Kennametal Reviews

Updated August 6, 2015
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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. Strong Focus on Human Value

    Current Employee - Senior Corporate Recruiter in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Corporate Recruiter in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Kennametal has a strong sense of ethics and doing what's right for their employees and their customers. Their commitment to talent development shows they posses the self awareness to recognize that building a great company means building great people first.

    Cons

    Communication is the key to success.


  2. Challenging work with rewarding experiences and exceptional people.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to drive big improvements.

    Cons

    Processes slow us down. Infancy of true cross functional collaboration...conflicting metrics.

    Advice to Management

    Continue down the path of clear prioritization and investment in core businesses.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Awesome company with a great culture.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Latrobe, PA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Latrobe, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pros are the culture, high salary, employees, headquarters, respect and access to higher level management when needed.

    Cons

    The cons are far from the city, growth not the best, job opportunities limited, prestige, but other than those it is a great company to work for.


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  5. Amazing Workplace and people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Technology Consultant in Latrobe, PA
    Former Intern - Technology Consultant in Latrobe, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Friendly people 2) Good cafe 3) Great opportunities

    Cons

    1) Latrobe is not a place to live.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Decades of growth and satisfaction

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latrobe, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latrobe, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For me the career at KMT has been full of opportunities for growth. Post-hire training is never a problem - just ask for it if its not already on your schedule. Benefits and compensation are all on par with most companies of a similar or larger population. The breadth of products and industries served make the chances of doing what interests you highly possible whether it be scientific/technical, manufacturing/logistics, administrative/HR, sales/marketing, or IT.

    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. Otherwise, I can not think of a con!

    Advice to Management

    The CEO's history includes manufacturing, wherein he understands our products and our customers. As long as we keep that experience and knowledge base predominant in the leadership team, we should continue to grow prosperously.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Quality professional environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has structured practices and resources to develop and promote internal talent that are comparable to world class organizations that are much larger in scale and revenue. These practices are called out in the company's core operating system... and are made a company priority. Kennametal also actively solicits employee feedback with an annual anonymous employee survey (delivered in many languages). And managers are expected to make improvements from the feedback. This company also puts a lot of emphasis on ethics, safety, and being a good contributor to local communities. (We're actually encouraged to volunteer.) Having worked across multiple industries, I can honestly say, this kind of commitment to employees is not common. And it shows in the employees... this company is full of really smart people who care about what they do and how their work makes a difference.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a place to coast through your work or just put in your time... this won't be the place for you.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Precision with our products and in our work place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Electrician in Weldon, NC
    Current Employee - Maintenance Electrician in Weldon, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have never worked with such a skilled set of coworkers in my life. We are provided with what we need to get the job done. Good medical and fringe benefits. Management IS KNOWLEDGEABLE AND LEAVES THEIR DESKS AND CHECKS ON PRODUCTION! It is about producing a great product for the customer. In class we used one of the bits and it was awesome!

    Cons

    If you don't want to work, don't apply.

    Advice to Management

    I don't see any problems, impressed that management doesn't micromanage, yet does check on progress with well informed managers.


  9. manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in Rogers, AR
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in Rogers, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company for stared. It bring you a nice environment to wok, nice co workers, very friendly. The company has different subsidiary trough out the United State.

    Cons

    Shift changes to much so that kind bad for people who has family. Others that the company is a good place to start and gain experience

    Advice to Management

    Be prepare to work hard


  10. preventive maintenance

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Preventive Maintenance in Solon, OH
    Former Contractor - Preventive Maintenance in Solon, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kennametal as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    able to work with my schedule for school

    Cons

    have nothing negative to say

    Advice to Management

    NA


  11. Kennametal is a great place to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Kennametal is that all employees treat each other as a family members. They help you with anything and everything. Managers recognize the work you do and give you the reward for the great work. You learn really interesting stuff at Kennametal that you wouldn't learn from any college.

    Cons

    They don't give out relocation housing allowances for interns/ co-op.



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