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Keyence Overview

Ōsaka, Osaka (Japan)
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public (68610)
Industrial Manufacturing
$5 to $10 million (USD) per year
As a leading supplier of sensors, measuring systems, laser markers, microscopes, and machine vision systems worldwide, KEYENCE is at the forefront of factory automation. We strive to develop innovative and reliable products to meet the needs of our customers in every ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Time for our 1st Sales Engineer Spotlight from Jax!

  • With our latest training class wrapping up, and our hiring already starting for January and June 2021, we thought a brief overview from one of our trainers would highlight the importance of these first few months at KEYENCE. KEYENCE invests over $350,000 in a new hire's first 6 months to make sure they are trained, from our Classroom style product training to our mentor-ship and shadowing program, we want to ensure our Sales people are prepared before stepping in front of a customer. Thank you to Matt F. for helping out on this, and if you have any questions or want to learn more about KEYENCE check out our careers page her on glassdoor or at

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Keyence – Why Work With Us?

KEYENCE has steadily grown since 1974 to become an innovative leader in the development and manufacturing of industrial automation and inspection equipment worldwide. Our products consist of code readers, laser markers, machine vision systems, measuring systems, microscopes, sensors, and static eliminators.

At KEYENCE, we pride ourselves not only on our products, but on our support as well. Our customers benefit from working directly with our highly knowledgeable sales engineers who can help them solve applications and answer technical product questions quickly.

Our business results are a direct result of the relentless focus on our business philosophies, and our success is recognized throughout the business world. KEYENCE has been continuously ranked in prominent company rankings such as “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” (Forbes), and we are among the top 10 companies in Japan based on market capitalization as of Sep. 2017. 



  • You are passionate to establish and develop a career.
  • You perservere through challenges to exceed expectations.
  • You are accountable for your goals and your results.
  • You desire a collaborative/open work environment.

We are highly selective as we hire new talent into the organization due to our strong culture based around career development. Our development philosophy is simple "people learn best by doing" therefore we offer extensive:

  • Hands-on training
  • Promote from within
  • Market leading compensation

Each employee is empowered to own their results and bring forward ideas to improve all aspects of our business.

Keyence Reviews

  • Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Very happy to be working for Keyence"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO


    Cutting edge technology that our competitors struggle to match. Training program is rigorous and detailed. You will stay late at the office during your initial training at corporate to ensure you understand the technical side of your product. Management is very supportive and direct. There is a quiet confidence at Keyence that gets your fired up and grateful to be working here.

    You can make a lot of money, and going to manufacturing companies to provide solutions to their pain points is very rewarding.


    These aren’t necessarily cons.

    Process metrics can be tedious to achieve across the board, but that is based on the effort you put in to make it happen. My advice is to focus your effort on the most important metrics relative to the others.

    Lots of driving - this not necessarily a bad thing. Have food/ meals in your car, as sometimes you won’t be able to stop for lunch between meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work taking care of your people. Supportive and direct seem to be the two things that are effective for me.

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Keyence Photos

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Keyence Interviews



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  1. Featured Interview

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    Technical Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview


    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Keyence (Chicago, IL) in January 2020.


    Very long and in depth interview process with multiple steps. First and foremost I was reached out to by a recruiter via Handshakes which is similar to Linkedin. It seems that a lot of the people I talked to were reached out via a recruiter. The first step in my process was a Wiesen Assessment which was a logic and reasoning test. I am a business major and as long as you have a basic understanding of physics and logic you will pass it no problem. Next, was the Hirevue stage which consists of recording yourself on a computer and answering a series of questions. This process can be strange, however, just make sure you answer the questions thoroughly and with some level of enthusiasm. After this stage I had to take a Caliper test which is essentially a personality test. I was sent this three days after completing the Hirevue. The same day I was invited in for the final interview which was in Chicago at the Keyence headquarters. This occurred during January and we were flown there and put up in a hotel that is connected to the headquarters. Everything was paid for and they made us feel very comfortable. The final interview consisted of a few group activities, an overview of the company, a one on one interview with a senior member, and a sales pitch for a product they sent us information about about two weeks prior. Make sure you know this product very well as they will ask tons of questions about it. It was more of a back and forth than a presentation and was more fun than stressful. Know the product well, and you'll do fine. After the career day in Chicago I received a phone call about a week later indicating my location preferences and talking further about the position. Two weeks after this I received a call with a final offer. Two things to note. They do not negotiate on your base or other parts of the offer, so don't even try. The other thing is the offer is very very good. They certainly take care of their employees. The process is long, yes. However, it is entirely worth it and quite fun at times!

    Interview Questions

    • How do you think you did on the sales pitch?
      Why sales?   1 Answer
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Keyence Awards & Accolades

  • The World's 100 Most Innovative Companies, Forbes, 2019
  • The World's 100 Most Innovative Companies, Forbes, 2018
  • Employee Voice Award, Quantum Workplace, 2017
  • The World's 100 Most Innovative Companies, Forbes, 2017
  • The World's 100 Most Innovative Companies, Forbes, 2016
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