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Keyence Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay for someone with no experience (in 12 reviews)

  • Keyence formula is great products (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • It's tough to maintain a work life balance sometimes (in 19 reviews)

  • Sometimes long hours but you are compensated for so (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Keyence full-time

    Pros

    Great Money, Work Life, Time off

    Cons

    Very Repetitive work, monotony


  2. "Luck of the Draw"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The starting salary for college grads is higher than your average "entry level" position. The products are top of the line, and in the right territory you can do well and get promoted quickly.

    Cons

    The quality of your job is going to vary DRASTICALLY depending on your territory and manager.

    In a good territory your schedule can be easily set with limited cold calling and travel time. Lots of good short term sales opportunities will come your way. Keyence highly rewards reps in these situations.

    On the flip side, if you're placed in a difficult territory, expect to be making 100+ cold calls on office days. You'll be driving a ton. I cannot stress the miles you will put on your car chasing low opportunity sales calls just to meet bare bone expectations. Sales will come a lot slower. Expect a lot of frustrating weeks that result in 0 sales opportunities. You're going to be putting in a lot more effort than other reps and getting paid A LOT less to do more work.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic when splitting territories and setting goals for your employees. Stop pretending that all territories are created equal and setting blanket expectations for reps across the country. I've seen a lot of talented hardworking reps go unnoticed for there efforts and get burnt out quickly.

    Instead of directly placing blame on reps who are struggling to meet goals, evaluate the situation they're in a little closer. Provide them with support and develop a more realistic approach from rep to rep. Otherwise, expect to have continuously high turnover rates.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Get in get out"

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Like every other review will tell you, it's the money. The money isn't amazing per se, but 95% of new hires are fresh out of college where ~60k+ your first year seems like the lottery.

    Good entry level job to build your resume and get basic sales experience.

    The people, actually very very cool to work with. There's a sense you're all in this painful ride together.

    Cons

    Ironically, the money is why most people don't leave sooner. It takes a few years for recruiters to start really going after you, so for most new hires with staggering student debt in a destroyed entry level job market, Keyence feels like a life raft. You don't really want to be there, but you don't really have a choice.

    The activity system will burn you out. No matter if you live in a dense multi-million person metropolitan area, or Iowa, you're expected to hit the same metrics. For some divisions that literally means 60+ sales calls a month. That's right, 60 meetings every single month. As you're required to be in on Monday + Friday, expect to have 6-8 meetings A DAY Tues-Thurs. In remote territories you can tack on 1-5 hours of driving after your sales calls too.

    Speaking of all that driving, Keyence remains one of the very few large outside sales firms to not offer a vehicle. If you plan on having a nice car, you'll be underwater on it in no time. In my first year and a half I put 50k miles on my car, and that was in a territory not considered a "traveling" territory.

    Monday Friday is call center day. How else are you going to book your 8-15 meetings for that week?

    Want to take some vacation? No problem! You still need to hit not only your sales goal, but activity goals as well. In your review every quarter if you don't hit these numbers, it will affect you, and you will not get promoted. Your manager will tell you to make up the gap next month when you're not taking vacation, so if you thought 40-60 meetings a month was tough buckle up.

    Advice to Management

    Keyence's management comes from Japan, or KJ as it's called internally. You could give the best advice in the world and it falls on powerless ears. The company is changing culturally, albeit very slowly for the better. For being a sales company that talks about "value" constantly, it's ironic how badly they miss out on providing it for their own employees. Why stay at Keyence when you can make more money at a company with better work life balance and culture just a few years later? Average tenure is 3-5 years for this reason, and will likely never change.


  4. "Sales Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, they really like their personnel

    Cons

    Nothing, they want you to succeed

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Sales Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Keyence full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule Tuesday-Thursday
    Can work from different offices throughout US on Monday or Friday

    Cons

    There can be a lot of driving
    Hard hours of working 7:30-5:00
    Very into metrics
    Cannot work from home on Monday or Friday

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible with leaving early/coming in late by allowing employees to work from home if necessary


  6. "Sales Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Keyence does hire great people, from the top down I have a deep respect for everyone I worked with. I also thoroughly enjoyed the Monday and Friday office days with my co-workers. Keyence has a strategy for success that seems unmatched in the industry, making sales here relatively easy at many accounts. Keyence formula is great products + rapid and aggressive direct marketing/sales.

    Cons

    Individual results may vary. Japanese work culture still dictates many day to day metrics with which you'll be ranked. Burnout isn't uncommon due to some of the rigid standards you're held to, including: phone calls made/minutes, sales calls per week/month, variable strategy emphasis (target customer contact etc).

    Advice to Management

    Keep cranking out amazing products and hiring high achievers. Loosen up on the reigns as salespeople progress in their careers.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Technical Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Itasca, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Itasca, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot, good job right out of college, good pay

    Cons

    Promotions don't mean much except more money, just get paid more to do the same things. Very strict corporate culture with no flexibility. Feel more like a number than a person and frowned upon to leave at 5pm. too concerned with creating new ways to report what you are doing, at one point had to say every hour everyday what I was going to be working on which is extreme micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more flexibility and pay attention to needs of your employees. Have more trust in employees and less concerns with reporting day to day activities, stop having salaried people clock in and out everyday

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Growing Company but at Employee's Expense"

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products and a decent reputation

    Cons

    Consistently changing comp structure that no one can understand resulting in turnover and low morale.
    You develop business, then Keyence takes it away by "splitting your territor" without paying you for your efforts

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility for your actions rather than blaming it on sales people "not understanding" or blaming it on the mid-level managers that don't dictate the policies


  9. Helpful (2)

    "It has been a great ride"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Keyence full-time

    Pros

    The pay is very great

    Cons

    Everyone is pressured into working harder than the rest


  10. "New kid on the block"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Keyence full-time

    Pros

    It is an opportunity to change my life for the better.

    Cons

    No cons that I can speak of.


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