Keyence Reviews

Updated 30 Jun 2020

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3.8
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5 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great products, good pay, good benefits(in 25 reviews)

  • "Good salary for people just out of college(in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "Get used to long hours on the job and a lot of traveling(in 20 reviews)

  • "No work life balance and also no co curricular activities(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "True Meritocracy"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Keyence full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing support and training from the start allows you to hit the ground running at Keyence. The company only promotes from within, meaning everyone you speak to was once doing your job. This creates a very open office environment. The products are truly market leading, which helps a lot with the sales aspect of the Job. Some people reviews complain about the number of KPI'S. In actual fact there are only a few, the rest are just indicators which highlight areas for improvement. If you are someone who wants to do well you will actually appreciate these. The bonus system is generous, and does not rely solely on sales or personal performance. This means that even if you miss your sales target but are working hard you will still be significantly rewarded. Also, there is little competitive nature to the bonus, individuals will get a higher bonus if the company as a whole performs well. This means people are actually benefit financially from helping their colleagues to do well. There is truly unlimited progression potential. You will never be at a point where you are waiting for an opening before being promoted. The company recognises potential and will go out of their way to provide opportunities to promote people if the deserve it. This means you can make decent money relatively quickly if you have the right work ethic.

    Cons

    The company is growing very quickly, which is great because it means smaller territories and less travel. But this also means a lot of new people are being hired. Some of these people do not always have the right mindset for technical sales, so will not make the most of the opportunity. Also, some are fresh from university, so Keyence is their first job. Some of these people flourish, whilst others are in over the heads as it can be an overwhelming first job.

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  2. "Good starting job"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Heathrow, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Keyence full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Training , Salary, Experience , Young colleagues

    Cons

    Work life balance Management is thin and poorly trained at best

  3. "Great starting block but.."

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Keyence full-time

    Pros

    -good money -good technology

    Cons

    - MICRO MANAGEMENT - Cult mentality - robotic workflow -

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Review"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in London, England

    I worked at Keyence full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good starting point for a sales career. Good support & good training. Good young culture. Quick promotion potential based on meritocracy.

    Cons

    Very much micro-management ethos.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Very Japanese in Culture"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Keyence full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good training is provided on the items that you will be selling and the technical staff are very knowledgeable with excellent support a phone call away should you need it.

    Cons

    Sadly, a lot of cons to the role. First of which is the inter office culture which is very staid and not really in keeping with that of a vibrant sales force and that can lead to frustration. The next is the work life balance, there simply isn't one. You are made to feel as if they own you and they are somehow doing you a massive favour by employing you. Salary is another issue; they only recruit the best people and then pay them rather poorly. Forget the bonus system, it's impossible to achieve. Geographic territories during my time there were vast, and to achieve a KPI of 5 calls per day meant a lot of travel time consisted in your own time. 5am starts were not uncommon as were 9pm walking back in the door, only to complete your mandatory paperwork for the day. Everything is Japan centric. Even your business cards are printed in Japan as a way to keep every penny possible in the Japanese economy. As for promoting, no, it's always a Japanese guy at the helm in the UK and that's not changed.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Engineer"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Keyence full-time

    Pros

    Good salary to work for

    Cons

    Work load no life work

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  7. Helpful (2)

    "Sales Engineer"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lifestyle Consultant in Horsham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Keyence full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    All colleagues were fantastic people, both to work and socialise with. I greatly enjoyed the networking opportunities and the overall structure of the administration side of the job.

    Cons

    There was little to no flexibility in the office hours, and our set goals were difficult to achieve. With such a high expectation for making telephone calls, the actual goal of improving our sales statistics was limited. I personally believe that the focus should be based much more on quality and less on quantity.

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  8. "Sales Engineer"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Keyence full-time

    Pros

    Salary, bonuses, work experience and potential growing.

    Cons

    Business hours, stress and having to work under pressure

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Global company with a young, energetic office culture!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Keyence full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great office environment, young and vibrant feel and approachable management as Keyence has an open office culture. Excellent incentives for sales team. Be part of a constantly growing international company.

    Cons

    Slight separation of back-office team and sales team.

  10. Helpful (10)

    "Exciting growing company with lots of support and excellent products"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Manchester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Keyence full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great products with industry leading technology. - A focus on selling solutions rather than just product numbers from a brochure. - Lots of support is provided. - Loads of continuous training. Both technical training and sales training. You don't need a technical or sales background to succeed, Just a good attitude and ability to quickly learn lots of info. - Easy to keep track of how you are doing and what you need to do to improve - Due to the high growth rate of the company there is lots of room for development and career growth. - Good salary and benefits. I've had to work really hard but my salary has nearly doubled in only 2 years! - Spend 3 days of the week on the road, getting guided tours of factories and meeting lots of people. People are always impressed with product demonstrations. - Young and enthusiastic team. Great energy. - Very collaborative, everyone works together to achieve company goals and everyone works hard. - Still a nice and friendly competitive environment. Everyone competes to see who can be the best (but in a good way. It's about succeeding rather than pulling people down like some other companies) - You reap what you sow. If you put the time and energy in you will get lots of rewards for your efforts. The whole company is structured around 'maximum effect from minimum expenditure' so there isn't much stuff that's a waste of time. If there is you should point it out and suggest a way to eliminate it! - You'll never bored! Every day is a new challenge and work never feels repetitive. - Really fun. It's a very exciting place to work and you have lots of fun doing your job. You won't mind getting up in the morning.

    Cons

    I love my job. These are just some heads up for those who might not be willing to put up with the harder parts of the job. I'm more than happy to do what's expected of me as I know it will help me succeed. Just a heads up to those applying that you will be expected to work hard, but know that you will be rewarded. - Long hours. It's tough to maintain a work life balance sometimes. As a Japanese company you are expected to make your time during normal business hours as productive as possible. You then have lots of other things to complete afterwards. Don't join thinking it will be a chilled out 9-5, but also don't be afraid that you will be working until 10pm every night, as you won't be. - There is a lot of admin to do. Paperwork which must be filled out at the end of every day. Essential work but if it can be streamlined it would be better. Supposedly this will be improved with a new system at some point, will update this post when it launches. - There are a lot of KPIs to hit which can sometimes be overwhelming. Every KPI helps improve your area and make your job easier but it's essential to keep focused on what you have to do all the time. Just make sure you do everything the Keyence way and you will be ok. - Sometimes the Japanese style of doing business does not translate well to a UK workforce. It would be nice to have a bit more flexibility with some things. (That being said, perhaps it's the UK workforce at fault, the company has experienced 30% growth for 20 years so they must be doing something right!) - Lots of travel time. I don't mind it so much but be warned that you could be expected to drive for several hours to get to visits or meetings.

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