Kennametal Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
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  1. 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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generally strong and very ethical

    Cons

    There is some senior level disorganization.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate. Demonstrate an organized senior leadership

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great people in lower management / hourly.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kennametal full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  3. Awkward experience

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    Former Contractor - Product Analyst in Latrobe, PA
    Former Contractor - Product Analyst in Latrobe, PA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

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  5. Highly political

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latrobe, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latrobe, PA

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  6. Helpful (1)

    Kennametal

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    Former Employee - Production Manager
    Former Employee - Production Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large company lots of stability

    Cons

    To much in the way with all the politics

    Advice to Management

    Know your People

  7. Helpful (1)

    Too India-Centric

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latrobe, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latrobe, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Convenient commute. Easy parking. No traffic

    Cons

    Too india-centric. Management would rather save a buck than do things the right way. Too many "managers"

    Advice to Management

    Remove the India-centric mentality. India will be the downfall of this company. This company functioned so much better before the COE was introduced. When making decisions, make decisions based on what's right, and not to save a dollar. So many decisions are made at the senior management level, without the input of the actual SME's.

  8. Alright pay (Due to Being a Union shop)

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    Current Employee - Quality Control in Lyndonville, VT
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Lyndonville, VT

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Close to home.Minamal travel to work and day shift job.I really enjoy my Position and the people I work with

    Cons

    Global Company and have to deal with people that doesn't speak fluent English and its hard to understand them,Is a very large co and not very personable to work for

    Advice to Management

    Make a Plan and stay with it.Way to much wasted time and money with Meetings and many other things,More focus on the customer for Ontime deliverys and Better quality

  9. After suffering enough insults, I left

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Tech in Roanoke Rapids, NC
    Former Employee - Maintenance Tech in Roanoke Rapids, NC

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

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

    Pros

    The pay scale is good, benefits package is pretty much standard throughout the industry. Working conditions are better than most that I have worked in.

    Cons

    The lack of respect from management in the Roanoke Rapids facility is what ultimately lead to me leaving. It was not simply the plant manager, it was the fact that most management is more focused on pushing product out of the back door that they ignore machine conditions. They deceive employees to farther end goals. Walk around the plant at any point in time and you can count 13 machines not running, at a minimum. Mostly, this is blamed on maintenance, the reality is it's mismanagement. If mismanagement is not the problem, then there is something going on that management is not willing to admit to. Either way, it showed me that the "Mutual Respect" policy they have just doesn't apply from the top down. That fact became too taxing for me to continue working there.

    Advice to Management

    Critical thought would demand that we examine "what is your purpose?" If you really want to be on the top of the market, the people making the parts must have high moral and clear focus that they are on the top of your priorities. If not, then it's just another job, just like any other employer. The pay may be better, but if there is no appreciation for the hours worked (other than the pay and a lousy meal from time to time) what is the motivation to keep morale high? Last year, for our Christmas gift thing, they gave everyone a small can of peanuts. Really? Peanuts? What does that say?
    If your focus is to just make money, then I'm sure you'll do fine. You'll gain business and loose business, just like any other company. If you want to keep business and gain more business, than the guys (and girls) on the floor have to be satisfied that they are worth more than the part. They can't just be fed a constant diet of be.

  10. Good place to grow skills.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latrobe, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latrobe, PA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to grow, worked in global teams, felt valued.

    Cons

    Low salaries, felt at times profits more important than building a good foundation when making changes.

    Advice to Management

    Be clear with your expectations, and provide solid feedback in a constructive manner.

  11. Decent job. Mentally demanding

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    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Johnson City, TN
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Johnson City, TN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits plant is climate controlled to keep machinery running

    Cons

    Some management not as good as could be

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees they will tell what problems there are

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