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Kennametal Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.4 66 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

Kennametal Chairman, President, and CEO Carlos M. Cardoso

Carlos M. Cardoso

(39 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosethical values, safety environment (culture) and innovations.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good job

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Good overall experience as an intern

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosfriendly environment and good for personal growth

    Conscolleagues are too old and can't hold new ideas

    Advice to Senior Managementbring some young people to the team

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    Need more career opportunities

    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) Fort Mill, SC

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsMicro-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 Senior ManagementNeed 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsToo 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 Senior ManagementDon'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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Manufacturing Development Program

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    Consnot in a big city, hard to communicate

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    Very exciting.

    Lead (Former Employee) Bentonville, AR

    Pros401 K, Vacation, Climate controlled,good pay,medical,dental.
    Safety oriented. Excellent Lean manufacturing program.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Latrobe, PA

    ProsGood people to work with, technology leader.

    ConsNo aplply in my case, sometimes is a little slow to make decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing your great word.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to learn the ropes of business.

    Marketing Intern (Former Employee) Latrobe, PA

    ProsIt'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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Exciting place to work with a lot of opportunities to learn

    Associate Engineer (Current Employee) Latrobe, PA

    ProsGood workplace, good management, excellent colleagues and quick improvement and nice hike in salary and vacation. Nice cafeteria and nice people

    ConsLess starting salary when compared to other similar places, Colleagues are of the 35-60 age category with a majority on the 45-60 range. Experienced people but take a long time to pass things.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Better than average for this area(Traverse City, MI).

    Machine Operator (Current Employee) Traverse City, MI

    ProsDecent pay. Good overtime for some departments. You have to really screw up big time to get fired(which might be considered a "con" too) They are really understanding about fitting your home life with work. They let me take long lunches when I took college classes, and let me come in late when I need to pick up my kids. Good tuition reimbursement program. They paid tens of thousands of dollars for my BS and encouraged me to get it, even though my job barely requires a HS Diploma. They seem to be good about letting one advance if they are willing to move around the country.

    ConsA lot of politics goes on here. The people who wine/tattle/b*tch the most get their way. They are also overzealous about safety, or at least appearing to be safe. It's to the point where it is getting hard to do our jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think that they should bring back the bonus program or at least have some type of profit sharing program. I understand that times were tough for a while, but we seem to be getting tons of sales recently. Some kind of bonus system would motivate us to do what is in the best interests of the owners and management, and work towards a profitable company, not just getting hours.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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