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Key Technology Reviews

Updated August 14, 2017
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  1. "Very good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of assistance and clear cut workload each day

    Cons

    Sometimes it can get hectic when things start to fall behind


  2. "Great People, Great Place to Work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Key Technology full-time

    Pros

    Wage is higher than other places in the valley. Excellent benefits package. Very few employers still offer the lucrative medical plans they do. The top executives try to do different events and activities to show their thanks to employees. Employees treat each other like family. It was hard to leave.

    Cons

    Fluctuating business (orders based on economy, agricultural demand) made for some scary times such as layoffs. But it was more the lack of communication from middle management that made it scarier than it was. They try to do more with less employees results in burned out employees.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up middle management, and only put in people that want to grow employees, not just with the engineering skillset.

  3. "Whale swallowed by minnow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walla Walla, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walla Walla, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Key Technology full-time

    Pros

    A lot of employees with 20+yrs at Key. Build systems used worldwide. Service gets to travel all over.

    Cons

    Poor management. Projects flounder with too little commitment or backing. Focus too much on metal. Some products require tremendous effort to get past Sales dept resistance. Area devoid of other engineering opportunities; it's an island and you can get voted off. Engineering control given to Belgium group with less experience. Cyclic business and layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Get Sr. Management who understand small quantity, high reliability capital systems. Pay more attention to existing projects and experienced employees.


  4. "Working at Key"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of challenging problems to solve from optics to algorithms to mechanical design. location is beautiful if you like the small town setting.

    Cons

    Lots of ups and downs in overall performance. People are hard to change and adapt to new technologies. Hiring and letting go are very frequent.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to new technologies and better foresight in the market.


  5. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Walla Walla, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Walla Walla, WA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Key Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of responsibility available to make an impact on the bottom line. Challenge was putting out all the fires all the time.

    Cons

    Financials are up and down, long term planning has been a challenge. Merger activity was disruptive causing confusion sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring and firing at such a rapid pace not conducive to employee loyalty. Failing to raise salaries until a competing offer is shown distract on the ability to get work done and causes pretty high stress. Involving sales in R&D activities not good for continuing sales, causes slumps on current products.


  6. "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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  8. "Will Throw You Under the Bus"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    None


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  10. Helpful (2)

    "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
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.