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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently
Asked Questions

  • Our organization culture is open and flat.

    Our culture is not based on seniority. We believe all employees are equal and can add value to our organization through their ideas for improvement.

    Since our organization structure is flat, every employee should be able to communicate with anyone regardless of title or position.

    Promotions are based solely on performance, not tenure. All employees have the opportunity to get promoted quickly if they are high performers, regardless of their tenure in the company.

    KEYENCE employees give 100% when they are in the office. By focusing on generating results as a team and as a company while we're here, when you leave work for the day you can disconnect completely and enjoy all personal time however you wish.

  • Work-life balance is a subjective term that means something different to everyone.

    Simply put, at KEYENCE, each employee is fully responsible for their work and their results. Depending on the individual and your position, you may choose to work longer than your scheduled hours to accomplish a task. Some departments have busier seasons during certain times of year or certain days of the month that require more tasks to be completed than others. KEYENCE employees who are dedicated to their results are usually willing to put in the effort in these circumstances.

    At the same time, KEYENCE encourages a clear separation between work and personal life. We do not expect our employees to work on evenings and weekends. We even provide separate laptop and cell phone that is strictly for business use so that employees can fully disconnect once they are finished with their work.

  • There is more information on our career path listed here.

    All employees will have a formal evaluation with their manager every six months with the opportunity for a salary or title change, based on their individual performance.

    Management opportunities can happen as early as 3 years after joining KEYENCE. We provide internal manager development programs to help our employees transition from an employee into a management position.

  • Candidates who are successful in our recruitment process take the proper time to complete each step of the process thoroughly and are true to themselves at each point.

    For our candidates and our company, it is in the best interest of both groups to identify if there is a true alignment between the individual and our company before we make a hiring decision. This usually leads to employees who enjoy their position at KEYENCE and are able to grow within our company for a long time.

  • Out of fairness to current and future applicants, we do not provide feedback on why you did not pass a step in our recruitment process.

    There are two main reasons why:

    1) We work really hard to match the right person to the right job opportunity so you may have done well in our recruitment process but due to position and location match, we don't feel the opportunity is the right fit at the given time.

    2) The second reason is that if we provide feedback and it is shared to other candidates via word of mouth or social sites, then future candidates may have an advantage over other candidates.

  • In most cases, you will have the opportunity to meet our hiring manager(s) as well as an executive level officer(s) through our recruitment process. Most times this will happen through an in-person interview unless we have to conduct it virtually.

    We want our interview process to expose you to all the right people to determine if you are good fit for the position and company as well as a chance for you to ask questions and determine if this is the company you want to work for.

  • All positions at KEYENCE are compensated with a base salary plus a variable compensation target which is based on your individual and company performance.

    We incentivize individual contribution and therefore each employee has the ability to increase their variable compensation payout if they are outperforming their peers. Your base salary is paid to you bi-weekly and your variable compensation is paid out on a quarterly basis. In addition to your base and variable pay, we do reimburse you for any business expenses occurred during business travel - including mileage reimbursement!

    In general, KEYENCE has market-leading compensation and we are able to offer this to our employees due to our outstanding business results. Our operating profit of over 50% is a testament to our success as an organization. On top of this, we have high expectations for our employees and can run our business more efficiently which means we can pay each employee more.

  • KEYENCE is focused on hiring entry-level candidates as we provide thorough classroom and on-the-job training programs that directly follow graduation timing and we have a strict promote from within development policy.

    All employees at KEYENCE must start at the entry-level and work their way up through our organization. This ensures that your manager has done your job and is more than qualified to provide coaching and advice for the unique challenges you may come across in your role.

  • At KEYENCE, we hire individuals from all majors.

    Due to our extensive training program, we can train any new hire on our technical products regardless of their major. For new hires who come to KEYENCE with a technical background, the product knowledge comes more easily. For those who come from a business or other background, the sales aspect comes more easily. Therefore, we provide both technical product knowledge and sales skill training during the classroom and on-the-job mentorship program.

    While we screen for the ability to learn technical concepts in our recruitment process, having a technical background is not a requirement. We hire many new grads that do not have a technical background and they are high-performers in our company.

  • KEYENCE sales employees spend two days in their local sales office and three days in the field visiting their customers.

    Office days provide the opportunity for you to call customers to schedule your appointments for the upcoming week, follow up on projects, information share with territory partners or members from your product line, and a chance for additional trainings and development.

    During your field days you are physically taking your "demo unit" (the product that you sell) to your customers facilities and showing them how our product can be effective in their facility or process. This is our business to business, consultative sales approach that allows us to help solve customers’ problems and improve their business operations!

  • KEYENCE provides opportunities for employees to move around in the organization whether that be to different office locations or different product lines.

    There are many people who choose to live and growth within their role in the same office they started in. However, there are also many employees who move around to different product lines and office locations after they have proven themselves as a high-performers for a period of time in their original role. Opportunities as KEYENCE will be considered first for those who have proven performance and strong results.

    There may be opportunity for international trips to Japan as you progress in your career with KEYENCE, however international transfers are not common. Because each affiliate operates independently, hiring and employment are handled separately.

  • KEYENCE offers an excellent benefits package in addition to our market-leading compensation. Our benefits package includes:

    • 1) Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) - 4 weeks in your first full-year
    • 2) 10 paid holidays in addition to your PTO
    • 3) Reimbursement for business travel and expenses
    • 4) Mileage Reimbursement - you choose your car, we pay your mileage!
    • 5) Future Investment - excellent 401K company match; immediately & fully vested
    • 6) Full benefits package with great coverage at a low-cost to employees
  • All positions at KEYENCE are compensated with a base salary plus a variable compensation target which is based on your individual and company performance.

    We incentivize individual contribution and therefore each employee has the ability to increase their variable compensation payout if they are outperforming their peers. Your base salary is paid to you bi-weekly and your variable compensation is paid out on a quarterly basis.

  • In general the recruitment process is pretty similar for most corporate roles. Each recruiting process is designed to determine if you have the potential to succeed in our culture and for the job in which you are applying. If there are any skills that are necessary to perform well in the position, we may administer a skills assessment as a part of the process.

  • KEYENCE offers an excellent benefits package in addition to our market-leading compensation. Our benefits package includes:

    • 1) Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) - 4 weeks in your first full-year
    • 2) 10 paid holidays in addition to your PTO
    • 3) Reimbursement for business travel and expenses
    • 4) Mileage Reimbursement - you choose your car, we pay your mileage!
    • 5) Future Investment - excellent 401K company match; immediately & fully vested
    • 6) Full benefits package with great coverage at a low-cost to employees

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