 customers. Freedom to set your own schedule

    Cons

    Although it's changing, Japanese headquarters still has too much influence on US operations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think if ways to invest more in employees after the first few years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A company that knows how to take care of its employees

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

    I have been working at Keyence full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Keyence compensates us very well compared to other opportunities out there. Most managers are great, supportive and don't micromanage. The products are also some of the best out there, so they are easy to stand behind in a sales role. The company is also growing very quickly and is taking on more managers and promoting from within. Overall this is a fantastic job for a young person willing to travel and put in the effort. I have recommended it to several friends already.

    Cons

    Personally I find some aspects of sales stressful, but that doesn't necessarily reflect on the company itself. Beyond that, the usual growing pains associated with a quickly growing company... training could be optimized a little better, communication is occasionally lackluster between corporate and sales offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The technical training is top-notch, but it would be helpful to spend a bit more time on the sales training. For a technically oriented person with relatively little sales experience, the learning curve can be a bit steep when you start in your own territory.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    High Turnover Amongst Experienced Reps Currently; Could Be Different In A Couple Years

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

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

    Pros

    Base Pay + Commission
    Good people to work with
    Positive changes aimed towards American Culture over last 2 years
    Innovative products
    Growing company
    Management is becoming better at listening to employees

    Cons

    Sometimes stress sales call/phone metrics over possible sales
    2-3yr burnout expected
    MAG commission is low- 3-3.5% off of 36% effect which equates to ~1.25% of total sale
    Micromanagement- Need to realize some people sell differently and can be more successful without doing it the Keyence way
    Mandatory 7:30am-5pm hours whereas similar positions are 8:00am-4pm or no set hours at all for salesman
    Vacation is low-10 days of vacation starting (12days after 2 years)
    Some divisions could use a bump in mileage for having to driving SUVs/Trucks/Vans instead of fuel efficient cars

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although changes over the last two years have been great, Keyence still has a ways to go in work/life balance, compensation/incentives and micromanagement. Fix these areas and Keyence will finally start keeping experienced reps and will be a great place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growing company with some potential

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

    I worked at Keyence (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fair salary and benefits, growing company.

    Cons

    Long hours, work/life balance is not ideal.

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing Company that promoted from within

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

    I have been working at Keyence full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Can advance quickly based on merit

    Cons

    Its sales, so, it's not always easy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More company sponsored events

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Saddle Brook, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Saddle Brook, NJ

    I worked at Keyence full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Was my second job out of college. The pay was better then my first job.

    Cons

    Japanese work environment. If your manager is not Japanese then he is not your real manager with no real power in the organization. They micro manage everything and expect you to hit many intangible goals besides your numbers. If you hit all your goals its like an 80hr work week. Overall bad experience….job was way more stressful then at other companies that not only pay better but have much better culture and balance and even that’s not saying much but Keyence is that awful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are going to do whatever Keyence Japan wants them to do....it's that simple. They expect high turnover which is why they hire less Experienced people. If you start there have a plan to move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great products, good people, improving management, very organized.

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

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of things that Keyence does right, and if you like a structured work environment, you'll do well here. They have excellent products and spend a ton of money on R&D, always coming out with industry-leading technologies. It makes it very easy to sell when you have great products. Additionally, Keyence has a lot of excellent internal systems. Shipping and repair are well run and customer service and credit are excellent. Training is excellent, and salespeople have an extremely large safety net for the first few years, meaning you have to really screw up to get fired. Even if you can't sell, they'll keep you around and keep trying to train you as long as you're working hard. Pay is good - 75th percentile of technical sales jobs.

    Cons

    Sales-related activities are all tracked and measured, and the expectations for activity are very high. These do not diminish as experience is gained, leading to burnout after a few years. Most salespeople stay 2-3 years because once they learn how to sell, other companies offer them a better lifestyle, even if it's similar pay, and people leave. For years, it seemed like employees were regarded as cogs in a wheel, and even if that has improved over the years in most ways, the fact that management won't adjust their incentive systems to recognize that not all employees sell in the same way and that sales calls are still a major part of compensation is damaging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treating employees with respect and recognizing their experience will help people want to stay. While profits are important, people want to work in a pleasant environment, and constantly focusing on the "improvement areas" of an employee is not the way to make someone feel appreciated. Recognize success and make the office a more pleasant place to work. As people advance, give them more autonomy. Invest more in manager training. Fix the APSM program. Having someone manage and sell and keeping the expectations the same as when they were just managing is ridiculous. No company should have a "high burnout position," especially when it is a position that is critical for organizational growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Keyence full-time

    Pros

    Great training. Great products. Lots of opportunity for performers.

    Cons

    Tough culture for person lacking flexibility and resilience. Plan to work hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

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