Kennametal Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Kennametal CEO Donald A. Nolan
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Pros
  • Good benefits package though you have to pay for it (in 6 reviews)

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

Cons
  • 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 4 reviews)

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  1. Global K100 Segment Leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in High Point, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in High Point, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kennametal (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company enterprise transformation effort provides various opportunities.

    Cons

    Recognition for experience sometimes overlooked to meet financial objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all employees as individuals and not just numbers.


  2. sales

    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Arley, AL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Arley, AL

    I worked at Kennametal (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    the coworkers are team players and easy to work with. they provide a company vehicle they have 401k plan

    Cons

    they are a very large corp. overly paranoid about quarterly earnings , instead of long term outlook

    Advice to Management

    should be more consistent with message to employees; the message for implementation of plan for the staff seem to be inconsistent


  3. Indirect Channel Strategy

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    High profile company that pays competitively

    Cons

    Struggles with dual brand and indirect channel strategy. Tries at times to referee the market impacting the creditability of the KMT manager. Work life balance (even though I was field based) I felt was horrible

    Advice to Management

    Develop a dual brand channel advisory council comprised on internal and external (distributor and end user) representatives to discuss and determine Rules of Engagement. I do believe that ultimately the end user decides who to buy from and no one can referee the market.


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  5. Free to go crazy

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facilities/Environmental, Health, and Safety in Lyndonville, VT
    Former Employee - Facilities/Environmental, Health, and Safety in Lyndonville, VT

    Pros

    Flexible, small office, convenient to access, growth opportunities union

    Cons

    Manager took credit for others work

    Advice to Management

    Give credit where credit is due


  6. Good Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kennametal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Company to work for

    Cons

    After they purchased several companies end of 2013 by early January of 2015 they closed several plants down


  7. Not what I expected

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    Current Employee - CNC Grinder Operator in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - CNC Grinder Operator in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Kennametal (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really great group of people to work with.

    Cons

    The managers are not knowledgeable on machining at all.

    Advice to Management

    Take some classes


  8. I am currently leading 12 Plants to achieve Operational Excellence based on a Company scorecard.

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    Current Employee - Technology Manager in Latrobe, PA
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in Latrobe, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Generally strong and very ethical

    Cons

    There is some senior level disorganization.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate. Demonstrate an organized senior leadership


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great people in lower management / hourly.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kennametal full-time

    Pros

    Real focus on Safety, plenty of growth and opportunities depending on location. Flexible

    Cons

    Understaffed, supervisors, managers wearing too many hats .

    Advice to Management

    Metrics can be bent to make things seem better then they are, Some plant managers need to go, they are the reason for high turnover in areas of Quality / Supervision, Engineering.


  10. Awkward experience

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    Former Contractor - Product Analyst in Latrobe, PA
    Former Contractor - Product Analyst in Latrobe, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kennametal as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, good environment, friendly people, nice buildings. Established business. Good educational resources.

    Cons

    I was a contract employee. I had 3 managers in 18 months. I was constantly told they were going to hire me full time soon, or that I had a new manager I had to prove myself to and that I was basically starting over. Every manager completely changed my job duties. Asked to work lots of unpaid overtime as a contract employee. HR became hostile when I asked them about this (moreso because I thought it proved they should hire me full time than because it was illegal or I was upset). I was constantly asked to work holidays (14 hours on Good Friday and was called at 5PM on Easter Sunday to come in) to wrap up projects. If only I had just one manager or was a full time employee it would have been far better.

    Advice to Management

    Abusing contract employees made full-time employees wonder what was in store for them. Besides my awkward situation though, everything seemed very good for everyone else.


  11. Highly political

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latrobe, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latrobe, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time

    Pros

    Very stable industry with loyal customer base

    Cons

    Too political not encouraged to have an open mind as new member of the leadership team.

    Advice to Management

    Allow new leaders to participate more in running the business



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