Kennametal Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
75 Reviews
3.6
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Kennametal Chairman, President, and CEO Carlos M. Cardoso
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, okay time off, ability to buy extra vacation time, training when started was good (in 6 reviews)

  • There are many great people who work here (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Promoted male employee with less qualifications and less senority because he was sports oriented, which appealed to plant manager at the time (in 4 reviews)

  • I could say location (cold and relatively long Winters), but HQ in Latrobe PA is only one of many global locations, so the argument could be moot (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    People are under-utilized and under-valued

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Johnson City, TN
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Johnson City, TN

    I worked at Kennametal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There were many talented people who worked at the location I was at. Most of them were very skilled and friendly.

    Cons

    Employees were under-value and under-utilized. The culture is more like a dictatorship and collaboration does not happen very often. In my experience, management gave alot of lip-service to it's values but had no follow-through. Many times upper management's actions did not support the positive messages they tried to portray.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that to maintain valuable people, you need to re-vamp how you view your employees. The top companies will offer many venues for personal and professional development and truly listen to their people for insights.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not the employer of choice

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Mill, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Mill, SC

    I worked at Kennametal full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pays some of the bills.

    Cons

    Minimal pay increase once a year and that only covers the increase in insurance costs. Nothing extra for your pocket. NOT family friendly at all. You are just a seat filler to the company. Nothing more. They do not care about the individuals. Lower level mgmt is horrible. If you ever move you you have to check your conscience at the door. No room for compassion. There are better companies out there. This one better get with the times quickly. Must learn how to allow employees to balance work/family. Don't be sick either. No sick time and you get charged and "event" for missing work. Even with a doctor's note. Too many cons to name.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the "little" people. Reward those that work hard. Make family a priority. Pay better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Plant Manager From Hell

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenfield, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenfield, MA

    I have been working at Kennametal

    Pros

    Getting a pay check every 2 weeks, good health insurance, thanks to our union,good benefits, thanks to our union

    Cons

    Very little communication from Latrobe to us, poor communication from the plant manager - does not want to settle grievances, so everything is going to arbitration.2 years ago you enjoyed working there,now it's just the opposite. The plant manager is very controlling and it's either his way or the highway. He signed a contract with the union and does not honor it. He instituted Lean, which is not working the way it's supposed to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start getting involved with the people and find out how it's really being run, and not just a flyby, really get involved with everyone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talented years wasted!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Kennametal full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    * good place to learn things.

    Cons

    * many people in manufacturing act as if the plant is their dads ( highly arrogant )
    * negative people who are half knowledgeable dominate positive people by bullying and gossiping ILL about colleagues. this is happening in plants and RDE.
    * people brainwashing boss and grabbing opportunities to an extent which demotivated hard working people. Such weeds should be thrown out.. Well they will grow here :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if the same attitude continues bangalore plant is going to shut down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Corporate profit is the bottom line

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kennametal

    Pros

    Good benefits package though you have to pay for it

    Cons

    There is no loyalty to long-time employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that the people you hire make the company what it is. If you treat them well, your company will thrive.

  7.  

    Dont ever join the Datacenter or GSC teams

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Kennametal

    Pros

    Its good for people who are into manufacturing and mechanical domains but not IT especially at the beginning of your career

    Cons

    Low pay, stunted growth,poor management team especially the IT wing at KSSPL bangalore

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be respectful and frank with employees and dont try to be cheap just to cut costs. Cost cutting and cheapness are two entirely different things also please appreciate pwoplw when they do a good job rather than saying its their duties and its no big deal

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    why did I waste my life

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennametal

    Pros

    I have a job to pay the bills

    Cons

    treated unfair on a daily basis, their is no such thing as senority, they try to get things done by threats unfair acts, God only now how they come up with how they chose the recently selected "groupy leaders" thats just a few

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp the entire leadman, so called supervisors, and group leaders to old hands who have the experience and people skills and actually care about people and product quality. This place is going down very fast, if the job market where better you would lose over 50% of employes overnight.
    Wake up you people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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