Kennametal

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Kennametal Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
79 Reviews
3.6
79 Reviews
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Kennametal Chairman, President, and CEO Carlos M. Cardoso
Carlos M. Cardoso
46 Ratings

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)

  • If not based in Latrobe or a long-time employee, difficult to move ahead (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people with good intentions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Latrobe, PA
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Latrobe, PA

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with having ethical outlooks and positive attitude.

    Cons

    Poor feedback to employees. Poor ability to provide career advancement or counseling. Poor repatriation of expats.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show people how they can advance. Give them the opportunities to succeed. Play to your peoples' strong points.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall a good company with interesting work.

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

    I have been working at Kennametal

    Pros

    Friendly work environment with great people.

    Cons

    Internal politics can be tough for some.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Growing Company

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

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time

    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
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  5.  

    Well Organized, and Friendly

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

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

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quality Supervisor

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

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
  7.  

    Good overall experience as an intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kennametal

    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

  8.  

    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

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  9.  

    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

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time

    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
  10.  

    Manufacturing Development Program

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

    I have been working at Kennametal

    Pros

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

    Cons

    not in a big city, hard to communicate

  11.  

    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

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

    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

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