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Kennametal Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
70 Reviews

3.7
70 Reviews
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Kennametal Chairman, President, and CEO Carlos M. Cardoso
Carlos M. Cardoso
42 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Great Home to Work Life Balance (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Working for a plant manager who is more interested in corprate image and not real operation of the one plant (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.  

    Growing Company

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

    Pros

    Great use of the latest communication technology. Very ethical and safe place to work.

    Cons

    Too many management tiers, too many people busy building and protecting their own dynasties at cost to the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some upper management are and will continue to be roadblocks to growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Well Organized, and Friendly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator

    Pros

    Well supported, easy to contact staff throughout the company for internal guidance. Facility was very friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Corporate headquarters not always in the loop with satellite facilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top level managements open and honest information is appreciated, but please be accurate and timely.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quality Supervisor

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    ethical values, safety environment (culture) and innovations.

    Cons

    due to the size of Kennametal, difficulty of aligning all the employees to follow to the same standard, where this is required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good overall experience as an intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    friendly environment and good for personal growth

    Cons

    colleagues are too old and can't hold new ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring some young people to the team

  6.  

    Need more career opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Fort Mill, SC
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Fort Mill, SC

    Pros

    Good benefits, okay time off, ability to buy extra vacation time, training when started was good. Casual dress is a big plus. Office equipment and office furniture is up-to-date. In beginning stages of work from home program.

    Cons

    Micro-management is #1 here! Supervisors have so many reports and other things they have to do, they have no hands on time. You get "penalized" if you are late, leave early,call in sick. That is the most ridiculous thing ever! My starting pay was/is lower than others as I was hired when it was an employer's market. The annual salary increase is a joke, even though it is supposed to be based on an individual's performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need some younger management "blood" in the office. Move some other positions/departments to Fort Mill so there are other career opportunities. People getting bored and "burned out" being a CSR. People looking outside the company for more rewarding opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Exciting and frustrating at the same time to be working for a company that is in the midst of changing culture.

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

    Pros

    Great Home to Work Life Balance. Opportunities for flex-time, and understanding of Family First atmosphere. Have seen opportunities for advancement in a few departments. They seem to be moving into the direction of Customer First, but it's not there yet.

    Cons

    Too many "middle managers" messages does not get translated from the top to the bottom. The term "lost in translation" is common here. As with most large companies, doing what you say you do is harder to see, at least on a "worker" level. This is a finance run company. At the end of the day that trumps everything!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so worried to let people grow and make mistakes. There's too much CYA going on in Management to protect the manager, and not not enough, managing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Manufacturing Development Program

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

    Pros

    good salary, good program, a mutinational company, a good industry

    Cons

    not in a big city, hard to communicate

  9.  

    Very exciting.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead  in  Bentonville, AR
    Former Employee - Lead in Bentonville, AR

    Pros

    401 K, Vacation, Climate controlled,good pay,medical,dental.
    Safety oriented. Excellent Lean manufacturing program.

    Cons

    Unfair in promotions of female employees. Promoted male employee with less qualifications and less senority because he was sports oriented, which appealed to plant manager at the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't set in your office. Get out on the floor and see what people do.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Latrobe, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latrobe, PA

    Pros

    Good people to work with, technology leader.

    Cons

    No aplply in my case, sometimes is a little slow to make decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing your great word.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to learn the ropes of business.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Latrobe, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Latrobe, PA

    Pros

    It's a very innovative company. It prides itself on hiring the best employees within their fields. I strives to be the best in its industry. Good people to work with, who always try to help in any way. They were also very personable.

    Cons

    The company is a little old school with their hierarchy structure. A lot of their processes in various departments are slow and bureaucratic. The location is also not too great if you want to be in a metropolitan area. The hiring process was a debacle. It was a bad first impression of how they conduct business. I also had very little direction. It didn't seem like my superiors thought about what to do with me before I got there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move things along quicker. Stop having lengthy, time-wasting meetings about every little thing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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