Kennametal Reviews

Updated July 30, 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. Manufacturing Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, moving in the right direction with regards to common goals, new CEO has a realistic assessment of the current status of the business.

    Cons

    The company got too big too fast and the organizational approach did not suit customer focus. Many long term professionals have either left or will soon be retiring and there needs to be a solid plan to prepare replacements.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the future with respect to equipment, people, and data technology. Require and support professional alignment as well as consider more effective organizational structure. Customer service needs to be located in the areas they support as well as HR services.


  2. Going through changes

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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 (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Kennametal tries to listen and take care of it's employees, but sometimes doesn't have the proper tools to do so. Tuition reimbursement is available, and higher ups value your opinion and want you to step up and take on responsibilities. Training opportunities are available if you ask.

    Cons

    Very headquarter centered, departments aren't as aligned as they should be outside of hitting target numbers. Some big egos, but most are very friendly.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about the little people interacting with customers on a daily basis. Some people are doing big things and not getting the appropriate level of recognition or promotion.


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    Former Intern - Consulting Field Project in Latrobe, PA
    Former Intern - Consulting Field Project in Latrobe, PA

    I worked at Kennametal as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience for someone trying to break in.

    Cons

    We didn't realize we were going into situation where some of influence didn't want to change enough


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    Working for Kennametal

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in La Vergne, TN
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in La Vergne, TN

    I worked at Kennametal (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    A dynamic company, among global market leaders in the cutting tools industry, Kennametal is committed to utilizing the most technically advanced equipment and methods available for production, along with very competitive salary and benefits programs.

    Cons

    No traditional pension plan for new employees, relying on matching 401k plans for retirement security. There is some degree of nepotism, regarding technical design and manufacturing decisions, meaning that the experience and expertise of members newly acquired business units may not be fully utilized.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace ideas of experienced people within the organization, before determining a path on which to proceed.


  6. Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennametal

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities for development and growth

    Cons

    May not be for everyone, can be fast paced and competitive so you have to be flexible and willing to work

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep employee and talent development as a key priority!


  7. Global company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennametal

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Big enough to get a global experience, small enough to make a difference

    Cons

    Unable to realize it's full potential


  8. Overall a good company with interesting work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennametal

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly work environment with great people.

    Cons

    Internal politics can be tough for some.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good people with good intentions

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    Former Employee - Production Manager in Latrobe, PA
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Latrobe, PA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Growing Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time

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

    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 Management

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


  11. Well Organized, and Friendly

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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