Kennametal – Why Work For Us?

Company Profile

Kennametal delivers productivity to customers seeking peak performance in demanding environments by providing innovative custom and standard wear-resistant solutions. This proven productivity is enabled through our advanced materials sciences and application knowledge.

Our commitment to a sustainable environment provides additional value to our customers. Kennametal’s portfolio of well-respected brand names and broad global presence enable us to help customers of all sizes in virtually every geography drive success at every stage of their value chain. Strategically aligned across our two core businesses - Industrial and Infrastructure - our products and services touch nearly every manufacturing process. People around the globe can see and touch these results throughout many aspects of their day, from the light switch they turn on to the car they drive.

Kennametal offers great careers in a broad range of disciplines.

Our invaluable competitive edge is our people. That’s why our essential objective is to hire the best person we can find for every Kennametal position, in every area of our business operations, across all of our global locations. Due to our ongoing success and growth, we seek individuals in a wide range of disciplines, from technical to sales to corporate support. 

Areas of opportunity typically include:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Customer Service/Sales Support
  • Engineering
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing and Brand Strategy
  • Sales


Delivering the Promise, In the Community

Around the world there are many cities and towns Kennametal calls home. These wonderful places are also home to our thousands of employees. At Kennametal, we take great pride in supporting these communities, and helping to make them vibrant, enjoyable places to live and work. The Kennametal Foundation is one of the ways we do this, as is our exceptional relationship with the United Way.


Kennametal Foundation

The Kennametal Foundation provides monetary grants to qualified organizations around the world in or near communities in which Kennametal facilities are located. These grants are focused on providing educational opportunities through our Technology Education Network (TechEdNet) program, as well as supporting volunteerism and community related issues through our Kennametal in the Community program. Grants made by the Foundation are an important part of our corporate commitment to support our employees and the communities in which they live and work.

Giving Areas
The Foundation focuses its giving in order to achieve a greater impact on those causes most aligned with Kennametal’s corporate strategy. Two primary categories have been established for the Foundation giving.

1.    TechEdNet - Includes the support of Secondary and Post Secondary Educational opportunities with an emphasis on studies in the areas of technical engineering, machine skill training and materials and environmental sciences.

2.    Kennametal in the Community – Focuses us globally on the importance of our employees’ volunteering in the communities where they live and work. We encourage and recognize volunteerism as a key component of our culture. The goal is to create a partnership in which a community organization may be supported monetarily by the Kennametal Foundation when it offers a significant volunteer opportunity for our employees. 

Please review our criteria and checklist before submitting an application.

•    The Kennametal Foundation accepts applications globally for funding on an annual basis.
•    Applications will only be accepted via electronic submission through our website.
•    All monetary grants issued by the Kennametal Foundation will be disbursed in U.S. currency only.
•    All organizations submitting applications for funding from the Kennametal in the Community program must have a 501(c)3 rating or status.
•    All applications will be reviewed, but are not guaranteed funding.
•    To be considered for funding, applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on the last Friday in May.

The 2015 application process is closed. The application will reopen in April 2016.

  United Way

United Way

Kennametal is proud of our long tradition of supporting communities and partnering with non-profit organizations to address the important needs of our local communities. The United Way one of our most important partners in helping us reach this goal.

A national organization with ties to every city and town, the United Way makes it possible for Kennametal and its employees to give back all year long. The donations we make stay right in each local community and are disbursed to the charities and non-profit organizations that are helping our own friends and neighbors.

Kennametal has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the United Way. We help them help those who need it most. And they in turn help us know we’re making a positive impact on the places we live.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Latrobe, PA
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    I have been working at Kennametal full-time (Less than a year)

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    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.


    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.

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    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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    Payroll Analyst Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Kennametal (Fort Mill, SC) in May 2015.


    Contacted by phone and scheduled for a 2hr in person interview. I did not think it would last the full 2 hours but once I got my confirmation email I saw that it was scheduled off into blocks to interview with 4 different people. First I interviewd with the hiring manager and her boss. General interview questions I.e. Tell me about yourself, give me examples of this..etc no really hard questions They gave me a lot of onfo on the company. I pretty much went over the same exact thing with all 4 interviewers just at different times.

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World’s Most Ethical Companies , The Ethisphere Institute, 2013

Additional Info

Headquarters Latrobe, PA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1938
Type Company - Public (KMT)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

From the light switch you turn on to the car you drive, you can see and touch the results of our work every day. Kennametal is a supplier of tooling, engineered components and advanced materials used in production processes around the world. Our engineers, researchers and field associates work together to develop and deliver productivity to customers seeking peak performance in demanding environments. We provide innovative custom and standard wear-resistant solutions, enabled through our advanced materials sciences, application knowledge and commitment to a sustainable ... More

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